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North Carolina Senate panel advances anti-LGBT magistrate discrimination bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
North Carolina state capitol in Raleigh.
A bill that would allow magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of providing legal marriage services or issuing marriage licenses, passed out of a state Senate committee on Tuesday, and heads to a full hearing on the Senate floor. [...]

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Walmart speaks out against Arkansas anti-gay law – after veto deadline passes

Monday, February 23, 2015
Walmart
Walmart Stores Inc. said late Monday it opposes a new law in its home state of Arkansas to ban cities and counties from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity. [...]

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No veto from Arkansas governor on bill banning LGBT discrimination laws

Monday, February 23, 2015
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.)
Arkansas on Monday banned local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, becoming the second state to adopt a measure opponents call a thinly-veiled move to discriminate against LGBT people. [...]

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Animus on display – why Arkansas SB 202 deserves a veto

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.)
Last week, after a series of lightning-fast votes, the Arkansas legislature delivered SB 202 to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk. If it becomes law, this bill will preempt local nondiscrimination laws and policies that offer protections on any basis not yet included in state law. [...]

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Wyoming House panel advances bill to ban LGBT discrimination

Friday, February 20, 2015
Wyoming
A bill that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity has cleared a critical committee hearing and now heads for a vote in the full Wyoming House of Representatives. [...]

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Florist who refused services for gay couple’s wedding rejects settlement offer

Friday, February 20, 2015
Barronelle Stutzman
A florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay couple's wedding has rejected an offer from the Washington state attorney general to settle a discrimination case by paying a $2,000 fine and agreeing to sell bouquets for same-sex ceremonies in the future. [...]

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Florist who refused flowers for same-sex wedding to appeal discrimination ruling

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Barronelle Stutzman
A florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding plans to appeal a judge's ruling that she broke a state anti-discrimination law. [...]

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Parents: Michigan pediatrician refused care for our baby because we’re lesbians

Thursday, February 19, 2015
In this Feb. 16, 2015 photo, Krista Contreras, left, and her wife, Jami Contreras, play with their 4-month-old daughter Bay Contreras, in Oak Park, Mich.
Two Detroit-area women say they believe a pediatrician refused to care for their infant daughter because they are lesbians and are disappointed that there is no state or federal law to prohibit such a decision. [...]

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Missouri Senate panel hears testimony on LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination act

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City
A Missouri Senate panel met Wednesday to consider the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, which would bar discrimination in the state based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodation. [...]

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Judge: Washington florist who refused services for same-sex wedding broke law

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Wash.
Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom rejected arguments from the owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Wash., that her actions were protected by her freedoms of speech and religion. [...]

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