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U.S. Supreme Court declines WI appeal of same-sex marriage decision

Earlier today the United States Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from Wisconsin and four other states seeking to preserve their bans on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for marriage equality in those states.

In the order, the high court provided no breakdown of how the nine justices had voted and no reason for rejecting […]

VIDEO: Emma Watson gives impassioned speech on feminism and gender to U.N.

This weekend actress and U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador. Emma Watson gave an impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the U.N. headquarters in New York to launch the “HeForShe” campaign which aims to galvanize one billion men and boys as advocates for ending the inequalities that women and girls face globally. The speech was brilliant, […]

Every Senate Republican votes against equal pay for women

So this happened on Monday.

Given how hard Republicans have worked against the interests of women (equal pay, right to choose), gays (same sex marriage), the poor (tax cuts for the wealthy, voter ID), it’s amazing to me that they’re still able to win elections.

Then again, if they keep this up, it’s just […]

Federal appeals court rules against gay marriage bans in Wisconsin, Indiana

Earlier today a three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld lower federal court decisions in Madison and Indianapolis which overturned bans on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana.

While you can read the entire decision here, here’s my favorite passage: “Wisconsin points out that many venerable customs appear to rest on […]

City of Cudahy passes new language banning discrimination based on gender identity/expression

At Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, the Cudahy Common Council voted unanimously to approve new language to Cudahy’s existing Fair Housing and Human Rights ordinance. The new language would prohibit discrimination based on “gender identity or expression” as well as sexual orientation. As the press release below notes, Cudahy becomes the fourth community in Wisconsin to […]

Whither MKE County: Pat Jursik Calls Out The Suburbs on Housing Discrimination

This is a surprisingly harsh assessment of the suburbs blatant disregard for equal housing…on top of the fact that they oppose regional public transportation at every turn…but County Supervisor Pat Jursik simply lays it on the line:

Supervisor Patricia Jursik today issued the following statement regarding the SEWRPC Regional Housing Plan:

“Ferguson, MO is the […]

Emerge Wisconsin celebrates 21 future candidates

From my email inbox comes news of the latest group of women to complete the Emerge Wisconsin training program. MADISON, WI: This past Sunday, twenty-one women completed the Emerge Wisconsin training program and stepped out armed for success as future candidates. The graduation ceremony, held at a private residence in Madison, featured a keynote address […]

I Am Not Surprised: Justices Rule in Favor of Hobby Lobby

“Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations“:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. It was, the dissent said, “a decision of startling breadth.”

The 5-to-4 ruling, which applied to […]

Republican Congressional candidate Karen Mueller: Wisconsin marriage ruling may lead to incestuous marriage

Yet another example of the wingnuttery of Wisconsin Republicans comes to us courtesy of Karen Mueller, an Eau Claire attorney vying to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Ron Kind in Wisconsin’s third Congressional district. Karen Mueller, an Eau Claire attorney whose practice has focused on opposing abortion and defending those “discriminated against and harassed in the […]

VIDEO: West Allis man to file lawsuit to stop same-sex marriage

This is the face of homophobia here in Milwaukee County.