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The Des  Moines RegisterWayne Shimer

Clerk says he was chastised for ‘feminine behavior,’ fired because he’s gay

Monday, February 24, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa man is suing a convenience store chain he claims fired him because he's gay, and alleges in court documents that he was chastised by his former boss for "feminine behavior." [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APJo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.

Pressure mounts over Arizona’s anti-gay religious freedom bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
PHOENIX — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer faced intensifying pressure Monday from CEOs, politicians in Washington and state lawmakers in her own party to veto a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people. [ Read more → ]
Arizona state Sens. Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce.

Three Ariz. GOP senators who voted for anti-gay bill now calling for veto

Monday, February 24, 2014
PHOENIX -- Three Republican Arizona state senators who voted for a bill that has triggered a national backlash from gay rights advocates are now urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the legislation. [ Read more → ]
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

Kansas tea party group renews push for anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ bill

Sunday, February 23, 2014
WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita, Kan.-based tea party group has launched an email campaign urging its members to pepper state lawmakers with messages in support of a bill that allows service refusal to same-sex couples on religious grounds. [ Read more → ]
APU.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

GOP U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Ariz. says he hopes governor vetoes anti-gay bill

Saturday, February 22, 2014
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Saturday that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others. [ Read more → ]
Ariz. Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), left, and Treasurer Doug Ducey (R).

Ariz. secretary of state, treasurer say governor should veto anti-gay bill

Saturday, February 22, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona's Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey, both GOP candidates for governor, say a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed. [ Read more → ]
Protestors rally at the Arizona state capitol complex demanding that Gov. Jan Brewer veto SB 1062.

Protesters rally at Ariz. state capitol to demand governor veto anti-gay bill

Friday, February 21, 2014
PHOENIX — Hundreds of people have gathered at the Arizona Capitol to demand that Gov. Jan Brewer veto legislation that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Ariz. governor asked to veto bill allowing religious discrimination against gays

Friday, February 21, 2014
[caption id="attachment_129729" align="alignleft" width="665"] APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)[/caption] PHOENIX — Four years after igniting a national uproar over immigration, the Arizona Legislature has jumped into the battle over gay rights with a piece of legislation that had opponents on Friday predicting business boycotts against the... [ Read more → ]
why-so-mean

Arizona – Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

Friday, February 21, 2014
It’s not just the LGBTQ folks who should be upset by this hideous Arizona law. Every American should be concerned that by simply being who you are you can be refused service, refused a place to live, refused a job, refused anything if someone believes that to give you said thing or service would violate their practice and observance of their religion. And what sort of religion would encourage anyone to discriminate? You either believe that love and peace is for every human being or you do not... [ Read more → ]
roccos-refuse-service

Tucson pizzeria reserves right to refuse service to Ariz. lawmakers

Friday, February 21, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A local pizzeria in Tucson, Ariz., has a message for state lawmakers who, on Thursday, approved legislation that allows business owners to assert their religious beliefs by refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]
Arizona

Ariz. House debates bill allowing discrimination against gays

Thursday, February 20, 2014
PHOENIX -- The Arizona House is set to debate a bill backed by Republicans that expands the rights of people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]
Arizona state capitol in Phoenix.

Ariz. Senate approves bill allowing religious discrimination against gays

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate has passed a Republican-backed bill that expands the rights of people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]
Idaho state capitol in Boise.

Idaho lawmaker withdraws bill that would have allowed discrimination against gays

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — A lawmaker promoting controversial legislation to allow businesses to refuse service to gay customers based on their religious beliefs says he'll withdraw the bill, for now. [ Read more → ]
Tennessee

Tenn. bill allowing discrimination against gay couples dead this session

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A proposal to protect wedding-related businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to provide services to same-sex couples is dead for the session after being withdrawn from a Senate committee on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Kansas

Kansas state Senator declares gay discrimination bill is dead

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- An anti-gay marriage proposal that roiled Kansas politics is dead, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review it said Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
South Dakota capitol in Pierre.

S.D. Senate committee kills bill to allow discrimination against gays

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers are considering a measure that seeks to protect businesses against lawsuits if they refuse to serve or hire a person because of their sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Susan Wagle (R-Wichita), president of the Kansas Senate.

Kan. senate leader: Bill allowing religious discrimination against gays won’t pass

Friday, February 14, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The president of the Kansas Senate says her chamber is unlikely to pass a bill that would prevent lawsuits against someone who refuses, for religious reasons, to provide services to gay and lesbians. [ Read more → ]
Tenn-capitol

Tenn. lawmaker introduces bill to allow religious discrimination against gays

Thursday, February 13, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to provide goods and services to gays based on their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
Idaho Statehouse in Boise.

Idaho House takes ‘thoughtful pause’ on bill to allow religious discrimination

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — While a similar billed sailed through the Kansas state House on Wednesday, Idaho lawmakers sidetracked a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay customers based on their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
Kansas

Kan. House OKs bill allowing religious discrimination against gay couples

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas House is preparing to take final action on a bill intended to keep individuals, groups and businesses from being compelled to provide services for same-sex ceremonies. [ Read more → ]
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

Kan. House gives initial OK on bill to allow discrimination against gay couples

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill aimed at protecting people, groups and businesses that cite religious reasons for refusing to provide goods or services for gay weddings. [ Read more → ]
Gary James

Okla. restaurant owner says he doesn’t serve ‘faggot, freak’ customers

Friday, February 7, 2014
ENID, Okla. – A restaurant in Enid, Okla. is coming under fire for his restaurant policies that critics now say have crossed the line to discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

Kan. House panel approves bill allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs

Thursday, February 6, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- A Kansas House committee on Wednesday will debate legislation aimed at protecting individuals, groups and businesses that refuse for religious reasons to recognize same-sex unions or provide benefits to gay couples. [ Read more → ]
FileUtah Senate chamber

Utah anti-discrimination bill dead as lawmakers avoid LGBT-related legislation

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah Republican Senator pushing for a statewide anti-discrimination law says his bill appears to be dead as party leaders in the state Senate have decided to avoid legislation that may impact the state's gay marriage case. [ Read more → ]
Idaho

Idaho House panel advances bill to allow religion-based discrimination

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho's Capitol on Wednesday was again the focus of frustration among gay rights activists as lawmakers kept alive a bill that Republican religious conservatives argue is necessary to protect businesses from being forced to serve customers whose lifestyles offend their faith traditions. [ Read more → ]
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