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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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LGBT rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the same-sex marriage case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, speaks during the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The event marks the 50th anniversary of a protest outside Independence Hall that would be a milestone in the fight for gay rights.
LGBT rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago - but also made it clear ...

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Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban to remain in state constitution

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Idaho Statehouse in Boise.
Removing the language will likely be an uphill battle. Amending the Idaho Constitution first requires approval from the Republican-dominated Legislature. The proposal must then win a simple majority in a voter referendum. ...

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Mixed reaction to scrapping of anti-gay law in Mozambique

Saturday, July 4, 2015
Mozambique
Earlier this week, Mozambique scrapped a colonial Portuguese law demanding "security measures to be taken against anyone practicing vices against nature." The move is seen as part of the more liberal social stance of recently elected President Filipe Nyusi. ...

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North Dakota unlikely to expand anti-discrimination protection to include LGBT citizens

Friday, July 3, 2015
North Dakota state capitol in Bismark
North Dakota lawmakers have defeated legislation three times in the past six years to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace. ...

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Jackson, Wyo., mayor says she’s pushing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination measure

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Sara Flitner
The mayor of Jackson is pushing an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and says she expects to have a public hearing on it in coming weeks. ...

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Report urges Nigeria to repeal draconian anti-LGBT law

Monday, June 29, 2015
Nigeria
Nigeria's draconian law against gays has encouraged mob attacks, police torture, evictions and public whippings, according to a report Monday that urges the country's new president to repeal the legislation. ...

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High Colombian official urges courts to OK same-sex marriage

Monday, June 29, 2015
A reveler holds a gay pride flag during the gay pride parade in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Thousands paraded through the streets of Bogota and called for a law granting social security and matrimonial rights for gay couples.
A top Cabinet minister on Sunday urged Colombia's courts to legalize same-sex marriage and support the right of such couples to adopt. ...

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Long struggle, quick endgame as marriage equality becomes law of the land

Sunday, June 28, 2015
The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a law stipulating that the federal government would not recognize marriages of same-sex couples. On Friday night, the White House was illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling legalizing such marriages ...

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LGBT rights advocates slam Malaysia for prosecuting transgender women

Monday, June 22, 2015
malaysia
Human Rights Watch on Monday criticized a Malaysian Islamic court for fining nine Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing and jailing two of them for a month. ...

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Arkansas bid to repeal anti‑discrimination limits dropped

Friday, June 19, 2015
Demonstrators attend a rally on the steps of the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in protest of a bill that critics say will lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
A group dropped its campaign on Thursday to repeal an Arkansas law aimed at prohibiting cities and counties from extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBT people. ...

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