Saks withdraws assertion claiming transgender people are not protected by Title VII

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HOUSTON, TX — In two major victories for transgender civil rights, today Saks Fifth Avenue withdrew a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which Saks had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender workers, and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a historic statement of interest in the [...]

State of the Union: LGBT community mentioned several times

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In his State of the Union address President Obama continued his acknowledgement and support of the LGBT community by using the words bisexual and transgender in his address to America. Obama is the first to use the words in one of the key speeches that each president gives each year. President Obama said “As Americans, [...]

Supreme Court to take up same-sex marriage

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WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Supreme Court granted petitions for writ of certiorari in cases from four states regarding state bans on marriage for same-sex couples.  In due time, the highest court in the land will be asked to decide whether the U.S. Constitution allows for states to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples by [...]

Prominent Mormon faces excommunication for backing same-sex marriage

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The Mormon Church has moved to excommunicate the prominent Utah-based founder of an online forum for being critical of or doubting Mormons, charging him with apostasy for supporting same-sex marriage and the ordination of women and for questioning church teaching, reports the New York Times. John Dehlin is the founder of Mormon Stories Podcast (http://mormonstories.org). [...]

Kamala Harris announces run for Barbara Boxer’s U.S Senate seat

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California Atty.  Gen. Kamala Harris announced today her plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer. “I’m excited to share with you that I’m launching my campaign to represent the People of California in the United States Senate,” Harris wrote in an email to supporters. “Your support has been crucial [...]

South Dakota marriage ban struck down

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U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier ruled today that denying marriage for same-sex couples in South Dakota is unconstitutional. The ruling is stayed, meaning same-sex couples cannot yet receive marriage licenses in South Dakota. The ruling was in the case Rosenbrahn v. Daugaard, which was filed in May of 2014 by private lawyers with National [...]

Barbara Boxer announces she will not seek re-election in 2016 (VIDEO)

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California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer announced today that she will not seek re-election to a new term next year. The 74-year-old Boxer made the announcement in an unusual video (above) in which she answered questions posed by her grandson, Zach Rodham. “I am never going to retire. The work is too important. But I will [...]

Anti-gay Atlanta fire chief fired by mayor

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired the city’s fire chief, Kelvin Cochran today. GAVoice reported that Cochran was to return to work today after a 30-day suspension without pay for going against city policy by writing a book that included comparing homosexuality to bestiality. Reed made the announcement this afternoon at a press conference at City [...]

Same-sex marriages begin in Florida’s Miami-Dade County (VIDEO)

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Miami-Dade County became the first place in Florida to allow same-sex couples to marry on Monday, half a day before a gay-marriage ban that has been ruled unconstitutional is lifted in the rest of the state, reports the Miami Herald. Weddings began around 1:30 p.m. ET, less than three hours after lifted the legal stay [...]

Openly gay civil rights attorney Kevin Kish to lead the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

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Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed openly gay civil rights attorney Kevin Kish to lead the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, filling a vacancy atop an agency under scrutiny for its own employment record, the Sacramento Bee. An adjunct law professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services’ [...]

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