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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2018 


While school shooting survivors demand stricter gun control measures some teachers are talking about their own walkout; Republicans vow to keep fighting the new district map in Pennsylvania; and from the West Coast - a health care group slams Trump's "skinny" insurance plans.

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Public News Service - NY: LGBTQIA Issues

Advocates say allowing religious-based discrimination against LGBT people puts civil rights laws at risk. (BhaktiCreative/Pixabay)

NEW YORK -- A national coalition of organizations says a case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court poses a major risk to civil rights. Next week, the nation's highest court will hear arguments in a case in which Colorado cake shop owners claim that requiring them to sell a cake for a same-sex weddin

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NEW YORK - Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights are praising a federal court ruling blocking President Donald Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., issued the ruling on Monday. I

In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects gay employees from discrimination. (fsHH/Pixabay)

NEW YORK - Does the Civil Rights Act protect from discrimination based on sexual orientation? That's the question a federal appeals court in New York took up on Tuesday. When Donald Zarda was fired for being gay, he sued - claiming that violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits di

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NEW YORK – Civil rights organizations have filed lawsuits to block President Trump's ban on military service by transgender people from going into effect. A presidential directive issued late Friday bars transgender individuals from enlisting, prohibits coverage for certain medical procedure

Under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department argues the Civil Rights Act doesnít cover sexual orientation. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

NEW YORK – The U.S. Justice Department says federal civil rights law doesn't protect lesbians and gay men from workplace discrimination. In 2010, Donald Zarda, a skydiving instructor working on Long Island, was fired after revealing he was gay. He sued, charging a violation of Title VII of t

Eighteen other countries allow transgender people to serve openly in the military. (Dustin Perry)

NEW YORK – New Yorkers took to the streets Wednesday to protest President Trump's announcement that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. Civil liberties organizations were quick to condemn the policy shift outlined in three early-morning posts to the presiden

There are 2.7 million LGBT Americans aged 50 and older. (U.S. Department of the Interior/Flickr)

NEW YORK – With LGBT Pride celebrations just around the corner, a new report shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults are facing unique challenges as they grow older. From the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to the recognition of same-sex marriage, recent years have brought tr

Thirty-one states have low or negative ratings for protection of transgender rights. (PROtorbakhopper/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Despite advances in recognizing and protecting the rights of LGBT Americans, a new report finds that transgender people face serious risks in most states. The report looks at laws and policies in every state and Washington, D.C., affecting LGBT people in five areas, including disc

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