Minnesota-based retail giant Target announced Tuesday that transgender people are free to use the bathrooms and fitting rooms in their stores that match the gender they identify with, not their sex.
"We believe that everyone — every team member, every guest, and every community — deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination," Target argued in a statement posted on the company's corporate website.
"In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity," the company added. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Senator Ted Cruz recently denounced the comments of Ohio Governor John Kasich made regarding the need for religious liberty protection laws.
In an interview with the Conservative Review before the New York Primary, Sen. Cruz took issue with his Republican opponent's claim that religious liberty laws were unnecessary.
The circus entertainment company Cirque du Soleil is cancelling upcoming tour dates in North Carolina as a way of protesting the state's recently passed transgender law.
Cirque du Soleil joined a growing list of companies and entertainers that are boycotting the state of North Carolina after announcing last Friday that it is no longer going to perform three scheduled tour stops within the state.
The traveling circus was scheduled to perform in Greensboro on April 20 through April 24, in Raleigh June 22 through June 26, and in Charlotte on July 6 through July 10. The company, however, strongly objects to a North Carolina law passed last month that bans local governments from passing transgender bathroom ordinances that would allow men who identify as female to use women's restrooms and vice versa. more >>
Mothers in same-sex parenting households are more likely to feel bothered by and angry at their children, and believe their children are harder to care for than most other children, according to an academic study.
"Same-Sex and Different-Sex Parent Households and Child Health Outcomes: Findings from the National Survey of Children's Health," was published in the April 2016 issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
Based upon a survey using a nationally representative sample, the study compares 95 female same-sex parent households with 95 opposite-sex households. (That the same-sex parents are gay is assumed but was not confirmed by the authors.) more >>
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill Wednesday that removes the names and titles of county clerks from marriage licenses, giving legal "finality" to the religious accommodation that Rowan County clerk Kim Davis was looking for.
Davis, who made headlines when she spent over five days in jail last September for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses with her name and title on them because of her Christian beliefs, had called on the state's then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to create a religious accommodation allowing her to drop her name and title from marriage certificates that her office issued.
The accommodation, however, was not provided until Bevin, the new Republican governor, issued an order in late December allowing Davis and other religious clerks to omit their names on marriage license forms. more >>
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said he values diversity and doesn't discriminate, as he rescinded an executive order protecting the religious freedom of gay marriage opponents.
Edwards issued the order, rescinding an executive order enacted by the state's former governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, last year meant to protect businesses and religious nonprofits from government backlash over their objection to same-sex marriage.
Edwards' office announced Wednesday that the 49-year-old governor signed an executive order putting in place non-discrimination protections for the LGBT people who apply for state government jobs and contracting jobs with the state. more >>