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All posts for the month January, 2015

Virginia’s Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill Tabled

Metro Weekly on January 30, 2015 EV_Square_SM

House panel rejects Bob Marshall’s bill, but also tables measures on fair housing, employment A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee dealt the LGBT community in the commonwealth a rare bit of good news after the eight-person panel rejected a bill patroned by Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas Park, Sudley, Bull Run), a longtime foe of the […]

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Idaho: House Committee Halts Bill Banning Discrimination Against Gays

New York Times on January 30, 2015 Gay Idaho pd

Idaho lawmakers voted Thursday to halt a bill that would create protections for gay and lesbian people, siding with the concerns of religious freedom supporters. The House State Affairs Committee, made up of the Legislature’s most conservative lawmakers, voted, 13 to 4, to hold the bill in committee and prevent it from moving onto the […]

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Days after Mormon Church Endorses Some LGBT protections, LDS Lawmakers in Idaho Vote Against Them

Washington Post on January 30, 2015 temple

Idaho was the first test of how much influence the church’s endorsement will have on Mormon lawmakers, and there is more ahead. Nondiscrimination legislation has been introduced in the Book of Mormon Belt states of Arizona, Utah and Wyoming. Two of these bills are sponsored by Mormons — Arizona Rep. Ed Ableser (R) and Utah […]

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Openly Gay Utah Senator Releases Short Nondiscrimination Bill

Gay Salt Lake on January 29, 2015 DabakisJim_960x360-620x233

Openly gay Utah Sen. James Dabakis (D-Salt Lake City) has sponsored a very simple bill that would add the words “sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression” to Utah’s existing public accommodations nondiscrimination act that currently protects race, color, sex, religion, ancestry and national origin. Senate Bill 99 was introduced Wednesday with a zero-dollar fiscal […]

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Marriage Isn’t Everything—Here Are the LGBT Civil Rights Battles That Still Need to be Fought

Take Part on January 29, 2015 GayIssues640

“The fact is that it’s a patchwork and incomplete. There is no federal overall legislation,” said Rebecca Isaacs, executive director of Equality Federation. This is why Equality Federation, along with dozens of other LGBT advocacy groups, kicked off the #DiscriminationExists education campaign on Monday. The weeklong effort aims to promote the passage of nondiscrimination laws […]

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf : “Send me a bill. I want to sign it.”

Equality Pennsylvania on January 29, 2015 fbookmeta

Yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf stopped by our #DiscriminationExists business networking breakfast in Harrisburg and he had a few interesting things to say about ending discrimination. Gov. Wolf let the legislators know that, “Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, conservative or liberal, this stuff is smart. If you want a strong economy, you want strong […]

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Hawaii Becomes Latest State to Introduce 2015 Religious Freedom Legislation

Equality Federation on January 29, 2015 images

On January 28, 2015, Hawaii introduced H.B. 1160, which prohibits the State or any county from burdening any person’s right to exercise religion absent that burden being the least restrictive means of furthering a compelling governmental interest. Hawaii is the sixth state to introduce religious freedom legislation in 2015, following Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Utah, and […]

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Mormon Church Wants Freedom to Discriminate

New York Times on January 28, 2015 temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held a rare news conference in Salt Lake City today that is drawing headlines about a supposedly new, accommodating stand on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. The Mormon church is now willing, news accounts says, to support anti-discrimination legislation in the realms of housing and […]

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Businesses Should Treat Transgender Policies as Good Business in 2015

Time Magazine on January 28, 2015 Unknown

The transgender community was in spotlight this year in a way it never has been before, marking 2015 as a year of enlightenment and attempted understanding—at least in the entertainment world. As pop culture comes around to acknowledging transgender people, businesses need to catch up. In terms of actual equality, or even protection, we have […]

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#‎DiscriminationExists‬

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