Deadly police encounters in New York and Missouri resulted in no charges against the officers recently amid closed-door grand jury proceedings that infuriated some members of the public. Faced with a similar decision for a high-profile police shooting in New Mexico, the top prosecutor in Albuquerque took an entirely different approach.
The Albuquerque district attorney brought murder charges this week against two officers who shot a mentally ill homeless man during a standoff last year, bypassing a grand jury and taking the case before a judge who will decide at a public hearing whether the case should move forward.
The Human Rights Campaign on Jan. 8 suspended Saks Fifth Avenue’s Corporate Equality Index score. The action was taken following Saks’ claims in response to a lawsuit that Title VII protections don’t apply to transgender employees and that the company is not legally bound by its own LGBT equality policies.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter’s request for a review of the court’s ruling last year that overturned Idaho’s ban on gay marriage.
Otter had requested that an 11-judge panel review the October decision by three judges that Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.
New Russian road safety regulations bar transgender people and others with sexual "disorders" from driving.
The new regulations have been denounced by human rights activists, who see them as unconstitutional and part of Russia's crackdown on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote today (Jan. 8) on H.R. 30, a bill that would change the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time work so that employers only have to offer health insurance to employees who regularly work 40 or more hours a week.
Without this change, employers must offer coverage to employees who regularly work 30 or more hours a week.
An undercover investigation at a “spent” egg-laying hen slaughter plant in Butterfield, Minnesota, revealed inhumane treatment of animals and potentially illegal cruelty, according to The Humane Society of the United States.
The animal welfare group conducted the investigation at Butterfield Foods and then released video and other results of the investigation and reported possible illegal activity to authorities, followed by release to the news media on Jan. 5.
A federal judge on Jan. 12 declared South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but marriage licenses won't be immediately issued because the ruling was put on hold pending a potential appeal.
U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier sided in favor of the six couples who filed the lawsuit in May in Sioux Falls. The lawsuit challenges a 1996 state law and a voter-approved 2006 constitutional amendment that ban gay marriage.
Secretary of State John Kerry met in Washington, D.C., with Poland's foreign minister to discuss the relationship between the U.S. and Poland. At a meeting with the press on Jan. 7, Kerry began with a statement about the attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Here are his remarks:
I would like to say directly to the people of Paris and of all of France that each and every American stands with you today, not just in horror or in anger or in outrage for this vicious act of violence, though we stand with you in solidarity and in commitment both to the cause of confronting extremism and in the cause which the extremists fear so much and which has always united our two countries: freedom.
Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight and court clerks in some counties wasted no time on Jan. 6, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples in the early morning hours.
But they were beaten to the punch by a Miami judge who found no need to wait until the statewide ban expired. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel presided over Florida's first legally recognized same-sex marriages mid-day on Jan. 5.
A federal judge’s stay on a ruling overturning Florida’s ban on marriage equality expires at the end of the day on Jan. 5, making the Sunshine State the latest where same-sex couples can legally marry. With Florida factored into the equation, more than 216 million Americans — 70 percent of the country — live in a state with marriage equality.
Since this time last year, state statutes or constitutional amendments banning marriage rights for same-sex couples have been overturned by state or federal courts in 28 states. As of Jan. 6, gay and lesbian couples will be able to legally marry in 36 states and Washington, D.C.