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Illinois’ GOP governor, LGBT rights advocates find common ground

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Ill.)
Gov. Bruce Rauner said he'll issue a directive that state agencies strictly enforce anti-discrimination laws, and that he'll appoint a liaison from his office to the LGBT community. [...]

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Arkansas lawmaker dropping bill to add LGBT protections

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Greg Leding
Democratic Rep. Greg Leding said he was withdrawing his bill to add the protections to state law addressing discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations because he doesn't have enough votes to pass his bill. [...]

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East Grand Rapids adds LGBT protections to non-discrimination law

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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East Grand Rapids has become the state's 36th city to add protections for the LGBT community in its non-discrimination ordinance. [...]

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25 arrested at Idaho capitol in protests over lack of LGBT protections

Monday, March 16, 2015
Idaho state capitol in Boise.
Activists taking part in the protest warned in a statement that they would not voluntarily leave until legislators consider adding four words - sexual orientation and gender identity - to the Idaho Human Rights Act. [...]

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Utah’s LGBT rights bill is a trojan horse for the religious right’s agenda

Friday, March 13, 2015
The Mormon-church-backed anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT Utah residents and religious rights received final approval at the state's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday, and was signed Thursday evening by Gov. Gary Herbert.
There were both cheers and tears as many in the Utah LGBTQ community celebrated the passage of a workplace and housing nondiscrimination law, but behind closed doors, I suspect it’s actually the leaders of the Religious Right who are cheering the hardest. [...]

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Utah governor signs Mormon church backed LGBT anti-discrimination bill

Thursday, March 12, 2015
After signing it, Gov. Gary Herbert holds up a copy of a bill at the Capitol, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The bill that protects Utah's LGBT residents while also ensuring religious rights became law amid a cheering crowd that contained both clergy and gay rights activists.
The law protects LGBT Utah residents from discrimination in housing and employment — a step activists have been pushing for years — while also creating exemptions for religious organizations and protecting religious speech in the workplace. [...]

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Transgender civil rights bill gets renewed push in New York

Thursday, March 12, 2015
New-York-state
The bill would include gender identity and expression in the state's civil rights laws affecting housing, employment and education . [...]

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Utah House passes Mormon church-backed LGBT anti-discrimination bill

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.
The proposal earned a rare stamp of approval from the Utah-based Mormon church, and the state House voted 65-10 Wednesday night to pass it. [...]

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Utah House panel approves LGBT anti-discrimination bill; awaits final vote

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Utah state capitol in Salt Lake City
The anti-discrimination bill was unveiled less than a week ago with the endorsement of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [...]

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Texas lawmaker wants to ban local LGBT ordinances that protect his gay son

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Texas state Rep. Rick Miller (left) and his son, Beau Miller
The bill aims to invalidate ordinances that bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. [...]

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