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 >>
Thousands of people have taken part in an online survey done by a United Methodist Church commission which was about the issue of gender descriptions and images people use for God.
The UMC General Commission on the Status and Role of Women posted the survey online, garnering about 3,700 respondents until it officially closed on Thursday.
Of the 3,700+ respondents, 40 percent of them were male and 60 percent female, with 65 percent being laity and 35 percent being clerics or people undergoing the process of becoming clerics. more >>
Germany has become the first European nation to allow parents to effectively choose an "intermediate sex" gender for newborn babies displaying characteristics of both males and females, in an effort to improve "acceptance and equality."
"Many people who were subjected to a 'normalizing' operation in their childhood have later felt it to have been a mutilation and would never have agreed to it as adults," read a 2012 report by the German Ethics Council, on which the law is based on, as reported by DW.DE.
With the new law in effect in November, parents will not be forced to pick between male and female identifications or make quick decisions about sex assignment surgery for the newborns. more >>
A youth group leader has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenager girl in the group at her home earlier this month in Chicago, Illinois.
After Michael Rivera, 22, drove the victim and her 13-year-old nephew back home after a youth group meeting, Rivera came inside and played video games with the boy, said Assistant State's Attorney Latoya Croswell, according to The Chicago Sun Times. The youth group was connected to CityLights Church, a police report stated.
When the girl decided to go to sleep, Rivera followed her to her room and forced her to fondle him, claimed Croswell, who added that the girl's mother and sister were already asleep. more >>
A Turkish businessman has opened the country's first online sex shop catering to Muslims by selling products in a less-explicit manner that secular online sex stores. Along with selling merchandise, the website also reportedly offers advice for Muslims, such as information on how to have "halal sex," or sex that is lawful under Islam's Sharia law.
Entrepreneur Haluk Murat Demirel, 38, started the "Halal Sex Shop" after his friends told him they were seeking sex advice but found secular online sex stores to be too explicit. "Online sex shops usually have pornographic pictures, which makes Muslims uncomfortable. We don't sell vibrators for example, because they are not approved by Islam," Demirel told Reuters.
The website presents its products as being "entirely safe" and falling in line with Islamic law. Upon entering the site, users can choose to click one link if they are a female, and another if they are male, and they are then redirected to gender-specific pages. Headlines on the website include, "Oral sex according to Islam," "Sex manners in Islam," and "Sexual life in Islam." more >>
Four same-sex married couples have opted to sue Tennessee over the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, the couples argue that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional in that it allegedly violates the equal protection and due process clauses.
All four married couples moved to Tennessee after being married in other states that had legalized gay marriage. more >>