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D.C. mayor announces health coverage requirements for transgender citizens

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
Vincent Gray
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday announced that public and private health insurance plans that the D.C. government regulates -- including Medicaid, D.C. government employee insurance, and private plans sold on D.C.'s health exchange -- will be required to cover transition-related care.

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Transcript: Ariz. governor Jan Brewer’s statement on vetoed bill

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
PHOENIX — Following is a transcript of the statement read by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday regarding her veto of a bill allowing religious reasons for refusing service to gays:

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Religious freedom bill raises complicated legal questions for Ariz., other states

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
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D.C. lobbyist says he is preparing legislation to prohibit gays in the NFL

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Jack Burkman
A top Washington lobbyist said this week he is preparing legislation that would prohibit gays fro playing in the NFL, and that he has the support of more than three dozen unnamed lawmakers.

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Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case file brief with appeals court

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Rick Bowmer, APDerek Kitchen, left, and his partner Moudi Sbeity, right, talk with the media outside Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse following court on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.
SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys for three gay and lesbian couples have filed a brief with an appeals court contesting Utah's same-sex marriage ban, which a federal judge overturned in December.

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Mo. lawmakers introduce ‘right to refuse service’ religious freedom bill

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — While Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer deliberates the fate of her state's anti-gay religious freedom bill, legislation was filed on Monday in the Missouri Senate that would allow Missouri business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for refusing to provide service.

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Reports: Arizona governor likely to veto anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
Arizona governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto a controversial "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners with to deny service to gay people, reports NBC News, citing sources close to the governor who are "familiar with her thinking."

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Super Bowl committee, more than 80 companies call for veto of anti-gay bill

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Ross D. Franklin, APAnthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.
The Super Bowl host committee, the NFL and more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona have called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people.

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State senator tells Anderson Cooper there’s no discrimination in Arizona

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Cooper-Melvin
In an interview with Anderson Cooper on Monday, Arizona GOP state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Al Melvin defended Arizona's SB 1062, the controversial the bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs.

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Clerk says he was chastised for ‘feminine behavior,’ fired because he’s gay

| Monday, February 24, 2014
The Des  Moines RegisterWayne Shimer
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa man is suing a convenience store chain he claims fired him because he's gay, and alleges in court documents that he was chastised by his former boss for "feminine behavior."

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