Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WI Senator Proposes Misdemeanor Charges Against Those Counseling Youth Out of Homosexuality

As many families begin their Thanksgiving travel, Wisconsin State Senator Fred Risser issued a press release  today regarding his proposed legislation to prohibit licensed mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with anyone under the age of 18.  He also says his legislation forbids counseling minors for the purpose of changing their sexual orientation.  He calls such therapy “a scam”.  He also states “gay conversion therapy promotes stigmas and prejudice.”

Senator Risser is presently circulating this legislation for co-sponsorship.  You may contact your legislators in Madison with your views at 1-800-362-9472.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Milwaukee Aldermen Condemn Russia Over “Anti-Gay Laws”

Some things you just can’t make up…

Despite crime spiraling out of control in their own backyard, co-sleeping deaths, boarded up homes, gang trouble and high unemployment in the central city, the Milwaukee Common Council carved time out of their Council Meeting to pass a resolution expressing opposition to the anti-gay laws in Russia and calling upon Russian President Vladimir Putin and the nation of Russia to repeal these laws. The Resolution also condemns Russia for banning homosexual adoption and what the Council calls “hate-fueled intolerance”.  You can read the full resolution here .

This Resolution sponsored by Aldermen:  Zielinski, Kovac, Perez & Bauman, passed the full Milwaukee Common Council unanimously today.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Abortions Drop in Wisconsin

It’s being reported that for three straight years the number of abortions have dropped in the State of Wisconsin, with the latest decline being 4.4% over the previous year. You can read the article from Life News here .

Friday, June 21, 2013

Gay Pride Parade Canceled in Wausau

The Wausau Daily Herald reports  that the organizer of what was touted as Wausau’s first Gay Pride parade has canceled the event for Saturday.  The organized lamented that having to cancel this parade “has set Wausau back 30 years in the way people think about the gay community.”  He also stated that he “will not organize gay pride events in Wausau in the future, though he hopes he has paved the way for others to hold events.”  A “March for Equality” is still planned for Wausau on Saturday. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

WI Congressman Launches Attack Against Exxon and Supports ENDA

Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan (co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus) took to the House Floor this week to Attack ExxonMobile accusing them of having anti- equality policies (against the LGBT agenda).  He also spoke in support of ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which would force employers to offer new special rights based upon one’s sexual preference.  You can see his speech here , and a recent press release here  pertaining to LGBT Pride Month.  

Monday, June 3, 2013

WI Congresswoman Celebrates Gay Pride

Congresswoman Gwen Moore wasted no time in issuing a press release celebrating LGBT Pride Month.  She reaffirms her belief that “love is love”.  You can read her release here .

Milwaukee County Sheriff Receives Award

WND Reports that Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. received “Constitutional Sheriff of the Year” Award this past Friday at the annual convention of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association in St. Charles, MO. You can read the article here .

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wausau Aldermen Approve Gay Pride Parade

The City of Wausau will be holding their first ever Gay Pride Parade on June 22nd. The parade is scheduled to start at Marathon Park (a park known where children go to play) and continue to the 400 block in downtown Wausau where a “drag” show will be held. 

According to the Wausau Daily Herald , Wausau’s Public Health and Safety Committee recommended approving a permit for the parade.  Wausau residents may speak with their alderman on this issue by calling (715) 261-6620.  Mayor James Tipple’s office can be contacted at (715) 261-6800. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Janesville School Board Considers Domestic Partner Benefits

According to the Janesville Gazette , the Janesville School Board is considering Domestic Partner Benefits.  According to the article, a Committee of the School Board is considering such a proposal and discussions will be held as to whether or not to advance the proposal.  For a listing of school board members and their phone/email contacts, you may click here .

Friday, April 12, 2013

UW Madison to feature “Adult Film Star”  is reporting that “adult film star” James Deen is to be the keynote speaker at the Sexual Health Fest at UW-Madison, Sterling Hall, Thursday, April 18th at 7pm.  He will be speaking on “the role of pornography in modern sex education”. He is speaking for Sex Out Loud’s month-long series of events “raising awareness for all aspects of sexual health.”  Can it be that tax dollars are being spent on porn education?  To express your views you may contact your legislators at 1-800-362- 9472 and the UW Board of Regents at (608) 262-2324.

Congressman Ron Kind Declares Support for “Same-sex Marriage”

The Chippewa Herald  reported that Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind has declared his support for “gay marriage rights”.  Announcement of the Congressman’s position was revealed on his facebook page , stating:

 “ My 18-year marriage to Tawni has taught me that we’re both stronger because we love and support each other. I support marriage equality because if two people want to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for one another, then the government shouldn't stand in the way. 

As the Supreme Court deliberates the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, I’m reminded that throughout history, discrimination has never worked. I have never voted for discrimination, and I look forward to supporting legislation like the Respect for Marriage Act that will help committed same-sex couples gain the same rights as everyone else.

Some people Congressman Kind is considering a bid to run for Governor in the State of Wisconsin.  To express your views to Congressman Kind you may call his office in D.C. at (202) 225-5506.  His Eau Clarie office is (715) 831-9214 and his La Crosse office is (608) 782-2558.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Election Day Reminder – Tuesday April 2, 2013

Wisconsin Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, April 2nd.  Two statewide offices are on the ballot including a 10-year term to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and a 4-year term as Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

VCY offered to interview each of the Statewide candidates.  (Simply click on the links to watch the interview with candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court):

Candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction:
Superintendent Tony Evers (Candidate did not accept invitation for an interview)

This election will also offer numerous municipal races which vary depending upon your community.  Some of the offices elected include mayor, alderman, circuit court judge, supervisor, treasurer, town chairman, trustee, school board, clerk, school referendum  etc.

For a sample ballot, click here .

For non-partisan voter information on the state-wide candidates you may click here .

Be informed.  Pray.  Vote.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Reminder to Vote in WI Primary – February 19

Tuesday, February 19th is the Wisconsin State Primary.  Local races and issues on the ballot will vary depending upon your municipality.  However one race that’s on everyone’s ballot is that of Supreme Court Justice.  The one who is elected to this 10 year term will render decisions on such issues as Wisconsin’s Domestic Partner Registry, Voter ID, and numerous other issues.  Polls will be open Tuesday from 7am-8pm. 

Voter turnout is anticipated to be less than 10% meaning your vote Tuesday will have a significant impact in narrowing the field of candidates for the April General Election.  To view a sample ballot you can use the state’s website here .  For non- partisan voter information on the Supreme Court candidates from WI Family Council click here

VCY extended an invitation to each of the Supreme Court candidate campaigns for an interview on IN FOCUS which was carried live on TV and simulcast on radio. 

The interview with Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack can be viewed here .
The interview with Attorney Vince Megna can be viewed here .
As of this writing, Attorney Ed Fallone’s campaign has not responded to our invitation.
For all In Focus programs you can click here .