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Majority Oppose 'Religious Freedom' Laws That Could Discriminate

Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say that businesses that provide wedding-related services should be required to provide those services to same-sex couples in the same way they would all other customers, even if they have religious objections. A new CNN/ORC poll finds 57% feel businesses such as caterers or florists should be required to serve gay or lesbian couples just as they would heterosexual couples, while 41% say they should be allowed to refuse service for religious reasons.


2Oregon Government

Judge proposes Oregon bakery pay $135,000 to lesbian couple

An administrative law judge proposed Friday that the owners of a suburban Portland bakery pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused service more than two years ago. The judge, Alan McCullough, ruled in January that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer by refusing to bake them a wedding cake.


4Hillary Clinton

'Deep-Seated Cultural Codes, Religious Beliefs And Structural Biases Have To Be Changed'

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a feminist tone on Thursday. She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed" for the sake of giving "access" to women for "reproductive healthcare and safe childbirth."


5Senator Ted Cruz

The Latest on GOP's 2016 hopefuls: Cruz on gay marriage

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says he's always been clear about his opposition to gay marriage - and a recent fundraiser hosted by two gay businessmen was no exception. The 2016 Republican presidential contender told reporters in Iowa on Saturday that the private fundraiser, first reported by The New York Times, was focused on foreign policy.



Now out, Bruce Jenner shines spotlight on transgender inequality

In coming out as a transgender woman, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and TV reality star Bruce Jenner made clear that while he is keen to help raise awareness about problems faced by the community, he is not self-appointing himself as a spokesman. During a groundbreaking interview on ABC Friday night, Jenner made a case for the transgender community's fight in the United States for equality, a safer society and more acceptance and understanding - in Washington, in church, in the media.


7US Politics

Obama amnesty greater threat to blacks than police brutality, experts say

Economic and civil rights experts say increased immigration spurred by President Obama's executive orders poses a bigger threat to the black community than police brutality or racial profiling, which have sparked protests in black communities across the country. "It's a bigger threat to black livelihood," Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, said, adding that illegal immigration "dwarfs" the more inflammatory issues of police brutality, saying, "When you look at the hundreds of thousands of blacks thrown out of work over the years as a result of the competitive pressure the downstream effects are profound."


8Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's Heal The World Girl Grew Up To Become A War Widow

Ashley Farrell beat out over 100 kids to become the sweet-voiced girl who insisted "we have to think about making the world a better place for our children and our children's children" just before the King of Pop started singing on the 1992 hit, and she went on to become one of the youngsters who joined Jackson onstage at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show in Pasadena, California in 1993. But, a decade after the magical moment, her life was turned upside down when her husband, Evan Ashcraft, was killed in action after he was part of the unit which tracked down and killed one of dictator Saddam Hussein 's sons.



Former doc who linked vaccines to autism tells parents to...

Andrew Wakefield , the British scientist and former physician whose discredited research linking autism and immunizations helped launch a worldwide anti-vaccination movement, encouraged Californians Friday to fight back against a state Senate bill that would make childhood vaccinations mandatory. Speaking at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, Wakefield told hundreds of students packed into two or three classrooms that they needed to be the "pitchforks and torches" in Sacramento demanding that state legislators reject SB277.


10Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. Based on the court's actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That a majority is on the verge of declaring gay marriage legal nationwide.