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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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Middletown, Conn., fires transgender officer who claimed discrimination

| Monday, June 30, 2014
Former Middletown Police Officer Francesca Quaranta in her Newington, Conn., home on June 16,  2014. Middletown's mayor Daniel Drew fired the transgender police officer, who had complained of discrimination.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- When Francesca Quaranta told her fellow police officers in 2012 that she was transgender, she said it began a long and harsh career decline that included discrimination and harassment and culminated with her firing last week. Quaranta, 47, believes her case against the city of Middletown will end up in federal or state court and hopes...

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S.D. teen: Taco Johns manager forced him to wear name tag with gay slur

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
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YANKTON, S.D. — An openly gay South Dakota teenager is accusing the fast food restaurant where he worked of forcing him to wear a name tag with a homophobic slur.

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Rick Santorum: Business owners who refuse to serve gays sent to ‘re-education camps’

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Rick-Santorum
Even though Rick Santorum came under fire during his presidential campaign for appearing on Bryan Fischer’s radio program, the former senator stopped by Fischer’s show again today to promote his film studio’s new movie, “One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty.” The movie, which was made in conjunction with ...

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