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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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Same-sex dancers decry proposed UK ballroom ‘ban’

| Friday, July 11, 2014
Ballroom dancers
LONDON -- It takes two to tango - but does a same-sex couple qualify? Britain's governing body of ballroom dancing has stirred controversy by proposing to change the definition of a competing partnership to be "one man and one lady" - a move that equality advocates and same-sex dancers called discriminatory Friday. The world of competitive ballroom ...

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Iraq war veteran alleges he was kicked out of taxi for kissing his boyfriend

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
Eric-Williams
TACOMA, Wash. -- An Iraq war veteran says he and his boyfriend were kicked out of a Tacoma, Wash., taxi on July 4 after the couple exchanged a kiss.Eric Williams says he and his boyfriend Diego were in the cab for just a few minutes when they kissed — he describes it as “a peck” — prompting an objection by the cab driver...

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Gay teacher fired over plans to marry partner sues Catholic school for gender discrimination

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
Flint Dollar
MACON, Ga. — The former band director and music instructor at a Macon, Ga., Catholic school has filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming gender discrimination after he was fired over his plans to marry another man. Flint Dollar says he was fired from Mount de Sales Academy in May, where he has taught since 2010, after announcing on Facebook...

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Ohio public pool denies family passes to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Heise Park pool in Galion, Ohio
GALION, Ohio -- There’s no gum allowed at the Heise Park pool in Galion. And no snorkels, no dunking, no smoking and no rough play. Oh, and apparently, no families headed by gay or lesbian parents. Galion, a city 60 miles north of Columbus, is reviewing its policy on family passes at a city-owned swimming pool after two women and their four children were denied ...

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W.Va. DMV tells transgender women they must appear as male in license photos

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Trudy Kitzmiller (left) and Kristen Skinner
Two transgender women in West Virginia say they were harassed and humiliated by Department of Motor Vehicle workers who refused to take their pictures as they appear on a daily basis. In two separate incidents this year, Kristen Skinner, 45, of Ranson, W.Va., and Trudy Kitzmiller, 52, from Mount Storm, W.Va., both claim they were told by DMV workers ...

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Christian-owned bakery faces court action after refusing ‘gay marriage’ cake

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The requested cake, as provided by another bakery.
A Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland could face government action for refusing to bake a novelty cake featuring Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “support gay marriage.” Ashers Baking Co., in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, canceled the order, which was to also featured the logo of the gay rights group QueerSpace...

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N.C. excludes LGBT protections in governor’s employment executive order

MATT COMER | QNotes | Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory passed over protections for LGBT workers in signing a new executive order today barring employment discrimination for state workers. Statewide LGBT advocates are condemning the exclusion and are insisting the governor revisit the new order. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the governor continues...

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