LGBTQ Nation http://www.lgbtqnation.com 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 http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/connecticut-governor-move-womens-2016-final-four-out-of-indiana-unless-law-changes/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/connecticut-governor-move-womens-2016-final-four-out-of-indiana-unless-law-changes/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:00:49 +0000 PAT EATON-ROBB [ap] http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173728 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. ]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/connecticut-governor-move-womens-2016-final-four-out-of-indiana-unless-law-changes/feed/ 0 Fight over ‘license to discriminate’ religious freedom bills shifts to Arkansas http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/fight-over-religious-objection-proposals-shifts-to-arkansas/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/fight-over-religious-objection-proposals-shifts-to-arkansas/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:00:54 +0000 ANDREW DeMILLO [ap] http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173708 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/fight-over-religious-objection-proposals-shifts-to-arkansas/feed/ 0 Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz express support for Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/jeb-bush-ted-cruz-express-support-for-indianas-religious-freedom-law/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/jeb-bush-ted-cruz-express-support-for-indianas-religious-freedom-law/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:00:52 +0000 Staff Reports http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173718 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. ]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/jeb-bush-ted-cruz-express-support-for-indianas-religious-freedom-law/feed/ 0 Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same-sex marriage http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/tokyo-ward-1st-in-japan-to-recognize-same-sex-marriage/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/tokyo-ward-1st-in-japan-to-recognize-same-sex-marriage/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:00:20 +0000 YURI KAGEYAMA [ap] http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173703 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,"]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/tokyo-ward-1st-in-japan-to-recognize-same-sex-marriage/feed/ 0 Indianapolis Star blasts Pence, lawmakers:‘FIX THIS NOW’ - Religious freedom bill 'has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future' http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/indianapolis-star-blasts-pence-lawmakersfix-this-now/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/indianapolis-star-blasts-pence-lawmakersfix-this-now/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:30:00 +0000 Staff Reports http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173685 "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."]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/indianapolis-star-blasts-pence-lawmakersfix-this-now/feed/ 0 Pence fights back: Religious freedom law ‘grossly misconstrued … I abhor discrimination’ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/pence-fights-back-religious-freedom-law-grossly-misconstrued-i-abhor-discrimination/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/pence-fights-back-religious-freedom-law-grossly-misconstrued-i-abhor-discrimination/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:00:07 +0000 Staff Reports http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173677 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. ]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/pence-fights-back-religious-freedom-law-grossly-misconstrued-i-abhor-discrimination/feed/ 0 Washington governor joins boycott: No state-funded travel to Indiana - Portland mayor also halts city-funded travel to Indiana http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/washington-governor-joins-boycott-no-state-funded-travel-to-indiana/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/washington-governor-joins-boycott-no-state-funded-travel-to-indiana/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:30:42 +0000 Associated Press http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173668 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/washington-governor-joins-boycott-no-state-funded-travel-to-indiana/feed/ 0 Protests show no signs of slowing down Arkansas’ anti-LGBT religious freedom bill http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/protests-show-no-signs-of-slowing-down-arkansas-anti-lgbt-religious-freedom-bill/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/protests-show-no-signs-of-slowing-down-arkansas-anti-lgbt-religious-freedom-bill/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:47 +0000 ANDREW DeMILLO [ap] http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173655 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/protests-show-no-signs-of-slowing-down-arkansas-anti-lgbt-religious-freedom-bill/feed/ 0 Acxiom asks Arkansas governor to veto ‘religious freedom’ bill http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/acxiom-asks-arkansas-governor-to-veto-religious-freedom-bill/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/acxiom-asks-arkansas-governor-to-veto-religious-freedom-bill/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:00:45 +0000 Associated Press http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173651 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/acxiom-asks-arkansas-governor-to-veto-religious-freedom-bill/feed/ 0 North Carolina GOP governor says he won’t back state’s religious exemption bills http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/north-carolina-gop-governor-says-he-wont-back-states-religious-exemption-bills/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/north-carolina-gop-governor-says-he-wont-back-states-religious-exemption-bills/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:45:26 +0000 Associated Press http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173633 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/north-carolina-gop-governor-says-he-wont-back-states-religious-exemption-bills/feed/ 0 Justice Dept. sues Oklahoma university, alleges discrimination against transgender professor http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/justice-dept-sues-oklahoma-university-alleges-discrimination-against-transgender-professor/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/justice-dept-sues-oklahoma-university-alleges-discrimination-against-transgender-professor/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:00:29 +0000 Associated Press http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173626 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/justice-dept-sues-oklahoma-university-alleges-discrimination-against-transgender-professor/feed/ 0 Out Army veteran named chair of West Point Board of Visitors http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/out-army-veteran-named-chair-of-west-point-board-of-visitors/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/out-army-veteran-named-chair-of-west-point-board-of-visitors/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:30:01 +0000 Staff Reports http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173610 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/out-army-veteran-named-chair-of-west-point-board-of-visitors/feed/ 0 Chris Cuomo breaks down how Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law legalizes discrimination http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/chris-cuomo-breaks-down-whether-indianas-religious-freedom-law-legalizes-discrimination/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/chris-cuomo-breaks-down-whether-indianas-religious-freedom-law-legalizes-discrimination/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:30:34 +0000 Staff Reports http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173603 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. ]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/chris-cuomo-breaks-down-whether-indianas-religious-freedom-law-legalizes-discrimination/feed/ 0 Arkansas House panel advances ‘religious freedom’ bill cast as anti-LGBT http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/arkansas-house-panel-advances-religious-freedom-bill-cast-as-anti-lgbt/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/arkansas-house-panel-advances-religious-freedom-bill-cast-as-anti-lgbt/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:00:55 +0000 ANDREW DeMILLO [ap] http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173594 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. ]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/arkansas-house-panel-advances-religious-freedom-bill-cast-as-anti-lgbt/feed/ 0 What makes Indiana’s religious freedom law different from laws in 19 other states? http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/what-makes-indianas-religious-freedom-law-different-from-19-other-states/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/what-makes-indianas-religious-freedom-law-different-from-19-other-states/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:30:49 +0000 Staff Reports http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173578 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. ]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/what-makes-indianas-religious-freedom-law-different-from-19-other-states/feed/ 0 Connecticut governor bans state funded travel to Indiana over ‘religious freedom’ law http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/connecticut-to-ban-state-funded-travel-to-indiana-over-religious-freedom-law/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/connecticut-to-ban-state-funded-travel-to-indiana-over-religious-freedom-law/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:00:01 +0000 SUSAN HAIGH [ap] http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173568 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/connecticut-to-ban-state-funded-travel-to-indiana-over-religious-freedom-law/feed/ 0 Indiana Democrats: Full repeal of ‘religious freedom’ law is the only answer http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/indiana-democrats-full-repeal-of-religious-freedom-law-is-the-only-answer/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/indiana-democrats-full-repeal-of-religious-freedom-law-is-the-only-answer/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:00:56 +0000 Associated Press http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173559 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/indiana-democrats-full-repeal-of-religious-freedom-law-is-the-only-answer/feed/ 0 Indiana lawmakers try to quiet firestorm surrounding new religious freedom law http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/indiana-lawmakers-plan-language-to-clarify-religious-freedom-law/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/indiana-lawmakers-plan-language-to-clarify-religious-freedom-law/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:15:23 +0000 TOM DAVIES [ap] http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173548 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/indiana-lawmakers-plan-language-to-clarify-religious-freedom-law/feed/ 0 Georgia House committee cancels meeting to decide fate of ‘religious freedom’ bill http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/georgia-house-committee-cancels-meeting-to-decide-fate-of-religious-freedom-bill/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/georgia-house-committee-cancels-meeting-to-decide-fate-of-religious-freedom-bill/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:00:29 +0000 Staff Reports http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173553 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/georgia-house-committee-cancels-meeting-to-decide-fate-of-religious-freedom-bill/feed/ 0 Lambda Legal fact checks Indiana governor’s statements on ‘This Week’ interview http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/lambda-legal-fact-checks-indiana-governors-statements-on-this-week-interview/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/lambda-legal-fact-checks-indiana-governors-statements-on-this-week-interview/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:30:48 +0000 Staff Reports http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173537 “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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/lambda-legal-fact-checks-indiana-governors-statements-on-this-week-interview/feed/ 0 Marriage News Watch: March 30, 2015 http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/marriage-news-watch-march-30-2015/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/marriage-news-watch-march-30-2015/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:00:48 +0000 MATT BAUME [e]American Foundation for Equal Rights[m] http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173538 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. ]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/marriage-news-watch-march-30-2015/feed/ 0 Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country’ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/apple-ceo-tim-cook-theres-something-very-dangerous-happening-in-states-across-the-country/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/apple-ceo-tim-cook-theres-something-very-dangerous-happening-in-states-across-the-country/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:00:46 +0000 Staff Reports http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173529 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/apple-ceo-tim-cook-theres-something-very-dangerous-happening-in-states-across-the-country/feed/ 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." http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/montana-house-narrowly-defeats-religious-freedom-bill-on-deadlocked-vote/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/montana-house-narrowly-defeats-religious-freedom-bill-on-deadlocked-vote/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:31 +0000 ALISON NOON [ap] http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173456 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." ]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/montana-house-narrowly-defeats-religious-freedom-bill-on-deadlocked-vote/feed/ 0 Springfield, Mo., to vote on measure to repeal LGBT non-discrimination ordinance http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/springfield-mo-to-vote-on-measure-to-repeal-lgbt-non-discrimination-ordinance/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/springfield-mo-to-vote-on-measure-to-repeal-lgbt-non-discrimination-ordinance/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:30:42 +0000 COLIN MURPHY [e]Boom Magazine[m] http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173517 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.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/springfield-mo-to-vote-on-measure-to-repeal-lgbt-non-discrimination-ordinance/feed/ 0 Connecticut bill would make it easier to change gender on birth certificates http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/connecticut-bill-would-make-it-easier-to-change-gender-on-birth-certificates/ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/connecticut-bill-would-make-it-easier-to-change-gender-on-birth-certificates/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:00:03 +0000 SUSAN HAIGH [ap] http://www.lgbtqnation.com/?p=173508 Connecticut is considering ways to make it easier for transgender people to update their names and genders on their birth certificates.]]> http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/connecticut-bill-would-make-it-easier-to-change-gender-on-birth-certificates/feed/ 0