A Hawaiian lesbian legislator has garnered national headlines last week for her decision to vote against a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the last state to join the Union.
Representative Jo Jordan is reportedly the first openly gay lawmaker in the United States to vote against a proposed legislation legalizing gay marriage.
Jordan's chief reason for opposing the legislation, Senate Bill 1, was that she believed the measure did not adequately protect religious liberty, as she explained in an interview with local media. more >>
In a move hailed by LGBT rights groups, the United States Senate has passed the 2013 version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
The Senate voted on Thursday 64 to 32 in favor of passing the legislation, which if enacted would bar workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Tico Almeida, founder and president of the pro-gay organization Freedom to Work, said in a statement that the vote was a "historic step." more >>
The New York Times in an editorial denounced the religious exemption clause found in the U.S. Senate bill that bars employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
In the editorial, the newspaper denounced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act's exemption for religious employers as "terribly broad."
A bill meant to expand anti-discrimination employment policy to include gays and transgendered individuals may see its defeat in the House of Representatives.
After the United States Senate voted to end cloture and bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the floor, House Speaker John Boehner expressed his opposition. Michael Steel, spokesman for Speaker Boehner, stated in an email to Politico that the Republican-controlled House will oppose the bill should it pass the Senate.
"The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs," wrote Steel. more >>
The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether or not the sectarian prayers offered at a New York town's meetings are constitutional.
The highest court in the land will hear an appeal from a lower court decision regarding Greece, N.Y.'s practice of having explicitly Christian prayers open town meetings.
Known as Galloway v. Town of Greece, the lawsuit was filed by two residents of Greece who felt the sectarian prayers made them feel excluded from the public affairs of the town. more >>
An Alabama-based Catholic television station has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over its controversial mandate that requires religious employers to cover contraceptives, including those that can cause early abortion.
Eternal Word Television Network, whose station in Irondale brings programming to more than 145 million homes across the globe, filed the suit on Monday.
Brought before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, EWTN is being represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and has the aid of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. more >>