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NY appeals court upholds $1.6 million judgement awarded to lesbian chef

JEFF D. GORMAN | Courthouse News Service | Saturday, March 29, 2014
Mirella Salemi
NEW YORK -- The owner of a Mexican restaurant in Tribeca who warned his staff weekly about the eternal damnation awaiting "gay people" owes a lesbian chef $1.6 million, a New York appeals court ruled.

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Lawsuit: LGBT students routinely bullied in Miss. school district

| Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Destin Holmes
JACKSON, Miss. -- A lawsuit filed Tuesday says LGBT students are routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district, including a lesbian who was forced to sit alone in the middle of a classroom when others were split into groups of boys and girls.

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Eleven same-sex couples file lawsuit to overturn Ark. gay marriage ban

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A group of 11 same-sex couples from Arkansas on Tuesday asked a judge to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage, the latest effort aimed at repealing the amendment after recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings supporting gay couples.

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Judge combines lawsuits against florist who refused flowers for gay wedding

| Saturday, June 29, 2013
Barronelle Stutzman
A judge in Washington state on Friday consolidated two lawsuits, one filed by the state attorney general and the other filed by a gay couple, in a dispute over a florist who declined to provide flowers for the couple's wedding because of her “relationship with Jesus Christ.”

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Gay couple awarded $147K in Council Bluffs, Iowa discrimination suit

| Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — A jury in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has awarded a gay couple $147,000 in their discrimination lawsuit.

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Whistleblower sues Rutgers University in abusive coach case

| Friday, April 5, 2013
Eric Murdock
EAST HANOVER, N.J. — A former Rutgers University employee who made public the video that led to the basketball coach's dismissal and the athletic director's resignation has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the university.

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Lawsuit claims M&M-Mars fired worker over her sexual orientation

| Thursday, February 21, 2013
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HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. -- A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against candy maker M&M-Mars, alleging she was fired because she is lesbian.

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Montana Supreme Court rejects equal benefits for same-sex couples

| Monday, December 17, 2012
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HELENA, Mont. -- The Montana Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court's decision to reject an "overly broad" request that same-sex couples receive the same protections and benefits as married heterosexual couples.

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Anti-gay group threatens lawsuit over California’s ban on reparative therapy

| Monday, October 1, 2012
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Just two days after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill banning psychological therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight — often referred to as reparative therapy -- the anti-gay organization Liberty Counsel announced Monday it is preparing a lawsuit aimed at preventing the law from taking effect.

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On anniversary of Billy Lucas’ suicide, family files wrongful death lawsuit

| Sunday, September 9, 2012
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Two years ago today, Billy (William) Lucas, a 15-year-old from Greensburg, Ind., was was found dead in a barn at his grandmother’s home — he had hanged himself. While Billy never self-identified as gay, friends said he was tormented for years because other kids thought he was gay.

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