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Labor Dept. updates Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex spouses

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday issued a final rule revising the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) to include married, same-sex couples. [...]

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Indiana Senate approves bill allowing discrimination against LGBT people

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The Indiana state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to refuse services for same-sex weddings because of religious beliefs. [...]

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Former Georgia AG: ‘Religious freedom’ bills deserve ‘a quick death’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers said Tuesday that two bills being debated by lawmakers create an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people or break state laws and are "deserving of a quick death." [...]

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Transgender teen gets support from Justice Department in school lawsuit

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who, in a lawsuit, accuses several schools of discriminating against him because he's transgender. [...]

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LGBT caucus membership drops by more than half in 114th Congress

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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The congressional caucus that aims to advance LGBT issues made public its membership for the 114th Congress, and the size of the group is not even half of what it was in its previous iteration.
(Washington Blade) [...]

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Walmart criticizes Arkansas ‘conscience protection’ religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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Walmart on Tuesday criticized a “conscience protection” measure in the retail giant’s home state that opponents say sanctions discrimination against gays and lesbians, while Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also expressed concerns about the legislation. [...]

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Democratic icon Barney Frank on Congress, gay rights and partisan echo chambers

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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The highest profile openly gay member of Congress retired in 2013 after 32 years, leaving a legacy of legislation on financial reform as well as changes in perceptions and laws about homosexuality.
(Los Angeles Times) [...]

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Wyoming House shoots down LGBT anti‑discrimination bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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The House on Tuesday voted 33-to-26 to reject the bill that would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It had already cleared the Wyoming state Senate. [...]

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Arkansas governor says he’s concerned by ‘religious freedom’ bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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The Republican governor said he had reservations about the House-backed "conscience protection" measure that's pending before a Senate committee, but stopped short of saying whether he opposed the bill. [...]

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Couple in Alabama same-sex marriage case still refused adoption petition

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Cari Searcy (left) with her spose Kimberly McKean and son Khaya at their home in Mobile, Ala.
The couple whose lawsuit got Alabama's same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional is headed back to court after a probate judge again refused to grant their adoption petition. [...]

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