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Montana Senate panel tables bill that would create statewide LGBT protections

Friday, January 30, 2015
Montana state capitol in Helena.
Montana lawmakers all in one day heard testimony, voted against and then tabled a bill that would provide protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and other people in the state. [...]

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Utah governor: Legislation to protect gay rights must also protect religious liberties

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Gov. Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
Gov. Gary Herbert used his sixth annual State of the State address Wednesday night to call on Utah lawmakers to ensure the state protects religious rights in the upcoming legislative session. [...]

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Idaho legislative panel kills proposal to add statewide LGBT protections

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Proponents of "Add the Four Words" lined the hallway after the Idaho House State Affairs committee voted to keep HB2 in committee, effectively killing the bill, on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The bill would have added the words sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights act.
Idaho lawmakers have essentially killed a bill that would create protections for LGBT people, once again blocking attempts by gay rights supporters to amend the state's anti-discrimination law. [...]

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Charlotte, N.C., business guild proposes protections for LGBT workers

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Charlotte, N.C.
The plan includes publicizing businesses that voluntarily provide protections, as well as trying to convince state lawmakers to require protection for employees. [...]

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Southfield, Mich., city council passes LGBT‑inclusive human rights ordinance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Southfield, Mich.
Officials in the Detroit suburb have passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]

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Idaho lawmakers hear heated testimony over proposed LGBT protections

Monday, January 26, 2015
Members of the Idaho state House State Affairs Committee hold a public hearing on a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections to the state's Human Rights Act, at the state Capitol building on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, in Boise, Idaho.
Supporters of religious freedom went toe-to-toe Monday against hundreds of gay rights advocates who have waited nearly a decade to speak in the Idaho Legislature for a measure that would create statewide protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [...]

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First 24 hours of new Maryland governor’s tenure ‘not good’ for LGBT community

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.)
In one of his first acts as Maryland's new GOP governor, Larry Hogan has held up a regulation that would have banned Medicaid providers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [...]

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Mich. governor hopes to revive legislation prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder hopes to resuscitate legislation that would protect gay and transgender residents from discrimination, while LGBT advocates explore asking voters to pass the bill since it's unlikely to clear the GOP-led Legislature. [...]

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Nebraska lawmakers introduce bills to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Nebraska-capitol
Nebraska lawmakers introduced three bills Wednesday that would ban discrimination against LGBT residents, but even supporters noted they face a tough fight in gaining approval for the proposals. [...]

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Governor Andrew Cuomo urges civil rights law for transgender New Yorkers

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says in his state of the state speech Wednesday that the Legislature should pass a bill to add "gender identity or expression" as a protected class. [...]

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