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Utah anti-discrimination bill dead as lawmakers avoid LGBT-related legislation

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah Republican Senator pushing for a statewide anti-discrimination law says his bill appears to be dead as party leaders in the state Senate have decided to avoid legislation that may impact the state's gay marriage case. [ Read more → ]

Idaho House panel advances bill to allow religion-based discrimination

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho's Capitol on Wednesday was again the focus of frustration among gay rights activists as lawmakers kept alive a bill that Republican religious conservatives argue is necessary to protect businesses from being forced to serve customers whose lifestyles offend their faith traditions. [ Read more → ]
Ambassador's Bible Chapel

Pa. church revokes gay man’s membership, denies him communion

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
YORK, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania man says he's been kick out of the church he has attended for years, and where he was baptized, because he is gay. [ Read more → ]

Ariz. House panel OKs bill allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
PHOENIX -- An Arizona House panel on Tuesday approved changes to a proposed law beefing up protections for businesses that assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others, but the changes didn't placate critics who call the bill a way to allow discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Joe Jaszewski, The Idaho Statesman (AP)Former Idaho state Sen. Nicole LeFavour is arrested after blocking the entrance of the Senate chambers at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Boise, Idaho.

Idaho’s ‘Add the Words’ gay rights activists promised pro-bono legal help

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Long before their arrests, activists seeking to add discrimination protections for gays and lesbians to Idaho's Human Rights Act added lawyers: The 44 people facing misdemeanor trespass charges after Monday's demonstration inside the Capitol's Senate chambers have been promised pro-bono help. [ Read more → ]
W.Va. state capitol in Charleston.

W.Va. Senate to consider workplace non-discrimination bill

Monday, February 3, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bill introduced in the West Virginia Senate would make it unlawful for employers and landlords to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Steve Urquhart

Utah state Senator says LGBT anti-discrimination bill should be heard

Saturday, February 1, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's legal fight over same-sex marriage has nothing to do with a proposed statewide anti-discrimination ban, a state senator said Friday. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Barrett

Complaint: Catholic school rescinded job offer after learning applicant was gay

Thursday, January 30, 2014
BOSTON — A Boston man says in a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination that a Roman Catholic school rescinded a job offer after finding out he was married to another man. [ Read more → ]

‘Add the Words’ activists eye bill that would allow denial of service to gays

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Gay rights activists were stymied again this year in winning a hearing to "add the words" sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act. [ Read more → ]
AP (File)

Report: Progress toward LGBT equality surprisingly ‘mixed’

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
An independent think tank that studies the progress of the movement on equal rights for LGBT people released its latest report Tuesday, and the assessment is surprisingly “mixed.” [ Read more → ]
Idaho Statehouse in Boise.

Idaho launches ‘pre-emptive’ strike to shield religious beliefs from gay rights

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers and conservative Christian allies who contend faith is under siege by gays, lesbians and the government are launching a "pre-emptive" strike to bolster rights of licensed professionals to refuse service or employment to those they conclude violate their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]

Kan. House panel hears testimony on bill allowing discrimination against gays

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Opponents of same-sex marriage urged Kansas legislators Tuesday to approve new legal protections for bakeries, photographers and others who refuse for religious reasons to supply goods or services for same-sex ceremonies, anticipating that federal courts could soon strike down the state's ban on such unions. [ Read more → ]
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

Kan. lawmakers to consider bill allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs

Sunday, January 26, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- With the legal climate uncertain for states banning gay marriage, Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal designed to allow individuals, groups and businesses to refuse to recognize or provide goods, services or benefits to gay couples based on their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
South Dakota capitol in Pierre.

S.D. to consider bills to allow businesses to refuse services for same-sex ceremonies

Saturday, January 25, 2014
PIERRE, S.D. -- Two bills filed in the South Dakota Legislature seek to protect clergy, church officials and businesspeople who refuse to provide services for same-sex marriages or receptions because of their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]

Family values group: Anti-discrimination laws are biased against Christians

Friday, January 24, 2014
In a new video from CitizenLink, the anti-gay political action affiliate of Focus on the Family, Stuart Shepard, CitizenLink’s senior director of media, says human rights and anti-discrimination laws designed to protect minorities are actually discriminatory toward Christians. [ Read more → ]
Jeff Roberson, APMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Jefferson City, Mo.

Mo. governor Jay Nixon calls for workplace protections for gay workers

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called on the state's Republican-led Legislature to pass legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Poll: 60 percent of Utahns support LGBT housing, employment protections

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A new poll finds that 60 percent of Utahns say the state should adopt legal protections against discrimination of LGBT people in housing and the workplace. [ Read more → ]
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.

Va. tables bill to ban discrimination against LGBT state workers

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia Senate committee on Monday tabled a bill that would have banned discrimination against state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Arizona state capitol   in Phoenix.

Ariz. Senate panel approves bill to allow discrimination based on religious beliefs

Thursday, January 16, 2014
PHOENIX — An Arizona Senate committee gave initial approval Thursday to a bill allowing people to claim that their religious beliefs led them to refuse service to gays or others. [ Read more → ]

Top Florida employers join coalition to fight against LGBT discrimination

Monday, January 13, 2014
Many of Florida’s largest employers on Monday launched the Florida Business Coalition for a Competitive Workforce, aimed at passing a bipartisan bill that would ban anti-gay and gender-based discrimination. [ Read more → ]

Bills to ban workplace discrimination introduced in Va. general assembly

Thursday, January 9, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- Two bills to ban discrimination in the public workforce across Virginia have been put before the state's General Assembly for the 2014 season. [ Read more → ]

Gay couple kicked out of South Texas bar for dancing together

Monday, December 23, 2013
VICTORIA, Texas -- A gay couple says they were kicked out of a South Texas country-western bar because of their sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Brazil, where 44% of world’s anti-LGBT violence occurs, kills discrimination bill

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
BRASILIA -- Brazil’s lawmakers on Wednesday killed a draft bill that would have prohibited discrimination or inciting violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)

Pa. governor Tom Corbett supports bill to outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday that he would be willing to sign legislation to outlaw discrimination based on someone's sexual orientation or gender identity, but he was unprepared to say what he will do, if anything, to try to dislodge such bills that have thus far languished in the Republican-controlled Legislature. [ Read more → ]

In bill to prohibit workplace bias, broad exemption holds danger

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Unless the language of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act's religious exemption strikes a better balance to reflect the true meaning of religious liberty, core American principles and millions of American working men and women have a great deal at risk. It will take grassroots pressure and pushing by equality-minded advocates and policy-makers to make that balance happen. Who's pushing the other way? Some religious potentates who oppose women's right to control their fertility and their pregnancies also oppose anti-bias laws. They claim religious principle allows them to discriminate freely. But no federal law, least of all one intended to stop bias on the job, should allow them to have it both ways... [ Read more → ]
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