Civil Rights

ALABAMA: Senate Votes To Eliminate Marriage Licenses

Two weeks ago the Alabama Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to Obergefell with a ruling that Chief Justice Roy Moore bizarrely contends actually upholds his state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Today the state Senate continued to ride the crazy train. The Associated Press reports: The Alabama Senate has voted to do away with state-issued marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme …

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BREAKING: Kentucky Senate Votes 22-16 To Repeal All Local LGBT Rights Laws In The State

Moments ago the Kentucky Senate voted 22-16 to approve a bill which would overturn all local LGBT rights laws in the state. Cities with LGBT protections include Covington, Danville, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Midway, Morehead, and Vicco. Democrats have a slim 53-47 majority in the Kentucky House, but if the bill passes there, anti-gay Gov. Matt Bevin will surely sign it.

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LIVE VIDEO: Kentucky Senate To Vote On Overturning All Local LGBT Rights Ordinances Statewide

Watch live here. Just in from Fairness Kentucky: Senate Bill 180, Senator Albert Robinson’s “License to Discriminate,” is set for a vote by the full Kentucky Senate this afternoon. SB180 narrowly cleared the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection Committee two weeks ago, when the bill’s sponsor admitted his intent is to undo LGBT discrimination protections in eight Kentucky …

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Notorious RBG Turns 83 Today

Today is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 83rd birthday and progressives are flooding Twitter with well wishes. The Huffington Post has published a compilation of RBG’s most famous quotes. Here’s one for us: “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very …

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HRC: 60 Major Corporations Endorse Equality Act

The Human Rights Campaign today announced that 60 major corporations have jointly endorsed the Equality Act. Companies on the list include Amazon, Apple, Google, Twitter, IBM, Facebook, Hilton, Hyatt, MasterCard, General Mills, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo. See the full list below. Via press release: Since HRC joined with lawmakers and advocates last July to introduce the Equality Act in Congress, HRC …

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MISSOURI: Democratic Filibuster Approaches 40th Hour UPDATE: GOP Ends Debate, Approves Anti-LGBT Bill

UDPATE BELOW. Earlier, from the Riverfront Times: They’re still talking. The Democratic caucus of the Missouri Senate began filibustering a controversial “religious freedom” proposal on Monday at 4 p.m. And as of 6 a.m. this morning, they were still holding the floor — that’s 38 hours, and counting. That appears to be a new record for the Missouri Senate; the …

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ITALY: Thousands Of LGBT Activists Protest In Rome Against Watered Down Civil Unions Bill [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Thousands of gay rights activists and LGBT families rallied in Rome to protest against the watering down of Italy’s civil unions bill, which no longer envisages adoption rights for homosexual couples. Protesters carried banners that read “We want equality” and sported the gay pride rainbow on their faces, with one man naked apart from a cardboard fig …

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WASHINGTON: State Supreme Court To Hear Appeal From Anti-Gay Florist Barronelle Stutzman

The Associated Press reports: Washington’s Supreme Court says it will hear an appeal of a Richland flower shop owner who ran into legal trouble for refusing to provide services for a same-sex wedding in 2013. The court issued a decision Wednesday saying it would hear the case of Barronelle Stutzman, the proprietor of Arlene’s Flowers. Last year, Stutzman was ordered …

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RUSSIA: Man Faces Year In Prison For “Offending Believers’ Feelings” By Denying The Existence Of God

NBC News reports: Russian faces up to a year in prison for saying “there is no God” during an argument on social media, his lawyers said Wednesday. Viktor Krasnov also wrote the “Bible is a collection of Jewish fairy tales” during the discussion on European social networking site Vk.com in 2014, lawyer and human-rights activist Pavel Chikov posted on his …

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EEOC Files Lawsuits Seeking To Define Sexual Orientation Discrimination As Sex Discrimination

Via press release: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has filed its first two sex discrimination cases based on sexual orientation. The federal agency’s Philadelphia District Office filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Scott Medical Health Center, and, in a separate suit, in U.S. District Court for the …

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LIVE VIDEO: Italian Senate Debates Civil Unions Bill

The Italian Senate has begun its hearing on the hotly-contested civil unions bill, which no longer contains a provision for stepchild adoption by same-sex parents. Watch below. Italian speakers, help us out please. If the bill passes in the Senate today, it moves to the House Of Deputies where it’s expected to gain easy approval and then be signed into …

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LIVE VIDEO: Charlotte Considers LGBT Rights Bill

The invocation was just given at the Charlotte City Council meeting where a hotly-contested LGBT rights ordinance is about to be heard. Haters and activists have packed the galley. Watch live at this link and weigh in below with us.

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Obamas Share A Dance With 106 Year-Old Fan [VIDEO]

So sweet. Via the Washington Post: With the leader of the free world in one hand and Michelle Obama in the other, Virginai McLaurin danced with sheer and utter joy, shaking her hips like a 16-year-old and flashing a smile as bright as the camera flashes going off all around her. “She’s 106?” the president asked incredulously. “No, you are …

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PORTUGAL: President Signs Gay Adoption Bill

He doesn’t like it but he had no choice. The Perchy Bird reports: Portugal was once the only country with gay marriage but no adoption rights for couples. That changed today when news emerged that out-going President, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, signed the same-sex adoption bill ushered in by a new Left-leaning Parliamentary majority. The Portuguese Assembly approved the adoption bill …

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GEORGIA: License To Discriminate Bill Passes State Senate, Sponsor Admits It Protects The KKK [VIDEO]

As those of you watching our live video stream today know, the Georgia Senate has approved its so-called First Amendment Defense Act, which legalizes pretty much any form of anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of White Jesus. During the bill’s debate, a black state Senator asked if the KKK would be considered a Christian organization under the proposed law. Here’s …

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Author Harper Lee Dies At Age 89

From Alabama.com: Nelle Harper Lee, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961 for her book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has died at the age of 89, multiple sources in her hometown of Monroeville confirmed Friday morning. Lee was born April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, the youngest of four children of lawyer Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch …

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SURVEY: Majority Of Public Backs Equality Act

A survey conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute reveals that a majority of Americans in every state supports the Equality Act, which would ban anti-LGBT discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. From the Human Rights Campaign: Currently, 33 states lack clear, fully inclusive LGBT non-discrimination protections, leaving people at risk for being fired, denied a job or …

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CALIFORNIA: Assemblyman Evan Low Proposes Ban On State-Funded Travel To States With Anti-LGBT Laws

From the Bay Area Reporter: A gay California lawmaker wants to ban state-funded travel to states with anti-LGBT laws. Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) has introduced AB 1887, which would end state-funded travel to any state with a law in effect that sanctions or requires discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The announcement by Low’s …

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ITALY: Civil Unions Vote Postponed Again

We had hoped to get a final vote today. Not so. Reuters reports: Italy on Wednesday postponed voting on legislation that offers homosexual couples legal recognition as some allies of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pushed for the removal of a provision that allows limited adoption rights. This latest delay represented a setback for Renzi, who had promised to enact the …

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GEORGIA: State Senate Committee Today Hears Bill To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination Because Jesus

The bill is due to be heard at 11:30AM Eastern. From Georgia Unites: On Tuesday, the Senate Rules Committee is scheduled to consider, and likely vote on, the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA)—legislation that exists solely to legalize state-sanctioned discrimination against same-sex couples. If we can’t stop FADA before then, the next stop for this shameful bill is a …

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