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Tennessee Becomes Latest State To Use “Religious Liberty” As A Justification For LGBT Discrimination

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HB 1840 allows mental health professionals to refuse service to LGBT persons based on a “sincerely held religious belief” Tennessee state lawmakers Wednesday afternoon passed HB 1840, a bill that would effectively allow mental health professionals to refuse service to anyone based on the “religious liberty” of the counselor, therapist, or …

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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Signs HB 1523 Into Law, Clears Way For Legalized Discrimination Of LGBT Persons

LGBT Equal Rights Activists demonstrate outside of Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant's State of the State Address

HB 1523, “Religious Liberty Accommodation Act” officially signed into law, as governor indicated he would do last week Allows state employees, corporations, individuals, healthcare providers, and nonprofit organizations to use religion as a justification for discrimination Mississippi’s governor Phil Bryant has officially signed House Bill 1523 into law Tuesday, paving …

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Gov. Pat McCrory Calls NY Ban On State Travel To NC “Political Theater”

Protesters held a rally on Thursday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in Charlotte, N.C. (Credit: Travis Dove for The New York Times)

After a long holiday weekend, advocacy groups working against anti-LGBT legislatures, including the ACLU and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo began action against North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory for signing a ban on anti-discriminatory legislation into law. On Monday, Governor Cuomo released a statement and executive order banning non-essential travel …

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A Senior Justice Department Official Believes Children As Young As 3 Can Represent Themselves In Immigration Court

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Jack Weil, a Virginia-based senior official in the U.S. Justice Department, shocked many in his testimony in a Seattle federal court by repeatedly arguing that young children as young as 3 or 4 can be taught to represent themselves in immigration court.  Weil was deposed by the ACLU after the Justice Department recommended …

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Medical Negligence At ICE Detention Centers Lead To Death And Suicide

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In a horrifying report titled “Fatal Neglect: How ICE Ignores Death In Detention” released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union, Detention Watch Network, and National Immigrant Justice Center, facts seem to show that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency does not meet basic standards to sustain human life at their detainment …

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Mentally Ill Inmate Boiled To Death By Officers, Death Ruled Accidental After 3 Year Investigation

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Three and a half years after the death of Darren Rainey in June 2012, an African-American inmate serving a two year cocaine charge in Dade County, the state has finally released its highly anticipated autopsy report. Rainey’s death was ruled as “accidental,” but the state has been accused of a large-scale …

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