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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...

Fired coaches appeal ruling in favor of Delaware university

Dec. 6, 2019 5:05 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two former volleyball coaches who claimed they were fired from the University of Delaware based on age and sexual orientation are appealing a judge's ruling in favor of the school. A federal judge ruled last month that Bonnie Kenny and Cindy Gregory had failed to show that the...

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...

Man charged in assault, accused of yelling anti-gay slurs

Dec. 5, 2019 8:04 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man accused of striking another man with a shovel, attacking him with a box cutter and calling him anti-gay slurs has been arrested on charges of assault and committing a hate crime, Boston police said. Boston police officers responded to reports of an assault around noon...

Ex-judicial panelists: Abbott ousted them over gay marriage

Dec. 5, 2019 6:49 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two former members of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct said they believe Texas Gov. Greg Abbott removed them from the panel because he disagreed with them over a same-sex marriage case. Abbott, a Republican, had appointed Amy Suhl and Maricela Alvarado to the commission in June of...

Viral video reignites LGBTQ debate at Quaker school

Dec. 5, 2019 5:57 PM EST

(RNS) — The video begins with Reid Arthur striding on stage in shorts and a glittering, iridescent hoodie. The George Fox University senior was participating in a lip sync dance number at his school set to Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down,” complete with a troupe of backup...

After long debate, Olathe OKs nondiscrimination ordinance

Dec. 4, 2019 4:12 PM EST

After months of debate, the Olathe City Council approved a nondiscrimination ordinance that provides protections for LGBTQ residents. After Tuesday's vote, Olathe became the last major city in Johnson County to adopt an ordinance that prohibits discrimination such as being denied housing, employment or services...

Texas judge warned for refusing to perform same-sex weddings

Dec. 3, 2019 5:48 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — The Texas agency that investigates judicial misconduct issued a public warning to a justice of the peace who has refused to perform same-sex marriages while continuing to marry same sex-couples. In its warning made public on Monday, the Texas Commission on Judicial Misconduct said...

Report: Substitute teacher fired for berating child on dads

Dec. 2, 2019 7:04 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say a substitute teacher in Utah has been fired after berating a fifth-grade student who said he was thankful for being adopted by his two dads, one of whom is a former dancer on “Dancing with the Stars.” The Salt Lake Tribune reports staffing company Kelly...

US ambassador ‘horrified’ by Zambia sentence for gay couple

Dec. 2, 2019 6:15 AM EST

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — The United States ambassador to Zambia says local government officials have condemned him for saying he was “horrified” by the sentencing of a local gay couple to 15 years in prison. Ambassador Daniel Foote told reporters Monday he would not be intimidated by officials...