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George Dumont

Fla. student says he was rejected by fraternity because he’s openly gay

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando says he has been banned from joining a fraternity because he is openly gay. [ Read more → ]
APAnnise Parker

Houston mayor announces details of proposed anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, April 21, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Monday announced details of a proposed human rights ordinance that would prohibit discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]
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Ohio school board debates policy to ban discrimination against gay teachers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board. [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. Senate panel considers bill to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination

Thursday, April 10, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators heard conflicting testimony Wednesday on whether it makes good business sense to grant legal discrimination protections to people based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Pro-LGBT church: Boy Scouts violating our religious freedom by ousting gay Scoutmaster

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SEATTLE -- The pastor of an LGBT-welcoming church says the Boy Scouts of America is infringing on her church's religious freedom in its efforts to oust their openly gay Scoutmaster. [ Read more → ]
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.

Bill to prohibit anti-gay workplace discrimination stalls in Neb. legislature

Monday, April 7, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A bill that would prohibit Nebraska employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity has stalled in the Legislature. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Gay Scoutmaster refuses to step down, church stands by his decision

Monday, April 7, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America may have revoked his membership, but openly gay Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath is continuing his role as a leader with the support of his church. [ Read more → ]
AP (File)In 1958, two Virginia residents, Mildred Loving, a black woman, and her white husband, Richard Loving (seen here in a Jan.    26, 1965 photo), went to Washington to get married. After they returned to Central Point, their hometown in rural Caroline County north of Richmond, police raided their home and arrested them. They avoided jail time by agreeing to leave Virginia _ the only home they'd known _ for 25 years.  To some people in Virginia, the legal fight over whether same-sex marriages should be allowed has an echo in the state’s old law banning marriage between white and black people.

Fight over same-sex marriage echoes decades-old battle of Loving v. Virginia

Sunday, April 6, 2014
WASHINGTON — To some people in Virginia, the fight over legalization of same-sex marriage echoes a decades-old battle over the state's 1924 law banning marriage between white and black people. But opponents of gay marriage reject the comparison. [ Read more → ]
Ohio

Ohio group seeking to overturn gay marriage ban to launch petition for gay rights act

Saturday, April 5, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A group pushing to have voters overturn Ohio's gay marriage ban says it is also collecting signatures to bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment and housing. [ Read more → ]
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.

Neb. bill prohibiting anti-gay employment discrimination faces resistance

Friday, April 4, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A bill that would protect Nebraska residents from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation is facing resistance from some Nebraska lawmakers. [ Read more → ]
APJay Carney

Why an LGBT non-discrimination executive order would not be ‘redundant’

Friday, April 4, 2014
In 2008, then-candidate Obama pledged that if elected president, he would use an executive order to protect the LGBT employees of all federal contractors from discrimination. After several years of pressure from LGBT advocacy groups, the Obama administration still refuses to act on this executive order, explaining that it would prefer that Congress pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)... [ Read more → ]
Peter TerVeer

Judge rules discrimination case against Library of Congress can move forward

Thursday, April 3, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has ruled that a gay man's discrimination lawsuit against the Library of Congress can move forward, and that he could find relief under protections already provided under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Miss.)

Miss. governor signs religious freedom bill that could allow anti-gay discrimination

Thursday, April 3, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices. [ Read more → ]
New-Hampshire

N.H. considers constitutional amendment to ban discrimination against gays

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
CONCORD, N.H. -- A House panel is holding a hearing on a proposed amendment to New Hampshire's constitution that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Elaine Thompson, APGeoff McGrath points out an "inclusive scouting" badge worn on his Boy Scout scoutmaster uniform shirt for the Seattle troop he led, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Bellevue, Wash. The Boys Scouts of America has removed McGrath, an openly gay troop leader, after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

Boy Scouts oust first openly gay Scoutmaster since welcoming gay youth

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America on Monday booted an openly gay Scoutmaster, believed to be the first openly gay leader to be ousted since the BSA voted last year to accept openly gay scouts, but maintain a ban on gay and lesbian leaders. [ Read more → ]
nebraska

Neb. legislative committee advances workplace discrimination bill

Monday, March 31, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska lawmakers could get a chance this year to debate a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Louisiana state capitol in Baton Rouge.

La. lawmakers: Housing discrimination against LGBT people is still OK

Monday, March 31, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. --- Louisiana lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have prohibited housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Francesca Quaranta

Conn. city says there was no bias against transgender police officer

Saturday, March 29, 2014
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- An investigation by a Connecticut city has found no evidence that a transgender police officer was subject to discrimination or a hostile work environment. [ Read more → ]
Kellers-Bedford-TX

Lesbian couple’s 3-year-old son rejected by Texas school for having two moms

Friday, March 28, 2014
BEDFORD, Texas -- A lesbian couple in Bedford, Texas claim their son was turned away from a local Montessori school because he had two moms. [ Read more → ]
Jill Nance, The News & Advance (AP)
Sunnie Kahle, 8, recently withdrew from Timberlake Christian School in Forest, Va. after the school sent a letter asking her to either dress and act more feminine or not enroll again because she looked too much like a boy.

Christian school says 8-year-old girl looks and acts too much like a boy

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
TIMBERLAKE, Va. -- An 8-year-old girl in Timberlake, Va., is has been yanked from a Christian school after her grandparents received a warning letter that the girl's appearance "confused" other students as to whether she was a girl or a boy. [ Read more → ]
Martin Walsh

Mayor skips Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade over exclusion of gay vets

Sunday, March 16, 2014
BOSTON — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is skipping the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday because organizers are excluding a group of gay veterans. [ Read more → ]
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Indiana bakery latest to tell same-sex couples: ‘No cake for you’

Friday, March 14, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — A same-sex couple claims an Indiana bakery discriminated against them when it refused to bake a cake for their commitment ceremony. [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. House committee hears testimony on LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination bill

Thursday, March 13, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Missouri House Committee on Thursday heard testimony on the proposed Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA). The bill, HB 1930, would sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Statute, which currenlty prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of race, biological sex and familial status. [ Read more → ]
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.

Miss. House approves dramatically altered ‘religious freedom’ bill

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi House vote 80 to 37 Wednesday evening to approve a dramatically altered “religious freedom” bill that simply calls for a joint House-Senate Judiciary committee to prepare a report “regarding proposed legislation that protects the religious freedoms of the citizens of the State of Mississippi.” The report is due December 31. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Arizona governor’s staff worked on religious freedom bill with proponents

Monday, March 10, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's staff worked with proponents of a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays before the legislation was introduced in January, according to emails released by her office. [ Read more → ]
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