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Connecticut governor: Move women’s 2016 Final Four out of Indiana unless law changes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.)
Connecticut's governor and UConn's athletic director called on the NCAA on Monday to consider moving next year's Women's Final Four out of Indianapolis unless changes are made to Indiana's new religious-objections law. [...]

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Fight over ‘license to discriminate’ religious freedom bills shifts to Arkansas

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock, center, cheers with protesters outside of the House chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, March 30, 2015.
The fight over religious freedom bills has shifted toward Arkansas, which is poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure. [...]

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Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz express support for Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Jeb Bush (left) and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz and likely candidate Jeb Bush, expressed support Monday for Indiana's controversial religious freedom bill that critics charge is a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Koyuki Higashi, right, and her partner, Hiroko Masuhara, left, holding a banner reading: "Congratulations: the same sex partnership ordinance" speak to the media in front of Shibuya ward office in Tokyo Tuesday, March 31, 2015 after Shibuya ward became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the "equivalent of a marriage," guaranteeing the identical rights of married couples with a landmark vote by the ward assembly.
With a landmark vote by the assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya ward, the district famous as a mecca for trendy youngsters became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the "equivalent of a marriage," [...]

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Indianapolis Star blasts Pence, lawmakers: ‘FIX THIS NOW’

Monday, March 30, 2015
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"The consequences will only get worse if our state leaders delay in fixing the deep mess created. Half steps will not be enough. Half steps will not undo the damage." [...]

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Pence fights back: Religious freedom law ‘grossly misconstrued … I abhor discrimination’

Monday, March 30, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
In an essay published Monday evening in The Wall Street Journal, Indiana governor Mike Pence said the state's religious freedom law "is not a ‘license to discriminate’” and simply reflects federal law. [...]

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Washington governor joins boycott: No state-funded travel to Indiana

Monday, March 30, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.)
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has imposed an administration-wide ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after the passage of a new law that critics say has the potential to discriminate against LGBT individuals. [...]

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Protests show no signs of slowing down Arkansas’ anti-LGBT religious freedom bill

Monday, March 30, 2015
Arkansas
Opponents of an Arkansas "religious freedom" measure that critics say will allow widespread anti-LGBT discrimination similar to the new Indiana law filled the state Capitol in Little Rock on Monday to protest the bill as it neared a final vote. [...]

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North Carolina GOP governor says he won’t back state’s religious exemption bills

Monday, March 30, 2015
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.)
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he isn't backing bills giving exemptions to court officials who don't want to officiate same-sex marriages and offering other religious protections to businesses. [...]

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Justice Dept. sues Oklahoma university, alleges discrimination against transgender professor

Monday, March 30, 2015
Morrison Hall at Southeastern Oklahoma State University
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Southeastern Oklahoma State University, alleging the school in Durant discriminated against a transgender professor and then fired her after she complained. [...]

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