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Gay dating app scores billboards outside Super Bowl host stadium

Friday, January 30, 2015
Scruff-billboard
Sports enthusiasts visiting Glendale, Ariz., for Super Bowl XLIX will be greeted by two 48- by 14-foot digital billboards hoping to spark conversation about equality and acceptance in sports. [...]

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Montana Senate panel tables bill that would create statewide LGBT protections

Friday, January 30, 2015
Montana state capitol in Helena.
Montana lawmakers all in one day heard testimony, voted against and then tabled a bill that would provide protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and other people in the state. [...]

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California Supreme Court ruling on sex crimes criticized as unfair to gays

Friday, January 30, 2015
California
The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that adults convicted of engaging in unforced oral sex with minors must register as sex offenders, while those guilty of sexual intercourse with minors may not have to. [...]

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Montana lawmakers consider eliminating law banning same‑sex marriage

Friday, January 30, 2015
J. Stephen Conn
Rep. Bryce Bennett of Missoula introduced House Bill 282 in the House Judiciary Committee Friday. The Democrat's bill would remove same-sex couples from a list of prohibited marriages. [...]

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Wyoming state House gives initial approval to religious freedom bill

Friday, January 30, 2015
Wyoming
The bill would allow businesses to deny services when their religion disagrees with another person’s actions, including potentially allowing county clerks to deny issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [...]

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ExxonMobil adds LGBT protections to employment, harassment policies

Friday, January 30, 2015
ExxonMobil
ExxonMobil has reversed its longstanding opposition to LGBT employment protections, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the company's non-discrimination policies on employment and workplace harassment. [...]

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Oklahoma lawmaker withdraws anti-gay ‘license to discriminate’ bill

Friday, January 30, 2015
Sally Kern
An Oklahoma lawmaker who has introduced several anti-gay bills for the upcoming session is withdrawing one measure, widely criticized as a licensing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people. [...]

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Brazil’s largest city to pay transgender youth to finish school

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Sao Paulo, Brazil
The program being offered by Sao Paulo's Municipal Human Rights and Citizenship Secretariat is intended to help transgender youth from having to turn to prostitution to support themselves. [...]

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Va. House panel kills bill that would have allowed widespread LGBT discrimination

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Bob Marshall
A Virginia legislative panel has killed a so-called “conscience clause” bill that would have allowed widespread discrimination against the LGBT community under the guise pf religious freedom. [...]

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Alabama plaintiffs ask 11th Circuit to allow marriage victory to take effect

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Cari Searcy, left, and her wife Kim McKeand
Lawyers for Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand on Thursday asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to reject Alabama's request to place the ruling on hold for months. [...]

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