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Gender bias issue could tip Chief Justice Roberts into ruling for marriage equality

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
Roberts suggested that he may have found a way to cast a vote in favor of the gay and lesbian couples in the case. [...]

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Michigan Democrats push for LGBT rights protections in state’s civil rights act

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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Democrat lawmakers are asking the Legislature to add protections for LGBT people to Michigan's civil rights act. The effort comes a day after a Senate committee held a hearing on a bill that backers say protects people's religious freedom. [...]

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AP-GfK Poll: Nuanced views on LGBT rights, religious liberty

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Joe Capley-Alfano, center, and his husband, Frank Capley-Alfano, who've been together 15 years and married seven, hold an American flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 while opponents demonstrate nearby.
Americans are evenly split on whether the Supreme Court should rule that same-sex marriage must be legal nationwide, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. [...]

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Lawmakers introduce resolution calling for federal protections for LGBT Americans

Sunday, April 26, 2015
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is banding with other lawmakers to introduce a resolution seeking to protect LGBT Americans from discrimination under federal law as religious objection bills in other states have prompted protests. [...]

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Not all the same: Christian Right’s Hobby Lobbyization of RFRAs hits the fan

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Indiana governor Mike Pence (seated) at a private ceremony to sign a religious freedom bill into law, Thursday, March 26, 2015.
It is revealing how important it was to conservatives that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act not be seen as discriminatory – using false claims about the federal and other state level RFRAs as a cover. [...]

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Growing Mormon-Catholic Alliance: Quiet partners behind the Christian Right’s religious discrimination agenda

Sunday, April 26, 2015
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One of the primary drivers of the movement to corrupt and redefine religious freedom isn’t someone in a shouting match on cable news, but a decades-long alliance of top Mormons and Catholics. [...]

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Bobby Jindal blasts companies opposed to Louisiana religious freedom bill

Friday, April 24, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday that businesses opposed to religious objections laws are entering an "unholy alliance" with the same liberal elites who support more taxes, regulation and "demonize" profit-making. [...]

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Russian court rules against gay teacher who was fired

Friday, April 24, 2015
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A St. Petersburg court has ruled against a gay music teacher who lost her job after being outed by an anti-gay activist. [...]

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North Carolina House speaker: No action on ‘religious freedom’ bill this year

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tim-Moore
The leader of the North Carolina House says his chamber won't debate a "religious freedom" bill this year that supporters promoted as protecting religious liberties but others criticized as legalizing discrimination against LGBT individuals. [...]

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Alabama House committee votes to let adoption agencies reject same-sex couples

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Alabama state capitol in Montgomery.
An Alabama House Committee voted Wednesday for a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples on religious grounds. [...]

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