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Defiant Jindal issues executive order after Louisiana House panel kills anti-gay bill

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday shelved a divisive religious objections bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, but the governor fought back, issuing an executive order aimed at doing the same thing. [...]

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Oregon governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Kate Brown
The measure makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professional to practice therapy treatments purporting to change the sexual orientation of children younger than 18. [...]

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Anti-LGBT pastor resigns after Grindr photos, hook-up conversations exposed

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Matthew-Makela
Rev. Matthew Makela resigned as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church just one day before Queerty posted screenshots and text messages of sexually explicit conversations between the pastor and other men. [...]

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Louisiana House committee kills anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Louisiana state capitol in Baton Rouge.
Our legislators decided that Louisiana would not be the next Indiana and voted to return HB 707 to the calendar, effectively killing the bill, reports Equality Louisiana. [...]

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U.S. congressman introduces first federal bill to ban conversion therapy

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)
The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act would be the first federal law to protect LGBT people from being defrauded by promises that they can change their sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]

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Vienna’s gay-themed traffic lights to remain, says local official

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Street lights with same gender pairs, on display in downtown Vienna, Austria. The lights were set up by city officials until June, to coincide with a number of gay-friendly events.
The lights show couples — a man and a woman, two women or two men. Set up recently at 47 crossings, they were to be taken down in June, after the conclusion of several gay-friendly events. [...]

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Northern Ireland baker guilty of discrimination for refusing ‘support gay marriage’ cake

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The requested cake, as provided by another bakery.
The judge said the bakery was a business, not a religious organization, and therefore had no legal basis to reject an order based on a customer's sexual orientation or beliefs. [...]

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Bus driver to 11-year-old girls: ‘You’re gay and will burn in hell for it’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
school-bus
The incident reportedly happened on Friday morning as the fifth grader was riding the bus to Pathway Academy, a Kansas City charter school. [...]

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Alabama minister arrested for trying to officiate same-sex wedding pleads guilty

Monday, May 18, 2015
Anne Susan DiPrizio
A minister who tried to perform a same-sex wedding in an Alabama courthouse pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Monday but will avoid serving time in jail. [...]

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Contentious Louisiana anti-gay religious objections bill scheduled for hearing

Monday, May 18, 2015
Louisiana
A House committee on Tuesday is scheduled to debate a bill backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that thrust Louisiana into a national debate over religious freedom and the rights of same-sex couples. [...]

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