Mary Jane Kennedy considers herself a conservative Christian Republican, and she's led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades. She's also the mother of two gay sons and one of the faces in a new advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is taking on the region's longstanding church-based opposition to homosexuality in a series of groundbreaking television commercials, direct-mail messages and phone-bank operations designed to promote equality and legal protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.
A state judge overturned Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage on Nov. 5 in a ruling that immediately set off a rush among some same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in a written ruling that Missouri's measure recognizing marriage only between a man and woman violates the due process and equal protection rights of the U.S. Constitution. The decision mirrored ones handed down recently in several other states.
The Center for American Progress and other organizations raised concerns on Election Day with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp about access to the polls. They are calling for immediate action to ensure all eligible voters have uninhibited access to the polls and can exercise their legal and constitutional right to vote.
The state of Georgia's website with vital voter information went down on Election Day and the polling location on Georgia Tech’s campus is charging voters for parking in order to vote there, according to multiple reports.
A month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on gay marriage, the issue is headed its way again.
A federal appeals court on Nov. 6 halted a run of rulings supporting same-sex marriage by the U.S. courts that are the last line for appeals just below the Supreme Court. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel instead upheld laws against the practice in four states - Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.
President Barack Obama held a news conference at the White House the afternoon after the midterm election.
The following is a transcript of the president’s remarks, and then the question-and-answer session with the press.
A federal district judge on Nov. 4 ordered Kansas to allow same-sex couples to marry.
However, Judge Daniel Crabtree delayed enforcement of the order until next week to provide the state time to appeal.
The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal challenging the constitutionality of a Colorado law that prohibits people from obstructing entry to abortion clinics.
The justices this week left in place a lower court ruling that said the law does not restrict free speech or otherwise violate the rights of abortion protesters.
With the U.S. Senate at stake, millions of voters went to the polls on Nov. 4 with a mix of concern about the nation's future, skepticism about gridlock in Washington and, for some, a little enthusiasm about the day.
Voters in Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina and elsewhere registered dissatisfaction with the choices on the ballot, saying they picked the best candidate they could in a cast of some so-so choices.
Control of the House and Senate will be decided by voters today. And polls suggest that Republicans are close, very close, to achieving majorities in both chambers. So leading Republicans are turning to a matter often overlooked in campaigns: how to actually govern.
They say it will be crucial to show the GOP can legislate, lead and solve problems after years of lobbing political grenades at President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.
The world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace in nine years of measuring the global gender gap. And, with all else remaining equal, it will take 81 years for the world to close the gender gap completely.
The Global Gender Gap Report 2014, launched in late October, shows that, the gender gap for economic participation and opportunity now stands at 60 percent worldwide, having closed by 4 percent from 56 percent in 2006, when the World Economic Forum first started measuring it.