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All posts for the month February, 2015

Lobbyist Herrod: Arizona Religious Freedom Law ‘May Be Needed’

Arizona Central on February 27, 2015 GayArizonaAbstr

The head of the lobbying group behind last year’s controversial Senate Bill 1062 said Arizonans should “stay tuned” to see if similar legislation is needed to allow people to “be free to live and work according to their faith.” Continue reading here.

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Springfield, Missouri LGBT Community Fights Nondiscrimination Repeal

The Mirror on February 27, 2015 Unknown

Last October, the Springfield City Council passed City Ordinance 6141, which extended the Springfield’s nondiscrimination bill to include the LGBT community. Shortly after, members of the Springfield community signed a petition to repeal the ordinance. The decision is now left up to the voters of Springfield on April 7. This prompted the NO Repeal Campaign. […]

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Op-ed: Are You a Public Servant? Then Serve the Public

The Advocate on February 27, 2015 5088504_G

Why ‘religious liberty’ laws protecting public employees from accommodating LGBT people are truly problematic. If you’re a public servant, you don’t get to choose which parts of your job you will do and which you won’t. If an action falls within your job responsibilities and scope of duties, you have to do it unless you’ve […]

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West Virginia Lawmakers Say Bill to Prohibit Nondiscrimination Ordinances is Dead

WOWK on February 27, 2015 GayWestVirginiaAbstr

During a 2 p.m. Feb. 27 meeting of the House Government Organization Committee, members of the committee voted unanimously to indefinitely postpone House Bill 2881, which would nullify any city nondiscrimination ordinances. Continue reading here.

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Dozens Pack Public Hearing On West Virginia Bill That Would Prohibit Nondiscrimination Ordinances

WCHS on February 27, 2015 Unknown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dozens lined a public hearing Friday in the West Virginia House of Delegates’ chambers on a bill that would prohibit cities from having nondiscrimination ordinances. Most speakers were against HB 2881, or the “West Virginia Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act,” which would prohibit any local nondiscrimination ordinances stricter than state law. Continue reading […]

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North Carolina Senate Approves Opt Out for Same-sex Marriage

MetroWeekly on February 26, 2015 NCLegislature-1024x579

North Carolina’s state Senate has approved a measure which would allow court officials to opt out of performing same-sex marriages. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senate leader Phil Berger, would grant government workers the right to decline to work on a specific marriage case should a religious conflict arise, the Associated Press reports. Magistrates and […]

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West Virginia Republican’s Anti-Gay ‘Commerce’ Bill Abruptly Returned To Committee

The New Civil Rights Movement on February 26, 2015 West_Virginia_State_Capitol_Building

After an hour of heated debate on Wednesday, the West Virginia House Committee on Government Organization passed a bill that strips the right of local governments to pass or enforce non-discrimination ordinances. The vote was 16-8. Republican Rep. Lynn Arvon, Chairwoman of the committee, is the sponsor of the anti-gay legislation that she masked as […]

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Indiana Religious Freedom Bill Would Make Discrimination OK

Chicago Tribune on February 26, 2015 GayIndianaAbstr

Lawyers and judges will eventually determine the meaning and implications of the arcane legalese in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act the Indiana Senate passed this week and sent to the House of Representatives. To get a sense of what’s at stake in this legislation, folks like me must listen to its supporters and opponents. A […]

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See How Far a Onetime Enemy of Gay Equality Has Evolved

The Advocate on February 26, 2015 mike_bowersx400

Mike Bowers set the gay rights movement back 17 years. Bowers, Georgia’s former attorney general, successfully argued to the Supreme Court in 1986 that bans on consensual gay sex are constitutional. His narrowly won case — a 5-4 decision — not only repudiated private same-sex relations, it helped usher in other antigay measures, like laws […]

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A High-toned Effort to Debunk the Debunkers of a ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill

Atlanta Journal-Constitution on February 26, 2015 GAY MARRIAGE

We’ve already heard the opening arguments. Now the fight over “religious liberty” bills has veered into the expert-witness stage. Former attorney general Mike Bowers, who declared the proposals an unconstitutional and unnecessary mess, served as the star counsel for the opponents earlier this week. Last night, state Rep. Sam Teasley, R-Marietta, sent over his rejoinder […]

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