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All posts for the month June, 2015

Anti-Gay Legislation Pushed at State Level Ahead of SCOTUS Decision

Aljazeera America on June 25, 2015

“The most extreme of these bills are blatantly and obviously unconstitutional,” said Chris Stoll, senior staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a San Francisco-based non-profit that is co-counsel in the marriage equality case out of Tennessee that is among those the Supreme Court is considering. “These bills are being proposed in advance […]

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17 School Districts Debunk Right-Wing Lies About Protections For Transgender Students

MediaMatter for America on June 24, 2015 Unknown

The collective experience of 17 U.S. school districts has shattered the right-wing myth that says prohibiting discrimination against transgender students causes confusion and inappropriate behavior. Years after implementing their own anti-discrimination policies, none of the schools have experienced any problems. Media Outlets Have Promoted Myths About The Effect Of Non-Discrimination Protections For Transgender Students Several States Have Adopted Non-Discrimination Laws To Protect Transgender Students. States across the […]

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TALKING POINTS: Harnessing the Momentum from the SCOTUS Ruling for Nondiscrimination

Mark Snyder on June 24, 2015 11170342_806712836073369_9155546992862080543_n

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After Same-Sex Marriage, Then What?

The Atlantic on June 24, 2015 lead_960

The preponderance of data on gay rights today suggests that most Americans do not just support specific policies about same-sex marriage or nondiscrimination; they have embraced underlying values of full equal treatment under the law and equal access to opportunities. And if that is the great principle that has been decided by the decades-long culture […]

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BEST PRACTICE: Thanks from Equality Ohio

Equality Ohio on June 24, 2015 Unknown

We won. That’s right! Bexley just passed nondiscrimination protection covering sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in employment, access to housing, and public accommodations. Huzzah! And some SHOUT OUTS are in order: THANK YOU Jenn Moffitt and Jerra Knicely Your courage in standing up with dignity and strength has been amazing. and THANK YOU, Bexley City […]

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NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES: Freedom Massachusetts

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition on June 24, 2015 unnamed

There’s no place for discrimination in Massachusetts, Fran. That’s why today, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition is proud to stand alongside our allies and leading businesses across the state to launch Freedom Massachusetts—the bipartisan campaign to ensure transgender Bay Staters are treated equally under the law.  As a leader in transgender rights and advocacy, MTPC […]

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Bexley, Ohio City Council Pass Nondiscrimination Ordinance

10TV on June 23, 2015 GayOhioAbstr

BEXLEY, Ohio – Tears of joy fell down the cheeks of Jenn Moffitt and Jerra Knicely Tuesday night inside Bexley City Hall. Their four-month fight was finally over. Bexley City Council had just approved a non-discrimination ordinance, meaning businesses cannot discriminate against customers on the basis of sexual orientation.  Read more here.

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IBM Punishes Louisiana For Governor’s Anti-Gay Executive Order

Think Progress on June 21, 2015 louisiana1

When Louisiana state lawmakers were considering the so-called “Marriage and Conscience Act,” a bill that would have provided “religious liberty” protections for anybody who discriminates against same-sex couples, they didn’t see the same kind of national backlash as Indiana did when it considered a similar pro-discrimination bill earlier this year. But one company, IBM, made […]

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North Carolina Judge Doesn’t Expect Opt-Outs on Gay Weddings

The Robesonian on June 20, 2015 5088504_G

LUMBERTON — Despite a North Carolina state law that will allow magistrates and some employees in county Register of Deeds offices to decline to issue marriage licenses or perform marriages conflicting with their religious beliefs, Robeson County’s chief District Court judge believes business will be as usual here. “It hasn’t been an issue here yet. […]

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Indiana Governor Announces Re-Election Bid, Addresses RFRA Controversy

ABC-21 on June 19, 2015 GayIndianaAbstr

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence formally announced his re-election campaign at the Indiana Republican’s annual spring dinner Thursday night. During the announcement, Pence fired back at criticisms of his administration, especially those that surfaced from Indiana passing the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last spring. “Indiana won’t tolerate discrimination against anyone. It violates who we […]

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