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Walmart Settles Discrimination Suit Over Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Walmart announced on Friday that it had settled a lawsuit that accused the company of discriminating against gay and lesbian employees when it denied health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses.<p>Under the deal, Walmart will set aside $7.5 million, mostly to compensate employees affected by the …

Walmart

Wal-Mart to settle U.S. lawsuit over benefits for same-sex spouses

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday said it would pay $7.5 million to settle a U.S. lawsuit claiming it discriminated against gay employees nationwide by denying health benefits to their spouses.<p>Wal-Mart and lawyers for Jacqueline Cote, the worker who filed the 2015 lawsuit in federal court …

Walmart

University of California digs in to fight Trump on illegal immigrant protections

Former Obama administration official Janet Napolitano, now head of California’s public university system, is digging in for a fight with President-elect Donald Trump over illegal immigration.<p>Napolitano, who served as secretary of Homeland Security during Obama’s first term, announced Wednesday that …

Immigration

A Voice for LGBT Staffers

Mitchell Rivard, the LGBT Congressional Staff Association’s president, says LGBT staffers will need a voice with Donald Trump in the White …

U.S. Congress

Mike Pence's new neighbors put up LGBT pride flags in protest

<b>(CNN) —</b> Some Washington residents who disagree with Mike Pence's positions on gay rights are making their values known to their new neighbor.<p>Until he moves into the Naval Observatory after taking office, the vice president-elect is renting a $6,000-a-month home in Chevy Chase, a swanky neighborhood …

Mike Pence

What a Trump presidency could mean for LGBT Americans

<b>(CNN) —</b> The election of Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence set off panic in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities across the country, as people worried which of their divisive campaign promises would come true.<p>Would the President-elect make good on his pledge to repeal the …

Politics

A primer on executive power: Trump can't end same-sex marriages, but he could speed up deportations

Starting Tuesday night, as Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election started coming into focus, anguished questions flooded social media:<p>Could Trump overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide?<p>Could he abolish same-sex marriages?<p>Could he increase …

Politics

Trump Victory Alarms Gay and Transgender Groups

The election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency sent panic through much of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, which for the first time in eight years will face an administration hostile to its civil-rights goals and a president-elect who has expressed a desire to reverse many …

LGBT

Trans group reports suicides post-election; LGBTQ hotline calls surge

The upcoming Donald Trump presidency is already weighing heavy on the shoulders of transgender youth — and at least two have committed suicide.<p>In a …

LGBT

Transgender advocates fear reversal of civil rights under Trump

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Transgender advocates vowed on Wednesday to resist any effort to reverse or slow down an expansion of transgender rights made under President Barack Obama, fearing a rollback of his directives once Donald Trump succeeds him in the White House.<p>During his eight years in the Oval …

LGBT

For First Time, Openly LGBT Governor Elected: Oregon's Kate Brown

For the first time, a U.S. state has elected an openly LGBT governor.<p>The landmark was reached in Oregon, where the Associated Press projects that Kate Brown has won the gubernatorial election.<p>Brown was the incumbent in her race — but running for election for the first time.<p>She stepped in as …

Oregon

Election Results for 2016's Openly LGBTQ Candidates

Here are the 18 openly LGBTQ congressional and gubernatorial candidates NBC OUT tracked on Election Day and the results of their races.<p><b>Kate Brown (Incumbent)</b><p><i>Governor, Oregon (D)</i><p>Result: Brown won Oregon's gubernatorial race<p>.<p><b>Mark Pocan (Incumbent)</b><p><i>U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin (D)</i><p>Result: …

Elections

Federal Court Backs Protections For Gay Worker Under Existing Law

“There is no more obvious form of sex stereotyping than making a determination that a person should conform to heterosexuality,” US District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon writes.<p>WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled on Friday that existing civil rights laws banning sex discrimination also …

LGBT

TV Is Better for L.G.B.T.Q. Characters than Ever—Unless You’re a Lesbian

GLAAD gives real numbers for the trend that had the Internet up in arms earlier this year.<p>There are more L.G.B.T.Q. characters on TV than ever, on a wider range of platforms, and playing a huge array of roles. It’s never been a better time to be a queer person looking to see yourself on TV—that is, …

