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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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Global LGBT rights conference opens in Mexico City

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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MEXICO CITY — A global LGBT rights conference that formally opened on Tuesday in the Mexican capital has drawn hundreds of advocates from 50 countries. ...

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Houston withdraws subpoenas for Texas pastors’ speeches

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Annise Parker
HOUSTON -- Houston city attorneys have withdrawn subpoenas that sought speeches and other information from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination of gay and transgender residents, the mayor said Wednesday.

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Lewiston becomes 9th Idaho city to approve LGBT protections

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Jimmy Emerson
LEWISTON, Idaho -- Officials in the north-central Idaho city of Lewiston have passed an ordinance banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook challenges home state of Alabama on LGBT rights

Monday, October 27, 2014
Tim Cook
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Apple CEO Tim Cook is challenging his home state of Alabama to do more to ensure the rights of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Cook says educational equality is also a key civil rights issue. He says Apple is giving $100 million for technology for 114 schools in 29 states to help.

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Clinton keynotes HRC event: ‘Still barriers that need to be brought down’

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Bill Clinton speaks at the Human Rights Campaign national gala on Saturday, October 25, 2014, in Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. president Bill Clinton on Saturday commended LGBT rights activists for a string a victories that have brought marriage equality to a majority of states, and encouraged the LGBT community to continue its push to break down additional barriers. "I’ve never seen a civil rights movement, at least in our country, move as far and as fast ...

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Houston city attorneys change approach to sermon subpoenas

Friday, October 17, 2014
Annise-Parker
HOUSTON -- Houston city attorneys are no longer seeking through subpoenas sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents. Mayor Annise Parker said Friday that the city was backing off the sermon request but would not withdraw the subpoenas, which seek other...

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Ted Cruz criticizes Houston subpoenas as ‘abuse of government power’

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Ted Cruz
HOUSTON -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told congregants of his home church Thursday that the city of Houston abused power by subpoenaing sermons and other documents from pastors who publicly opposed a local ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents. Cruz, standing among more than a dozen clergy at First Baptist Church...

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No, the city of Houston isn’t bullying anti-gay pastors – this is basic lawyering

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Conservative media outlets, led by Fox News, are attacking the city of Houston for subpoenaing a number of local pastors who were part of the right-wing opposition to the city's LGBT non-discrimination ordinance that is suing the city now that the anti-discrimination law is in effect. But their claims that religious liberty should keep the pastors' public addresses secret ignores the fact that subpoenas of parties relevant to a lawsuit are a typical part of the legal discovery process.

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Houston subpoenas sermons in challenge to LGBT rights ordinance

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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HOUSTON — The dispute over Houston’s LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance has extended to the pulpit. Houston city attorneys recently subpoenaed sermons by several local pastors who oppose the measure and are tied to conservative Christian activists. The activists have sued Houston, claiming they had enough valid signatures to put a repeal...

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Beyond marriage, the battle for LGBT equality marches on

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Pamela Thiele, left, and her spouse, Lauren Fortmiller, of Lakewood, Colo., take part in a rally on the steps of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on October 8, 2014. For many activists, the top priority after marriage is federal legislation that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against LGBT people. There's no such federal law now, and more than half the states do not ban discrimination by employers or public accommodations based on sexual orientation.
NEW YORK -- Even as they celebrate epic victories in the push for marriage equality, gay-rights activists acknowledge that other difficult issues remain on their agenda. There's the persistent high rate of HIV infections, the struggles to expand transgender rights, and the striking fact that even in some states allowing same-sex marriage, people can lose their job for being gay.

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