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Bobby Jindal blasts companies opposed to Louisiana religious freedom bill

Friday, April 24, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday that businesses opposed to religious objections laws are entering an "unholy alliance" with the same liberal elites who support more taxes, regulation and "demonize" profit-making. [...]

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North Carolina House speaker: No action on ‘religious freedom’ bill this year

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tim-Moore
The leader of the North Carolina House says his chamber won't debate a "religious freedom" bill this year that supporters promoted as protecting religious liberties but others criticized as legalizing discrimination against LGBT individuals. [...]

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Oklahoma lawmakers approve bill allowing clergy, others to refuse same-sex weddings

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
Legislation that protects members of the clergy who refuse to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony has been approved by the Oklahoma House and Senate. [...]

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Florida senate panel derails discriminatory adoption bill

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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A Florida Senate panel on Monday declined to vote on a controversial proposal that would allow taxpayer-supported adoption agencies to use religious or moral beliefs to discriminate against prospective parents. [...]

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Some Arkansas cities push back against anti-gay laws by expanding LGBT protections

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
LGBT rights advocates gather at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on April 1, 2015, after the state became the epicenter of a fight over measures critics say are anti-gay. Several Arkansas cities are trying to stem any potential fallout with efforts to push back on the new laws and expand anti-discrimination protections.
After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections. [...]

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IBM tells North Carolina governor it opposes ‘religious freedom’ bill

Saturday, April 18, 2015
IBM
IBM's top North Carolina executive has told state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory that the corporation strongly opposes proposed legislation supporters say protects religious convictions and opponents worry allows discrimination against LGBT people. [...]

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Jindal defends religious objections bill that would allow anti-LGBT discrimination

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has given a full-throated defense of a divisive religious liberty bill that is a key piece of his legislative agenda. [...]

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Maine GOP state senator to withdraw religious objections bill

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Maine state capitol in Augusta.
Sen. David Burns said Wednesday that he doesn't believe his proposal would get a fair hearing in the Legislature. He says that opponents and the media have "poisoned the well of public discussion." [...]

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Louisiana lawmaker says he’ll make changes to divisive religious objection bill

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Mike Johnson
Rep. Mike Johnson says his bill will be clarified in the hopes of addressing concerns it could lead to discrimination against LGBT individuals and other minorities. [...]

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Controversial religious freedom bill hits snag in Louisiana state House

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Louisiana
A religious objections bill similar to laws that have ignited a political firestorm in Arkansas and Indiana ran into a roadblock with the Louisiana Legislature on Monday, the first day of the legislative session. [...]

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