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Iowa governor deposed in discrimination case of gay former state administrator

Friday, November 28, 2014
Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)
DES MOINES, Iowa -- This was probably not the way Gov. Terry Branstad wanted to spend his Thanksgiving week: Being questioned under oath for hours about his treatment of a gay former state administrator. [...]

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Homeless shelter in Kansas City won’t house married, same-sex couples

Monday, November 17, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A nonprofit homeless shelter in Kansas City will not allow legally married same-sex couples to stay overnight together because officials believe those relationships violate biblical principles. Leaders of the City Union Mission in Kansas City debated the decision for three or four years... [...]

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Married, gay couple told they’ll lose their drivers’ licenses over name change

Friday, November 14, 2014
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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida couple who used their New York marriage license to change their names on their Florida drivers' licenses have been notified by the state Department of Motor Vehicles warning them that they are both in danger of losing their licenses. [...]

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Texas lawmaker introduces bill to allow ‘religious’ discrimination against gays

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Donna Campbell
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas state lawmaker has introduced a bill aimed at making it legal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. [...]

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N.Y. venue pays fine for refusing to host lesbian couple’s wedding, files appeal

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A rural New York wedding venue's owners have paid a $13,000 fine for refusing to host a lesbian couple's wedding, and have since stopped booking marriage ceremonies while their case is appealed. Liberty Ridge Farm's owners, citing constitutional rights to free speech and religious freedom, have appealed [...]

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N. Ireland bakery threatened with legal action over refusing gay rights cake

Thursday, November 6, 2014
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A Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland that earlier this year refused to make a cake for a local gay rights organization’s event, has been ordered to apologize and pay compensation or face legal action. In July, Ashers Baking Co., in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, refused to bake a novelty cake featuring [...]

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Intersex Awareness Day calls attention to an often ignored, misunderstood community

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Today is Intersex Awareness Day, an internationally observed civil awareness day designed to highlight the challenges faced by intersex people. It is often the case that the intersex community gets ignored, mis-categorized, or simply misunderstood. Worse still, intersex people are often denied even the basic right to self-definition, information, and [...]

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Investigators: U.S. Army discriminated against civilian transgender worker

Friday, October 24, 2014
Tamara Lusardi
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Army officials discriminated against a transgender employee who underwent a sex change while working at an Alabama installation, restricting her from the women's restroom and using her male name despite her preference to be referred to as a woman, a federal investigation found. [...]

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Wyoming LGBT advocates turn attention to statewide anti-discrimination law

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Fresh off their victory to legalize same-sex marriages in Wyoming, advocates for gay rights are turning their attention to other state laws they say need to be changed. "The work's not over," Jeran Artery, of Wyoming Equality, said. [...]

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Complaint alleges job offer rescinded due to transgender status

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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BEND, Ore. -- An Oregon individual who identifies as neither a man nor a woman has filed a sex discrimination complaint against a Wisconsin-based wilderness therapy program claiming they lost out on a job by identifying as transgender. [...]

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