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Texas court sidelines LGBT equal rights ordinance

Friday, July 24, 2015
The ruling is similar to what other big Texas cities have adopted, and aims to protect gay and transgender people against discrimination in employment and public places.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who is gay, helped push for the ordinance passed by the City Council last year. Opponents have fought it ever since. ...

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Kansas seeks dismissal of ACLU lawsuit on gay marriage

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback
Kansas contended in a court filing that continued litigation "serves no legitimate purpose." ...

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Arkansas city is going to keep its anti-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
As of yet, Arkansas' civil rights law doesn't include sexual orientation or gender identity.
A state law takes effect tomorrow, which is aimed at prohibiting these kinds of ordinances. ...

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North Dakota unlikely to expand anti-discrimination protection to include LGBT citizens

Friday, July 3, 2015
North Dakota state capitol in Bismark
North Dakota lawmakers have defeated legislation three times in the past six years to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace. ...

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Oregon bakery ordered to pay $135K for discriminating against same-sex couple

Thursday, July 2, 2015
The owners of the Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery were ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
The damages are for emotional suffering caused by Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which two years ago refused to bake a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer. ...

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‘No gays allowed’ at Tennessee hardware store, they’re against the owner’s religion

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
"No gays allowed" sign at Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supply in Washburn, Tenn.
A Tennessee hardware store owner is expressing his dissatisfaction with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage by displaying a "no gays allowed" sign at his business. ...

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Christian Right issues anti-LGBT manuals teaching legal discrimination

Sunday, June 21, 2015
AP (File)
Christian Right leaders may be assuming they’ll lose their battle against equality for LGBTQ people, and they are hunkering down for what they foresee as a long siege against conservative Christian churches, businesses, and organizations. ...

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Indiana governor Mike Pence defiant on religious objections law in re-election campaign launch

Friday, June 19, 2015
Protestors against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gather outside where Pence will formally announce his reelection campaign in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 18, 2015.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence launched his re-election campaign Thursday night by taking a defiant stance against critics of the state's new religious objections law that battered his image as a national star among conservatives. ...

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Michigan governor signs bill allowing adoption agencies to reject same-sex couples

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law letting private adoption agencies with state contracts decline to participate in referrals against their religious beliefs, despite criticism that it amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination against gay couples. ...

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Transgender woman files complaint over breast surgery denial

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Alexa Rodriguez
A transgender woman has filed a complaint against Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, saying she was denied breast implant surgery because of her gender identity. ...

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