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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Guatemalans who were deported from the United States arrive to La Aurora International airport in Guatemala City. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday argues that Trump administration asylum agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are illegal. The agreements allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations. The American Civil Liberties lawsuit says the agreements are dangerous and violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation. The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups want the so-called cooperative asylum agreements declared illegal, and are asking a federal judge to block Homeland Security officials from enforcing the new rules. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Asylum agreements with Central American nations challenged

Jan. 15, 2020 7:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration agreements with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that allow U.S. immigration officials to send asylum seekers to the Central American nations violate the historic role of the U.S. as a humanitarian nation and should be blocked, according to a legal challenge filed...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo, supporters of LGBT rights stage a protest on the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. A group launched a 2020 ballot initiative Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2019, to expand Michigan's civil rights law to include anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, a step that would put the issue to voters if the Republican-led Legislature does not pass the measure. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta,File)

Ballot drive to bar LGBTQ discrimination begins in Michigan

Jan. 7, 2020 5:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A group launched a 2020 ballot initiative Tuesday to expand Michigan's civil rights law to include anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, a step that would put the issue to voters if the Republican-led Legislature does not pass the measure. Fair and Equal Michigan, a...

Gov. Ralph Northam , back to camera, talks with members of the media in a hallway after a press conference at the State Capitol Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 where he previewed his voting legislative proposals, including removing Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday and replacing it with election day. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Sweeping changes expected as Virginia Democrats take control

Jan. 6, 2020 2:54 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats in Virginia are looking to advance a history-making agenda when the General Assembly convenes Wednesday that could change how Virginians vote, the type of guns they can buy and the crimes for which they can be jailed. Quick action is expected on a number of high-profile...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017 file photo, religious leaders pray with President Donald Trump after he signed a proclamation for a national day of prayer to occur on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. White evangelical Protestants stand noticeably apart from other religious people on how the government should act on two of the most politically divisive issues at play in the 2020 presidential election, according to an early December 2019 poll of Americans from various faith backgrounds. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Poll: White evangelicals distinct on abortion, LGBT policy

Jan. 2, 2020 12:04 PM EST

White evangelical Protestants stand noticeably apart from other religious people on abortion restrictions and LGBT discrimination protections, two of the most politically divisive issues at play in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new poll. The findings point to an evangelical Protestant...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, St. Louis County police Sgt. Keith Wildhaber returns from lunch break to the St. Louis County courthouse on the third day of his discrimination case against the county in Clayton, Mo.St. Louis County leaders are working to address the culture of the police department following last month's jury verdict awarding $20 million to Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, who alleged he was discriminated against because he is gay. Experts say many departments across the U.S. are working to be more inclusive and are increasingly reaching out to the LGBTQ community. Some, including departments in San Jose, California, and Memphis, Tennessee, are seeking to recruit gay and lesbian officers. (Cristina M. Fletes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

Leader committed to change after verdict in gay officer suit

Dec. 20, 2019 1:08 PM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The leader of St. Louis County police board that was overhauled after a gay police sergeant was awarded nearly $20 million two months ago in a discrimination lawsuit says members are committed to stamping out bias. Board of Police Commissioners chairman William Ray Price Jr. publicly...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, St. Louis County police Sgt. Keith Wildhaber returns from lunch break to the St. Louis County courthouse on the third day of his discrimination case against the county in Clayton, Mo.St. Louis County leaders are working to address the culture of the police department following last month's jury verdict awarding $20 million to Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, who alleged he was discriminated against because he is gay. Experts say many departments across the U.S. are working to be more inclusive and are increasingly reaching out to the LGBTQ community. Some, including departments in San Jose, California, and Memphis, Tennessee, are seeking to recruit gay and lesbian officers. (Cristina M. Fletes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

Sergeant told to tone down 'gayness' to lead diversity unit

Dec. 13, 2019 8:23 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A gay St. Louis County police sergeant who was awarded nearly $20 million in a discrimination lawsuit has been promoted to lieutenant and picked as the leader of a newly created diversity and inclusion unit. Police Chief Jon Belmar said in a news release Thursday night announcing the...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, leaves a meeting with national intelligence inspector general Michael Atkinson about a whistleblower complaint, at the Capitol in Washington. As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, Rep. Chris Stewart is offering a proposal on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 that aims to achieve both goals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:53 PM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, leaves a meeting with national intelligence inspector general Michael Atkinson about a whistleblower complaint, at the Capitol in Washington. As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, Rep. Chris Stewart is offering a proposal on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 that aims to achieve both goals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:12 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

Transgender student Drew Adams, right, and his attorney, Tara Borelli, listen to questions from reporters outside of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Atlanta. Adam's fight over school bathrooms comes before a federal appeals court Thursday, setting the stage for a groundbreaking ruling. Adams, who has since graduated from Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, won a lower court ruling last year ordering the St. Johns County school district to allow him to use the boys' restroom. The district has since appealed. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris)

Federal court considers bathroom use by transgender student

Dec. 5, 2019 1:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A student has the right to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity, a lawyer told a federal court Thursday, arguing that the issue is about the right of transgender students to “equal dignity." But the Florida school district that's appealing a lower court order in...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019 file photo, James Bopp, the attorney for conservative religious groups challenging limits on Indiana's religious objections law, speaks with reporters at the Hamilton County government center in Noblesville, Ind. Conservative religious groups have failed to convince an Indiana judge they've faced any harm from limits placed on the state's contentious religious objections law signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence. Bopp, argued during an October hearing that they were subject to

Judge denies challenge to Indiana religious objection limits

Nov. 27, 2019 1:47 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge has canceled a trial challenging limits on the state’s religious objections law, finding conservative groups failed to prove they were harmed by changes the Republican-dominated Legislature approved shortly after then-Gov. Mike Pence signed it. In calling off the...