NEWSFLASH: Delaware Protects Transgender Rights

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Delaware Gov. Jack Martell signed a bill on Wednesday that includes gender identity and expression in the state’s hate crime and nondiscrimination laws. The Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act would outlaw discrimination based on gender identity in employment, housing, insurance and public assistance. Said Markell, Kindness, decency, and fairness are the values that Delawareans live by […]

NEWSFLASH: NYC Approves Paid Sick Leave!

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Back in April of this year, Ms. covered the passage of a bill that gave workers paid sick leave. However, it was vetoed on June 7 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Yesterday, though, lawmakers overrode Bloomberg’s veto with a staggering 47-4 vote. After a three-year struggle, the bill has finally become law. The strength of this majority […]

NEWSFLASH: Victories for Same-Sex Marriage in Supreme Court!

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Thank you, activists and lawyers and longtime supporters of same-sex marriage. Thank you, Edie Windsor, for having the chutzpah to take your case to the Supreme Court. And thank you, Justice Anthony Kennedy, for being just the swing vote needed to allow a 5-4 ruling that declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional today. […]

NASA’s New Astronauts Reach Gender Parity

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Closely following the 50th anniversary this past Sunday of Russian Valentina Tereshkova becoming the first woman in space and the 30th anniversary of Sally Ride’s famous flight today, NASA has named four women to be among its class of eight new astronauts trainees—the first time that the U.S. space agency has achieved gender parity in a […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Upholds Arizona Voters’ Rights

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Today, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of invalidating Proposition 200, an Arizona state law that required voters to provide proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. The Court decided that the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which only requires voters use a federal approved registration form, overrules the state law. […]

NEWSFLASH: Human Genes Can’t Be Patented, Says Supreme Court

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In a unanimous decision (written by Justice Clarence Thomas, of all people), the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that human genes can’t be patented. However, a manipulated gene that creates something not found in nature can receive patent protection. The case was Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, No. 12-398, which involves the BRCA […]

NEWSFLASH: Sen. Levin Weakens Military Sex Assault Bill

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) announced on Tuesday he is replacing a measure proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) that would have removed military sexual assault crimes from being handled within the military chain of command. Levin’s replacement measure would keep authority on major military crimes with senior officers. Gillibrand’s measure, part of a defense spending bill, was […]

NEWSFLASH: Russian Lawmakers Vote 436-0 in Favor of Anti-Gay Bill

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Last weekend marked LGBT Pride around the U.S. With glitz and glam and thousands of colorful spectators at parades, Americans celebrated how far gay rights have come in many parts of this country. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of gay rights in other parts of the world. Yesterday in Russia, the State Duma passed […]

NEWSFLASH: Plan B Available To All Without Restriction

Late on Monday, the Obama administration said it will comply with a federal district court order to allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraceptives. Although the Department of Justice initially appealed the court’s ruling, it has since withdrawn its challenge. This means that Plan B One-Step, which previously had an age restriction of 17 and older, […]

NEWSFLASH: Boy Scouts To Accept Openly Gay Boys – But Not Gay Leaders

Today, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council voted to allow openly gay Boy Scouts in their program—but openly gay adult leaders are still banned. The decision, supported by more than 60 percent of the council, is a step in the right direction, but still sends the wrong message about gay adults. The new policy […]