New York's governor signed an executive order banning all "non-essential state travel" to North Carolina over the state's recent passage of a bill barring transgender bathroom ordinances.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the executive order Monday, which argued that "in a free society the equal rights of all citizens, including LGBT citizens, must be protected and cherished."
"All agencies, departments, boards, authorities and commissions [will] review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the state of North Carolina so long as there is law in effect there that creates the grounds for discrimination against LGBT citizens," continued the order. more >>
Things get lost. Car keys, pens, gerbils that scamper from their cages. But there's lost and then there's lost.
James Meyers Jr. of Concord, North Carolina, was arrested on Tuesday for "failing to return a movie he had rented back in 2002." Incredibly, Meyers is scheduled for a court hearing on the long-lost video next month. more >>
A judge in England has barred a father from taking his 9-year-old son to a Christian church because the boy's Muslim mother fears an opposing worldview will "confuse" the child's faith.
The Daily Mail reports that the boy's father, who cannot be named for legal reasons and lives in Derby County, was born to Pakistani-born parents inside the U.K. and was raised in a strict Muslim household being taught that Christians were "heartless and immoral."
As a non-practicing Muslim, the man and his wife got married in 2003 and led what can be described as a Western lifestyle. But after the woman's father died, she began to become more adherent to conservative Muslim principles after her mother told her that her father was going to Hell because he did not adhere to the strict guidelines of the Muslim faith. more >>
The American Civil Liberties Union and LGBT advocacy groups filed a lawsuit against North Carolina over the state's recently passed ban on transgender bathroom ordinances.
Joined by Lambda Legal and Equality North Carolina, the ACLU suit was filed Monday in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.
"This lawsuit challenges a sweeping North Carolina law, House Bill 2 ('H.B. 2'), which bans transgender people from accessing restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity and blocks local governments from protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ('LGBT') people against discrimination in a wide variety of settings," reads the suit's introduction. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a group of cases challenging the Affordable Care Act's requirement that nonprofit employers offer healthcare coverage that includes contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization.
The challengers in the consolidated cases, captioned Zubik v. Burwell, include Little Sisters of the Poor, Priests for Life, and a variety of religious nonprofits.
Many of the arguments that have been put forth in support of the plaintiffs involve conscience rights. These are important arguments that certainly deserve attention. However, in the amicus brief I filed in on behalf of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, I emphasized public-health arguments which have received relatively little media attention. more >>
Bangladesh's highest court will weigh this weekend whether Islam should be abandoned as the official state religion, leading thousands of Muslims to take to the streets in protest and threaten violence.
On Sunday, the Bangladesh Supreme Court will hear a petition to remove Islam as the official religion and make the 90 percent-Muslim nation a secular state for the first time in 28 years.
Although Bangladesh was originally formed as a secular state in 1971 when it won its independence from Pakistan, the nation's Constitution was amended in 1988 under the pressure of dictator H.M. Ershad to declare Islam as Bangladesh's official religion in order to help him win support over political enemies that attempted to oust him. more >>