Civil Rights

Breaking With National Group, Local Log Cabin Chapters Endorse Trump

The Log Cabin Republicans (LCR), the largest and oldest gay conservative organization in the United States, declined to endorse the Republican Party's nominee for President earlier this month. However, a number of local chapters are breaking away from the decision of the national group in order to …

Republican Party

2016 Has Been A Mixed Bag For LGBT Politics

At just about every Hillary Clinton campaign event this year, and much of last, you could find lots of rainbows and posters with the letters "LGBT" on them in the crowd. The average Hillary Clinton event has a healthy amount of gay, lesbian and transgender Clinton supporters in attendance.<p>This past …

Politics

LGBT law, hurricane jostle close N. Carolina governor's race

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has been unable to quash the firestorm over his signing of a law limiting protections for LGBT people, while trying to focus his re-election bid on North Carolina's economy, taxes, teacher pay and his recent response to historic flooding.<p>That …

OBAMA LEGACY: A quiet mission to export gay rights overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the world was watching America's gay rights transformation, the Obama administration was pursuing a quieter mission to try to export the same freedoms overseas to places like sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and eastern Europe.<p>The U.S. has deployed its diplomats and spent …

Democrats Draw Line Over LGBT Provision in Defense Authorization Bill

Senate Democrats and the White House are drawing a line in negotiations over the defense authorization bill, signaling strong opposition to a …

LGBT

Emails show Clinton's response to LGBT backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hacked emails released in daily dispatches over the weekend by the WikiLeaks group showed Hillary Clinton's campaign staff worried about a response to the gay community's backlash over a comment concerning former first lady Nancy Reagan and AIDS. Also among the documents are …

Why Same-Sex Marriage Bans Risk Native American Sovereignty

When tribes don’t allow gay couples to marry their chosen partners, they invite negative perceptions about their unique legal status.<p>Cleo Pablo and her wife Tara Roy-Pablo were married under Arizona law in 2015. But Pablo’s tribe, the Ak-Chin Indian Community, refused to recognize their union.<p>Cleo …

Indigenous Peoples

WHY IT MATTERS: LGBT

NEW YORK (AP) — THE ISSUE: Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but there are other battlegrounds related to civil rights and nondiscrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Two polarizing questions: What sort of access should transgender people have to …

Roy Moore, Alabama Chief Justice, Suspended Over Gay Marriage Order

The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy S. Moore, was suspended on Friday for the remainder of his term in office for ordering the state’s probate judges to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage.<p>The suspension was imposed by the state’s Court of the Judiciary, a nine-member …

Lil Wayne Officiated a Same-Sex Prison Wedding

They swapped out champagne for Gatorade.<p>In a week of odd hip-hop revelations (after Drake and his action film) it's been revealed that rapper Lil Wayne officiated a same-sex wedding while incarcerated.<p>In an excerpt from his handwritten memoir titled <i>Gone 'Til November</i>, which recounts his eight …

We're Still Fighting Over 'Religious Liberty'

And there's still a Supreme Court vacancy.<p>On Wednesday, the good folks at the Pew Research Institute produced a new study concerning what the Pew folks call the "growing tension" between religious liberty and the legal protections against discrimination. Now, it's been pretty clear here around the …

Area Judge Fears Polygamy After 2015's 'Pretty Close to Insane' Gay Marriage Ruling

He also likened it to a "magnificent Chihuahua."<p><i>(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To This Post)</i><p><i>Being our semi-regular—as in, a day late—weekly survey of what's goin' down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin' gets done, and where we're not sleepy and this is no</i> …

Mexico: Thousands protest against same-sex marriage proposal

<b>Thousands of people in Mexico City have protested against a government proposal to legalise same-sex marriage, which they say would undermine traditional families.</b><p>Organisers said they were not opposed to gay or lesbian rights, but wanted to defend family values and the institution of marriage.<p>The …

Marriage

NCAA Pulls 7 Championship Events From North Carolina, Citing Transgender Law

The NCAA announced Monday evening that it would relocate seven championship sporting events out of North Carolina during this school year, citing the state's HB2 law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT individuals, WUNC's Dave DeWitt reports.<p>The events moving out of state include first and …

American South

One of North Carolina's most prestigious universities is backing the NCAA boycott

Duke University has expressed support for the NCAA's decision to pull postseason sporting events out of North Carolina, according to a statement by the university.<p>The NCAA announced Monday that it would relocate seven championship events scheduled in North Carolina because of HB2, the state's " …

American South