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Oklahoma’s Anti-Trans Law Draws Scrutiny After Nex Benedict’s Death

A 16-year-old student in a small Oklahoma town outside Tulsa died after what the police said was a “physical altercation” in a high school bathroom, drawing outrage from gay and transgender rights groups who said the student was attacked because of their gender identity. The student, known to peers as Nex Benedict, often used the…

Republican Attacks on Biden’s Climate Law Raise Concerns Ahead of Election

The United States has experienced a surge in clean energy projects, representing more than $200 billion in new investments since President Biden signed an expansive climate bill into law more than a year ago. But the election and the potential for a Republican takeover is prompting concern that key parts of the law could be…

House Plan to Vote on Extension of Disputed Surveillance Law Collapses

The House scrapped votes on rival bills late Monday that would narrow the scope of a powerful surveillance tool after an ugly fight broke out among Republicans, likely punting until next year on plans to renew but also limit an expiring wiretapping law at the heart of the program. In a hastily organized closed-door meeting,…

Kansas, Citing New Law, Will Stop Changing Gender Identities on Birth Certificates

Kansas will no longer change the birth certificates of transgender people to reflect their gender identities, the state health department said on Friday, citing a new law that took effect this year that defines male and female as a person’s sex assigned at birth. The legislation, passed by the Republican-controlled State Legislature earlier this year,…

DeSantis’s Immigration Law May Affect Hurricane Cleanup in Florida

When Hurricane Idalia struck last week, Michael Burnett’s bayside home in Crystal River, Fla., was inundated with a noxious cocktail of storm water and sewage from burst pipes that rose to his chest. “We lost everything we owned,” Mr. Burnett, the manager of a gun shop, said. “All my kids’ clothes, all my guitars, all…

Judge Finds Tennessee Law Aimed at Restricting Drag Shows Unconstitutional

A federal judge said late Friday that a law in Tennessee aimed at restricting drag shows was unconstitutional, saying it was overly broad and violated the First Amendment. The ruling is an initial victory for supporters of L.G.B.T.Q. rights after weeks of turmoil and confusion over the law’s language and how it would affect not…

​Tennessee Drag Law Sows Fear Among Performers Ahead of Pride Month

Renae Green-Bean had started taking precautions in public even before the Tennessee legislature approved a law in March limiting where “adult cabaret” can be performed. Ms. Green-Bean had watched the uptick in legislation restricting L.G.B.T.Q. rights and worried that restaurant nights with her wife, children or grandchildren, or her preference for masculine attire and closely…

Supreme Court Upholds California Law on Humane Treatment of Pigs

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a California law that sought to address cruelty to animals, saying the state could require pork sold there but produced elsewhere to come from breeding pigs housed in spaces that allow them to move around freely. The decision was badly fractured and featured competing rationales, but the basic vote…