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Bozeman, Mont., residents sue over LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

| Friday, August 29, 2014
Bozeman-MT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Five Bozeman residents are suing the city, the mayor and city commissioners arguing the city did not have the legal authority to enact an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The complaint, filed in District Court, asks the court to declare the non-discrimination ordinance invalid.

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Owensboro, Ky., delays considering LGBT ordinance until things ‘cool down’

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
Owensboro-KY
OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Officials in Owensboro, Ky., have decided to put off considering a LGBT rights ordinance for at least a year. Mayor Ron Payne told the Messenger-Inquirer that things need to “cool down” before the City Commission discusses the issue. The so-called fairness ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Fayetteville becomes first Ark. city to pass LGBT non-discrimination law

| Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The city council in Fayetteville, Ark., early Wednesday approved a controversial LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance, becoming the first city in Arkansas to enact a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. By a 6-2 vote, the council approved the measure following nearly 10 hours of public...

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Judge schedules hearing on Houston LGBT ordinance, no vote in November

| Friday, August 15, 2014
Houston, Texas
HOUSTON -- A judge in Houston has scheduled a hearing for next January in a challenge over the city's LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance, squashing opponents' efforts to put the measure on the ballot in November in hopes voters would repeal the law. State District Judge Robert Schaffer on Friday ruled that the ordinance should not be enforced prior to the trial...

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Baton Rouge council rejects LGBT ‘fairness ordinance’

| Thursday, August 14, 2014
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has voted 8-4 vote to reject a proposed local law banning discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Baton Rouge Advocate reports the proposal generated weeks of passionate debate about the legal protections for LGBT people in the capital city.

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Billings, Mont., rejects LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Billings, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Billings City Council has rejected an ordinance to ban discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The Billings Gazette reports the council’s decision came early Tuesday, with Mayor Tom Hanel casting the deciding vote.

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Opponents of Houston LGBT ordinance sue city after failed referendum attempt

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Houston mayor Annise Parker announces that opponents of an LGBT-inclusive equal right ordinance did not submit enough valid signature to force a ballot referendum.
HOUSTON — Opponents of Houston's new protections for LGBT residents have sued the city after failing to collect enough votes for a repeal referendum. The Houston Chronicle reports the lawsuit filed late Tuesday contests how signatures were counted for the referendum petition. It claims City Attorney David Feldman illegally verified the signatures.

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Kansas town bans discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Roeland-Park
ROELAND PARK, Kan. -- Roeland Park has become the second city in Kansas to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The city's mayor on Monday night broke the council's 4-4 tie. It was the second time the council had considered the anti-discrimination issue this summer.

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Opponents of Houston equal rights ordinance fail to qualify for ballot

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Houston
HOUSTON -- Opponents of Houston's LGBT-inclusive Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) fell short of qualifying for a ballot referendum, Mayor Annise Parker announced Monday afternoon. The petition needed at least 17,269 valid signatures from registered Houston voters to put a repeal of the ordinance before voters in November.

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Opponents of Houston LGBT ordinance may fall short of qualifying for ballot

| Saturday, August 2, 2014
Opponents of Houston's equal rights ordinance deliver boxes to the City Secretary containing thousands of signature calling for a ballot referendum.
Houston city officials say they will announce Monday whether opponents of the city's new LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance have obtained enough valid petition signatures to force a ballot referendum aimed at repealing the measure. But already, City Attorney David Feldman is hinting that many of the petitions submitted don't meet legal...

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