Sen. Gillibrand: Defeat Trump in 2020 to pass Equality Act

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called Saturday night for the defeat of President Trump in Election 2020 and a change of Congress to enact long-sought after federal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

Gillibrand, a possible Democratic contender in 2020, made the remarks Saturday at the 2018 HRC Greater New York Gala, encouraging attendees to join efforts to make change in the mid-term election and the presidential election in 2020.

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Same-sex marriage case before Supreme Court has ties to civil rights decision

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The upcoming Supreme Court argument about a baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple makes some civil rights lawyers think of South Carolina’s Piggie Park barbecue.

When two African-Americans parked their car at a Piggie Park drive-in in August 1964 in Columbia, South Carolina, the waitress who came out to serve them turned back once she saw they were black and didn’t take their order.

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Federal appeals court rules civil rights law covers LGBTQ workers

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CHICAGO (AP) – Companies cannot discriminate against LGBTQ employees in the workplace because of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court said, in a ruling that a gay rights group called a “game changer.”

The 8-to-3 decision April 4 by the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is likely to lead to a battle before the Supreme Court over the interpretation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This is because a three-judge panel in Atlanta ruled the opposite three weeks ago.

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Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage supports Mississippi ‘religious objections’ law

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is backing Mississippi’s appeal to reinstate a law letting merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.

The “religious objections” law was struck down in July.

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Former Bob Jones president apologizes for 35-year-old anti-gay comments

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The former president of Bob Jones University has apologized for saying in 1980 that homosexuals should be stoned, calling his comments at the White House reckless and inflammatory.

Bob Jones III, then president of the fundamentalist university in Greenville, was in Washington with other ministers to oppose extending Civil Rights Act protections to homosexuals.

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