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California continues to deal with budget crisis, Louisiana pleasantly surprised by haul from tax amnesty program.

Equality California Urges Congress to Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Equality California commended the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for convening on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (ENDA), S. 1584, which would provide clear federal protection against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

New E-Book Addresses LGBTQ Issues in the Education of Healthcare Professionals

The authors are women who have been actively involved in lesbian social, cultural and political circles most of their lives. Each experienced the demands to be heterosexual while growing up. Now, as openly lesbian nurse leaders, they share insights into the LGBTQ experience in health care.

Catholic Bishops Applaud Maine Vote Defending Marriage

Marriage is a unique institution between one man, one woman, say bishops; Defense of marriage does not allow 'unjust discrimination' against homosexual persons; Marriage must be strengthened, not redefined.

U.S. Senate Holds First Hearing on Fully-Inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act

ENDA would address discrimination in the workplace by making it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on the person’s sexual orientation or gender identity at companies with 15 or more employees. In 29 states across America, it is still legal to fire someone based on his or her sexual orientation, and in 38 states, it is still legal to fire someone for being transgender.

Marriage equality goes down in Maine

Maine was poised to become the fifth state in the United States to recognize same-sex marriage in May 2009, after the measure was passed by the state Senate and House of Representatives and signed into law by Governor John Baldacci. The issue was placed on the statewide ballot after opponents to marriage equality submitted sufficient signatures for a people’s veto referendum.