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All posts for the month December, 2015

Lawsuit: Fairfax, Virginia LGBT nondiscrimination policy is unlawful

Metro Weekly on December 31, 2015 Fairfax-debate

Several Fairfax County residents have filed a lawsuit against the Fairfax County School Board, alleging that the board’s decision to amend its nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression is unlawful and violates Virginia law. The lawsuit has been lodged by Andrea Lafferty, a Fairfax County resident and president of the Traditional Values Coalition, […]

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Michigan nondiscrimination amendment crosses first hurdle

Spectrum on December 30, 2015 Unknown

The Board of State Canvassers approved the petition, which is seeking to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, gender identity, sex or sexual orientation, according to Michigan Live. Fair Michigan, the organization leading the effort, will now have to get about 315,000 signatures of registered voters in the state in order to get the initiative […]

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Kentucky governor files executive orders for revised marriage licenses and more

The Lane Report on December 22, 2015 mattbevin2-240x300

Frankfort, Ky. – Governor Matt Bevin has issued five executive orders pertaining to marriage licenses, minimum wage, hiring practices within the state government, the restoration of rights to felons and an established state board. According to a press release, the following Executive Order is being filed today: •   To ensure that the sincerely held religious beliefs of all Kentuckians […]

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Norman, Oklahoma council passes LBGT protections

Fox 25 on December 22, 2015 Unknown

City council members have unanimously passed the resolution, protecting LBGT citizens from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the first city in the state to pass such protections. Read more here.

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Civil Rights Coalition Ready to Launch Education Campaign Following Failed Anti-Transgender Ballot Push

Equality California on December 21, 2015 Equality_California_logo

Los Angeles — A coalition of California civil rights and LGBT organizations said today that supporters of a proposed anti-transgender ballot initiative announced that they have failed to submit the signatures necessary to qualify it for the November, 2016 ballot. “Privacy for All”, the group behind the failed measure, needed to submit 365,880 valid signatures to the […]

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Six GOP Candidates Pledge To Sign Anti-Gay Discrimination Into Law

Think Progress on December 19, 2015 round-up--1024x579

Six of the Republican candidates vying for the presidency have signed a pledge promising to support legislation during their first 100 days in the White House that would use the guise of “religious liberty” to give individuals and businesses the right to openly discriminate against LGBT people. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, […]

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RESOURCE: Talking About Religious Exemptions Laws

Movement Advancement Project on December 18, 2015 talking-about-religious-exemptions-laws

MAP just published “Talking About Religious Exemptions Laws,” their new guide to effective conversations around harmful religious exemptions. The guide, authored by MAP and produced in partnership with the Center for American Progress and Benenson Strategy Group, is available for download at http://www.lgbtmap.org/talking-about-religious-exemptions-laws. This guide is publicly available. Feel free to share the link above […]

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Mesquite, Texas passes limited nondiscrimination ordinance

Dallas Voice on December 18, 2015 map_of_mesquite_tx

The city’s ordinance protects applicants and recruits from discrimination based on a variety of classes, including sexual orientation and sexual identity. After reading the ordinance, McDonnell, had both criticism and praise for it. “It’s always good when a city adds nondiscrimination protections,” McDonnell said. “It shows the organization is doing the right thing.” But when […]

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Virginia governor promises to veto proposed religious freedom bills targeting same-sex marriages

GayRVA on December 18, 2015 800px-LGBT_flag_map_of_Virginia.svg_

In an email sent to GayRVA, a spokesperson for Governor Terry McAuliffe (top image left) said he would veto two new bills aiming to expand religious freedoms in Virginia. “Governor McAuliffe believes legislation like this would send the wrong message to people around the globe about the climate Virginia offers businesses and families who may want […]

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Lewisburg, West Virginia nondiscrimination proposal draws hundreds, passes first test

Register Herald on December 17, 2015 GayWestVirginiaAbstr

While the exceptionally large audience for Tuesday evening’s city council meeting appeared to be evenly divided on the issue, Lewisburg officials were unanimous in passing the first reading of an ordinance barring discrimination in the municipality. The ordinance amends the city’s existing policy which established a Human Rights Commission that was created to “encourage mutual understanding […]

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