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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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Fla. county adds sexual orientation, gender identity to human rights ordinance

| Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County commissioners on Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of expanding the county's human rights ordinance to cover sexual orientation and gender identity. The 7-0 vote reversed a former board’s action in 1995 to strip gays and lesbians from the groups protected under the ordinance...

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Report: Discriminatory laws drive higher rates of poverty for LGBT Americans

| Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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A new report released Tuesday paints a stark picture of the added financial burdens that LGBT Americans face because of anti-LGBT laws at the national, state, and local levels. The report finds that such laws contribute to significantly higher rates of poverty among LGBT Americans and create unfair financial penalties in the form of higher taxes...

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UN Human Rights Council approves resolution supporting LGBT rights

| Friday, September 26, 2014
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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution — led by Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay — followed a resolution in 2011 on the same topic led by South Africa and asks the UN Office of the High...

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White House: Eric Holder resigning as U.S. Attorney General

| Thursday, September 25, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and pushed to make the criminal justice system more even-handed, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation's first black attorney general.

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The top five myths about LGBT non-discrimination laws debunked

CARLOS MAZA | Equality Matters | Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Conservatives routinely attack LGBT non-discrimination laws as unnecessary, burdensome and threatening to religious liberty. But in state after state and city after city, their horror stories haven't come true. Federal law still doesn't prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in private employment, housing, or public accommodations, despite widespread ...

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Jimmy Carter on LGBT rights: Jesus didn’t discriminate

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter drew cheers Monday for his remarks supporting human rights and the LGBT community. Carter, 89, speaking to a packed house at Grand Rapids Community College, responded to one particular question about LGBT rights, and had this response: "I never knew of any word or action of...

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Macomb County, Mich., passes LGBT anti-discrimination policy

| Friday, September 19, 2014
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MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. -- Macomb County authorities have passed a policy protecting county employees from discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. The county Board of Commissioners voted 8-5 for the change on Thursday. Commissioner Fred Miller spearheaded the policy initiative and says it will ensure county employees are ...

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Hundreds gather for forum on proposed LGBT ordinance in Berea, Ky.

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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BEREA, Ky. -- A public forum on a proposed ordinance in Berea that would prohibit discrimination against gays has drawn hundreds of residents. The Richmond Register reported 275 people were allowed inside the Folk Center on Tuesday night for the forum; others listened on speakers outside the building...

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Uganda foreign minister begins term as leader of UN General Assembly

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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UNITED NATIONS -- Sam Kutesa began his first day as president of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday by describing the current year as "tumultuous" and the year ahead as "momentous" for the United Nations as it marks its 70th anniversary. The Ugandan foreign minister said his priority will be to ensure agreement on new U.N. goals to fight poverty and...

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HRC launching Nebraska chapter to advocate for LGBT rights

| Monday, September 15, 2014
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The Human Rights Campaign on Monday announced it will form a Nebraska chapter to advocate for laws that protect LGBT people in housing, employment and public accommodations in the Cornhusker State. The HRC said its recent survey of LGBT Nebraskans show 57 percent of respondents have called the state home for more than 20 years, more than ...

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