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All posts for the month July, 2015

The Need for Full Federal LGBT Equality: Discrimination in the Workplace

Human Rights Campaign on July 31, 2015 hrc_symbol_sm

Currently, LGBT Americans are subject to great uncertainty and potential discrimination in the workplace. Only 19 states and D.C. explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. Of the LGBT Americans who have experienced discrimination, 47 percent reported experiencing discrimination in the workplace. Last week, HRC endorsed The Equality Act, a comprehensive federal […]

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MAP: Current Statewide Nondiscrimination Protections

Freedom For All Americans on July 31, 2015 unnamed

We often wonder what’s the best way to represent statewide LGBT nondiscrimination protections on a single map (and we love maps). Our friends at Freedom For All Americans have come up with this great map, which highlights the 16 states in red (plus DC) with sexual orientation and gender identity protections, the 3 states in blue […]

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Martinsburg, West Virginia Considers Expansion of Nondiscrimination Law

WOWK on July 30, 2015 GayWestVirginiaAbstr

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – Martinsburg City Council members are considering adding sexual orientation to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance. Media outlets report that the council voted unanimously Wednesday night to authorize the city attorney to draft an ordinance granting job and other protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Fairness West Virginia had requested the […]

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STRATEGY: How We Won Marriage: 10 Lessons Learned

Marc Solomon, National Campaign Director, Freedom to Marry on July 30, 2015 unnamed

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Indiana Convention’s CEO Calls for Broader LGBT Protections

WLFI on July 30, 2015 pride-festival2

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The CEO of a massive gamers’ convention that threatened to leave Indiana earlier this year over a divisive religious objections law said Thursday that organizers are “shopping the show” to other cities and could relocate if lawmakers don’t expand protections for gays and lesbians. Read more here.

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The “First Amendment Defense Act” Is The Next Attack on LGBT Rights

Media Matters for America on July 28, 2015 MMFALogo

In response to the Supreme Court’s historic marriage equality ruling, conservative media has endorsed a newly proposed federal bill called the “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA). Though conservatives have touted FADA as an effort to protect religious liberty, critics warn the bill would undermine the government’s ability to combat anti-gay discrimination. Continue reading here.

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Texas Supreme Court Suspends Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

Human Rights Campaign on July 27, 2015 Houston-HERO-565x372

The Texas Supreme Court suspended the enforcement of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) and ordered the Houston City Council to repeal the ordinance or place it up for a vote in the November city elections. Read more here.

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From Mississippi: No Sacrifice of Religion in Selling Cake

The Clarion-Ledger on July 27, 2015 GayMississippiAbstr

I am proud to be from Mississippi, where my Southern hospitality and Christian faith are strong. I take great pride in having the freedom to be who I am and living in our great nation made up of many different kinds of people who believe many different things. I may not agree with everything that […]

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San Antonio, Texas Nondiscrimination Law Safe For Now

San Antonio Express News on July 24, 2015 gay-texas-1

Opponents of San Antonio’s nondiscrimination ordinance said they’re encouraged by Friday’s court ruling that will force Houston to rescind a similar measure or take it to voters. Foes of the San Antonio law passed in 2013 said the Texas Supreme Court ruling reaffirms their stance that voters should decide the matter, not just City Council. […]

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Chattanooga, Tennessee Nondiscrimination Ordinance Clears Final Hurdle and Challenge

Times Free Press on July 22, 2015 Chattanooga,_Tennessee_Skyline

Before a full room, and a row of people holding signs that said “protect our privacy” and “political correctness gone amuck,” Chattanooga’s nondiscrimination ordinance cleared its last hurdle and challenge Tuesday. The ordinance, which aims to protect gay, lesbian and transgender city employees from being discriminated against or harassed based on their sexual orientation or […]

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