Civil Rights

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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Obama Celebrates Gay Love On Valentine’s Day

Moments ago President Obama tweeted the above image with this message: “No matter who you are or whom you love, celebrate #Valentines Day with pride. #LoveIsLove.” We’re sure Ryan Anderson is unhappy. As you’ll see below, Ben Shapiro definitely is.

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President Obama To Ellen: Advances In LGBT Rights Are Among My Proudest Achievements [VIDEO]

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: President Obama and lesbian comedian Ellen DeGeneres exchanged praise with each other for advancing gay rights — DeGeneres saying Obama changed laws, Obama saying DeGeneres changed hearts and minds — in an interview on her TV show set to air Friday. During an appearance by Obama on her show, DeGeneres initiated the exchange …

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YES OR NO: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Continues To Dodge Simple Basic Question On LGBT Rights [VIDEO]

Watch Pence squirm. Freedom Indiana: “Governor Mike Pence has never been able to answer the question of whether he believes LGBT Hoosiers should be fired for who they are. Time after time, he has dodged the question of why he does not support comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. Take action here.”

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Congressional Black Caucus PAC Endorses Hillary

Yesterday Bernie Sanders dined with Al Sharpton at Harlem’s famed Sylvia’s restaurant with the intent of shoring up support among black voters. Today the Congressional Black Caucus PAC announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton. The vote was announced by Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY), whose words were described by CNN anchors as delivering “full-throated” support to the Clinton campaign.

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ITALY: Vote On Civil Unions Bill Postponed

One of Italy’s far right parties has proposed thousands of amendments in an attempt to destroy the civil unions bill. The vote on the bill was yesterday postponed until Tuesday. ANSA reports: A conference of Senate whips on Wednesday postponed voting on the government’s hotly contested civil unions bill to next Tuesday. Earlier, the Senate rejected a motion to not …

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CLEVELAND: City Files Claim Against Family Of Slain Youth Tamir Rice For Unpaid Ambulance Bill

Unbelievable. Via Gawker: The City of Cleveland has devastated the family of Tamir Rice several times over, and seems to have no intention of stopping. This afternoon in probate court, Cleveland Scene reports, the city filed a creditor’s claim for $500, saying that Rice’s family still owes them for the ambulance and paramedics that tended to the 12-year-old’s body after …

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LAUNCHED: My New Column In Britain’s Pride Life

Launching today is my new twice-monthly politics column for Britain’s Pride Life, a quarterly LGBT rights and lifestyle magazine. In today’s first column I rate four leading GOP presidential candidates based on their potential threat to LGBT civil equality. While my assessments may seem a bit rudimentary to regular readers of this here website thingy, I thought it might be …

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MAINE: Governor Blocks Rules For Trans Students

Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who is widely known as America’s craziest governor, yesterday stopped his state’s Department of Education from issuing rules intended to protect transgender students. The Associated Press reports: Rep. Matthea Daughtry of Brunswick says the rules are required by the 2013 Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in favor of Nicole Maines, a transgender student in Orono who …

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United Nations Issues LGBT Rights Stamps

The Guardian reports: The United Nations Postal Administration has released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The colourful stamps by artist and UNPA art director Sergio Baradat are also meant to celebrate the diversity of the gay community and marks the first time the global body’s post office has issued stamps with an …

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