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Cases the Supreme Court Avoided Today

Justices duck rulings on NSA, gay rights, campaign finance

(Newser) - The Supreme Court quietly made a bunch of headlines today, mainly by rejecting potentially explosive cases. Here's a roundup of the day's (in)action:
  • Gay rights: The court announced that it would not take up the highly charged case that began when a New Mexico wedding photographer refused to
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Arizona's Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill

It would have let businesses refuse service because of religious objections

(Newser) - It's been a good late-day stretch for gay rights. Hours after a federal judge in Texas struck down that state's ban on gay marriage, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced that she had vetoed a bill that critics say would encourage discrimination against homosexuals, reports CNN . The controversial SB... More »

Amid Pressure, Brewer May Veto Ariz. Anti-Gay Bill

Business leaders, GOP backers urge veto

(Newser) - Jan Brewer is likely to veto a bill that would allow Arizona businesses to refuse service to gay people for religious reasons, sources tell NBC News . The move comes in the wake of intense pressure from a host of sources—including three GOP senators who voted for the bill. "... More »

Judge to Baker: You Must Serve Gay Weddings

Colorado cake-maker refused to contribute to same-sex ceremony

(Newser) - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said today. The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of... More »

New York Investigates Macy's, Barneys on Profiling

State attorney general's office has 4 complaints from black shoppers

(Newser) - Macy's and Barneys must provide New York state's attorney general with their polices about questioning and detaining black customers, reports the Daily News . AG Eric Schneiderman launched an investigation after receiving four complaints from black shoppers who said they got harassed for the sin of buying luxury items.... More »

Gay Couple: Bakery Wouldn't Make Us Wedding Cake

They file discrimination claim in Colorado

(Newser) - Do you have a right to not bake a cake for someone? Or the right to not be discriminated against by cake bakers? That's the issue at hand in a Colorado discrimination claim. David Mullins and Charlie Craig went into Masterpiece Cakeshop hoping to get a wedding cake to... More »

Feds: Deaf Housing Complex Discriminates Vs. Non-Deaf

HUD squabbles with Arizona over funding

(Newser) - Packed with state-of-the-art equipment focused on the needs of the deaf, a new Arizona housing facility was seen as a step forward for the Southwest. Instead, it's become a lightning rod, reports the New York Times , as federal and state officials feud over alleged discrimination at the complex. As... More »

Obama: Gay Marriage Bans 'Probably' Unconstitutional

President says debt sustainable for next 10 years

(Newser) - It looks like President Obama's views on gay marriage are continuing to " evolve ." When he first expressed his support for gay marriage last May, Obama also said he thought it was a state issue (a position he's since reaffirmed ). Now, however, the president is saying... More »

Recovering Queen Skips Another Service

But will sign resolution that could indicate gay-rights support

(Newser) - Still on the mend after a brief hospitalization, Queen Elizabeth won't make it to a celebration of the British Commonwealth today, CNN reports. Still, her health issues are "nothing to fret about," says a Buckingham Palace insider, and in another ceremony tonight, she'll sign a historic... More »

Driver Sues FedEx, Says Was Fired for Russian Accent

Ex-trucker says company discriminated, didn't give him chance to prove his English

(Newser) - A Utah truck driver alleges FedEx fired him because of his Russian accent, even though he offered to appear before corporate higher-ups to demonstrate his English-speaking abilities. Ismail Aliyev has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against FedEx and the long-haul contractor that employed him. Aliyev says his trouble started months... More »

UPS Yanks Funding From Boy Scouts

Ends grants over BSA's discrimination against gays

(Newser) - The philanthropic arm of shipping giant UPS said it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group discriminates against gays, joining Intel as the second major corporation to recently strip funding from the scouts. The UPS Foundation made the change after an... More »

Chicago Cops Sue City, Say Mayor Rahm Played Politics

They were booted from his security detail, replaced by supporters

(Newser) - Eleven Chicago cops have sued the city, accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of playing politics with his security detail. They say they were removed from the detail and replaced by officers who worked on Emanuel's campaign in some fashion, reports the Chicago Tribune . The officers, all of whom are Hispanic... More »

Discrimination Agency Accused of Discrimination

Former EEOC employee with disabilities is suing

(Newser) - You'd think that if you worked for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, you wouldn't need to worry about discrimination in the workplace. But a revived lawsuit claims that the organization, which enforces federal employment discrimination laws, violated the Rehabilitation Act in its treatment of Mary Bullock, a former... More »

Canned Obese Employee Sues, Gets $55K

680-pound Ronald Kratz II says he was fired for being fat

(Newser) - When 680-pound Ronald Kratz II got fired from his job, he was pretty sure it was for being too fat. Now his old company is giving him $55,000 and six months of outplacement services in a legal settlement, reports the Houston Chronicle . With the help of the US Equal... More »

B&B Ordered to Pay Up for Barring Gay Couple

Shaun Eadie and Brian Thomas owed about $4.5K

(Newser) - A gay couple that was banned from a Canadian bed and breakfast will receive about $4,500 for their trouble, the Vancouver Sun reports. Shaun Eadie and Brian Thomas tried to make a reservation at the now-closed River-bed Bed and Breakfast in Grand Forks in July 2009. Initially, owner Susan... More »

Wells Fargo to Pay $175M Over Lending Discrimination

African Americans, Hispanics allegedly got higher rates

(Newser) - From 2004 to 2009, Wells Fargo allegedly discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers, and now the bank will pay at least $175 million to settle the matter, the AP reports. Wells Fargo is accused of charging such borrowers higher rates for loans, thus violating fair-lending laws. A deputy attorney general... More »

Gay HR Director Sues Boss for Pro-Gay Bias

Jamie Ardigo says boss boasted about only hiring gays, beautiful women

(Newser) - In one of the stranger discrimination lawsuits in recent memory, a gay man is suing his straight former boss over an alleged pro-gay hiring bias. Jamie Ardigo says he was fired as HR director of venture capitalist Christopher Burch's company after trying to change its hiring practices. Ardigo tells... More »

For Kids, Mom and Dad's Attitudes on Prejudice Rule

Adult words have more value than positive experiences for young: study

(Newser) - Where do kids get prejudiced ideas from? Adults—at least when the children are young. A new study found that when first-graders were told by an adult that another group of children was "mean," those first-graders in turn evaluated the other group as "mean"—even if... More »

Mystery Man at Tyler Clementi Trial: I Saw the Webcam

'MB' says he, Clementi were having sex when Dharun Ravi allegedly spied

(Newser) - The man Tyler Clementi was having sex with when his roommate allegedly spied on him says he noticed that a webcam was trained on them during the act, USA Today reports. "While we were intimate on the bed, I glanced over my shoulder and noticed the webcam facing toward... More »

Blacks Face Discrimination in Bankruptcy, Too

African-Americans steered more often toward costlier Chapter 13

(Newser) - It looks to be a discriminatory double-whammy: The banking industry steers black people toward bad home loans, and bankruptcy lawyers stick it to them when the loans go bust. A new study shows that black people are twice as likely to end up in the tougher and more expensive form... More »

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