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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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Owensboro, Ky., delays considering LGBT ordinance until things ‘cool down’

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
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OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Officials in Owensboro, Ky., have decided to put off considering a LGBT rights ordinance for at least a year. Mayor Ron Payne told the Messenger-Inquirer that things need to “cool down” before the City Commission discusses the issue. The so-called fairness ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Fayetteville becomes first Ark. city to pass LGBT non-discrimination law

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The city council in Fayetteville, Ark., early Wednesday approved a controversial LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance, becoming the first city in Arkansas to enact a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. By a 6-2 vote, the council approved the measure following nearly 10 hours of public...

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Mariela Castro breaks tradition in fight for greater LGBT, HIV protections

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In this May 10, 2014, file photo, Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, marches in a parade marking the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, in Havana, Cuba. policy in parliament.
HAVANA -- Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted "no" in parliament. And it wasn't just any lawmaker. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro, gave the thumbs-down to a workers' rights bill that she felt didn't go far enough to prevent discrimination against people with HIV or with unconventional gender identities.

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N.Y. farm fined $13,000 for refusing to host lesbian couple’s wedding

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A New York couple has been ordered to pay $13,000 in fines and restitution for refusing to host a same-sex couple's wedding at their 100-acre upstate farm and event facility. Jennifer and Melisa McCarthy filed the complaint in 2012 against the Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, N.Y., after being told their same-sex marriage would cause ...

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Legal handbook for LGBT Floridians available for free download

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
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Equality Florida Institute is providing an electronic version of the Legal Handbook for LGBT Floridians and Their Families free of charge on their website. The 76-page resource offers information on how LGBT Floridians can legally protect themselves and their families, including critical information about the importance of long-term planning related to health...

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American Bar Association approves resolution supporting LGBT rights

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
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BOSTON -- The American Bar Association has approved a resolution denouncing anti-gay laws as human rights violations and called on its members to work to defend victims of anti-LGBT discrimination. The resolution was passed Tuesday at a meeting of its House of Delegates, the organization's policy body which is comprised of 560 members representing ...

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HRC hires state leaders to promote LGBT equality in Mississippi, Alabama

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign has announced the hiring of two more state leaders as part of its Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality in three deeply conservative southern states. Rob Hill, a former clergyman, will lead the HRC's efforts in Mississippi, and Ashley Jackson, co-founder of the Mississippi Safe Schools ...

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HRC hires Ark. director to promote LGBT equality in three southern states

| Monday, July 28, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Little Rock native who has worked for several nonprofits will be the first Arkansas director for the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced Monday it had hired Kendra Johnson as its state director as part of its $8.5 million Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality...

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Dear Matt Barber: Calling yourself a Christian does not make it so

| Monday, July 21, 2014
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Calling yourself a Christian does not give you special privileges in this country. Calling yourself a Christian does not make you a better American than me. And calling yourself a Christian does not absolve you from rights and responsibilities that all Americans have. This is not, nor has it ever been, a Christian nation, and the rest of us who don’t practice your beliefs do not exist here for your will and pleasure.

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Civil rights groups, lawmakers step up pressure on Obama over executive order

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Dozens of civil rights organizations and a group of Democratic lawmakers have signed letters this week asking President Barack Obama not to exempt “religiously affiliated contractors” from a planned executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors. The letters come as the debate over religious liberty intensifies in the wake of a recent ...

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