September 30, 2013 |
The Obama administration is suing North Carolina over the state's new restrictive voting rules, the latest federal effort to protect minority voters after the Supreme Court recently struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act. The suit, announced Monday morning, had been expected after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, in August signed the measure that imposes tough voter identification requirements, including photo identification....
September 27, 2013 |
Not even typically liberal Hollywood is free of anti-gay bias, according to a new study. A survey of SAG-AFTRA members found that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors continue to face discrimination when looking for work, though opportunities are increasing. About a third of those who responded to the survey by UCLA's Williams Institute and the entertainment union said that directors, casting directors and producers may be biased against LGBT performers. The study , to which roughly 5,700 people responded, also said more than half of LGBT performers had heard anti-gay comments while on set. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments "Coming out remains a significant and consequential decision for many performers, and we are committed to supporting our members in living honest and authentic personal and professional lives,” said Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-AFTRA's chief administrative officer and general counsel, in a statement.
September 20, 2013 |
If lawyers are forbidden to remove prospective jurors based on their race or gender, they shouldn't be able to do so on the basis of the jurors' sexual orientation. That's the rule in California state courts, and this week the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to rule that it should apply in federal trials as well. We agree that all courts should treat sexual orientation in this setting in the same way they do race and gender. But that won't address the underlying problem, which is that it is easy for lawyers to conceal discriminatory motives for so-called peremptory challenges of prospective jurors.
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September 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A Newport Beach ordinance that restricts group homes for recovering addicts may have been motivated by illegal discrimination and may be challenged at trial, a federal appeals court ruled unanimously Friday. The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals revived lawsuits against the city over a 2008 zoning ordinance that drove most group homes out of the city and forced others to limit services. The law was seen as a model for other California communities grappling with complaints about group homes in residential neighborhoods.
September 4, 2013 |
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin is attempting to allay fears about Russia's new anti-gay law, saying there will be no discrimination during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. “We can be absolutely sure that Russia will support the principles of Olympism, which don't allow discrimination of people on any basis, either ethnicity or gender or … sexual orientation,” Putin said in an interview with Russia's First Channel television network and the Associated Press, which was posted on the Kremlin website Wednesday.
August 29, 2013 |
Why is America so intent on killing affirmative action? Randall Kennedy's clear-eyed new book, "For Discrimination," offers many reasons, among them: As a remedy for racial injustice, albeit a modest one, affirmative action invokes slavery and, therefore, rattles the philosophical foundation of democracy and fairness upon which much of America believes the country was built. Another reason is that affirmative action is seen as increasingly incompatible with the aims of the so-called post-racial age in which a first black president would seem to argue against any more need for racial redress.
August 28, 2013
One hundred years separate Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington. They are linked by the history of America's defining struggle, and they are inseparable in imagery, as King delivered his historic address at the foot of the monument honoring Lincoln. Neither speech immediately appeared destined to be historic. Lincoln wasn't even the featured speaker at the dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg.
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August 28, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Bills are cascading out of the Legislature in free-fall as lawmakers race to adjournment for the year, most measures headed for the governor with little debate. It's the annual sprint to "do something" - to make a mark, regardless of how faint. Not all the bills, however, are as innocuous as they're treated. One such measure, granted final passage last week by the state Assembly, would substantially change California's court system by allowing noncitizen legal immigrants to serve on juries.
August 22, 2013
Russia has embarked on a series of shameful steps against homosexuals. A recently passed law lays out heavy penalties for anyone who disseminates positive information to minors about "nontraditional" relationships, a vague law that could be construed to mean that a gay couple holding hands in public would be in trouble if children were present. Another law bans adoptions not just by homosexuals but by anyone living in a country that confers marriage rights on gay and lesbian couples.
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August 12, 2013 |
A woman who was until recently Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar's deputy chief of staff has filed a workplace discrimination complaint against the city and her former boss, according to the state agency that receives such complaints. Fahizah Alim, spokeswoman for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, confirmed that a complaint was filed June 7 against Huizar by Francine Godoy, who left his office four months ago. The complaint, also filed against the city of Los Angeles, preserves Godoy's right to sue in the future.