Leading child welfare organizations blast Alabama adoption bill

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Two leading child welfare organizations, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) and Voice for Adoption (VFA), have blasted Alabama’s H.B. 296, which would empower adoption agencies to discriminate against eligible parents and guardians. If passed, the discriminatory piece of legislation will deny countless children from accessing caring homes. Even more disheartening, the bill would prevent eligible [...]

Commentary: Marco Rubio on LGBTQ civil rights

Marco Rubio

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio is officially in the 2016 race for the GOP presidential nomination. That most certainly means he has a campaign book on the market. My copy of Rubio’s American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone (Sentinel, $27.95, 212 pages) arrived a few weeks ago. Rubio, in his first term in the [...]

$1 million gift will support journalism education on LGBT issues at Missouri School of Journalism

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri has received a $1 million estate gift to support journalism education and research into the connection between American journalism and the advancement of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Timothy Blair, an alumnus of the MU School of Journalism and current resident of Bel-Air, [...]

HRC launches paid media campaign telling 12 states: ‘Don’t Repeat the Mistakes of Indiana’

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WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign has launched an online ad campaign urging governors in 12 states to reject bills that would put LGBT people at risk for discrimination like the religious refusal bill passed earlier this year in Indiana. The media campaign comes after HRC sent a new case study to state lawmakers across [...]

Ted Cruz introduces legislation to stop marriage equality

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Cruz’s bills as reported by Bloomberg “would establish a constitutional amendment shielding states that define marriage as between one woman and one man from legal action” and “bar federal courts from further weighing in on the marriage issue until such an amendment is adopted.” Ted Cruz’s latest radical stunt follows his participation at a head-scratching [...]

Mike Huckabee defends ex-gay therapy, warns gay rights will outlaw Christianity

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In a conference call with conservative pastors yesterday organized by the anti-gay Family Research Council, Mike Huckabee let loose with a litany of falsehoods about how marriage equality will lead to the “criminalization of Christianity” and demanded that states simply defy the Supreme Court if it strikes down bans on same-sex marriage, reports Right Wing [...]

Texas lawmakers push forward with extreme anti-LGBT legislation

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Anti-equality lawmakers in Texas have advanced extreme anti-LGBT legislation, despite warnings from major corporations, technology leaders, and child advocacy organizations of the dangerous consequences. HB 4105 – a bill that takes direct aim at stopping marriage equality in Texas – passed through the House State Affairs Committee Wednesday. HB 3864 – a bill that would [...]

Technology Councils of North America calls for federal non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals

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DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.– In light of the growing number of state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) with discriminatory potential, the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) is calling for federal legislation that affords non-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. TECNA, which represents more than 50 IT and technology state-based trade organizations [...]

Settlement reached in lawsuit against South Carolina DMV on behalf of transgender teen forced to remove makeup

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ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has announced a settlement in a historic federal lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles on behalf of Chase Culpepper. Chase is a transgender girl who was targeted for discrimination in March 2014 when she attempted to [...]

Loretta Lynch becomes first African American woman to hold post of U.S. attorney general

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After months of delay due to partisan politics, today the U.S. Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General. Lynch makes history by becoming the first African American woman to hold the post. The Huffington Post reported Lynch was confirmed in the Senate 56 to 43. All Democrats voted for her, along with 10 [...]

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