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    PNS Daily News - September 1, 20150 

    A variety of issues on our rundown including; The Supreme Court tells a Kentucky Court Clerk she can’t refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples; a new report looks at religious exemption bills and discrimination; a rally on the West Coast today to combat wage theft; and unmasking the face of hunger in the Midwest.

Civil Rights

LGBT advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling has encouraged states to expand so-called religious exemption laws. Credit: Skeeze/Pixabay.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's Religious Freedom Protection Act has been used since 2002 to protect an individual's right to practice their religion, but a new report says laws being introduced around the country may be used to legitimize discrimination. The report from the Movement Advance ...Read More

An African American soldier and white soldier working together. Credit: Rockfinder.

AUSTIN, Texas - When members of the U.S. military leave the service, they tend to settle in more diverse neighborhoods than civilians of the same race, according to a new study from the University of Connecticut and Brigham Young University. Mary Fischer, the report's co-author and an associate p ...Read More

The death penalty's constitutionality is being argued in a California courtroom today. Credit: davidhills/iStock.

PASADENA, Calif. – The death penalty itself is on trial today in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court in Pasadena. California's attorney general is appealing last year's ruling that declared the state's system of capital punishment unconstitutional. The federal judge in that case said the extensiv ...Read More

Immigrant-rights advocates held a vigil at the State House on Wednesday night to call attention to hate speech. Courtesy Centro Presente

BOSTON - Immigrant advocates held a vigil at the State House this week to call attention to anti-immigrant hate speech. They say the actions of GOP front-runner Donald Trump added fuel to the fire. Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, said they already had planned Wednesday night ...Read More

Immigrant rights groups say the GOP must denounce anti-immigrant statements if it wants to attract Latino voters. Credit: FIRM

NEW YORK - It was a combative exchange that lit up the Internet, and GOP candidate Donald Trump's treatment of prominent Univision reporter Jorge Ramos is getting plenty of reaction in New York. Joselo Lucero is a 41-year-old immigrant rights activist on Long Island. He saw the exchange on televi ...Read More

Immigrant advocates met with the Riverhead Town Board to discuss concerns about anti-immigrant statements. Photo Courtesy: Long Island Wins.

NEW YORK - From the presidential campaign trail to the town of Riverhead on Long Island, there has been plenty of tough talk about illegal immigrants this summer and some are concerned it may be inspiring acts of violence. Last week, two brothers were charged with beating a homeless Latino man in ...Read More

Legislation proposed in North Carolina would offer driver's permits to undocumented residents. Supporters say it would reduce insurance premiums and make the state's roads safer. Photo credit: jade/

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina could begin offering driver's permits to undocumented residents, if legislation (HB 328) introduced this spring is passed. While some oppose offering permits to people in the state without proper immigration documents, Dave Phillips, spokesperson with State Farm Insu ...Read More

Events like the Super Bowl could on the line in the vote on anti-discrimination in November. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/Wikimedia Commons.

HOUSTON - A coalition of 35 organizations is mounting "Houston Unites," a campaign to keep the city's equal rights ordinance on the books. Terri Burke, executive director with the ACLU of Texas, says a lot of money is at stake if the measure is repealed in the November election. She points out Fac ...Read More

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