WASHINGTON (AP) - Moments after the Senate passed a historic measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay and transgendered workers, activists turned their attention toward President Barack Obama and a long-sought executive order that would have the same effect, though on a much smaller scale.
Jubilation swept Illinois after the state legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on Nov. 5. Illinois becomes the 15th state to pass a marriage equality law.
Republican Nevada Senator Dean Heller indicated his support for the anti-discrimination bill, ENDA today, saying, "that supporting this legislation is the right thing to do."
Two Republican senators signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, and all Democrats have either signed on as co-sponsors or pledged to vote for it.
Washington State voters received their mail ballots last week, their chance to vote on I-522, a statewide ballot measure that would require labeling of all genetically engineered food.
The peaceful blockade succeeded in halting the day's proceedings where detainees were to have been hauled before a judge and sentenced as a group.
"While Washington waffles on immigration, California's forging ahead," Brown said in announcing the signings. "I'm not waiting."
Progressives say the true symbolism behind the name change is that of social justice, a solid stepping stone for the South to "rise again."
American Indian children of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Sioux nations are being removed from their homes by state officials under cover of law.
The San Francisco chapter of the Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition rallied to highlight the contributions of Rustin, an often-overlooked civil rights figure.