A petition posted on a White House website seeking legal recognition for "non-binary genders" has garnered over 100,000 signatures.
The petition was created in March and has surpassed the 100,000 mark well in advance of its April 20 deadline. With the benchmark reached, according to the Obama administration's "We The People" website, the White House must issue an official response to the petition.
"Legal documents in the United States only recognize 'male' and 'female' as genders, leaving anyone who does not identify as one of these two genders with no option," reads the petition in part. Titled "Legally Recognize Non-Binary Genders," the petition was created by "LS" of Herndon, Va., and placed under the category of civil rights and liberties. As of Monday morning it has more than 101,000 signatures. more >>
NEW YORK — President Barack Obama, lashing out at Republican-led efforts to strengthen voter ID requirements, poked fun at critics who have hounded him since the start of his first term about his birth certificate and the validity of his office.
While suggesting that "folks may learn that without a document like a passport or a birth certificate [that] they can't register," Obama recalled Friday at the National Action Network's 2014 convention at the Sheraton Times Square hotel the controversies he faced over his own birth certificate.
"And just to be clear, I know where my birth certificate is but a lot of people don't. A lot of people don't," he said to laughter and applause. "I think it's still up on a website somewhere." more >>
As Uganda continues to face international outrage over its Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed into law earlier this year, The Christian Post sought to get a better understanding of not only the bill but also how the churches in the East African country came to support it.
A spokesperson with the Church of Uganda (part of the Anglican Communion) answered questions from CP regarding the church's position on the law, its opinion of the law, and regarding American opposition. The spokesperson, who requested to remain anonymous, stated that they "honestly don't understand" the outrage. more >>
The U.S. Senate failed to move forward on a gender pay discrimination bill Wednesday as the White House continues to defend its use of a questionable statistic on the gender wage gap.
With all Republicans voting "no," the Paycheck Fairness Act did not get the 60 votes needed to end debate and move the bill to a vote. The bill would have allowed employees to share their salary information with each other and bring civil actions against their employer for gender discrimination.
Republicans objected that they were not allowed to offer any amendments to the bill, including an amendment offered by four female Republicans that would have included provisions against retaliating against workers who inquire about the salaries of their peers. more >>
It has been interesting to watch Putin gain in popularity as he outwits Obama. Since he invaded Crimea, Putin's approval ratings in Russia have gone up 10 points. In another of his historic "firsts," Obama has done what no other president has done: make Putin look better.
As the Obama administration argues over which symbolic, empty gestures it plans to use next, Putin smiles (or sneers, I'm not sure which; with him, it's a creepy yet subtle distinction).
Russia caught Obama off guard. Prior to the invasion of Crimea, in Obama's view our nation's biggest threats were the Koch brothers, the Tea Party and health care providers. Now on that list is the Russian situation, but only to the degree that it makes Obama look politically weak. more >>
The Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," was supposed to lower healthcare costs and reduce the national deficit without causing anyone to lose their insurance or their doctor. It was also not supposed to subsidize abortions. These promises have not been kept.
1. It will save you money.
The typical family will save about $2,500 per year in health insurance premiums due to the ACA, Obama claimed. more >>