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Transgender advocates furious over Nevada proposed ‘bathroom bill’

Friday, April 10, 2015
Nevada state capitol in Carson City
Transgender activists and progressive groups say they're appalled with a proposed Nevada law forcing students to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex. [...]

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Georgia prison officials change transgender inmate policy

Friday, April 10, 2015
prison
Georgia prison officials are changing how they treat inmates with gender identity conditions, just days after the U.S. Justice Department weighed in on a lawsuit filed by a transgender prisoner. [...]

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Vatican mum on why France’s appointment of a gay diplomat has stalled

Friday, April 10, 2015
St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City
The Vatican has yet to approve the appointment of an openly gay French ambassador to the Holy See, prompting observers to interpret the silence as a rebuke of the man’s sexual orientation. [...]

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At least 545 same-sex couples married in Alabama, state reports

Friday, April 10, 2015
Milton Persinger, left, and Robert Povilat, both of Mobile, Ala., get married at Government Plaza as the Rev. Sandy O'Steen from Cornerstone Metropolitan Community Church officiates. They were the first same-sex couple to get married in Mobile, Ala., Thursday Feb. 12, 2015.
The preliminary numbers were compiled by the Alabama Department of Public Health Department. The tally reflects marriages that occurred Feb. 9 to March 3. [...]

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Indiana pizzeria that said it would refuse to cater same-sex weddings reopens

Friday, April 10, 2015
Many customers wait for service as Memories Pizza reopened for business Thursday, April, 9, 2015, in Walkerton, Ind. The restaurant was closed, and its operators said they'd gone into hiding after their comment that they would not serve pizza to a gay wedding prompted an avalanche of criticism on social media.
A northern Indiana pizzeria that closed after its owner said his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to cater a gay wedding opened Thursday to a full house of friends, regulars and people wanting to show their support. [...]

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State-by-state battle waged over ‘conversion therapy’ bans

Friday, April 10, 2015
Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.
There have been several setbacks this year for a state-by-state campaign to ban so-called conversion therapy for LGBT youth. But the White House is now officially an ally, and activists are hopeful of long-term success as they make a case that such treatments can have devastating consequences. [...]

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Washington state House approves ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Friday, April 10, 2015
Washington state capitol in Olympia.
The Washington state House of Representatives has passed a bill to prohibit therapy intended aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. [...]

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Man accused of sending threatening letter to Des Moines gay bar

Friday, April 10, 2015
Blazing Saddle, Des Moines, Iowa.
The Des Moines Police Department says 49-year-old Eric Reese Wiethorn, of Ames, was charged Thursday with first-degree harassment in connection with the letter sent to Blazing Saddle, a gay bar. [...]

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Poll: Majority of Americans side with LGBT rights over ‘religious freedom’

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Chaunce O'Connor rallies outside a Miami courthouse on July 2 during a hearing on Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
A new national poll finds that a majority of Americans believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs, suggesting a split over the issue between voters and some of the politicians who represent them. [...]

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Arkansas governor: No urgent need for anti-discrimination order

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, background, listens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't see an urgent need to expand workplace anti-discrimination protections for gay and lesbian state employees after lawmakers reworked a religious objections measure to address concerns it was discriminatory. [...]

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