Billie Jean King will attend the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia.
King, who didn’t travel to the opening ceremony because of her mother’s death, will join American speed skaters Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden on Feb. 23 as part of President Barack Obama’s official U.S. delegation.
House Democrats said this week they will try to highlight GOP resistance to a higher minimum wage with a tactical maneuver meant to bring new attention to an issue they consider a political winner.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said her party will push a "discharge petition" when Congress returns from its recess on Feb. 24. If Democrats can persuade roughly two dozen Republicans to sign the petition, it would force GOP leaders to allow a House vote on the wage issue.
A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that the state ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
The judge said Virginia’s laws prohibiting gays and lesbians from marrying — including a provision in the Virginia Constitution that prohibits marriage equality in the state — violate the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. Coast Guard won’t use as many live animals for its combat medical training after an animal rights group showed a goat’s legs being removed with tree trimmers.
The agency said the video led to a review of its policies and the Coast Guard came to the decision that it could reduce by half the number of animals it uses.
Now that the NFL knows the scope of the racially charged Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, the league has been left to grapple with what its next steps should be.
A report released late last week on the Miami case concluded with a one-paragraph call to action:
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis says she supports gay marriage.
The likely Democratic nominee called on her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, to stop defending the definition of marriage in the Texas constitution as only between one man and one woman.
Facebook today (Feb. 13) announced it has expanded the way users can identify gender on their profiles.
The need for the social media giant’s change is bolstered by a new report released today by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with Gender Spectrum.
Equalities foes are scrambling to respond in Congress and state legislatures to a series of court rulings that would require some of the most conservative states to recognize same-sex marriage.
Some gay-marriage foes are backing a bill recently introduced in both chambers of Congress that would leave states fully in charge of their marriage policies, though the measure stands very little chance of passage.
New housing protections for low-income New Yorkers who are permanently disabled by HIV or AIDS will ensure those residents pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent, according to an announcement from the Human rights Campaign.
The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group said measure will "dramatically improve the quality of life for thousands of New Yorkers who previously had to pay upwards of 70 percent of their disability income toward rent alone."
Facebook announced Thursday that its 159 million U.S. users now have dozens of options for completing the gender question on their profiles. The social media giant has been working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups to expand the choices beyond male and female. The result: a "custom" option that lets users pick from about 50 terms, including transsexual, androgynous and intersex.
The Associated Press asked Facebook users and others for their reactions:
Enrollment in health care insurance plans through the exchange continues to grow at a rapid pace, according to statistics released this week from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In Wisconsin, as of the end of January, 56,436 people had signed up for plans through the marketplace — and that's without official support from state's Republican administration. In January, 15,684 people enrolled over the previous total enrollment of 40,752 as of Dec. 28, 2013, according to a news release from Wisconsin's Protect Your Care campaign.