LGBTQ Nation The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:10:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Connecticut governor: Move women’s 2016 Final Four out of Indiana unless law changes Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:00:49 +0000 PAT EATON-ROBB [ap] 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. ]]> 0 Fight over ‘license to discriminate’ religious freedom bills shifts to Arkansas Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:00:54 +0000 ANDREW DeMILLO [ap] The fight over religious freedom bills facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which is poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure.]]> 0 Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz express support for Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:00:52 +0000 Staff Reports 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. ]]> 0 Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same-sex marriage Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:00:20 +0000 YURI KAGEYAMA [ap] 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,"]]> 0 Indianapolis Star blasts Pence, lawmakers:‘FIX THIS NOW’ - Religious freedom bill 'has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future' Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:30:00 +0000 Staff Reports "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."]]> 0 Pence fights back: Religious freedom law ‘grossly misconstrued … I abhor discrimination’ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:00:07 +0000 Staff Reports 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. ]]> 0 Washington governor joins boycott: No state-funded travel to Indiana - Portland mayor also halts city-funded travel to Indiana Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:30:42 +0000 Associated Press 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.]]> 0 Protests show no signs of slowing down Arkansas’ anti-LGBT religious freedom bill Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:47 +0000 ANDREW DeMILLO [ap] 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.]]> 0 Acxiom asks Arkansas governor to veto ‘religious freedom’ bill Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:00:45 +0000 Associated Press Data-services company Acxiom is urging Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto a "religious freedom" bill, with the firm's executives arguing the measure enables discrimination against LGBT individuals.]]> 0 North Carolina GOP governor says he won’t back state’s religious exemption bills Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:45:26 +0000 Associated Press 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.]]> 0 Justice Dept. sues Oklahoma university, alleges discrimination against transgender professor Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:00:29 +0000 Associated Press 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.]]> 0 Out Army veteran named chair of West Point Board of Visitors Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:30:01 +0000 Staff Reports A 1980 West Point graduate active in the fight for gay rights in the military has been named chairwoman of the board that reviews programs at the U.S. Military Academy.]]> 0 Chris Cuomo breaks down how Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law legalizes discrimination Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:30:34 +0000 Staff Reports Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the anti-gay Family Research Council, debates Indiana's "religious freedom" law with CNN "New Day" host Chris Cuomo. ]]> 0 Arkansas House panel advances ‘religious freedom’ bill cast as anti-LGBT Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:00:55 +0000 ANDREW DeMILLO [ap] Opponents of an Arkansas "religious freedom" measure that they say will allow widespread discrimination against LGBT individuals filled the state Capitol on Monday to protest the bill as it neared a final vote. ]]> 0 What makes Indiana’s religious freedom law different from laws in 19 other states? Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:30:49 +0000 Staff Reports The Atlantic dissects Indiana’s controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) that critics say is a “license to discriminate” against LGBT people, but that supporters say is no different that a federal law, and laws in 19 other states. ]]> 0 Connecticut governor bans state funded travel to Indiana over ‘religious freedom’ law Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:00:01 +0000 SUSAN HAIGH [ap] Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed an executive order barring state spending on travel to Indiana and any other state enacting legislation that protects religious freedoms but ultimately discriminates against gays and others groups.]]> 0 Indiana Democrats: Full repeal of ‘religious freedom’ law is the only answer Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:00:56 +0000 Associated Press House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says repeal is the only thing that will begin the process of healing the damage done to the state by the outcry over whether it would allow discrimination against LGBT individuals.]]> 0 Indiana lawmakers try to quiet firestorm surrounding new religious freedom law Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:15:23 +0000 TOM DAVIES [ap] Gov. Mike Pence called off public appearances Monday and sports officials planned an "Indy Welcomes All" campaign ahead of this weekend's NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis as lawmakers scrambled to quiet the firestorm over a new law that has much of the country portraying Indiana as a state of intolerance.]]> 0 Georgia House committee cancels meeting to decide fate of ‘religious freedom’ bill Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:00:29 +0000 Staff Reports A Georgia House committee has cancelled a meeting that was scheduled to occur on Monday morning, leaving the future of the state's "religious liberty" bill in doubt.]]> 0 Lambda Legal fact checks Indiana governor’s statements on ‘This Week’ interview Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:30:48 +0000 Staff Reports “Governor Pence continues to deceive the public about this deeply flawed law," says Lambda Legal, who fact checked his remarks from an interview on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday.]]> 0 Marriage News Watch: March 30, 2015 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:00:48 +0000 MATT BAUME [e]American Foundation for Equal Rights[m] Texas has won the right to have gays and lesbians fired for taking medical leave. The state's also working on a sneaky work-around to stop marriage equality, just in case the Supreme Court overturns the state's ban. ]]> 0 Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country’ Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:00:46 +0000 Staff Reports Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on colleagues leading other major companies to take a stand against so-called “religious freedom” legislation similar to one enacted in Indiana.]]> 0 Montana House narrowly defeats ‘religious freedom’ bill on deadlocked vote - Gov. Steve Bullock: "What's happening in Indiana is something that shouldn't be happening in Montana." Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:31 +0000 ALISON NOON [ap] Gov. Steve Bullock: "What's happening in Indiana is something that shouldn't be happening in Montana. We don't need laws like that imported into our state." ]]> 0 Springfield, Mo., to vote on measure to repeal LGBT non-discrimination ordinance Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:30:42 +0000 COLIN MURPHY [e]Boom Magazine[m] Opponents of a recently passed LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance in Missouri's third largest city are asking voters to repeal the law on April 7.]]> 0 Connecticut bill would make it easier to change gender on birth certificates Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:00:03 +0000 SUSAN HAIGH [ap] Connecticut is considering ways to make it easier for transgender people to update their names and genders on their birth certificates.]]> 0