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.
Darcie Warden is a self-admitted collaboration junkie.That’s in part because the Montana conservation coordinator for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition once read that, “We are smarter together than we are alone.” The potential for creative solutions grows when they are formed collaboratively, she said of working with groups like the Bozeman-based Gallatin Forest Partnership. But forming coalitions is never easy or painless.“It is a hot mess from the beginning, so buckle up and stay present,” she said.Collaboration is seen as the best way to come to an agreement on the controversial topic of how to deal with increasing recreational use of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the larger region surrounding and including Yellowstone National Park.“I do believe (coalitions) provide long-term durable solutions,” said Brandon Hoffner, of Idaho’s Henry’s Fork Watershed Council.But he also noted that there was not “a lot of trust” … [Read more...] about Groups working to protect greater Yellowstone area see collaboration as solution to recreation crowds
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index U.S. Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByGlenn Thrush May 7, 2018 Civil rights advocates plan to sue the Trump administration on Tuesday over enforcement of the 50-year-old Fair Housing Act, part of an effort to prevent discrimination in the allocation of funds for Gulf Coast hurricane housing and infrastructure reconstruction. On Tuesday, a coalition of national and Texas-based housing groups are expected to file suit in Federal District Court in Washington to reinstate an Obama-era rule that required localities receiving federal development funding to submit plans detailing their efforts to end segregation based on race, income, ethnicity or physical disability. Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, suspended the rule, known as the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing provision, this year over concerns that it put too heavy a burden on local … [Read more...] about Civil Rights Groups Plan to Sue HUD Over Fair Housing Rule
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