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Crist promises Day 1 order banning LGBT discrimination in state agencies

| Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Charlie Crist
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he will sign five executive orders on his first day back in office if he's elected in November. Crist made the announcement Tuesday. He also said he would sign orders banning discrimination against gay and transgender employees at agencies under his control and their contractors, and another to require ...

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

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Kendra Johnson
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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Exxon Mobil to follow new LGBT anti-bias rules for federal contractors

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- Exxon Mobil Corp. says it will comply with new protections for gay and transgender employees required of federal contractors, but isn't saying whether it will formalize that wording in its corporate policies. President Barack Obama signed the executive order with the new protections Monday.

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VIDEO: Obama signs executive orders granting LGBT workplace protections

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Barack Obama
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to LGBT workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” The signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House followed brief remarks by the President.

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Idaho ‘Add the Words’ gay rights activists sentenced for peaceful protests

| Monday, July 21, 2014
John Miller, APAbout two dozen protesters seeking to convince Idaho lawmakers to add discrimination protections for gays and lesbians to the state's Human Rights Act block the entrances to the Idaho Senate in Boise on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. At a similar protest on Feb. 3, 44 demonstrators were arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing.
BOISE, Idaho -- Nearly two dozen gay rights activists who were arrested after they blocked doorways in the Idaho Statehouse are set to be sentenced in Boise's 4th District Court. The 23 defendants took part in the peaceful protests earlier this year to urge lawmakers to add legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents in Idaho's Human Rights Act..

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Obama grants workplace protections to LGBT workers of federal contractors

| Monday, July 21, 2014
President Barack Obama signs executive orders to protect LGBT employees from federal workplace discrimination in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 21, 2014, in Washington. Obama’s executive orders signed Monday prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the "irrefutable rightness of your cause." "America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people...

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

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
AP (File)
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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Atlantic Beach, Fla., advances LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — An city ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression cleared its first hurdle Monday in the northeast Florida city of Atlantic Beach. In a 3-2 vote, commissioners voted for the ordinance which protects LGBT residents and tourists against discrimination in the areas of...

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Pelosi backs ENDA despite concerns over broad religious exemptions

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
U.S.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she still supports a Senate-passed bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people. A number of national LGBT rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious exemption. The California Democrat says she understands the...

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Obama faces pressure over religious exemption in anti-bias order

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring. Many religious leaders and conservative groups want him to exempt religious organizations from the order...

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