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All posts for the month March, 2015

Springfield, Missouri’s Gay Rights Question: 10 Things to Know Before You Vote

Springfield News-Leader on March 31, 2015 Unknown

In any campaign, but especially one on such a polarizing topic as gay rights, many claims are made and questions asked. Sorting through it all can be difficult. Here are 10 common questions or claims that have surfaced repeatedly in the discussion of the antidiscrimination law and answers researched by the News-Leader.

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Arkansas Legislature Copies Indiana, Passes Controversial Religious Freedom Bill

Huffington Post on March 31, 2015 Unknown

Arkansas passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to an Indiana law that has faced national backlash for legalizing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The bill cleared the Arkansas Legislature and now heads to the governor’s desk, where it is expected to be signed. Read more here.

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Governor Pence, Fix ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Now

Indy Star on March 31, 2015 635633567670670959-G9DACF488.1

Editorial: We are at a critical moment in Indiana’s history. And much is at stake. Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality […]

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Why North Carolina’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill is Worse than Indiana’s

Institute for Southern Studies on March 31, 2015 NorthCarolinaGayAbstr

Just as Indiana’s law was gaining national infamy, North Carolina lawmakers introduced matching Religious Freedom Restoration Act bills in the state House and Senate — and according to legal scholars, the legislation introduced last week could pose an even greater threat than Indiana’s to civil rights. Read more here.

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Freedom Indiana Introduces Legislative Proposal to Protect LGBT Hoosiers from Discrimination

Freedom Indiana on March 30, 2015 FreedomIndianaLogo

“Governor Pence can’t answer the question, but we can,” said Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair. “It’s clear the RFRA, which has attracted so much local and national attention, is doing considerable damage to our state. Freedom Indiana is ready with a proactive legislative solution that will demonstrate our commitment to fair treatment for all […]

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Video: Angie’s List Halts $40 million, 1000 Job Expansion in Indiana

Indy Star on March 28, 2015 GayIndianaAbstr

Angie’s List pulls Indiana building project over potentially discriminatory “Religious Freedom” law The continuing blowback over Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law hit home Saturday, with Indianapolis-based Angie’s List announcing it is canceling a $40 million headquarters expansion. The decision is a direct result of passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, co-founder and chief executive […]

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Montana House Refuses To Follow Other Red States Down The “Religious Freedom” Rabbit Hole

Politics USA on March 28, 2015 gay-Montana

After a heated floor debate, the Montana House failed to pass a “religious freedom” bill, deadlocking on a 50-50 vote, effectively defeating House Bill 615 on Friday. H.B. 615, sponsored by Rep. Karl Glimm (R-Kila), would have placed a legislative referendum on the November 2016 ballot that, if approved by voters, would have legalized discrimination, […]

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“Religious Freedom” Bills Are the Newest Front in the War on LGBT Americans

Policy Mic on March 27, 2015 mapper

This June, advocates for civil marriage equality will likely celebrate their greatest, and final, victory. The Supreme Court will hand down decisions regarding four cases that may finally settle the issue of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in the United States. Organizations dedicated to universal marriage equality are already planning a victory lap. “Assuming […]

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Transgender in Cincinnati: Ashton Dotson gets a job

Cincinnati.com on March 27, 2015 cincinatti

One reason that William Mechley has successfully managed the Skyline Chili in Delhi rests on his skill in hiring. One day in November, a young man waited on a counter stool for a job interview while Mechley observed the candidate’s joking, eager manner. He invited Ashton Dotson past the coney-bun steamers and the bins of […]

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NFL ‘studying implications’ of Indiana religious freedom bill

Indy Star on March 27, 2015 nfl

A year after potential action by the National Football League hung over Arizona’s veto of a religious freedom bill, an NFL spokesman said Friday the league is “studying” Indiana’s religious freedom law. “We do not have a comment at this time,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “We are in the process of studying the law […]

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