Tag Archives: LGBT rights

EU Unveils New Plan To Broaden LGBTQ Protections In Reaction To “Worrying Trends” In Poland And Hungary

The Guardian reports: Brussels has put itself on a collision course with the Polish and Hungarian governments after proposing to criminalise hate speech against LGBTQ+ people under EU law and secure recognition of same-sex partnerships across the bloc’s borders. Věra Jourová, a European commissioner, said the measures followed new “worrying trends”, with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights reporting that …

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Alito Blasts LGBTQ Rights In Federalist Society Speech

Politico reports: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito delivered an unusually inflammatory public speech Thursday night, starkly warning about the threats he contends religious believers face from advocates for gay and abortion rights, as well as public officials responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to a virtual conference of conservative lawyers, the George W. Bush appointee made no direct comment on …

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Questioning By Justices Indicates SCOTUS May Rule In Favor Of Catholic Church In LGBTQ Foster Parents Case

CNBC reports: The Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Wednesday seemed prepared to rule in favor of a Roman Catholic adoption agency in Philadelphia that argued that it is entitled to discriminate against potential foster parents on the basis of sexual orientation. Arguments in the case, known as Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, No. 19-123, concluded around 12 p.m. ET, as …

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State Department Drops Appeals Against Citizenship For Children Of Gay Couples Born To Surrogates Overseas

Reuters reports: The U.S. State Department backed down this week from legal battles over the citizenship of gay couples’ children who were born to surrogates overseas. The government withdrew its appeals without making any public comment in the cases of a family whose daughter had been born to a surrogate in Canada and a family whose daughter was born to …

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Support For Same-Sex Marriage At Record High 70%

From the Public Religion Research Institute: The vast majority of Americans (70%) favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, compared to 28% of Americans who oppose it. Majorities of Democrats (80%) and independents (76%), as well as half of Republicans (50%), support same-sex marriage. White evangelical Protestants stand out as the only major religious group in which a …

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Pope Francis Backs Civil Unions For Same-Sex Couples

The Catholic News Agency reports: In a documentary that premiered Wednesday in Rome, Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples, departing from the position of the Vatican’s doctrinal office and the pope’s predecessors on the issue. “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a …

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Biden Responds To Town Hall Questions On Protecting LGBTQ Rights: “I’ll Flat Out Change The Law” [VIDEO]

Out Magazine reports: Tonight in Philadelphia, one voter asked, in the context of Amy Coney Barrett being rushed through a confirmation process to a seat on the bench of the Supreme Court, if the LGBTQ+ community should be worried about an erosion of its rights. “I think there’s great reason to be concerned,” Biden started in his response. He went …

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Giuliani’s Daughter: Don’t Abstain, Vote For Joe Biden

Caroline Giuliani writes for Vanity Fair: Trump and his enablers have used his presidency to stoke the injustice that already permeated our society, taking it to dramatically new, Bond-villain heights. I am a filmmaker in the LGBTQ+ community who tells stories about mental health, sexuality, and other stigmatized issues, and my goal is to humanize people and foster empathy. So …

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New TX Rule Lets Social Workers Reject LGBTQ Clients

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas social workers are criticizing a state regulatory board’s decision this week to remove protections for LGBTQ clients and clients with disabilities who seek social work services. The Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners voted unanimously Monday to change a section of its code of conduct that establishes when a social worker may refuse to …

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Michigan Moves Closer To Statewide LGBT Rights Law

Detroit’s CBS News affiliate reports: A ballot drive has turned in more than 483,000 signatures for an initiative to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in Michigan by amending the state’s civil rights law. If election officials determine roughly 340,000 are valid, the bill would be placed before the Republican-led Legislature, where similar legislation has long stalled. If lawmakers did not …

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Barrett Won’t Say If Rulings Decriminalizing Gay Sex, Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Were Rightly Decided

The Washington Post reports: Barrett said Wednesday that she believed two Supreme Court decisions outlawing racial discrimination were correctly decided but declined to say the same for other landmark opinions involving gay rights and access to contraceptives. Those responses came under questioning from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who asked her whether Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed the “separate …

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LIVE VIDEO: Barrett Confirmation Hearing Day Three

The New York Times reports: During the first round of questioning in her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Judge Amy Coney Barrett faced a wide variety of meaningful inquiries about her background in a predominantly civil marathon on Tuesday. But with many of the more technical questions asked, committee members will now begin shorter, 20-minute rounds in which they may look …

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Barrett Lobs Anti-LGBT Dog Whistle In Senate Hearing

The Guardian reports: Moments ago, Amy Coney Barrett was asked about Antonin Scalia’s criticism of the ruling that established the right for same-sex couples to marry. Again relying on the “Ginsburg rule,” Barrett declined to offer an opinion on Scalia’s criticism. But she said, “I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on …

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Joe Biden Celebrates National Coming Out Day

From the Biden campaign: Joe Biden believes that every human being should be treated with respect and dignity and be able to live without fear no matter who they are or who they love. During the Obama-Biden Administration, the United States made historic strides toward LGBTQ+ equality—from the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to Biden’s historic declaration in support …

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Trump Administration Loses Court Battle To Withhold Citizenship From Child Born To Binational Gay Couple

The New York Daily News reports: The son of a gay binational couple who was born in Canada via surrogacy is a citizen of the United States, an appellate court ruled Friday. “Today, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld a lower court ruling recognizing the citizenship from birth of Ethan Dvash-Banks, a …

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POLL: 75% Of LGBTQ Voters Say They Back Joe Biden

NBC News reports: With the presidential election a little more than a month away, a new poll finds 75 percent of LGBTQ voters are supporting Democratic candidate Joe Biden. According to GLAAD’s State of LGBTQ Voters report, released Thursday, just 17 percent of the respondents said they were pulling the lever for President Donald Trump. Five percent said they plan …

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US Joins 49 Nations To Pressure Poland On LGBT Rights

The BBC reports: Ambassadors from around the world have called for the rights of gay and transgender people to be respected in Poland, where many towns have declared themselves free of “LGBT ideology”. An open letter released on Sunday urges the Polish government to “end discrimination” of sexual minorities. It was signed by envoys from 50 countries, including Poland’s EU …

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Biden Reaffirms Commitment To Equality Act [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Joe Biden on Thursday doubled down on his commitment to LGBTQ rights, including his support for the Equality Act, in a message to the Human Rights Campaign, the country’s largest LGBTQ rights group. Speaking in advance of the group’s Unite for Equality Live virtual event, the former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee said America is at …

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EU Boycotts Pompeo’s “Human Rights” Speech To UN

The Washington Post reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought his campaign to redefine and prioritize human rights to the United Nations on Wednesday, declaring that such protections around the world are in “crisis.” Pompeo delivered his remarks via videotape during a U.S.-hosted event at the United Nations General Assembly. He quickly pivoted from the 1948 U.N. declaration that is …

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Trump Admin Sues Grocery Giant Kroger Over Firing Of Two Staffers Who Refused To Wear “Rainbow” On Apron

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a lawsuit filed Monday accused Kroger Co. of unlawful employment practices for allegedly refusing to accommodate two former employees in Conway who expressed religious objections to wearing an apron embroidered with a rainbow based on their belief that the symbol represented advocacy for the LGBTQ community. The rainbow flag has …

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