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Four West Coast mayors lift bans on city-funded travel to Indiana

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Indianapolis, Ind.
The mayors of four West Coast cities say they're lifting bans imposed on city-funded travel to Indiana after changes were made to that state's religious objections law to make clear it can't be used to discriminate. ...

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Indiana faces long road to restore battered image after religious freedom law

Monday, April 6, 2015
Businesses across Indiana are participating in campaigns to let LGBT customers know they're welcome, but it might not be enough to completely heal the black eye the state received over its nationally-criticized religious objections law.
Indiana tourism agencies are rolling out campaigns emphasizing that everyone is welcome, but it might not be enough to quickly restore the state's battered image after a backlash over its religious objections law. ...

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New York, Connecticut governors lift bans on state-funded travel to Indiana

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Saturday lifted their bans on some state-funded travel to Indiana, citing changes made to a religious-objections law that had spurred concern about anti-gay discrimination. ...

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Washington governor Jay Inslee rescinds Indiana travel ban

Friday, April 3, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.)
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is rescinding a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after a law that critics said had the potential to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs was amended. ...

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Arizona destination resorts woo gay couples planning to marry

Saturday, November 1, 2014
unicipal Court Judge Kevin Kane, right, marries same-sex couple Tim Palak, 44, left, and Jason Bannecker, 39, of Phoenix on a balcony at Phoenix's City Hall on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, just hours after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.
PHOENIX — Destination resorts across Arizona are broadening their marketing strategies since same-sex marriage became legal last month. Hotels in Phoenix, Sedona and elsewhere are offering discounts or tweaking their advertising to lure same-sex couples, reports the Arizona Republic. ...

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Hotels making record profits on growing list of surcharges

Friday, September 5, 2014
Hotel-check-in
NEW YORK -- Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. Guaranteeing two queen beds or one ...

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‘Richmond is Out’ campaign targets LGBT travelers

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Out-RVA
RICHMOND, Va. -- "Richmond is out!" That's the message of a new tourism campaign aimed at LGBT travelers. The goal is to let them know the city is open, accepting and a great place to visit. The campaign is set ...

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The Last Holiday

Monday, September 1, 2014
Labor-Day
Why are we celebrating the obligation to toil most of our lives? Seriously, why is Labor Day an American holiday? Is it an excuse for one last blowout before – before what? I’m tempted to research the origins of Labor ...

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Las Vegas offering everything but marriage to LGBT tourists

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Braden Mars, left, dances with Anthony Martinez at Liaison Nightclub in Bally's Las Vegas early in the morning on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Las Vegas. Liaison Nightclub, which opened in 2014, is the first gay club inside of a major casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
LAS VEGAS -- While same-sex couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they - and their money - are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities ...

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Atlantic City planning events to reinvigorate once-thriving gay tourism

Monday, June 16, 2014
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian holds a flag in Atlantic City, N.J., Monday, June 16, 2014. Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy. Mayor Don Guardian and tourism officials said Monday the goal is to ...

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