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New York attorney general warns Boy Scouts on state laws prohibiting discrimination

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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New York's attorney general's office wrote this week to the Boy Scouts of America nationally, advising that state and city laws prohibit hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation. [...]

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Florida senate panel derails discriminatory adoption bill

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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A Florida Senate panel on Monday declined to vote on a controversial proposal that would allow taxpayer-supported adoption agencies to use religious or moral beliefs to discriminate against prospective parents. [...]

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Some Arkansas cities push back against anti-gay laws by expanding LGBT protections

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
LGBT rights advocates gather at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on April 1, 2015, after the state became the epicenter of a fight over measures critics say are anti-gay. Several Arkansas cities are trying to stem any potential fallout with efforts to push back on the new laws and expand anti-discrimination protections.
After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections. [...]

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IBM tells North Carolina governor it opposes ‘religious freedom’ bill

Saturday, April 18, 2015
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IBM's top North Carolina executive has told state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory that the corporation strongly opposes proposed legislation supporters say protects religious convictions and opponents worry allows discrimination against LGBT people. [...]

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Jindal defends religious objections bill that would allow anti-LGBT discrimination

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has given a full-throated defense of a divisive religious liberty bill that is a key piece of his legislative agenda. [...]

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Christian auto shop owner in Michigan vows to deny service to gay customers

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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The owner of a Michigan auto repair shop says he won’t hesitate “to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons" because the voices of those who have Christian, conservative values are often overshadowed by those who do not. [...]

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Oklahoma bill allows ride share programs to discriminate against LGBT individuals

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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A bill that sets up a regulatory framework in Oklahoma for ride sharing programs such as Uber and Lyft passed the state Senate on Wednesday, but not before a provision protecting gay and transgender passengers from discrimination was removed. [...]

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Maine GOP state senator to withdraw religious objections bill

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Maine state capitol in Augusta.
Sen. David Burns said Wednesday that he doesn't believe his proposal would get a fair hearing in the Legislature. He says that opponents and the media have "poisoned the well of public discussion." [...]

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Egyptian court upholds decision to ban Libyan from entering country because he is gay

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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The student, who was not named, was barred from returning to Cairo from abroad in 2008 and had appealed the decision hoping to continue his studies at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. [...]

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Louisiana lawmaker says he’ll make changes to divisive religious objection bill

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Mike Johnson
Rep. Mike Johnson says his bill will be clarified in the hopes of addressing concerns it could lead to discrimination against LGBT individuals and other minorities. [...]

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