Civil Rights

BREAKING: US House Approves LGBTQ Equality Act

Via press release from GLAAD: “LGBTQ Americans are one step closer to being protected by federal law instead of living in a country where hard-working Americans in a majority of states can be fired from their jobs, denied housing opportunities, and turned away from other critical services – including access to health care – simply for being who they are. …

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LIVE VIDEO: US House Debates LGBTQ Equality Act

Via press release: Today, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) delivered the following statement in support of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity: “I rise today in strong support of H.R. 5, the “Equality Act,” which amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other core civil rights …

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LGBT Groups Blast Trump For Opposing Equality Act

Via press release from GLAAD: GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today slammed President Donald Trump and his administration for opposing the Equality Act, which would secure across-the-board protections for more than 13 million LGBTQ Americans at their workplace, in their homes, and across their communities. More than 161 corporate backers support the Equality Act and a majority …

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House Judiciary Committee Advances Equality Act

The Hill reports: The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment and housing. The Equality Act was approved in a 22-10 party-line vote, setting the bill up for a potential floor vote. “The ability to have a job, to receive medical care or to rent a home should not depend on …

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Tennessee Spikes Adoption Bill Amid Business Backlash

The Associated Press reports: Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday spiked a proposal that would have allowed faith-based adoption agencies to refuse to place children with gay parents and other families because of their religious beliefs. The bill had been scheduled to be debated by the GOP-dominant Senate. However, at the last minute, the sponsor [Rep. Tim Rudd] quietly asked for the …

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Olympian Adam Rippon For The Equality Act [VIDEO]

Just in via press release: Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization released a new video from HRC’s Americans for the Equality Act campaign featuring Olympian and figure skater Adam Rippon. As an openly gay athlete, Rippon calls on Congress to advance the Equality Act — bipartisan legislation …

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Mike Pence: I Don’t Believe In Discrimination, Mayor Pete’s Problem Is With The First Amendment [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Vice President Mike Pence responded to criticism from 2020 White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg (D) in an interview that aired on Friday, accusing the South Bend, Ind., mayor of ginning up a conflict for votes. In an interview with CNN, Pence said that the mayor knew that Pence did not have a problem with him over his …

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ISRAEL: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Refuses To Commit To LGBT Rights In First Meeting With Activists In 10 Years

The Times of Israel reports: Leaders of Israel’s LGBT community blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday after the Likud leader told them during a meeting that coalition pressures prevented him from promising to promote equal rights. In a rare meeting with activists at his residence in Jerusalem, the prime minister said opposition from religious and ultra-Orthodox parties blocked him from …

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In Emotional Equality Act Speech, Dem Rep Celebrates Her Own “Gender Non-Conforming” Child [VIDEO]

“My beautiful, now-22 year old child told me last year that they were gender non-conforming. And over the last year, I have come to understand from a deeply personal mother’s perspective. I came to understand what their newfound freedom—it is the only way I can describe what has happened to my beautiful child — what their newfound freedom to wear …

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LIVE VIDEO: House Hearing On The LGBTQ Equality Act

Via press release: The first-ever hearing on the Equality Act set to take place this morning in the House Judiciary Committee. The crucially important, bipartisan legislation will finally provide clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across the country. The Equality Act has unprecedented support and is backed by nearly 70% of Americans, hundreds of members of Congress, more than …

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Brunei To Enact Death Penalty For Homosexuality

Amnesty International reports: Cruel and inhuman punishments such as death by stoning for same-sex sexual acts and amputation for robbery will come into effect in Brunei next week, Amnesty International said today. “Pending provisions in Brunei’s Penal Code would allow stoning and amputation as punishments – including for children, to name only their most heinous aspects,” said Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei …

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NAACP Backs Equality Act In Blow To Log Cabin

NBC News reports: The NAACP, the country’s oldest African-American civil rights organization, publicly endorsed the Equality Act, a federal LGBTQ anti-discrimination bill. “We support what it does — and we support it now,” Hilary Shelton, the organization’s D.C. bureau director, told NBC News on Friday. “It’s important that it gets through.” Shelton said the group had previously endorsed the bill …

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Michigan Ends Funding For Anti-LGBT Adoption Groups

The Detroit Free Press reports: Michigan will no longer financially support adoption and foster care agencies that refuse to work with same-sex couples and LGBTQ individuals because of religious beliefs under the terms of a settlement of a lawsuit negotiated by Attorney General Dana Nessel. The settlement, which was announced Friday, sets up a battle with the Republican-led Legislature, which …

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TENNESSEE: “License To Discriminate” Bill Advances, Would Protect Anti-LGBT Businesses From Punishment

The Tennessean reports: A bill opposed by LGBTQ advocates that would prevent state or local government entities in Tennessee from discriminating against a business based on the company’s internal policies has advanced in the House. House Bill 563, sponsored by Rep. Jason Zachary, R-Knoxville [photo], passed in the House on a 68-22 vote. The legislation seeks to prohibit the state …

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Manchin Claims Equality Act Overrides “Local Control”

Politico reports: The West Virginia senator, perhaps the most conservative Democrat in Congress, said that he believes the bill should allow more local control after talking to officials in his state. The bill extends federal protections to people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. “I am not convinced that the Equality Act as written provides sufficient guidance …

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SCOTUS Boots Appeal From Anti-Gay B&B Owners

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday announced it has refused to hear the case of a Hawaii bed and breakfast that sought to refuse service to same-sex couples out of religious objections. The high court indicated it had denied certiorari to Aloha Bed & Breakfast, or refused to take up its case, in …

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Former Log Cabin President: The Equality Act Would Oppress Anti-LGBT Christians, Flout American Principles

Former Log Cabin president Gregory Angelo writes: Don’t be fooled by the name: The Equality Act is legislation that would compromise American civil rights and religious liberty as we know it. All reasonable Americans, especially gay Americans who support pluralism and tolerance, should oppose it. In 1975, when it was first introduced in Congress, this legislation was certainly more needed …

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GERMANY: Compensation Payments Approved For Gay Men Persecuted Under Nazi Law After End Of WWII

The Associated Press reports: German authorities on Wednesday extended compensation payments to more gay men who were investigated under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was enthusiastically enforced in West Germany after World War II. German lawmakers in 2017 approved the annulment of thousands of convictions under the Paragraph 175 law, which remained in force in its Nazi-era form until homosexuality …

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LIVE VIDEO: Democrats Introduce LGBT Equality Act

Via press release: Democratic leaders of the House and Senate will hold a press event at 2PM to introduce The Equality Act, which amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of federal funds. The …

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SURVEY: Majorities In All States And Across All Demo Groups Support LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation

From the Public Religion Research Institute: Amid our currently polarized political climate, a new PRRI survey shows that majorities of Americans across virtually all demographic groups and geographical locations support laws protecting LGBT people. Support for nondiscrimination protections enjoys broad support across the political spectrum. Majorities of Democrats (79%), independents (70%), and Republicans (56%) say they favor laws that would …

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