The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was pulled over and interrogated after her bumper sticker caught the attention of Indianapolis police officers. The ACLU alleges a violation of the woman's First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights.
The complaint says that on June 17, Pamela Konchinsky of Indianapolis was turning into the Merchants Garage on South Meridian Street in her silver Toyota minivan when two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers entered the garage behind her. One of the officers told Konchinsky that she was being detained because of a bumper sticker taped to the rear window of her minivan, which read: "Unmarked Police Car." The officer told Konchinsky that people would think she was impersonating a police officer and that someone might shoot her.
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30 announced it has rejected a challenge to California's law that bars so-called "ex-gay" therapy for minors.
The justices, in reaching that decision, let stand an appeals court ruling that said California's ban on so-called conversion therapy for minors doesn't violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is again running for the office in November, has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of marriage equality in the state.
Crist filed the brief in Pareto v. Ruvin, which is set for a hearing on July 2 before Judge Sarah Zabel in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Miami.
Hundreds of franchisees are learning they're not small businesses, at least in the eyes of city government.
A new law that will raise Seattle's minimum wage to $15 from the current $9.32 gives small businesses more time to phase in the 61 percent increase — seven years versus three for large companies. But franchisees, which have ties to bigger corporations (like restaurant chain Denny's, Dunkin' Donuts and Merry Maids) won't get the reprieve even if they have just a handful of workers.
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30 ruled that some for-profit private corporations, including the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, can deny coverage of birth control to their employees based on the religious beliefs of the business owners.
The 5-4 decision of the court brought this reaction from Tanya Atkinson, vice president of public affairs and education at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin: “The decision to use birth control is a woman’s personal decision and her boss should not be able to interfere with her ability to access this important health benefit. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin remains focused on making sure that women have access to the method of birth control that is best for them, without cost or other hurdles standing in the way.”
After a year of numerous same-sex marriage victories, gay Pride parades and celebrations attracted millions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters.
New York's Fifth Avenue became one giant rainbow on June 29 as thousands of participants waved multicolored flags while making their way down the street. Politicians including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were among those walking along a lavender line painted on the avenue from midtown Manhattan to the West Village.
As gay couples in Wisconsin waited in legal limbo in mid-June, equality foes continued working to defend anti-gay amendments in the courts and marched on Washington.
A federal appeals court's finding that Utah's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional marks the most important ruling for the gay marriage movement since last summer's landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down part of a federal anti-gay marriage law.
Gay rights activists have won 21 lower court cases over the past year. After the June 25 ruling, expectations are higher than ever that the U.S. Supreme Court eventually will decide gays can marry in every state.
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.
The justices were unanimous in that ban on protests violates the First Amendment.
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools.
Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the "Sainthood Cause" for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico.