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All posts for the month November, 2014

The Economic Case for Supporting Nondiscrimination Laws

M.V. Lee Badgett for The Atlantic on November 29, 2014 lead

Unequal treatment of LGBT people can cause economic harm, leading to lower economic output for individuals, businesses, and even countries. Passing a nondiscrimination law will therefore boost economic output. Read more here.

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Springfield, Missouri Will Vote on Nondiscrimination Ordinance in April

KSPR.com on November 25, 2014 Springfield-City-Hall-jpg

The city council of Springfield, Missouri voted on Monday evening to table a proposal that would have repealed the nondiscrimination ordinance and another one that would have placed it on the ballot. Under the city charter, tabling the proposal for 30 days automatically places it on the April municipal election. Read more here.

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Springfield Opponents Not Alone in Fighting Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Springfield News-Leader on November 24, 2014 springfield-missouri

Springfield, Missouri is not the only city where a nondiscrimination ordinance is being challenged. Ordinances are also being fought in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Houston, Texas. NOTE: this article also provides some historical context worth reading. Read more here.

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Ohio Pushes for Statewide Nondiscrimination Law

Associated Press on November 19, 2014 Ohio-Statehouse-450x304.jpg.pagespeed.ce.PX6sLDxdHa

Supporters of a proposed statewide policy to protect LGBT Ohioans from discrimination met with state lawmakers in Columbus this week to push for legislation that would make the changes they are seeking. Read more here.

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Coalition in Michigan Ramps up Nondiscrimination Push

mlive.com on November 19, 2014 summer6

A coalition of Michigan companies, business organizations and LGBT advocacy groups is ramping up its nondiscrimination push, hoping to break a legislative stalemate and spur lame-duck action despite long odds Read more here.

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Religious Leaders in Columbus, Ohio Support Nondiscrimination Bill

ABC6 News on November 18, 2014 COLUMBUS-OHIO

Some of Ohio’s religious leaders say discrimination is a sin. They gathered at the Statehouse Tuesday to support a nondiscrimination bill. Read more here.

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Transphobic Myths Fly in Cleveland’s Nondiscrimination Ordinance Debate

Kay Solo, All Voices on November 17, 2014 image-thumb-1118378

A provision in Cleveland, Ohio’s employment and housing protections allows private businesses to exclude transgender people from using restrooms or locker rooms in accordance with their needs.This is something a City Council committee intends to fix, and they held a hearing Wednesday to consider an ordinance correcting that exclusion. Read more here.

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Gay Couples Welcomed at the Altar But Not at the Office

Al Jazeera America on November 17, 2014 src.adapt.960.high.1416253441416

As marriage bans struck down, gay people can legally wed in a dozen states where they can also be legally fired. Ted Martin of Equality Pennsylvania is quoted. Read more here.

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Debate on Nondiscrimination Ordinance will Define Springfield

Springfield News-Leader on November 15, 2014 vfiles19930

Last week, opponents of the recently passed expansion of Springfield, Missouri’s nondiscrimination ordinance submitted a referendum petition with more than double the number of signatures required. Assuming the signatures are certified, the referendum will go before City Council on Nov. 24. Read more here.

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REPORT: 2014 Municipal Equality Index

Human Rights Campaign on November 15, 2014 2014 MEI Cover Image

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is the only nationwide rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law and policy. It examines 47 criteria related to nondiscrimination protections, relationship recognition, municipal employment, city services, law enforcement, and city leadership. Now in its third edition, the 2014 MEI rated 353 cities across the […]

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