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 John Bel Edwards said he values diversity and doesn't discriminate, as he rescinded an executive order protecting the religious freedom of gay marriage opponents.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 >>
Legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr announced that he's cancelling an upcoming concert in North Carolina to protest the state's recently passed transgender bathroom law.
The 75-year-old Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, was scheduled to perform with his All Starr Band in Cary, North Carolina, in June but announced in a statement Wednesday that he will no longer perform in order to support those "fighting against the bigotry of HB2."
"I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred," Starr said in a statement. "How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended." more >>
Telstra, the largest telecommunication company in Australia, has dropped its public support for legalizing gay marriage in the country, sparking a cultural row and claims the Catholic Church influenced its decision.
Although Telstra backed same-sex marriage in a full-page advertisement published in Australian newspapers earlier this year, the company has since decided to drop out of the debate, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Thursday.
Telstra Chief Executive Andrew Penn explained the decision is based on making sure everyone gets a chance to voice their opinion in the debate. more >>
Missourians could not be forced to participate in a same-sex wedding if a proposed referendum is added to the ballot and passed.
Known as Senate Joint Resolution 39, the proposed referendum item passed the Senate in March and is presently being debated in the House.
"That the state shall not impose a penalty on a religious organization on the basis that the organization believes or acts in accordance with a sincere religious belief concerning marriage between two persons of the same sex," reads the proposed amendment in part. more >>
Conservative author Ryan Anderson has outlined three major hypocrisies found in the Left's outrage and over religious liberty laws recently passed in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.
Anderson, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and author of the book Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Liberty, wrote a Monday op-ed for The Daily Signal criticizing liberal entertainers, businesses and governors who claim that the laws outright legalize discrimination against the LGBT community and are now trying to use their influence to coerce the states to repeal the laws.
"At issue are a Mississippi law that narrowly and carefully protects the rights of religious charities, small businesses, and select public servants and a North Carolina law that reasonably protects privacy and safety in public restrooms, while leaving private institutions free to set their own bathroom policies. These laws, apparently, are now unacceptable to some voices on the left," Anderson wrote. "But are they really? The hypocrisy in their opposition suggests otherwise." more >>
Pope Francis issued a subtle jab at the transgender movement in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, where he asserted that schools need to teach children to "accept" their natural bodies as they were "created," and to appreciate their bodies as "male and female."
As the fight to allow self-identifying transgender students into bathrooms and changing areas of the opposite sex spreads to school districts across the U.K. and the United States, the pontiff spoke out against encouraging students' who choose to identify with the opposite biological gender.