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All posts for the month May, 2015

Georgia Religious Freedom Bill Will Return Next Year

Marietta Daily Journal on May 30, 2015 GAY MARRIAGE

MARIETTA — The Marietta state lawmaker who filed a controversial “religious liberty” bill for a second straight year in Georgia’s Legislature said Friday he expects lawmakers to grapple with the issue again in January. State Rep. Sam Teasley, R-Marietta, filed his bill in both the 2014 and 2015 legislative sessions, but the legislation did not […]

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RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT: Messaging, Messaging, Messaging

Andy Garcia on May 29, 2015

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LaPorte County, Indiana Aims to Undo Damage of Religious Freedom Law

NWI.com on May 29, 2015 551b369c7a867.preview-620

LAPORTE | LaPorte County has joined Lake County in taking steps to repair economic damage from the national outcry over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The action is in response to a request from the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, which wants all 92 counties to adopt similar measures, to prevent additional businesses from leaving the […]

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Unfazed by Boycotts, Indiana Won’t Even Study LGBT Protections

Governing on May 29, 2015 GayIndianaAbstr

Lawmakers on Thursday released some 40 topics they plan to study before the General Assembly returns to the Statehouse in 2016. But notably not on the committee’s list is adding statewide Civil Rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers. Read more here.

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Texas Anti-Gay Measures and HIV Criminalization Bill Fail

Metro Weekly on May 29, 2015 gay-texas-1

Despite some last-minute legal wrangling, the Texas legislature failed to pass several anti-gay measures as of the May 27 final deadline for passing any bills that lawmakers wish to see enacted into law. This year’s legislative session ends on June 1. The Texas House of Representatives failed to pass a measure that would have prevented […]

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North Carolina Governor Vetoes ‘License To Discriminate’ Bill

Think Progress on May 29, 2015 5088504_G

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has vetoed a bill that would have allowed state officials to refuse to officiate marriages. The legislation (SB 2), which passed in the House on Thursday having previously passed in the Senate back in February, would have allowed state magistrates to opt out of conducting marriage ceremonies based on […]

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ANALYSIS: This is the Backlash We Expected and It Ain’t Over

Andy Garcia, Program Manager on May 28, 2015

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North Carolina’s McCrory to Veto Same-Sex Marriage Opt Out for Magistrates

WRAL on May 28, 2015 NorthCarolinaGayAbstr

RALEIGH, N.C. — Within hours of the House giving final approval to a bill that would allow magistrates and other public officials to refuse to perform marriages for religious reasons, Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that he would veto the measure. Senate Bill 2 would allow magistrates and employees of county register of deeds offices who object […]

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RESERVE YOUR COPIES NOW: Messaging Guides and Reports

Movement Advancement Project on May 28, 2015 public

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North Carolina Legislature Votes To Let Court Officials Opt Out Of Same-Sex Marriages

BuzzFeed News on May 28, 2015 5088504_G

In a largely partisan 67-43 landslide, the North Carolina House gave final approval to a bill Thursday to let court officials recuse themselves from performing marriages and issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds. The bill, which was passed by the Senate months ago, now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature. […]

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