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N.Y. farm fined $13,000 for refusing to host lesbian couple’s wedding

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
Liberty-Ridge-Farm
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A New York couple has been ordered to pay $13,000 in fines and restitution for refusing to host a same-sex couple's wedding at their 100-acre upstate farm and event facility. Jennifer and Melisa McCarthy filed the complaint in 2012 against the Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, N.Y., after being told their same-sex marriage would cause ...

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Bakery refuses cake for same-sex couple after ‘talking to Jesus for 2 weeks’

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
Cake Pros in Schuylkill Haven, Pa.
SCHUYKILL HAVEN, Pa. -- A bakery in Schuylkill County, Pa., is the latest Pennsylvania business to deny service to a same-sex couple after the owner "talked to Jesus for two weeks." Jennifer and Bethany Petrich tells WBRE-TV they wanted a cake for a ceremony to renew their vows.

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Bridal shop won’t serve lesbian couples because it ‘would break God’s law’

| Friday, August 8, 2014
W.W. Bridal, Bloomsburg, Pa.
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- A bridal store's refusal to sell wedding gowns to a same-sex couple is stirring debate in a central Pennsylvania town. The Press Enterprise reports two women — who wish to remain anonymous — tried to schedule an appointment at W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pa., but were turned down after the shop owner learned they were a lesbian couple...

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State regulators say Denver gay bar discriminated against man in drag

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Vito Marzano
DENVER -- Colorado regulators say a Denver gay bar discriminated against a man when a bouncer denied him entry last year because he was dressed in drag. The civil rights division of the state's Department of Regulatory Agencies has ordered the Denver Wrangler to resolve the dispute with Vito Marzano, a gay man who was wearing a dress and wig...

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Catholic Church fires music director over plans to marry same-sex partner

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Colin Collette, left, and Will Nifong, in Rome where the couple got engaged.
INVERNESS, Ill. -- The longtime music director at a suburban Chicago Roman Catholic church says he was fired after posting on social media plans to marry his same-sex partner. Colin Collette says his partner proposed to him last week in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. After leading the music on Sunday ...

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Gay children’s home worker fired for ‘lifestyle choices’

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Casey-Stegall
LUBBOCK, Texas — A Texas man has been fired from his job at the Children’s Home of Lubbock for his “lifestyle choices” after introducing kids to his fiancé during a day trip earlier this month. Casey Stegall, an openly gay human development and family studies major at Texas Tech University, says he “got fired just for me being who I am,” reports the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

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Exxon Mobil to follow new LGBT anti-bias rules for federal contractors

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Exxon-Mobil
IRVING, Texas -- Exxon Mobil Corp. says it will comply with new protections for gay and transgender employees required of federal contractors, but isn't saying whether it will formalize that wording in its corporate policies. President Barack Obama signed the executive order with the new protections Monday.

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Obama grants workplace protections to LGBT workers of federal contractors

| Monday, July 21, 2014
President Barack Obama signs executive orders to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 21, 2014, in Washington. Obama’s executive orders signed Monday prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the "irrefutable rightness of your cause." "America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people...

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Colo. baker appeals order that he provide wedding cakes for gay couples

| Thursday, July 17, 2014
Jack Phillips
DENVER -- A Lakewood, Colo., baker is appealing the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's order that he prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples. Jack Phillips on Wednesday asked the Court of Appeals to reverse the May ruling by the Civil Rights Commission. Phillips was sued by a same-sex couple after he refused to make a cake to celebrate their wedding in 2012.

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Civil rights groups, lawmakers step up pressure on Obama over executive order

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
AP (File)
Dozens of civil rights organizations and a group of Democratic lawmakers have signed letters this week asking President Barack Obama not to exempt “religiously affiliated contractors” from a planned executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors. The letters come as the debate over religious liberty intensifies in the wake of a recent ...

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