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All posts for the month June, 2016

Texarkana, Arkansas nondiscrimination ordinance defeated at the polls on Tuesday

Texarkana Gazette on June 29, 2016 arkansas

The Texarkana, Ark., antidiscrimination ordinance, popularly known as M-130, was defeated at the polls on Tuesday. Soundly. The vote was just over 3,400 to repeal the ordinance with only 881 voting to keep it. That’s a landslide by anyone’s reckoning. Those who led the repeal effort are happy. They even held a celebration Tuesday night. Understandable. They […]

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Federal Judge Rules Clerks Cannot Cite Religion to Recuse From Issuing Marriage Licenses

The New Civil Rights Movement on June 27, 2016 GayMississippiAbstr

A federal judge has judge clerks in Mississippi cannot cite their religious beliefs as valid reasons to recuse themselves from granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The case was argued by Roberta Kaplan, who won the historic Supreme Court DOMA case. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeve ruled Monday afternoon, preventing the State of Mississippi from allowing HB 1523, […]

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Lakewood, Ohio adopts anti-discrimination ordinance protecting LGBT community

Cleveland.com on June 21, 2016 GayOhioAbstr

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — City Council Monday unanimously passed an ordinance expanding the city’s nondiscrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. The ordinance aims to ensure that everyone has equal access to employment, housing, public accommodations, and education, according to its supporters. Alana Jochum, executive director of Equality Ohio, which urged its adoption, told council […]

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A GOP Congressman Is Planning An LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill — With Exceptions

Buzzfeed on June 21, 2016 rainbow_usa_sticker_usa_sticker

Republican Congressman Charlie Dent told BuzzFeed News on Tuesday that he plans to introduce a bill as soon as July to ban LGBT discrimination in certain settings — with some exceptions for people of faith. The Pennsylvania representative predicted his legislation could win support in the Republican-controlled Congress — unlike a bill from Democrats that […]

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Jackson, Mississippi council adds LGBT protections to law

The Clarion-Ledger on June 15, 2016 GayMississippiAbstr

All seven Jackson City Council members raised their hands Tuesday evening in support of a new comprehensive anti-discrimination policy that also prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Passing the agenda item was a breeze, much less contentious than a sign ordinance, purchasing a van for $1, even less controversial than deciding when public comments should be held within the […]

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HB2 changes could emerge soon, NC House Democrat says

News & Observer on June 11, 2016 NorthCarolinaGayAbstr

With weeks left in the legislative session, lawmakers could take action to tweak House Bill 2 without changing its main provision on transgender bathroom use. Rep. Darren Jackson, a Knightdale Democrat and vocal opponent of HB2, said Saturday that he’s seen an outline of proposed legislation that could emerge this week. According to Jackson, the […]

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Kansas Senate GOP Passes Resolution to Sue, Condemn Obama Over Trans Guidance, Fails to Fund Schools

The New Civil Rights Movement on June 2, 2016 Kansas-Gay-Flag-1024x537

Kansas Senate Republicans spent their final day of this year’s session by passing a resolution, 30-8, condemning President Obama for his administration’s guidance to schools to not discriminate against transgender students, while deciding to not act to increase funding to schools despite the state Supreme Court’s ruling last week that current levels are not just illegal, […]

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Cleveland Council Poised To Vote Soon On Transgender Restroom Bill

Buzzfeed on June 2, 2016 GayOhioAbstr

The Cleveland City Council could vote as soon as Monday on legislation that would protect transgender people’s right to use restrooms that match their gender identity in restaurants, theaters, and other places of public accommodation, Council President Kevin Kelley told BuzzFeed News. In doing so, Ohio’s second-largest city could wade into a scorching national debate […]

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Massachusetts poised to become 19th state banning trans discrimination

MSNBC on June 1, 2016 GayMassachusettsAbstr

The Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to ban discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of gender identity, positioning the Bay State one step closer to joining 18 others in offering broad civil rights protections to the LGBT community. Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled state House voted 116-36 to approve the measure, which will protect transgender […]

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