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Okla. House OKs bill shifting issuance of marriage licenses from state to clergy

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
Opponents say the bill is a reaction by lawmakers who disagree with a federal judge's decision to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Report: ISIS publicly beheads three men in Iraq, two for alleged homosexual acts

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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The jihadist group has carried out hundreds of executions as it has imposed its brutal version of Islamic law, many of them photographed or videotaped. [...]

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S.D. Senate declines to consider bill to void transgender student athletes policy

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
South Dakota state capitol in Pierre.
The bill would have voided a policy adopted last year that allows transgender students to participate in school sports based on their gender identity. [...]

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Utah Senate passes bill allowing officials to refuse to marry same-sex couples

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Utah Senate chamber
The bill would allow Utah government employees to refuse to marry same-sex couples if they opt out of their right to marry anyone. [...]

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Texas lawmaker wants to ban local LGBT ordinances that protect his gay son

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Texas state Rep. Rick Miller (left) and his son, Beau Miller
The bill aims to invalidate ordinances that bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. [...]

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Catholic archdiocese of Cincinnati to tweak teacher contract morality clauses

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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The contract still prohibits teachers from "any conduct or lifestyle" that would contradict Catholic teachings or morals. [...]

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Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 Americans support marriage equality

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Marriage equality advocates rally outside the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on February 7, 2012, moment before hearing that the court upheld a District Court ruling that Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional.
In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday, 59 percent of respondents said that they support marriage equality, while just 33 percent said they were opposed. [...]

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New Texas GOP chair doesn’t want to see gay couples kiss

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Tom Mechler
The new chair of the Texas GOP says if his hometown newspaper ever publishes a photo of a same-sex couple kissing, he’ll cancel his subscription. [...]

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Oklahoma lawmaker: ‘Gays don’t have a right to be served in every single store’

Monday, March 9, 2015
Joseph Silk
Oklahoma state Sen. Joseph Silk says LGBT activists do not want people to be able to exercise their religious convictions. [...]

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Arkansas lawmaker proposes adding LGBT protections to state law

Monday, March 9, 2015
Greg Leding
Democratic Rep. Greg Leding of Fayetteville has proposed adding the protections to state law addressing discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. [...]

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