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Va. Senate panel advances bill to bar LGBT discrimination in public employment

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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A Virginia Senate committee voted Monday to prohibit discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]

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Federal judge issues second ruling against Alabama same‑sex marriage ban

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade on Monday issued a second ruling blocking Alabama attorney General Luther Strange and other state officials from enforcing the ban. [...]

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Alabama chief justice criticizes same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says he's concerned that the recognition of same-sex marriages will lead to the recognition of marriages with multiple partners or marriages within a family. [...]

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Mormon leaders call for ‘balanced approach’ in clash between gay rights, religious freedom

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays, but still wants to hire and fire workers based not only on religious beliefs, but also on honor codes that require gays to remain celibate. [...]

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Ala. lawmaker threatens to out immoral ‘hypocrites’ over same-sex marriage

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker is threatening to expose state politicians who have extramarital affairs, but claim that same-sex marriage is immoral or bad for children. [...]

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Meet the group working to repeal Texas’ LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination laws

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
David Welch
Several Texas cities have taken the historic step of passing non-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people, only to see those laws challenged by the extreme right-wing U.S. Pastor Council -- a group that has labeled gay people "forces of spiritual darkness." [...]

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Va. couple wins legal fight to have both names listed on twins’ birth certificates

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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A Richmond judge has ordered the Virginia Department of Health's Office of Vital Records to amend the birth certificates to show that Maria Hayman and her wife, Joanie Hayman, are the "only parents of the children." [...]

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Alabama appeals decision overturning state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, January 26, 2015
Alabama state capitol in Montgomery.
Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal. [...]

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Some California judges with ties to Boy Scouts question ban

Monday, January 26, 2015
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The California Supreme Court's unanimous decision to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that discriminate against gays comes against the wishes of some jurists with ties to scouting. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: January 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015
Ted Ribey with the Clerk of District Court's office in Yellowstone County attaches a seal to the wedding license of Jill Houk and Randi Paul, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Billings, Mont. At least 5 other clerks in the county are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
There’s a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey his order to issue licenses. Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality. And one lawmaker even wants [...]

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