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LGBT Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA Following Hobby Lobby Decision

LGBT Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA Following Hobby Lobby Decision

Several LGBT rights groups have withdrawn their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), citing increased concerns about the religious exemption included in the bill.
Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision

Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision

Democrats in the House and Senate are expected to introduce companion bills today to reverse the US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby by prohibiting for-profit employers from refusing to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Missouri Governor Vetoes 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

Missouri Governor Vetoes 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon last week vetoed a 3-day waiting period for abortions and issued a fiery response to state lawmakers who signed off on the measure. Now, the Republican-led legislature is threatening to override when Missouri's state session resumes next term.
One in Four Americans Live in High-Poverty Areas

One in Four Americans Live in High-Poverty Areas

The 77 million Americans who live in poverty areas - defined as an area where over one-fifth of the residents earn incomes below the current poverty line of $23,600 for a family of four - represent a significant increase from the 18 percent recorded by the Census Bureau in 2000.
Pope Begs Forgiveness of Sexual Abuse Survivors, But Survivors Want Action

Pope Begs Forgiveness of Sexual Abuse Survivors, But Survivors Want Action

"These meetings are public relations coups for the Vatican and distracting placebos for others. They provide temporary but false hope."
Supreme Court Decision On Wheaton College Further Threatens Contraceptive Access

Supreme Court Decision On Wheaton College Further Threatens Contraceptive Access

A majority of the US Supreme Court granted a temporary emergency injunction to Wheaton College, ruling that the school does not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage benefit.
Delaware Law Would Protect Pregnant Employees From Discrimination

Delaware Law Would Protect Pregnant Employees From Discrimination

The Delaware House of Representatives last week followed the Delaware Senate in passing a bill to protect pregnant workers from discrimination. It now goes to Governor Jack Markell.
North Carolina College Students Join Challenge to Voter ID Laws

North Carolina College Students Join Challenge to Voter ID Laws

North Carolina college students are joining the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the US Department of Justice in a challenge to restrictive state voting laws that they argue violate the 26th Amendment.
Supreme Court Will Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Supreme Court Will Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case

The US Supreme Court will decide next term whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) requires an employer to provide workplace accommodations to pregnant employees if that employer also provides comparable accommodations to non-pregnant employees who become temporarily unable to perform their jobs without the accommodation.
Supreme Court Upholds California's 'Gay Conversion Therapy' Ban

Supreme Court Upholds California’s ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Ban

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that "gay conversion therapy," which aims to change the sexual orientation of children under the age of 18, is within a state's right to regulate and can therefore be banned.