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Picking Up the Pieces: The Sentencing of Michael Johnson

The trial of Michael L. Johnson, a 23-year-old Black gay man and former college wrestler, came to a tragic conclusion yesterday

Three Ways Lawrence of Arabia Still Captures the Middle East

Beyond its value to film history and in spite of its Hollywood embellishments, “Lawrence” still speaks truths about the West’s relationship to the Middle East.

What Went Wrong with the Case of Francisco Lopez-Sanchez

The city of San Francisco’s immigration policies aren’t to blame for the death of Kate Steinle. The tragic shooting of Kate Steinle in San Francisco has focused national attention on why her accused assailant, Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was released from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department’s custody in April and not deported. Show More Summary

HRC Condemns Scott Walker’s Shameful & Offensive Comments on Boy Scouts of America’s Ban

“Scott Walker's suggestion that the Boy Scouts of America's current discriminatory policy somehow 'protects' children from gay adults is offensive, outrageous, and absolutely unacceptable," said HRC President

Anti-Marriage Equality Resolution Introduced in House of Representatives

Some anti-LGBT Members of Congress just can’t accept that the country has embraced marriage equality.

Pentagon To Lift Ban On Transgender Service Members

Today, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the establishment of a working group to study the “policy and readiness implications” of allowing transgender service members to serve openly.

Morocco Continues to Muzzle Criticism of its Human Rights Record: Kicks Out Two Amnesty Investigators

By Jihane Bergaoui, Country Specialist for Morocco and the Western Sahara A few days ago, the U.S. State Department published its annual human rights report, which analyzes the human rights situation of nearly every country and territory across the globe. The … Please continue reading.

North Carolina Is Making It Harder for People to Vote, and We’re Pushing Back

Today we begin trial in our challenge to the “most sweeping anti-voter law in at least decades.” Today trial begins in our challenge to the North Carolina Voter Information and Verification Act of 2013, which election law expert Richard...Show More Summary

Scott Walker Can’t Escape His Long History Opposing LGBT Equality

Ahead of his expected campaign launch today, HRC released the following statement on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces Guidance Implementing Equal Access Rule

The guidance issued today specifically addresses the impact of this rule on multifamily housing including supportive housing for the elderly.

Recognizing LGBT Pride in Midway, Kentucky, the Eighth City with LGBT Fairness Protections

As we look back on an historic LGBT Pride Month this year, great things are happening all around the country, including in the town of Midway, Kentucky.

HRC To Boy Scouts of America: You Can’t End Discriminatory Ban with Half Steps

Boy Scouts’ resolution is step toward full inclusion, but, with religious exemption for troops, falls short of ending organization’s discriminatory policies

Reports: Pentagon Set To Announce Plan To Lift Transgender Military Ban

HRC responded to an Associated Press story in which it’s reported that the Department of Defense will soon announce a plan for lifting the ban on open service by transgender people in the military.

Former HRC Board Member Named Assistant Press Secretary for White House

Katie Hill, a former member of HRC’s Board of Governors, has been named assistant press secretary for the White House.

Jennifer Hudson Crashes Gay Wedding

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson surprised HRC Major Donors Chris & Scott Lindsey at their wedding celebration at the Altitude Club at the top of the W Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

How mad must you be, not to be responsible for your actions?

Dunnage v. Randall & UK Insurance Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 673, 2 July 2015 – read judgment This is an extraordinary case, and one which goes deep down into why the law of wrongs (or torts) makes people compensate others for injury and losses, whereas the criminal law may decide that a crime has not […]

The round up: Srebrenica veto, UK barristers’ legal aid boycott

Alex Wessely brings you this week’s Human Rights Round Up. In the News: “Twenty years after Srebrenica, incomplete justice”. This is Human Rights Watch’s conclusion after Russia vetoed a UN resolution to refer to the 1995 massacre as “genocide”. Amnesty go further; calling the veto “an insult to the memory of the dead”. HRW calls for the European […]

WTF Friday, 7/10/2015

I’m headed out the door on a 2 week vacation, but before I go, here’s what’s up: Russia predictably vetoed a Security Council resolution recognizing as genocide the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb … Continue reading ?

VICTORY! Federal Judge Deep-Sixes Arizona’s Ridiculously Overbroad ‘Nude Photo’ Law

The unconstitutional law did a lot more than criminalize “revenge porn.” Arizona is a little bit freer today. With a federal court’s approval, we successfully settled our lawsuit over the state law that made our clients — booksellers,...Show More Summary

Not so Fast: Senator Rubio Telegraphs Intent to Overturn Obergefell v. Hodges

Sen. Marco Rubio has made headlines in recent days for saying he opposes a constitutional amendment that would allow states to re-ban marriage equality.

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