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The NBA Took the All-Star Game Away From Charlotte. Here’s Why It Matters Time on July 24, 2016 The NBA announced Thursday that negotiations had failed. In a statement the league said it had been trying to work for months with officials in North Carolina to “foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change” concerning the controversial law known as HB2, which has been widely
Massachusetts GOP Governor Signs Transgender Rights Bill ABC News on July 8, 2016 Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill into law Friday guaranteeing that transgender people can use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. Baker said no one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their identity. Massachusetts becomes the
Here they are, the ‘enemies of equality’ for LGBT Americans Washington Post on July 7, 2016 Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans know in their bones there is a “vast right-wing conspiracy” out to deny them their humanity and dignity. A conservative cabal actively working the levers of power to block their rights. Well, now we have the evidence that one actually exi
Newark, Ohio city council passes LGBT anti-discrimination law 10TV on July 5, 2016 The city of Newark has become the latest in central Ohio to pass laws aimed at protecting the LGBT community. On Tuesday, council members unanimously passed an anti-discrimination law at the work place and for fair housing. City leaders in Newark tell 10TV the passage of Ordinance 16-18 is a big ste
The dramatic rise in state efforts to limit LGBT rights Washington Post on July 1, 2016 While the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community has become more visible and won more legal protections in recent years, state lawmakers have increased attempts to pass legislation that could restrict civil rights for LGBT people. Since 2013, legislatures have introduced 254 bills, 20 of
Judge Blocks Mississippi Law Protecting Religious Objections To Gay Marriage NPR on July 1, 2016 Almost at the last minute, a federal judge has declared a controversial Mississippi law unconstitutional. The law, HB 1523, would have protected religious objections to gay marriage, extramarital sex and transgender identities. The judge says it favors some religious beliefs over others and would co
Texarkana, Arkansas nondiscrimination ordinance defeated at the polls on Tuesday Texarkana Gazette on June 29, 2016 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 ar
Federal Judge Rules Clerks Cannot Cite Religion to Recuse From Issuing Marriage Licenses The New Civil Rights Movement on June 27, 2016 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 rule
Lakewood, Ohio adopts anti-discrimination ordinance protecting LGBT community Cleveland.com on June 21, 2016 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 educa
A GOP Congressman Is Planning An LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill — With Exceptions Buzzfeed on June 21, 2016 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 Republic