After pressure from major corporations, the NFL and politicians, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB1062, or the controversial “right-to-discriminate” bill, which would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays for religious reasons. “I call them as I see them, despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd,” Brewer said, criticizing what she described as a “broadly worded” bill that “could result in unintended and negative consequences.” She even stated that she had “not heard one example” of an actual problem that the bill would fix. However, she did say that the concerns of proponents for this bill were not unfounded. Read about it here…[CNN]
A New York church is making headlines after a photo of an anti-gay sign in front of the holy home, approved by their controversial pastor, went viral. The sign in front of the ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church, the religious organization led by Dr. James David Manning, reads: “Obama has released the homo demons on the black man. Look out black woman. A white homo may take your man.” Not surprisingly, the sign has raised a few eyebrows. But members of his congregation are used to Manning’s anti-gay rants. Just recently, he told media that his church fully supports the anti-gay laws in Uganda and Nigeria that have enabled a pervasive culture of fear and violence for members of the LGBT community. Read about it here…[HuffPost]
Six police officers in Saginaw, Michigan will not be charged for firing 47 times at a mentally ill, homeless man for stealing a cup of coffee. The July 2012 incident left Milton Hall dead after 11 bullets hit the 49-year-old. A federal investigation was launched, but the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice determined there was no wrongdoing on the officers’ part. Read about it here…[ThinkProgress]
A day after Russia ordered a surprise military exercise on Ukraine’s doorstep, dozens of armed men seized the regional government administration building and parliament in Ukraine’s southern Crimea region. During Thursday’s incident, the men raised the Russian flag in a challenge to the Eastern European country’s new leaders. Read about it here…[CNN]
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