A discrimination complaint over a Colorado bakery's refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is being heard in a Denver court.
At issue in the complaint from David Mullins and Charlie Craig against Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver is whether religious freedom can protect a business from discrimination allegations from gay couples.
An administrative judge in Colorado's Civil Rights Commission is scheduled to hear arguments in the case Wednesday morning. It's unknown whether a ruling in the case will come the same day.
The bakery owner faces up to a year in prison if the court rules against him and he continues to refuse to make wedding cakes for gay couples.
Dayna Morales, the New Jersey waitress and former Marine who claimed last month the only tip she received from one family was an attack on her “lifestyle,” is now being accused of being dishonorably discharged, and of being a liar.
A few weeks ago, Morales sent a receipt to Have A Gay Day, which read, “I’m sorry I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and the way you live your life” written across it.
The receipt went viral. The New Civil Rights Movement spoke with Morales on the phone. She told us she had received a great deal of support from her employer and coworkers, who are like “family” to her.
But after NBC’s local New York City News Channel 4 reported on the receipt attack, one family contacted them and offered as proof their Visa statement and the original receipt that showed no slur — and an $18 tip.
Now Morales, in this NBC News story, is being accused of having earned a dishonorable discharge, and of being a compulsive liar — even having claimed she had brain cancer, when she did supposedly did not.
A Colorado school board member is facing criticism after she said that transgender students would need to be castrated before the student could use the school bathrooms that fit their gender identity.
KREX-TV in Grand Junction, Colo. was the first to report on Delta County School Board member Katherine Svenson's comments about transgender students during an October meeting:
"I would like to pass out something that shows people what is going on in the rest of the country," Svenson said at the school board meeting. "Massachusetts and California have passed laws relating to calling a student, irrespective of his biological gender, letting him perform as the gender he thinks he is, or she is. I just want to emphasize: not in this district. Not until the plumbing's changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here."
Svenson refers to a groundbreaking bill recently signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown that allows transgender youth to use whatever bathroom and participate in whichever sports team they believe matches their gender identity.
When questioned about her controversial comments by KREX, Svenson was unapologetic.
“I don’t have a problem if some boys think they are girls, I’m just saying as long as they can impregnate a woman, they’re not going to go in the girls' locker-room,” she said.
Other Delta County school officials have said that they do not agree with Svenson's point of view on the issue.
A private Christian school that will be receiving taxpayer-funded school vouchers has just instituted a policy banning LGBT students or students with LGBT parents or siblings. Wilmington, North Carolina’s Myrtle Grove Christian School just published a Biblical morality policy that bans anyone even suspected of “participating in, supporting, or affirming sexual immorality, homosexual activity, or bisexual activity.”
The two-page letter uses the children’s game, Duck, Duck, Goose, to illustrate their “simple but profound truth: If we move too far away from the center, we can no longer hold hands.”
"The question is, at what point are a family’s moral affirmations or lifestyles far enough away from the biblical center that we cannot hold hands in partnership?"
"The school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home or the activities of a student are counter to or are in opposition to the Biblical lifestyle the school teaches."
The policy will begin in the fall of 2014, as will parents’ ability to use taxpayer-funded school vouchers, initially worth $4200 per year per student, but expected to increase in value, for tuition.
Participants Needed for Research in Gay and Lesbian Workplace Relationships
Must be a gay or lesbian that is "Out" in the workplace
Must have disclosed their sexual orientation within the workplace in the past one to six years
- Must have supervisor/manager (or someone in a leadership position) and at least one co-worker willing to participate in the study willing to be interviewed
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday allowing same-sex weddings starting this summer, making President Barack Obama's home state the 16th overall — and largest in the nation's heartland — to legalize gay marriage.
The festivities at the University of Illinois at Chicago featured a family-friendly crowd, musical performances and a stage lined with American, Illinois and rainbow flags.
"We understand in our state that part of our unfinished business is to help other states in the United States of America achieve marriage equality," Quinn said before he signed the bill on a desk once used by President Abraham Lincoln. He said part of that mission was to ensure that "love is not relegated to a second class status to any citizen in our country."
References to freedom, equality, fairness and Lincoln — the desk was where he penned his 1861 inaugural address — were peppered throughout the event. In attendance were top elected officials, including Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Organizers estimated roughly 2,300 attended, including activists and members of the public.