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Inclusive ENDA Introduced in the Senate

A fully inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was introduced today in the Senate with bipartisan support. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Edward M. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), introduced the bill, which would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Hearing on ENDA in House of Representatives

The House Committee on Education and Labor, led by Chairman George Miller, heard testimony this morning about the devastating impact of workplace discrimination faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The hearing was part of the Committee’s work on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), HR 3017.

Study Finds Differing Long-Term Effects of Hand-Held Cellphone Laws

(ARLINGTON, VA.) /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Phoning while driving and texting behind the wheel are in the news. This is the highway safety issue of the moment, the subject of cartoons and, on a more serious side, the focus of legislation. A key question is whether such laws succeed in changing patterns of driver cellphone use.

Mayor Newsom Commits to Limits on State Contractors’ Business With Iran

(San Francisco, CA)— Mayor Newsom has affirmed his commitment to limits on state contractors' business ties with the energy interests of Iran. As Governor, Newsom would sign an executive order requiring disclosure of any connection with the Iranian energy sector or any firm assisting the regime with sensitive technology.

Human Rights Campaign Endorses Creigh Deeds for Virginia Governor

(WASHINGTON D.C.)– The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced yesterday the endorsement of state Senator R. Creigh Deeds for Governor of Virginia.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation to Present Seal of Excellence to N.Y. Adoption Agency

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation announced today they will be presenting a seal of recognition of the “All Children – All Families” initiative to Family Focus Adoption Services. The seal is given to adoption agencies that demonstrate excellence in working with LGBT families. Family Focus Adoption Services is the first New York agency to receive this honor.