Tag: gay-rights

NC Lawmakers Agree To Repeal Transgender Bathroom Ban

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina announced late Wednesday that they have reached an agreement to repeal a state law prohibiting transgender people from using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identities. The deal, reached with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, an outspoken opponent of the controversial law, came as the state was on the verge of…

Trump Rolls Back Protections For Transgender Students

The Trump administration on Wednesday rescinded Obama-era anti-discrimination protections for transgender students. President Trump overruled Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ concerns about the move. The Obama administration had ordered schools to let transgender students use public school restrooms corresponding to their gender identity, and Democrats immediately criticized Trump for rolling back the policy. “No student should…

Trump: I Will ‘Destroy’ Johnson Amendment [VIDEO]

After asking prayer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Apprentice ratings this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast Trump declared that religious freedom is “under threat,” He vowed to repeal an IRS rule that says pastors who endorse candidates from the pulpit risk losing their tax-exempt status. “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment…

Trump to Senate GOP: Go Nuclear on SCOTUS Vote

On Wednesday President Trump said that he would be fine with the Senate changing rules to pass his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, with just 50 votes as opposed to the necessary 60 required now. “Yes, if we end up with the same gridlock we’ve had in Washington for longer than eight years, in all…

Trump Selects Judge Neil Gorsuch For SCOTUS

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night, saying in a speech at the White House: “This may be the most transparent judicial process in history.” Gorsuch, 49, sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in 25…

Irish Gay Marriage Vote Passes by Almost 2-1 Margin

Voters in Ireland have come out in favour by over 60% to change the country’s constitution to allow gay marriage. It’s the first time gay marriage has been approved via referendum. The Irish Times newspaper said turnout in Dublin was as high as 65%, and raised the hopes of “yes” campaigners that high engagement by…

President Museveni Signs the “Kill the Gays” Bill Into Law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law Monday a bill that criminalizes homosexuality…Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda. The law toughens the penalties, including life imprisonment…The United States and Britain are among Uganda’s largest donors. Source: CNN.com Read more —————————————————————————- Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill imposes lifetime imprisonment for conviction of homosexuality, lifetime imprisonment for…

Virginia ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional late on Thursday. The decision makes Virginia the second state in the South to have a ban on same-sex marriage overturned, following similar rulings in Kentucky, Utah and Oklahoma. U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen stayed her decision until an appeals court…

Gay and Russian: ‘It’s hunting season, we are the hunted’

The level of hostility towards gay people in Russia right now is eye-watering, writes Liz MacKean on the eve of the Sochi Winter Olympics. Watch Channel 4’s Dispatches tonight at 10pm. Crawling through the morning traffic in St Petersburg, I was greeted with a surprising sight in the car alongside: a young man was staring…

Nigerian president signs law banning gay marriage

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill Monday that bans gay marriage, gay rights groups and making “public show of same-sex amorous” relationships. The bill contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison. Under existing Nigerian federal law, sodomy is punishable by jail, but this bill legislates for a much broader crackdown on homosexuals…

Jesse Jackson: ‘Duck Dynasty’ star ‘white privilege’

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has stepped into the “Duck Dynasty” uproar, using the case of civil rights hero Rosa Parks to make his case against show star Phil Robertson. “At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law,” Jackson said in a statement,…

Obama sends message by naming Sochi Olympic delegation

The White House delivered a strong message of opposition to Russia’s anti-gay laws Tuesday with the announcement of its delegation to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics. The White House delegation will include an openly gay athlete: tennis great Billie Jean King. It will not include the president, first lady or the vice president,…

Kuwait ‘gay-o-meter’? Clinical screenings using gaydar to ‘detect’ and ban homosexuals from (rear) entry

Kuwait ‘gay-o-meter’? Gay Streaming & Screening? Clinical screenings at airport using gaydar to ‘detect’ and ban homosexuals from entry into country. Routine clinical screenings may be used to ‘detect’ homosexuals and bar them from entering Kuwait and other Gulf member states, according to a top Kuwaiti official. A central committee tasked with the status of…

Pope Francis Says Church ‘Obsessed’ With Gays, Abortion

In his first extensive interview since ascending to the papacy, Pope Francis said that he believes the Roman Catholic Church is too ‘obsessed’ with the issues of gay marriage and contraception. The interview was conducted with La Civiltà Cattolica, an Italian Jesuit journal. Francis said the Church should exist as a ‘home for all.’ Photo:…