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All posts for the month April, 2015

Texas Religious Objection Bill Follows Supreme Court Hearing

ABC News on April 30, 2015 Unknown

The national debate over religious objection laws roiled again Thursday in Texas after Republican lawmakers abruptly pushed a new proposal on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing historic arguments over gay marriage. Even advocates for same-sex couples say the bill, aimed at allowing clergy members to refuse officiating marriages that violate their beliefs, […]

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South Carolina House Will Vote on Bill to Ban Anti-Gay Discrimination

Free-Times on April 30, 2015 south carolina gay marriage

Next week, the S.C. House will vote on a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in South Carolina. The bill was proposed two weeks ago by House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford in the wake of Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Act, a law that many fear would sanction discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual […]

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North Carolina Legislature’s Deadline Kills Many Bills – At Least for Now

The News & Observer on April 30, 2015 NorthCarolinaGayAbstr

Conservative legislators proposed a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” similar to one that passed in Indiana. But after opponents argued that the bill would allow discrimination against gay couples, House Speaker Tim Moore announced that the measure is dead this session. Read more here.

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Florida Senate Scuttles ‘Conscience Protection’ Bill

CBS Miami on April 30, 2015 florida-gay-marriage

TALLAHASSEE – A controversial bill that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples appears ready to die Friday with the end of the regular legislative session. House members passed the so-called “conscience protection” bill (HB 7111), but it did not reach the Senate floor before the end of the […]

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FIAT Chrysler Automobiles Joins Opposition to Michigan RFRA

Allpar News on April 29, 2015 Chrysler-Fiat

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ American unit, FCA US LLC, issued a statement late yesterday opposing Michigan’s proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Read more here.

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GUEST POST: Foundations are a Critical Voice in the Public Debate

Abby Levine, AFJ on April 29, 2015 alliance for justice

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Michigan Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Religious Objections Bill

Crain’s Detroit Business on April 28, 2015 Unknown

LANSING — Members of the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Tuesday on whether Michigan needs a law that backers say protects people’s religious freedoms and opponents say permits discrimination against gays and others. The bill appears to have little chance of passing and may not go any further in the Legislature. Republican Gov. Rick […]

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The Backlash: How the Religious Right is Conspiring to Put Discrimination Back Into Law

The Advocate on April 27, 2015 rainbow_usa_sticker_usa_sticker

In 2015, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Indiana, West Virginia, Georgia, and Wyoming have moved bills through their state legislatures that would either ban anti-discrimination laws from protecting LGBT people or legalize the so called religious-freedom exemption for private businesses to deny service to LGBT people (also known as “turn away the gays” laws). Read more here.

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Pastors Alliance: We Feel “Deeply Betrayed” by Indiana RFRA Fix

The Indianapolis Star on April 27, 2015 indiana

Changes to the initial Religious Freedom Restoration Act made it clear that it could not be used to dilute local ordinances that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Churches were divided on the issue — with many mainline denominations supporting the change and many evangelicals opposing it. Read more here.

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SGA Opposes Religious Freedom Bill in Kansas State Legislature

The Collegian on April 27, 2015 Kansas-Gay-Flag-1024x537

If Kansas Senate Bill 175 passes, it would allow religious student organizations to exercise discriminatory behavior towards other students. Read more here.

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