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LGBT Rights

LGBT rights are human rights and civil rights, although legal protections and laws affecting LGBT people vary greatly by country or territory. LGBT rights laws include, but are not limited to, the following: government recognition of same-sex relationships (such as via same-sex marriage or civil unions), LGBT adoption, recognition of LGBT parenting, anti-bullying legislation and student non-discrimination laws to protect LGBT children and/or students, immigration equality laws, anti-discrimination laws for employment and housing, hate crime laws providing enhanced criminal penalties for prejudice-motivated violence against LGBT people, equal age of consent laws, and laws related to sexual orientation and military service.

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Indiana GOP rejects extending civil rights protections to LGBT residents

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
Republicans in the Indiana House have turned aside an attempt to extend protections for LGBT residents under the state's non-discrimination laws in response to the uproar over the new religious objections law. [...]

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Indiana lawmaker looks to spark new debate on extending LGBT rights, protections

Monday, April 13, 2015
Indiana State Representative Ed DeLaney address a crowd during the rally protesting the state's religious freedom bill, Saturday, March 28, 2015.
Democratic lawmaker Ed DeLaney wants to force an Indiana House debate over whether to extend protections for LGBT individuals under the state's nondiscrimination laws less than two weeks after the backlash over the religious objections law. [...]

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N.D. shop owner says ban on lawmakers who nixed LGBT rights bill served its purpose

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Joe Curry, a barista and one of the owners at Red Raven Espresso Parlor in Fargo, N.D., became the focal point of an anti-discrimination debate after he posted a sign mocking lawmakers who voted against a bill to prohibit discrimination in housing and government based on sexual orientation.
The co-owner of a Fargo coffee shop who instituted a tongue-in-cheek ban on North Dakota lawmakers for opposing an anti-discrimination bill says the response has been "99.9 percent positive" and that he made his point, even if a few people didn't like it. [...]

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Advocacy groups aim to further expand LGBT rights at state level

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march towards Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas this week into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in those states and others. [...]

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What Americans think about gay rights and religious liberty

Thursday, April 2, 2015
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Most Americans support allowing businesses to refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted earlier this year. [...]

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Michigan civil rights panel urges local communities to guard LGBT rights

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Michigan
Michigan's civil rights law doesn't include protections for gay and transgender people, but the Michigan Civil Rights Commission has endorsed a model local non-discrimination ordinance that does. [...]

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Texas same-sex marriage opponents call for ‘Biblical marriage’ in rally at state capitol

Monday, March 23, 2015
Marriage equality opponents rally outside the Texas state capitol in Austin on Monday, March 23, 2015.
About 250 people gathered Monday afternoon at the Texas Capitol to rally in support of what they call "Biblical marriage" at an event headlined by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. [...]

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The Fear of Being Gay in Russia

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Nikolai Baev, an LGBT activist, in Moscow a few days after he was detained by police.
Moscow’s first gay pride parade was held in May 2006, thirteen years after homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia. It was supposed to be a joyous occasion, the beginning of a new era of openness for the LGBT community.
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Texas lawmakers file record number of bills targeting LGBT community

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Texas
LGBT rights advocates say the onslaught of bill was widely expected as backlash over the rapid advancement of marriage equality. [...]

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Ted Cruz seeks to overturn D.C. laws on gay rights, reproductive health

Thursday, March 19, 2015
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The measures, known as disapproval resolutions, could in theory halt local laws passed last year by the D.C. Council and signed by the city’s mayor. [...]

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