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The overlooked Indiana outcomes that could haunt the Christian Right

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.
There is something about recent events in Indiana that may not be immediately obvious. The national outcry in the wake of the signing of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) by Governor Mike Pence (R) was not only an important moment in the struggle against LGBTQ non-discrimination, but it [...]

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Florist at center of LGBT rights storm: ‘I’m a little grain of sand’

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Barronelle Stutzman
Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene's Flowers refused the flowers for a gay couple's wedding in 2013, and her actions were among the first in what has become a nationwide quandary for bakers and others who believe same-sex marriage conflicts with their religious beliefs. [...]

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Louisiana to become latest state to enter religious freedom debate

Friday, April 10, 2015
Louisiana
Even before the opening of Louisiana's legislative session, a bill has thrust the state into the national debate over religious objections laws. [...]

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Poll: Majority of Americans side with LGBT rights over ‘religious freedom’

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Chaunce O'Connor rallies outside a Miami courthouse on July 2 during a hearing on Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
A new national poll finds that a majority of Americans believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs, suggesting a split over the issue between voters and some of the politicians who represent them. [...]

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Arkansas governor: No urgent need for anti-discrimination order

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, background, listens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't see an urgent need to expand workplace anti-discrimination protections for gay and lesbian state employees after lawmakers reworked a religious objections measure to address concerns it was discriminatory. [...]

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Florida bakery may sue Arizona evangelist over anti-gay cake request, recording

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Joshua Feuerstein
An Arizona man who caused controversy after his request to a Florida bakery to make a cake with an anti-gay marriage message, says he is being unfairly portrayed, while the bakery says it's considering legal action against him. [...]

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North Carolina AG says he’d veto religious exemption bills if governor

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Attorney General Roy Cooper (R-N.C.)
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is preparing a run for governor in 2016, says he rejects a proposal allowing public officials to cite religion for declining to serve same-sex couples. [...]

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Tom DeLay: Christians must fight for the right to discriminate ‘with every ounce of our being’

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Tom Delay
Tom DeLay is defending "religious freedom" laws against the attacks from people who "have chosen to be homosexuals," saying that conservative Christians must be ready to "fight this battle to the bitter end." [...]

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Several Texas lawmakers, top business leaders vow to kill proposed anti-LGBT bills

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
Several Texas lawmakers and top business leaders vowed Tuesday to kill two proposed constitutional amendments they say will promote anti-LGBT discrimination and could lead to backlash similar to recent reactions in Indiana and Arkansas. [...]

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Online petition seeks to save job of gay speech teacher fired by Catholic school

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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Students, parents and alumni of an Omaha Catholic high school are among the thousands who've signed an online petition calling for the school to reverse its decision to fire a teacher over his same-sex relationship. [...]

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