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 >>
A nationwide organization that advocates for marriage being defined as only between one man and one woman has denounced Illinois becoming the 15th state to legalize gay marriage.
The National Organization for Marriage released a statement in response to the Illinois House of Representatives approving a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in The Prairie State.
Brian Brown, president of NOM, said in a statement that news from the Illinois House was "disappointing but not surprising." 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 >>
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 >>