QUEER VOICES 01/10/2019 09:17 pm ET The Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver said he's worried that this means queer Americans could be granted more rights under federal law. By Carol Kuruvilla After more than a century of inaction from Congress, the Senate unanimously approved legislation in December that would make lynching a federal hate crime. But some conservative evangelical Christian activists are upset that the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act contains language that specifically protects people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Mat Staver, the founder of the conservative litigation group Liberty Counsel, told the Christian news site OneNewsNow that his team is talking to House politicians to ensure that the act is stripped of this inclusive language. “The old saying is once that camel gets the nose in the tent, you can’t stop them from coming the rest of the way in,” he said in an interview published Tuesday. … [Read more...] about Evangelical Christian Group Upset That LGBTQ People Are Mentioned In Anti-Lynching Bill
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After two conservative Christian groups filed lawsuits against the city of Austin over the past week challenging an ordinance that protects LGBTQ individuals from discrimination, Texas LGBTQ advocates said Wednesday they do not think the lawsuits will hold up in court. The first lawsuit, filed in federal court Saturday against the city by the U.S. Pastor Council, a conservative Christian organization based in Houston, argues that Austin’s nondiscrimination ordinance is unconstitutional because it does not allow churches the religious freedom to refuse to hire gay or transgender individuals. Texas Values, another conservative Christian organization, filed a separate, broader lawsuit in state district court, also on Saturday, seeking to invalidate the ordinance as it applies to both employment and housing decisions. Austin's city code prohibits employers in the city from discriminating against employees based on “the individual’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual … [Read more...] about Two conservative groups are suing Austin over its nondiscrimination ordinance. LGBTQ advocates say they’re not worried.
click to enlarge In their first joint appearance of the campaign, the two leading Republican candidates for governor Saturday night outlined a series of conservative stances on abortion, gun rights and education. There were few differences between Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who each took questions in separate half-hour sessions before the Florida Family Policy Council, a conservative advocacy group that opposes abortion and gay marriage. “Our party would be in a pretty bad place if there were broad disagreements in front of the Florida Family Policy Council,” said Putnam, a two-term member of the state Cabinet and a former congressman and state lawmaker. Both candidates oppose abortion, with Putnam telling the council members that he would support a “heartbeat bill,” which would prohibit doctors from performing abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Iowa’s Republican governor signed such a bill Friday, … [Read more...] about DeSantis, Putnam tout conservative positions on abortion, guns at Orlando forum
click image ConnectSA, the nonprofit formed to sell Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s proposed multimodal transportation plan to San Antonio voters, will likely rely on young, tech-savvy allies – despite the fact that its leadership is distinctly old guard. Nirenberg sees a major transportation revamp as essential if the city is to accommodate the million new residents it’s predicted to gain by 2040. But voters have balked at such projects in the past. Since 2000, they’ve twice rejected plans that sought to ease gridlock by adding light rail to the mix. The difference this time, observers say, may depend on how well the mayor, who ran as a progressive, can leverage younger residents’ enthusiasm for the environment, technology and urban living. The vote is expected in 2019. “This time around, the conversation is truly on multimodal transportation instead of strictly pushing one mode, light rail,” said Brian Dillard, 34, a cybersecurity consultant and an … [Read more...] about Young Techies Expected to Fuel Group Set Up to Push Mayor Nirenberg’s Transportation Plan
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Collier arts groups reeling after Florida legislators slash appropriations "Florida is the 48th state, at bottom of the barrel when it comes to funding. The arts are revenue generators." Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Harriet Howard Heithaus, [email protected]; 239-213-6091 Published 10:00 a.m. ET March 31, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Photos: Art After Hours at Artis—Naples Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo Judee … [Read more...] about Collier arts groups reeling after Florida legislators slash appropriations