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Alabama GOP leader says ‘religious freedom’ bills targeting gays likely dead

Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate said Thursday that he believes religious freedom bills that target gays and lesbians are likely dead for the legislative session. ...

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Critics bash Jindal over ‘religious freedom’ executive order

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jondal (R-La.)
"Arrogant" and "cynical" — that's what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called President Barack Obama last fall after the president issued an executive order addressing the hot-button social issue of illegal immigration. ...

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Defiant Jindal issues executive order after Louisiana House panel kills anti-gay bill

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday shelved a divisive religious objections bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, but the governor fought back, issuing an executive order aimed at doing the same thing. ...

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Louisiana House committee kills anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Louisiana state capitol in Baton Rouge.
Our legislators decided that Louisiana would not be the next Indiana and voted to return HB 707 to the calendar, effectively killing the bill, reports Equality Louisiana. ...

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Northern Ireland baker guilty of discrimination for refusing ‘support gay marriage’ cake

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The requested cake, as provided by another bakery.
The judge said the bakery was a business, not a religious organization, and therefore had no legal basis to reject an order based on a customer's sexual orientation or beliefs. ...

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Gillibrand to introduce legislation to prohibit anti-LGBT adoption bias

Sunday, May 17, 2015
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would prohibit any entity that receives federal funds from discriminating against adoptive or foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. ...

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New York AG takes on transgender discrimination in health care

Friday, May 15, 2015
Eric Schneiderman
New York's attorney general has started a program to ensure transgender individuals have equal access to health care. ...

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Nebraska lawmakers avoid taking vote on LGBT workplace protections bill

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.
More than a dozen opponents of a bill that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbian workers in Nebraska refused to cast votes during debate Thursday, quietly halting any further action on the issue in 2015. ...

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Arkansas town votes on LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
A sign in support of an anti-discrimination ordinance is displayed in a retail shop window in Eureka Springs, Ark.
Eureka Springs voters are casting ballots Tuesday on whether to keep the expanded LGBT anti-discrimination protections adopted in February by the city council. ...

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Oklahoma man sues state over rejected ‘LGBTALY’ license plate

Monday, May 11, 2015
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The rejection prompted John Keefe to file an open records request asking for a list of all the personalized plates that were accepted and denied, but his request has been ignored by the state for two months. ...

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