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Lawmakers introduce resolution calling for federal protections for LGBT Americans

Sunday, April 26, 2015
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is banding with other lawmakers to introduce a resolution seeking to protect LGBT Americans from discrimination under federal law as religious objection bills in other states have prompted protests. [...]

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Not all the same: Christian Right’s Hobby Lobbyization of RFRAs hits the fan

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Indiana governor Mike Pence (seated) at a private ceremony to sign a religious freedom bill into law, Thursday, March 26, 2015.
It is revealing how important it was to conservatives that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act not be seen as discriminatory – using false claims about the federal and other state level RFRAs as a cover. [...]

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Growing Mormon-Catholic Alliance: Quiet partners behind the Christian Right’s religious discrimination agenda

Sunday, April 26, 2015
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One of the primary drivers of the movement to corrupt and redefine religious freedom isn’t someone in a shouting match on cable news, but a decades-long alliance of top Mormons and Catholics. [...]

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Bobby Jindal blasts companies opposed to Louisiana religious freedom bill

Friday, April 24, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday that businesses opposed to religious objections laws are entering an "unholy alliance" with the same liberal elites who support more taxes, regulation and "demonize" profit-making. [...]

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Russian court rules against gay teacher who was fired

Friday, April 24, 2015
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A St. Petersburg court has ruled against a gay music teacher who lost her job after being outed by an anti-gay activist. [...]

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North Carolina House speaker: No action on ‘religious freedom’ bill this year

Thursday, April 23, 2015
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The leader of the North Carolina House says his chamber won't debate a "religious freedom" bill this year that supporters promoted as protecting religious liberties but others criticized as legalizing discrimination against LGBT individuals. [...]

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Alabama House committee votes to let adoption agencies reject same-sex couples

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Alabama state capitol in Montgomery.
An Alabama House Committee voted Wednesday for a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples on religious grounds. [...]

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Nevada state Assembly rejects controversial transgender ‘bathroom bill’

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Nevada state capitol in Carson City
The Nevada Assembly has rejected a bill that outraged transgender advocates and would have required students to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex. [...]

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New York attorney general warns Boy Scouts on state laws prohibiting discrimination

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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New York's attorney general's office wrote this week to the Boy Scouts of America nationally, advising that state and city laws prohibit hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation. [...]

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Florida senate panel derails discriminatory adoption bill

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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A Florida Senate panel on Monday declined to vote on a controversial proposal that would allow taxpayer-supported adoption agencies to use religious or moral beliefs to discriminate against prospective parents. [...]

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