A day after being sued by legally married, gay engineers, the nation's largest freight rail carriers announced they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees.
Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF Railway Co., released the statement earlier this week from the National Railway Labor Conference to The Associated Press. The conference represents the railroad companies in dealings with labor groups, lawmakers and courts.
A congressional resolution aimed at protecting young people from the psychological abuse of so-called "ex-gay" therapy has been reintroduced.
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said her Stop Harming Our Kids resolution would encourage state lawmakers to pass laws similar to those enacted in California and New Jersey that prohibit the practice of trying to change the sexual orientation of children.
Fast-food workers across the country are going on strike today (Dec. 5) to demand better wages. Strikes are taking place in more than 130 cities in the United States.
A statement from Fast Food Forward said, “Workers will go on strike in every region of the continental United States and will be joined by supporters rallying in an additional 100 cities, as the fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation continues to grow. Workers are expected to strike at the nation’s major national fast-food restaurants, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC.”
President Barack Obama, in a speech on economic mobility delivered on Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C., called for an increase in the minimum wage.
The speech came nearly a week after employees at Walmart staged national demonstrations to protest low wages and poor benefits at the world's largest retailer and a day before workers at some fast-food restaurants across the country were expected to strike.
Grindr, the world’s most popular hook-up app, asked its gay male user base to identify the top people, stories, trends and events of the year. Members were also asked for their 2014 predictions. The winners are:
An administrative judge heard arguments on Dec. 4 in support of a swift decision in a case involving a Colorado bakery that has a stated policy of discriminating against gay and lesbian customers.
In June, the Colorado Attorney General filed a complaint against Masterpiece Cakeshop of Lakewood after an investigation by the state Civil Rights Division concluded that the business had discriminated against David Mullins and Charlie Craig by refusing to sell the couple a cake for their wedding reception.
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the Roman Catholic Church has been “outmarketed” on the issue of gay marriage and has been “caricatured as being anti-gay.”
Dolan discussed the church’s positions opposing same-sex marriage and abortion in an interview with NBC after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a marriage equality bill into law.
The price of lords-a-leaping and ladies dancing has spiked this holiday season, but other items mentioned in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” still cost the same as they did last year.
Buying one set of the gifts mentioned in each verse costs $27,393 in stores, or 7.7 percent more than last year, according to the so-called Christmas Price Index that PNC Wealth Management updates annually. And if you buy all 364 items repeated throughout the carol, you’ll pay $114,651 — 6.9 percent more than last year.
In nearly seven decades spent fighting for freedom and equality, Nelson Mandela inspired and challenged the world to stand up for others. As word of Mandela's death spread, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers, and people around the world spoke about the life and legacy of the former South African leader.
A petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups calls on the Obama administration to reform Wildlife Services, a federal agency that kills about 1.5 million coyotes, bears, otters, foxes, birds and other animals each year without any requirement to disclose its activities to the public.
The environmental group and other nonprofits say the secretive killing, including aerial gunning, traps and exploding poison caps, has gone on for decades with little public oversight or rules requiring the use of the best available science or techniques to reduce the deaths of non-target animals.
PolitiFact is expected to announce next week the “winner” of the biggest Lie of the Year contest, which names the most significant falsehood of 2013.
The organization also is conducting a readers’ choice award for the Pants on Fire award.
UPDATED: Voces de la Frontera responds to firing of Walker campaign aide
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign has fired a campaign aide for making racist comments about Hispanics on her Twitter account.