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Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision Blocked in the Senate

Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision Blocked in the Senate

A bill introduced by Democrats to reverse the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case failed Wednesday.
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.
Strong Support For IVAWA and CEDAW in Senate Hearing

Strong Support For IVAWA and CEDAW in Senate Hearing

Dozens of students, organizations, concerned citizens and U.S. Senators packed the small hearing room in Dirksen early this morning to show support for IVAWA and CEDAW--two critical tools the US hasn't taken action on in years.
President Obama Highlights Women’s Economic Agenda at White House Summit

President Obama Highlights Women’s Economic Agenda at White House Summit

Declaring that “when women succeed, America succeeds,” the President highlighted several items on the Women’s Economic Agenda – an agenda promoted by major women’s leadership organizations.
Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Two Michigan lawmakers introduced state legislation to repeal a Michigan law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for abortion, even in cases of rape or when a women's health is endangered.
Anti-Choice Group May Challenge Law Prohibiting False Political Speech

Anti-Choice Group May Challenge Law Prohibiting False Political Speech

The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that anti-choice group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) could challenge an Ohio state law prohibiting "false statements" in political campaign speech.
Obama to Issue Executive Order Banning Discrimination Against LGBT Employees

Obama to Issue Executive Order Banning Discrimination Against LGBT Employees

The Obama administration announced yesterday that the President will issue an executive order prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Sandra Fluke's Campaign for California State Senate Advances to General Election

Sandra Fluke’s Campaign for California State Senate Advances to General Election

Women's rights activist and attorney, Sandra Fluke, finished in the top two in her run for an open state Senate seat in California's 26th district.
Illinois Senate Passes Resolution to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Illinois Senate Passes Resolution to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

With a 39-11 vote, the Illinois Senate voted – by more than the necessary three-fifths margin of elected senators, as required by state law – to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). If it moves forward in the state House, Illinois will become the 36th state to ratify the ERA. “Ratification is not just a hugely...
Virginia Attorney General Announces DREAMers Will Qualify for In-State Tuition

Virginia Attorney General Announces DREAMers Will Qualify for In-State Tuition

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced yesterday that DREAMers, children of undocumented immigrants who lawfully live in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, will qualify for in-state college tuition at Virginia's public universities.
Afghanistan May Hold Runoff Presidential Election

Afghanistan May Hold Runoff Presidential Election

Preliminary results for Afghanistan's recent presidential election were released on Saturday, showing that former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister and World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai are the top contenders.
Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services

Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services

President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Senate Republicans Filibuster Paycheck Fairness Act

Senate Republicans Filibuster Paycheck Fairness Act

The Senate blocked efforts to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) by a 54-43 vote today along strict party lines, with Republicans and moderates - including Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) - voting no.
Senators and President Obama Mark Equal Pay Day With Actions To Close Wage Gap

Senators and President Obama Mark Equal Pay Day With Actions To Close Wage Gap

"The time has passed for us to recognize that what determines success should not be our gender, but rather our talent, our drive, and the strength of our contributions."
Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide

Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - an international organization of parliamentarians - released its annual review of Women in Parliament last week at the United Nations, showing a record number of women winning Parliamentary seats around the world.
Ohio Passes Laws Ending or Restricting Early and Absentee Voting

Ohio Passes Laws Ending or Restricting Early and Absentee Voting

With Ohio remaining a key presidential swing state, the voting restrictions could have national impacts if they remain in place.
Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Limit Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Limit Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill last week that would give states the power to decide whether to give married lesbian and gay couples the same federal benefits that heterosexual married couples receive.
Justice Department Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in All Programs

Justice Department Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in All Programs

"As all-important as the fight against racial discrimination was then, and remains today, know this: My commitment to confronting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity runs just as deep.”
Military Sexual Assault Bill Expected To Come To Vote This Week

Military Sexual Assault Bill Expected To Come To Vote This Week

"The men and women of our military deserve better," Gillibrand told The Washington Post.
Senate Cuts Food Stamps For 850,000 Households

Senate Cuts Food Stamps For 850,000 Households

850,000 households across the country - encompassing 1.7 million people - are now set to lose around $90 a month in food stamp benefits because of the US Senate vote last night on the 2014 Farm Bill.