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Judge rules against florist who refused services for gay couple’s wedding

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Barronelle Stutzman
A judge has decided the state of Washington has the authority to bring a consumer protection lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding. [...]

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Va. lawmaker wants to allow widespread discrimination against LGBT individuals

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Bob Marshall
The Virginia lawmaker who co-authored the state's 2006 constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that was struck down last year, is introducing new legislation that would allow widespread discrimination against the LGBTQ community. [...]

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Same-sex couple kicked out of Uber taxi in London for kissing

Monday, January 5, 2015
Corey Watts and Jordan Sloan
An Uber spokesperson said the company does not tolerate any form of discrimination and that the driver "has been suspended from the Uber platform.” [...]

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Indiana plans religious freedom bill that would allow anti‑gay discrimination

Friday, December 26, 2014
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
The legislation, which would allow small businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples, has been widely expected ever since Indiana's same-sex marriage ban was struck down in June. [...]

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Mich. legislature adjourns without final passage of ‘license to discriminate’ bill

Monday, December 22, 2014
Michigan state capitol in Lansing.
The state Senate adjourned its 2013-14 session without considering a controversial religious freedom bill approved by House lawmakers earlier this month. [...]

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Mormon Church walks back statement of support for non-discrimination laws

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.
Less than 24 hours after releasing a statement on their website, the Mormon Church is walking back its support for workplace and housing protections for LGBTQ Utahns. [...]

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Judge asked to rule against florist who refused services for gay couple’s wedding

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Wash.
The case against Barronelle Stutzman, 68, and her shop, Arlene's Flowers, stems from a complaint that she refused to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's 2013 wedding. [...]

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Leaked, internal documents reveal Salvation Army’s anti‑gay animus, despite public statements

Friday, December 19, 2014
Salvation-Army
The Salvation Army’s campaign to win back LGBT donors is being undermined by the release of several internal documents that reveal the organizations ongoing anti-gay teachings. [...]

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Federal government announces protections for transgender workers

Thursday, December 18, 2014
DOJ
The U.S. government is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender individuals. The Department of Justice says transgender individuals are covered under Civil Rights Act of 1964. [...]

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Indiana church that booted gay choir director to close due to falling attendance

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Ind.
The church made national headlines in January when as much as eighty percent of the congregants left after a popular gay choir director was forced to resign. [...]

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