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All posts for the month February, 2016

Missouri’s SJR 39, Anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment, Is Moving Quickly In the Senate

The Missouri Times on February 29, 2016 GayMissouriAbstr

St. Louis — Yesterday, Sen. Bob Onder’s SJR 39 was voted out of the Seniors, Families and Children Committee. SJR 39 would create a constitutional amendment for a public, statewide vote, that would allow businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. SJR 39 would prohibit the state from penalizing religious institutions, […]

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Here’s How a Tennessee Bill Could Allow Counselors to Turn Away Gay Clients

WUTC on February 29, 2016 gay-29

Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson has introduced a bill that would allow counselors to turn down potential clients if the client’s goals, outcomes, or behavior conflicts with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor.  Some say the bill is really about allowing counselors to discriminate against gays and lesbians, but Senator Johnson disagrees. Read more here.

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After LGBT vote, North Carolina House speaker says lawmakers will ‘correct this radical course’

Charlotte Observer on February 23, 2016 Charlotte-Bathrooms-x400

After Charlotte’s City Council expanded its protection of gay and transgendered people, N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore said Tuesday that lawmakers will take steps “to correct this radical course.” The most controversial part of a new anti-discrimination ordinance would allow transgender people to use either a men’s or women’s bathroom, depending on the gender with […]

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Charlotte City Council approves LGBT protections in 7-4 vote

Charlotte Observer on February 22, 2016 Charlotte-Bathrooms-x400

After more than three hours of impassioned public comment Monday night, Charlotte City Council approved new legal protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people – a decision that will likely provoke a battle with the General Assembly, which could nullify the city’s historic vote. Council members approved expanding the city’s existing nondiscrimination ordinance in a […]

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Georgia Senate Approves ‘License to Discriminate’

The Advocate on February 19, 2016 GAY MARRIAGE

Following an afternoon full of heated debate, the Georgia Senate approved sweeping legislationthat purports to protect individuals and faith-based organizations that oppose marriage equality. The final vote saw 38 senators vote in favor of the bill and 14 against it. The bill now goes back to the House for a final vote — if passed again, […]

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NEW REPORT: Beyond Same-sex Marriage: Attitudes on LGBT Nondiscrimination Laws and Religious Exemptions

Public Religion Research Institute on February 19, 2016 unnamed

As states across the country prepare for legislative battles around LGBT nondiscrimination and religious exemption laws, PRRI’s new report finds that 71 percent of Americans — including majorities in all 50 states and 30 major metropolitan areas — support laws that would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination in jobs, housing, and […]

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New Houston LGBT chamber of commerce forms

Houston Business Journal on February 19, 2016 gay-texas-1

“There’s an LGBT chamber of commerce in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas,” Wallace said. “Yet we don’t have one in Houston. Being one of the largest cities in the country, we need a chamber.” The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce will have a soft launch Feb. 24, as part of a joint event with […]

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Jacksonville, Florida LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation Withdrawn

Human Rights Campaign on February 19, 2016 florida-gay-marriage

Last night, the Jacksonville City Council voted to withdraw a bill that would have updated the existing Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) to include LGBT residents. Immediately following, the city council voted to withdraw legislation opposed by HRC and our allies that would have put LGBT civil rights up for referendum on the August 2016 Primary […]

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Indiana Just Refused to Pass Even the Most Basic of LGBT Civil Rights Bills

Towleroad on February 19, 2016 GayIndianaAbstr

Indiana lawmakers on Thursday failed to pass even the most basic of LGBT civil rights bill that would have protected Hoosiers from work-place discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Indiana has struggled with LGBT rights since Governor Mike Pence signed into law the heinous Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) last year, effectively […]

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Virginia Nondiscrimination Bill Discriminates, Passes House of Delegates

Law Street Media on February 18, 2016 images

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Tuesday to grant protections for private businesses holding religious views that refuse service to gay and transgender individuals, along with individuals who have sex outside of marriage. But House Bill 773, titled the Government Non-Discrimination Act, does exactly the opposite of its intended purpose, at least depending on […]

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