Lorie Smith: Same-sex marriage fight continues at the Supreme Court with challenge from website designer

CNN — The Supreme Court will revisit the intersection of LGBTQ rights and religious freedom on Monday when it hears the case of a graphic designer who is looking to start a website business to perform weddings – but doesn’t want to work with. same-sex couples. The case comes as LGBTQ rights supporters fear the … Read more

Shanquella Robinson’s death is being investigated as a femicide. Here is what it means

CNN — The murder of Shanquella Robinson is being investigated as femicide, a term unfamiliar to many in the United States, as this gender-motivated crime has not been defined by US law although it is is a global problem. Robinson, a 25-year-old student at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, died in October while staying … Read more

Senate passes bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage in landmark vote

Washington CNN — The Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to protect same-sex and interracial marriage, called the Respect for Marriage Act, in a historic bipartisan vote. The final vote was 61-36. The bill was backed by all Democratic caucus members and 12 Republicans, the same dozen GOP members who backed the bill for a procedural … Read more

The Club Q shooting fits into an enduring US pattern of intimidating vulnerable groups where they congregate

Washington CNN — A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Race Deconstructed newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every week, subscribe for free here. Last weekend’s mass shooting at a beloved LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado was a nightmare. Late Saturday – the day before Transgender Remembrance Day – a 22-year-old entered … Read more

Germany vs. Japan: German players cover mouths in protest against FIFA clampdown on free speech in ‘OneLove’ armband row

CNN — It was such a brief moment that the thousands of fans inside Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday could easily have missed it. But a moment, the time it took photographers crowded in front of Germany’s World Cup squad to take a picture, was enough for the four-time winners to send a message to … Read more

Colorado Springs shooting: Suspect in the Colorado Springs LGBTQ club shooting is slated to appear in court today as prosecutors work to finalize formal charges

CNN — The 22-year-old accused of carrying out a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado over the weekend is due in court on Wednesday for the first time since the attack that left five dead and more than a dozen injured. . Anderson Lee Aldrich is expected to attend the initial … Read more

Colorado Springs shooting suspect: Details coming to light about alleged Club Q gunman

CNN — The suspect in the mass shooting at an LGBTQ Colorado nightclub had a tumultuous upbringing during which he was bullied as a teenager and raised for a time by his grandmother, according to a new portrait from the suspected shooter pieced together by CNN. Anderson Lee Aldrich ended up in the care of … Read more

Club Q shooting: As grief grips Colorado Springs after a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub, officials are investigating whether it was a bias-motivated crime

CNN — The mass shooting inside an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where five people were killed and more than a dozen were injured over the weekend, is the subject of a investigated as a bias-driven crime as the survivors grapple with trauma and grief in the aftermath of the attack. Club Q, known … Read more

Avijit Roy: Killers of US blogger escape from Bangladesh court on motorbikes

Two Islamist activists sentenced to death for the murder of an American blogger critical of religious extremism escaped Sunday from a crowded court in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born engineer, was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 as he was returning home with his wife from a book fair in Dhaka. … Read more

Anderson Lee Aldrich: What we know about the suspect in the Colorado Springs LGBTQ nightclub shooting

CNN — The suspect in a shooting at an LGBTQ Colorado nightclub over the weekend has been identified as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, who police say entered Club Q in Colorado Springs and immediately opened fire, killing five people and injuring 25 others. Investigators have yet to determine a motive, Police Chief Adrian Vasquez said … Read more