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BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Says North Carolina Voting Laws Discriminate Against Black Voters

A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s new voter ID laws, passed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act, saying that the laws “target[ed] African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

July 29, 2016
Office

The Scene Of America’s Discontent: Work And Life

The massive rise in discrimination lawsuits involving family responsibilities like child care, elder care, and maternity and paternity leave has been called “the biggest challenge employers never (saw) coming.” More fathers than mothers now report work/life conflict.

May 20, 2016
Pat McCrory, North Carolina, GOP

NC Democrats In Congress: HB2 Treats LGBT People As ‘Second-Class Citizens’

For several weeks, North Carolina has been the target of national protests and boycotts due to HB2.

April 22, 2016
The North Carolina State Capitol, home to the General Assembly from 1840–1963

Why North Carolina’s New Anti-LGBT Law Is A Trojan Horse

The law strips North Carolina workers of the ability to sue under a state anti-discrimination law, a right that has been upheld in court since 1985.

April 5, 2016
students

Transgender Student Rights: Education Department, Courts Not On Same Page

Among the most pressing questions is whether Title IX applies to transgender students.

November 11, 2015

Houston Voters Reject Civil Rights Measure For LGBT Community

Voters in Houston, the fourth most populous U.S. city, rejected a measure that have would banned discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, protections not guaranteed under Texas law.

November 4, 2015
Paul Ryan

4 Times Paul Ryan Broke Ranks With GOP

Past votes and positions he’s taken on key social and fiscal issues could rankle conservatives who still want to see change in their party’s leadership.

October 21, 2015
Ben Carson

Carson’s Bias Against Muslims Breaks Unwritten Rule Of Using Veiled Language

When Republican Ben Carson declared Muslims unfit to be president, he crossed a line that historians say no major White House hopeful has breached since the 1940s — openly expressing prejudice.

October 5, 2015
Jeff Merkley

The New Law That Would Outlaw LGBT Discrimination Everywhere

Congressional Democrats plan to put forward legislation that would outlaw LGBT discrimination not only in employment but also in education, credit, federal programs, housing, and jury service.

June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Far-Reaching Racial Discrimination Rules For Housing

“Much progress remains to be made in our nation’s continuing struggle against racial isolation,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy, in the Court’s majority opinion.

June 25, 2015
Money, Housing, Discrimination, Minorities, Baltimore, Foreclosures, Fannie Mae, Loans, Community

Fannie Mae Accused Of Neglecting Foreclosures In Minority Neighborhoods

“Fannie Mae, a government-sponsored company charged with encouraging home ownership, disputed the allegations.”

May 13, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Under The Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over’

The safety net has become a sieve, Caroline Fredrickson writes, in her new book ‘Under The Bus,’ about how workers’ rights continue to elude working women.

May 10, 2015
D.C., Birth Control, Religious Freedom, Reproductive Rights, Discrimination, GOP, Health, Local Government, Women's Rights, Congress

House Republicans Hesitate To Overturn D.C. Law On Reproductive Rights

GOP House members use an arcane measure to infringe on the rights women and local governments, by ‘disapproving’ a D.C. law protecting the use of birth control in the workplace.

April 30, 2015
Money, National News, Wage Gap, Gender, Feminisim, Discrimination, National Equal Pay Dat, Less Than 100, Pittsburgh, Elana Schlenker

Pennsylvania Company Fights Wage Gap By Charging Women What They Earn

Less Than 100, a pop-up shop that charges woman a discount to reflect wage gaps, asks, “What are women worth? What can they afford?”

April 17, 2015
Florida, House, Gay, Adoption, Politics, National News, Religious Rights, Discrimination, State, Law

Florida House Passes Religious Exemption To Block Gay Adoptions

Nestled among bills for tax cuts and firearm freedoms in the Florida House was a law to prohibit gays from adopting.

April 10, 2015
Sprots, Indiana, Louisiana, Discrimination, Race, Gay Rights, Final Four, Basketball, University of Kentucky

59 Years Ago, Discrimination Law And Sports Intersected

Recent controversy over sports and discriminatory laws in Indiana, find a parallel in Louisiana circa 1956.

April 7, 2015
Top News, Hoosier, Brian Bosma, Mike Spence, Indiana, Discrimination, Gay Rights, Politics, National News

Indiana Drafts Amended Religious Law To Protect Gays Against Discrimination

Hoosier lawmakers draft legislation to protect gays against discrimination in response to national furor.

April 2, 2015

Cartoon: You Can’t Fool A Hoosier

Indiana gets used to ‘religious liberty.’

March 30, 2015
Mike Pence, Civil Liberties, Religion, Discrmination, Gay Rights, GOP, Indiana, Hoosier, RFRA

Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Lets Businesses, Individuals Decide Who Gets Equal Treatment

Indiana’s Orwellian-named ‘religious freedom’ law is a huge step back for civil rights.

March 26, 2015

A Mythical Right To Discriminate

How anti-LGBT extremists mask their bigotry as a quest to protect ‘religious freedom.’

February 18, 2015

Kansas Gov. Brownback Rescinds Protected-Class Status For LGBT State Workers

Thanks to Governor Brownback, Kansas workers can once be discriminated against due to their sexual orientation.

February 11, 2015

Texas Lawmakers Introducing Measures To Roll Back Advances For Gay Rights

Texas Republicans are going to war against anti-discrimination laws.

February 5, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Fair Housing Legacy Must Be Protected

Will the Supreme Court upend another key element of Dr. King’s legacy?

January 19, 2015

FDA Panel Considers Lifting Ban On Blood Donations By Gay Men

What’s more important to the FDA — saving lives, or petty politics?

November 14, 2014

Chris Kluwe, Vikings Finalize Settlement To Avert Lawsuit

By Master Tesfatsion, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings and their outspoken former punter, Chris Kluwe, have settled their differences after a seven-month battle. Under the terms of the settlement, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed amount to five charities over the next five years to benefit LGBT and anti-hate groups, and will sponsor […]

August 19, 2014