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Will our prisons overflow with Christians?

Sunday, March 1, 2015
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Many leaders of the Christian Right, from megachurch pastors like Rick Warren to the top prelates in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, have repeatedly threatened civil disobedience (and worse) over marriage equality.  If they follow through on their claims, a summer of “martyrdom” may be at hand if the [...]

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Arkansas Senate panel rejects anti-LGBT ‘conscience-protection’ bill

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Arkansas state capitol in Little Rock.
A "conscience-protection" proposal in Arkansas that critics call an attempt to sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians has failed before a legislative panel. [...]

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Indiana Senate approves bill allowing discrimination against LGBT people

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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The Indiana state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to refuse services for same-sex weddings because of religious beliefs. [...]

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Former Georgia AG: ‘Religious freedom’ bills deserve ‘a quick death’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers said Tuesday that two bills being debated by lawmakers create an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people or break state laws and are "deserving of a quick death." [...]

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Walmart criticizes Arkansas ‘conscience protection’ religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Walmart Corporate Offices in Bentonville, Ark.
Walmart on Tuesday criticized a “conscience protection” measure in the retail giant’s home state that opponents say sanctions discrimination against gays and lesbians, while Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also expressed concerns about the legislation. [...]

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Arkansas governor says he’s concerned by ‘religious freedom’ bill

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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The Republican governor said he had reservations about the House-backed "conscience protection" measure that's pending before a Senate committee, but stopped short of saying whether he opposed the bill. [...]

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Bill to protect LGBT rights, religious freedom in Utah may not happen this year

Friday, February 20, 2015
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A Utah lawmaker leading negotiations on a bill that would protect both LGBT and religious rights says the parties may not be able to reach a deal this year. [...]

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Indiana Senate panel advances religious freedom bill to allow anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.
A GOP-led Senate committee pushed through a contentious proposal critics say would allow people and businesses to cite their religious beliefs in refusing services for same-sex weddings. [...]

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Georgia GOP congressmen take Atlanta mayor to task for firing anti-gay fire chief

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Kelvin Cochran
Former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran has some new friends in the form of six Republican U.S. congressmen from Georgia. The group fired off a letter to Mayor Kasim Reed on Wednesday asking for Cochran to be reinstated. [...]

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Texas faith leaders gather at state capitol in support of marriage equality

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Rev. Michael Diaz, center, from Metropolitan Church in Houston, and other faith leaders and congregation members of various churches from around the state rally on the step of the Texas Capitol steps to call for more equality for same-sex couples, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Faith leaders rallied for marriage equality Tuesday at the Texas Capitol, seeking to convince lawmakers that expanding rights to LGBT Texans won't compromise their religious beliefs. [...]

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