Lacking congressional support to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is again imposing his policies on federal contractors, in keeping with presidents' tradition of exerting their powers on a fraction of the economy they directly control.
Obama will sign an executive order on April 8 barring federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. The order is similar to language in a Senate bill aimed at closing a pay gap between men and women. That measure is scheduled for a vote this week, but is unlikely to pass.
A House committee has approved a bill to outlaw eating cats and dogs in Hawaii, a measure supported by animal lovers who lobbied lawmakers with their pets.
The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill (SB 2026) late last week. It also bans trafficking cats and dogs for slaughter and consumption.
Out of the shadows, into the streets. They are dreamers, and as they call for comprehensive immigration reform, they urge the Obama administration to halt the deportation of their mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors.
Pay to not play
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up the appeal of a New Mexico photography business that sought to discriminate against a same-sex couple because of religious beliefs.
The court decision means that the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling against the photography business stands.
It's the Truvada conundrum: A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in same-sex sex without using condoms.
Many doctors and activists see immense promise for such preventive use of Truvada, and are campaigning hard to raise awareness of it as a crucial step toward reducing new HIV infections, which now total about 50,000 a year in the U.S. Recent efforts range from think-tank forums and informational websites to a festive event at a New York City bar.
When Vernita Gray died in her home in Chicago on March 18, family members knew no traditional memorial service could accommodate all those who’d want to share their love, express their thanks and honor the legendary gay rights activist.
France's far-right National Front, coming off a historic electoral victory at home, is marching toward a new target: the European Parliament.
Party chief Marine Le Pen is leading the charge for continent-wide elections next month like the general of a conquering army, and hoping to attract kindred parties around Europe in a broad alliance.
The Open for Business Coalition — with some of the nation’s leading business associations as members — recently formed to oppose the so-called “Religious Freedom Bills” still pending in some states.
The coalition was announced as Mississippi Gov. Phil Byrant signed his state’s version of the bill.
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez has agreed to be the godmother of a lesbian couple's baby in a Roman Catholic cathedral.
Umma Azul, who is just over 2 months old, will be baptized today in a ceremony with her two mothers. She's the first child known to receive this church blessing in Argentina.
Most advances in the LGBT civil rights movement in 2013 were on the marriage front, with victories in statehouses in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota and Rhode Island, as well as courts in New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma and, most significantly, the U.S. Supreme Court.
A registered sex offender who lives at a South Florida trailer park has been charged with setting fire to another trailer, where a lesbian couple and eight children live, according to The Miami Herald.
Miami-Dade police say video footage shows 73-year-old Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva setting fire to a mattress that was leaning against his neighbors' home early Saturday morning at the River Park Trailer Court.