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Indiana GOP rejects extending civil rights protections to LGBT residents

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
Republicans in the Indiana House have turned aside an attempt to extend protections for LGBT residents under the state's non-discrimination laws in response to the uproar over the new religious objections law. [...]

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Indiana lawmaker looks to spark new debate on extending LGBT rights, protections

Monday, April 13, 2015
Indiana State Representative Ed DeLaney address a crowd during the rally protesting the state's religious freedom bill, Saturday, March 28, 2015.
Democratic lawmaker Ed DeLaney wants to force an Indiana House debate over whether to extend protections for LGBT individuals under the state's nondiscrimination laws less than two weeks after the backlash over the religious objections law. [...]

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N.D. shop owner says ban on lawmakers who nixed LGBT rights bill served its purpose

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Joe Curry, a barista and one of the owners at Red Raven Espresso Parlor in Fargo, N.D., became the focal point of an anti-discrimination debate after he posted a sign mocking lawmakers who voted against a bill to prohibit discrimination in housing and government based on sexual orientation.
The co-owner of a Fargo coffee shop who instituted a tongue-in-cheek ban on North Dakota lawmakers for opposing an anti-discrimination bill says the response has been "99.9 percent positive" and that he made his point, even if a few people didn't like it. [...]

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Arkansas governor: No urgent need for anti-discrimination order

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, background, listens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't see an urgent need to expand workplace anti-discrimination protections for gay and lesbian state employees after lawmakers reworked a religious objections measure to address concerns it was discriminatory. [...]

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Jonesboro, Ark., town leaders reject protections for LGBT city workers

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
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Jonesboro city leaders have rejected a proposal to protect city employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]

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Springfield, Mo., voters repeal LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Springfield, Mo.
With more than 97 percent of the votes tallied, 51.4 percent of voters opted to repeal the ordinance, while 48.5 percent voted to retain the measure. [...]

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Several Texas lawmakers, top business leaders vow to kill proposed anti-LGBT bills

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
Several Texas lawmakers and top business leaders vowed Tuesday to kill two proposed constitutional amendments they say will promote anti-LGBT discrimination and could lead to backlash similar to recent reactions in Indiana and Arkansas. [...]

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Former North Dakota governor ‘probably’ considered LGBT people in 1981 policy

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Former North Dakota Gov. Allen Olson (R), speaking in Bismarck in 2008.
Former North Dakota Gov. Allen Olson said Tuesday he "probably" considered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when he crafted a nondiscrimination policy for state employees 34 years ago. [...]

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LGBT rights rally goes to Indianapolis NCAA Final Four site

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march outside Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the NCAA Final Four, in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Hundreds of people calling for Indiana to add protections for gays and transgender individuals to the state's civil-rights laws marched through downtown Indianapolis Saturday, attracting the attention basketball fans attending the NCAA Final Four, some of whom offered the protesters cheers of support. [...]

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Advocacy groups aim to further expand LGBT rights at state level

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march towards Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas this week into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in those states and others. [...]

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