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Wyoming House shoots down LGBT anti‑discrimination bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Wyoming
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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Study: HIV drug can prevent new infection when taken before and after sex

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after sex between two men. [...]

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Iowa GOP lawmakers still seeking constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Iowa
Nearly six years after a unanimous Iowa Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage, Republican lawmakers are still battling to overturn the ruling by amending the state constitution. [...]

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Oklahoma House committee OKs bill protecting conversion therapy providers

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Oklahoma
Legislation that would protect the practice of therapy that seeks to change people's sexual orientation or gender identity in Oklahoma was approved by a state House committee Tuesday. [...]

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In latest update, Apple adds emojis depicting same-sex couples, gay parents

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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Lovers of emojis, the cute graphics that punctuate online writing and texts, will soon be able to pick from different skin tones and depictions of same-sex couples and families with two moms or two dads on Apple devices. [...]

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North Carolina Senate panel advances anti-LGBT magistrate discrimination bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
North Carolina state capitol in Raleigh.
A bill that would allow magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of providing legal marriage services or issuing marriage licenses, passed out of a state Senate committee on Tuesday, and heads to a full hearing on the Senate floor. [...]

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Both sides submit final arguments in Nebraska same-sex marriage lawsuit

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Nebraska
Attorneys on both sides of the legal fight over Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage have turned in final written arguments on a motion to quash the ban immediately. [...]

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Colorado, Iowa, Oregon lawmakers considering ‘conversion therapy’ bans

Monday, February 23, 2015
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Three more states could soon join California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia in outlawing therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. [...]

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