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Alabama GOP leader says ‘religious freedom’ bills targeting gays likely dead

Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate said Thursday that he believes religious freedom bills that target gays and lesbians are likely dead for the legislative session. [...]

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Critics bash Jindal over ‘religious freedom’ executive order

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jondal (R-La.)
"Arrogant" and "cynical" — that's what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called President Barack Obama last fall after the president issued an executive order addressing the hot-button social issue of illegal immigration. [...]

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Defiant Jindal issues executive order after Louisiana House panel kills anti-gay bill

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday shelved a divisive religious objections bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, but the governor fought back, issuing an executive order aimed at doing the same thing. [...]

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Louisiana House committee kills anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Louisiana state capitol in Baton Rouge.
Our legislators decided that Louisiana would not be the next Indiana and voted to return HB 707 to the calendar, effectively killing the bill, reports Equality Louisiana. [...]

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Contentious Louisiana anti-gay religious objections bill scheduled for hearing

Monday, May 18, 2015
Louisiana
A House committee on Tuesday is scheduled to debate a bill backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that thrust Louisiana into a national debate over religious freedom and the rights of same-sex couples. [...]

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Jeb Bush: No constitutional right to same-sex marriage; businesses should be able to refuse gays

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Jeb Bush
“We need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage,” says Bush. “We have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and dad loving their children with their heart and soul.” [...]

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Ted Cruz: Same-sex marriage is the greatest threat to religious freedom in American history

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Ted Cruz
Cruz, who believes the gay “jihad” may soon lead to the imprisonment of pastors and the end of free speech, says the legalization of same-sex marriage is the greatest threat to religious liberty in U.S. history. [...]

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Some LGBT residents critical of Utah’s new anti-discrimination law

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
After signing it, Gov. Gary Herbert holds up a copy of a bill at the Capitol, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The bill that protects Utah's LGBT residents while also ensuring religious rights became law amid a cheering crowd that contained both clergy and gay rights activists.
A Mormon church-backed anti-discrimination law that protects LGBT people and religious rights took effect Tuesday amid skepticism from some LGBT residents over whether it lives up to its promises. [...]

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Texas Senate OKs bill allowing clergy to refuse same-sex marriages

Monday, May 11, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
The Texas state Senate has voted to allow clergy members to refuse performing marriages that violate their beliefs. [...]

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Texas lawmakers to vote on two anti-LGBT bills this week

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Texas
The most-watched proposal would bar state, county and local officials from issuing or enforcing a same-sex marriage license, and prevent recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states. [...]

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