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  • Clock ticking, but tweaks in play for N. Carolina LGBT law

    June 29, 2016 11:10 AM

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The window is small and the strategy tricky, but GOP legislative leaders in North Carolina say there's a chance to change the state law that sparked a clash over transgender rights nationally. The law limits anti-discrimination rules that protect LGBT people. It also directs transgender people to... more »
  • Pope: Gays and others marginalized deserve an apology

    June 26, 2016 10:15 PM

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis says gays - and other people marginalized by the church like the poor and the exploited - deserve an apology. Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who... more »
  • Thousands plan May 1 marches in US in heated election year

    May 1, 2016 3:14 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Thousands are expected to rally in cities across the United States for immigrant and worker rights and against what they see as hateful presidential campaign rhetoric. Events are planned for Sunday in cities from New York to Miami to Cleveland and to Los Angeles. Organizers say they... more »
  • New project at Atlanta museum focuses on LGBT civil rights

    September 2, 2015 2:19 PM

    ATLANTA - Leaders of an Atlanta museum want the space focused on modern and historic civil rights to contribute to a national push to ensure LGBT rights, particularly in southern states. Wednesday marks the formal launch of the LGBT Institute, housed at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The... more »
  • Some want language changed in state's deaf child bill of rights

    January 25, 2015 9:11 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Several deaf advocacy groups gathered together Saturday morning until the afternoon to discuss ways they want to see legislation changed for deaf children in the state. Around a hundred people were at The Louisiana Summit for Deaf and Education Reform. Groups including Lighthouse Louisiana and... more »
  • TV campaign for gay equality starting in Miss

    November 8, 2014 12:14 PM

    BRANDON, Miss. - A civil rights group is launching an advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is taking on the region's longstanding church-based opposition to homosexuality in a series of television... more »
  • Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted

    August 30, 2014 11:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's optimistic about the growing economy. He says decisions made now will determine whether the recovery will... more »
  • High court will hear appeal over illegal threats

    June 16, 2014 8:45 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court will consider the free speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other electronic formats where the speaker's intent is not always clear. The court on Monday agreed to take up the case of an eastern Pennsylvania man sentenced... more »
  • LaCAN's Disability Rights Rally Play Video

    March 13, 2014 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Citizens for Action Now is hosting a Disability Rights Rally at the State Capitol. LaCAN is an initiative of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council. The council's Executive Director Sandee Winchell and Ashley McReynolds appeared on 2une In Thursday to talk about the event. The... more »
  • Businessman: Baton Rouge hurt because it's not progressive enough

    January 20, 2014 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Advocates of gay rights want Baton Rouge to have an open discussion on being more accepting, and they believe doing so will make the city even more appealing to new businesses. Joe Traigle has been working to make Baton Rouge more equality friendly for nearly two decades... more »
  • Retired army general fights for environment

    November 15, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man known for turning around the Hurricane Katrina recovery is now leading the fight over Louisiana's environmental issues. Retired Army Lieutenant General Russel Honore is spearheading an effort to change the way industries are regulated. Honore joined the battle after the sinkhole formed in... more »
  • Jesse Jackson to visit GSU

    October 29, 2013 2:08 PM

    GRAMBLING- He's fought for civil rights and negotiated freedom for hostages, but can Jesse Jackson close the rift between students and the administration at Grambling State University? School leaders say that Jackson will come to the campus to help promote a period of healing. The school's been in the national... more »
  • Judge: inmate's rights were violated, calls for release

    October 1, 2013 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal district judge decided a convicted killer should be freed from his sentence, citing issues with how the man was indicted a number of years ago. Chief Judge Brian Jackson said the rights of Herman Wallace were violated because there were no women on the jury... more »
  • Obama promising to protect minority voting rights

    July 29, 2013 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promising not to let one election go by without protecting minority voting rights. The president met privately Monday with more than a dozen civil rights leaders to talk about strengthening the Voting Rights Act. Last month the Supreme Court struck down the most powerful... more »
  • Group: Voter registration grew at assistance sites

    July 17, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A voting rights group says thousands of poor Louisianians have registered to vote because of its pressure on state public assistance agencies to provide the applications. Nonprofit organization Project Vote says more than 29,000 people applied to vote in 2011 and 2012 through sites that offer registration... more »
  • State lawmakers kill law requiring equal pay for men, women

    May 15, 2013 8:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers rejected a law that would prohibit some employers from paying women less than men doing the same job. Sen. Edwin Murray's "Equal Pay for Women Act" was killed by one vote. Nineteen senators voted for it and 18 against; 20 votes are needed to pass. ... more »
  • Pro-gun bills approved by La. House committee Play Video

    April 17, 2013 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are advancing a batch of bills they say are aimed at pre-empting any stricter gun laws that could make it out of Congress. In heated exchanges over five hours of debate, the House Criminal Justice Committee approved Wednesday an array of "state's rights" gun regulations.... more »
  • High court hears case on federal benefits for gays

    March 27, 2013 8:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is hearing the second of back-to-back gay marriage cases, a constitutional challenge to the law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. A section of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act says marriage may only be... more »
  • Committee votes to block gun information

    February 26, 2013 11:28 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi Senate committee approved a bill that would make it difficult to get information on weapon permits, including concealed carry permits. The bill would exclude the permit information from the state public records act. A court order would be required to obtain the data. A representative... more »
  • Bryant: Miss. should resist federal limits on guns

    January 16, 2013 11:09 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday that he wants the state to resist any presidential order that might restrict gun rights. Republican Bryant made the call shortly before President Barack Obama issued 23 executive orders designed to curb gun violence. "I am asking that you immediately pass... more »
  • NRA vows to defend gun rights after WH meeting

    January 10, 2013 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's largest gun-rights lobby says some participants at its White House meeting seemed more interested in demonizing the Second Amendment than keeping students safe. The National Rifle Association met with Vice President Joe Biden's school safety study group on Thursday and afterward said the participants spent most... more »
  • Guns for protection is topic at meeting Play Video

    January 9, 2013 9:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The top four guns for personal protection was the topic at the Ronald Reagan Newsmaker luncheon. Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Greg Phares and coroner Beau Clark took part in the discussion. East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Party Chairman Woody Jenkins says the meeting was a... more »

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