Lawmakers ‘deeply concerned’ over State Department human rights commission

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Fifty members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday said they are “deeply concerned” over the State Department’s new human rights advisory commission.

The lawmakers—including U.S. Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.)—in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his “plan to establish a Commission on Unalienable Rights is an attempt to make an end run around career experts, statutorily established State Department structures and widely accepted interpretations of human rights law to push a narrow, discriminatory agenda that decides whose rights are worth protecting and whose rights the administration will ignore.”

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Human rights commission president reaffirms marriage support

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights President Margarette May Macaulay reiterated her support of marriage rights for same-sex couples on Dec. 5, 2018, during a hearing on the issue in D.C. Photo courtesy of Inter-American Commission for Human Rights.

The president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Dec. 5 reiterated her support of marriage rights for same-sex couples.

“There’s only one race in the world and that’s the human race,” said Margarette May Macaulay during a hearing on marriage rights for same-sex couples in the Americas that took place at the commission’s headquarters in D.C. “And if there’s only one race, the human race, all humans are entitled to the same rights. It is a fundamental, easy, easy thing to accept if one is a thinking human being, but of course common sense is not so common.”

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Richmond gets highest score in state on annual LGBTQ ranking

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) | The City of Richmond has received the highest score in the state for its initiatives to support LGBTQ communities.

Mayor Levar Stoney said that out of 11 municipalities rated by the Human Rights Commission in 2018, Richmond received the highest Municipal Equality Index score with a 94.

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Kentucky judge rules for printer that refused gay pride job

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Louisville, Ky. (AP) — A judge in Lexington has ruled in favor of a shop that refused to print gay pride festival T-shirts.

The ruling on April 27 by Fayette County Circuit Judge James Ishmael overturns a decision by the city’s Human Rights Commission.

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