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No veto from Arkansas governor on bill banning LGBT discrimination laws

Monday, February 23, 2015
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.)
Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, becoming the second state to adopt a measure opponents call a thinly-veiled move to discriminate against LGBT people. [...]

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State Department names first global envoy for LGBT rights

Monday, February 23, 2015
Randy Berry
The United States named its first international envoy for gay rights Monday, tasking a veteran diplomat with leading U.S. efforts to fight violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals overseas. [...]

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: Transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the military

Monday, February 23, 2015
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks with U.S. military personnel at Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan on Feb. 22.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday that transgender individuals should not be prevented from serving in the U.S. military solely based on their gender identity. [...]

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Marriage News Watch, February 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015
Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant were Thursday this morning alongside their daughters in Travis County, Texas.
A few judges are still refusing to see gay and lesbian couples in Alabama. Texas has had its first lesbian marriage, and now state officials are scrambling to find a way to undo it. [...]

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Philippine court enters not guilty plea for Marine charged in trans woman’s murder

Monday, February 23, 2015
Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton
A Philippine court entered a not guilty plea Monday for a U.S. Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipino, allegedly after he discovered her biological sex when they checked into a hotel. [...]

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Graham Moore’s Oscar‑worthy acceptance speech for ‘Imitation Game’ – #StayWeird

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Graham Moore accepts the award for the best adapted screenplay for “The Imitation Game” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Graham Moore, who on Sunday won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game,” took the opportunity to give a powerful acceptance speech calling awareness to teen suicide and depression, recalling his own attempt at suicide at age 16. [...]

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‘Birdman’ takes flight at an Oscars ceremony punctuated by politics

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Host Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
The long take of "Birdman" has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past, took Hollywood's top honor in a ceremony punctuated by passionate pleas for equality. [...]

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Animus on display – why Arkansas SB 202 deserves a veto

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.)
Last week, after a series of lightning-fast votes, the Arkansas legislature delivered SB 202 to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk. If it becomes law, this bill will preempt local nondiscrimination laws and policies that offer protections on any basis not yet included in state law. [...]

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Confrontation sparked by alleged gay slur leads to hit and run caught on camera

Sunday, February 22, 2015
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An altercation outside a Phoenix record store escalated into a hit and run that was caught on camera, and the victim says the incident all started with a gay slur. [...]

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Among the Navajos, a renewed debate about same-sex marriage

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Navajo-NYT
Tradition reigns on the Navajo reservation, but the national debate over same-sex marriage is prompting some to re-examine a 2005 tribal law called the Dine Marriage Act, which prohibits same-sex unions on the reservation.
(The New York Times) [...]

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