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Washington approves banning 'gay panic' defense of homicide

Feb. 27, 2020 11:04 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A measure prohibiting homicide defendants from claiming a defense based on panic over a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity has been passed by lawmakers in Washington state. Nine states — California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey New York...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. file photo, Kentucky Democratic Governor Andy Beshear greets members of the Kentucky Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, an LGBTQ charity group, following an LGBTQ rally at the Capitol building in Frankfort, Ky., Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear defended a photograph of him posing with drag queens at a gay rights rally and accused a Republican lawmaker of using homophobic tactics by displaying the photo at a recent campaign rally while accusing Democrats of corrupting values, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

Kentucky governor defends photo posing with drag queens

Feb. 27, 2020 5:57 PM EST

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear defended a photograph of him posing with drag queens at a gay rights rally and accused a Republican lawmaker of using homophobic tactics by displaying the photo at a recent campaign rally while accusing Democrats of corrupting traditional values. Beshear, a Democrat, told reporters...

DOJ backs Kentucky photographer challenging gay rights law

Feb. 27, 2020 2:18 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on a lawsuit filed by a Kentucky wedding photographer who is challenging a city ordinance banning businesses from discriminating against gay customers. The Justice Department filed a “statement of interest” this week in...

FILE - In this July 22, 2018 file photo, Israelis wave flags and hold signs during a rally to protest against inequality for the LGBT community in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel's Supreme Court struck down a surrogacy law that critics said discriminated against same-sex couples. The 2018 law expanded access to surrogacy in Israel to single women but excluded gay couples and its passage sparked uproar in the LGBT community. In its decision Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, the court said that the law harmed the right to equality and the right to parenthood. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Israeli top court rules against surrogacy law excluding gays

Feb. 27, 2020 1:49 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court ruled against a surrogacy law Thursday that critics said discriminated against same-sex couples and which sparked uproar in the LGBT community when it was passed. In a statement, the court said the 2018 law, which expanded access to surrogacy in Israel to single...

LBGTQ groups: South Carolina law is putting students at risk

Feb. 27, 2020 12:01 PM EST

A South Carolina law banning sex education teachers from mentioning any relationships other than heterosexual ones — unless the talk involves sexually transmitted diseases — is fueling a climate of state-sanctioned discrimination, a federal lawsuit says. The National Center for Lesbian Rights and...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Feb. 26, 2020 4:41 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Cost of drill­ing: DEP raises per­mit fees to cover reg­u­la­tory ser­vices Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feb. 26 Permit fees for shale gas wells in Pennsylvania would soar by more than 150% under an...

Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, waits to address a press conference ahead of the floor votes on SB 868, the Virginia Values Act, The event was held in the Jefferson Room of the State Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. In the background is Mara Keisling, Executive Director of The National Center for Transgender Equality. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia lawmakers send LGBTQ protections bill to governor

Feb. 26, 2020 3:42 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers gave final passage Wednesday to a comprehensive anti-discrimination bill that advocates said will make the state the first in the South to enact such protections for LGBTQ people. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin, prohibits discrimination on the basis...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg marches with demonstrators calling for a union and $15 minimum wage at McDonald's, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In SC, Buttigieg faces black voters wary of a gay candidate

Feb. 25, 2020 12:25 AM EST

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina state Sen. Gerald Malloy is fine with a gay presidential candidate like Pete Buttigieg. His older male relatives are not — and that may be the defining challenge of Buttigieg's campaign. As Buttigieg tries to sustain his early success in Iowa and New Hampshire, he...

FILE - This is a Jan. 27, 2020 file photo of The Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples.  The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city's decision to stop placing children with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's agency because it would not permit same-sex couples to serve as foster parents.  (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Justices to hear Philly dispute over same-sex foster parents

Feb. 24, 2020 6:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a Philadelphia Catholic agency that won't place foster children with same-sex couples, a big test of religious rights on a more conservative court. The justices will review an appeals court ruling that upheld the city's decision to...

In this Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 photo provided by ISAIAH, the group's Executive Director Doran Schrantz, center, and Imam Mohamed Omar, right, applaud during the religious coalition's Claiming Our Voices 2019 event at the Minneapolis Convention Center. In 2017, Imam Omar, executive director of Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., decided it was no longer prudent to remain isolated after members of an Illinois militia threw a pipe bomb into his mosque. Joining forces with other imams in the area, Omar, a refugee from war-torn Somalia, approached ISAIAH, a 20-year-old mostly white and Christian community organizing coalition based in St. Paul. (ISAIAH via AP)

Across races, religions, coalitions organize for solidarity

Feb. 24, 2020 3:28 PM EST

(RNS) — Rachel Prestipino knows how segregated Miami can be every day, including Sunday: “It’s not just at 11 a.m.” But one thing all groups in Miami share, said Prestipino, lead organizer for a local faith-based organization called People Acting for Community Together, is an interest...