NATIONAL NEWS: Jim Obergefell’s Scalia Tweet Goes Viral

Plus: Adidas's new endorsement contract encourages athletes to come out, and Uber drivers can legally discriminate in West Virginia.


Jim Obergefell tweets sincere condolences to late Justice Antonin Scalia’s family.

Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the landmark SCOTUS case Obergefell v. Hodges, sent condolences over the weekend to the family of its harshest dissenter, Justice Antonin Scalia. Given that Scalia was known as a strict conservative who aggressively fought against same-sex marriage, Obergefell’s peaceful message was a surprise to many online and went viral.

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New Adidas contract for star athletes encourages them to come out without fear of losing endorsement.

If you’re a superstar athlete who is worried about losing an Adidas endorsement for being LGBTQ, worry no more. The world’s second-largest shoe company added the following language to its contracts on Thursday: “Adidas acknowledges and adheres to the principles of diversity, as this is a central part of the Adidas group philosophy. Therefore Adidas warrants that this agreement will neither be terminated nor modified in case the athlete comes out to the public as a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.”

West Virginia lawmakers block anti-discrimination policy for Uber drives in state.

On Friday, 65 GOP legislators in West Virginia declined to add anti-discrimination language aimed at protecting LGBTQ customers to a bill that would allow ride-sharing service Uber to operate in the state. Tom Fast, a Republican leading the charge, attempted to make the case that sexual orientation is chosen: “I believe that it is a dangerous thing to elevate as a protected status a characteristic that is a chosen characteristic,” Fast said during a legislative congressional hearing. But regardless of their decision, Uber has its own national anti-discrimination policy for its employees.