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Mississippi ban on same-sex adoptions struck down

Mississippi lifts ban on gay adoptionsMississippi must end its ban on adoptions by same-sex married couples, a federal judge ruled.

The ruling Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan III explicitly states the state law against the adoptions, the last of its kind in the United States, violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.


Chicago teachers' strike shuts down school system

Chicago teacher strikeThousands of Chicago area teachers picketed Friday as part of a "Day of Action" labor walkout to push forward stalled contract negotiations and press lawmakers to funnel more state funds to public education.

Teachers, along with union organizers, labor groups and activists, hit the picket lines beginning about 6:30 a.m. in front of schools across the city. Some 400,000 students were out of the classrooms as a result of the walkout. The district opened 250 sites, including parks and libraries, to house and feed students during the one-day strike.


Miss. governor gets bill allowing denial of services to gays

Phil BryantThe Mississippi House is sending Republican Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that would let government employees and private businesses cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples who want to marry.

Bryant has not said whether he will sign House Bill 1523 . However, he signed a 2014 bill promoted by gay marriage opponents, saying government cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices.


Philadelphia issues official apology to Jackie Robinson, 69 years on

Philly apologizes to jackie robinsonPhiladelphia is officially apologizing to Jackie Robinson for the shameful way he was treated in the City of Brotherly Love.

The City Council passed a resolution Thursday naming April 15 as a day to honor Robinson’s achievements and to apologize for the racism he faced while visiting Philadelphia in 1947.

April 15 is the day Robinson broke the color barrier by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.


US Soccer Superstars Sue for Equal Pay

US Soccer Superstars SueFive of the biggest names on the U.S. women’s national soccer team roster filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation on Wednesday, demanding equal pay for equal work and calling for an investigation of what they believe to be U.S. Soccer’s discriminatory wage practices.

The complaint comes less than nine months after the women’s team hoisted up the gold trophy at the 2015 World Cup, a feat the men’s team has never accomplished.


Mississippi Senate Passes Most Sweeping Anti-LGBT Legislation in the U.S.

Mississippi Passes anti-LGBT billJust a week after an anti-LGBT law passed in North Carolina, and only two days after Georgia's governor vetoed a similar religious-exemption bill, Mississippi's Senate has passed what critics call the most sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in the United States.

On Wednesday, the Senate voted 31-17 to pass House Bill 1523, which protects people, businesses, and religious organizations that refuse to service LGBT people if doing so violates their "sincerely held" religious beliefs.


7 injured, thousands without power as tornado hits Tulsa

Tuulsa tornadoSeven people were injured and one home destroyed after at least one tornado struck near Tulsa Wednesday evening, authorities said.

Seven patients were taken to Tulsa-area hospitals, with one person in critical condition, Laura O'Leary with the Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services Authority told CNN.


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