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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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Private Sector Strikes Back Against North Carolina’s Bigotry: PayPal To Abandon 400-Job Expansion In The State

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Global currency exchange company announces Tuesday morning it would be abandoning plans for a global operations center in Charlotte “Unequivocal” that its decision was made because of the state’s passage of HB2 When Governor Pat McCrory signed HB2 into law, a sweepingly discriminatory law against the LGBT community essentially blocking …

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New Anti-LGBT Legislation In Mississippi Says Marriage Can Only Be Defined Between Man And Woman And That Women Can Be Fired For “Sex-Specific Standards”

Dozens of demonstrators took to the Capitol steps Tuesday during a Human Rights Campaign protest of HB1523.  Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger

House and Senate have passed HB 1523, “Religious Liberty Accommodation Act”  Allows state employees, corporations, individuals, healthcare providers, and nonprofit organizations to use religion as a justification for discrimination  In the wake of North Carolina’s outrageous legislation outlawing LGBT protections and prohibiting cities or towns from enacting stricter guidelines, newly …

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Minnesota Republican State Rep Glenn Guenhagen Thinks LGBT Persons Are “Mentally Ill” And Should “Receive Treatment”

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Sponsors bill forcing transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their ‘biological sex’  Said LGBT persons should ‘receive treatment’ instead of legal protections  A Minnesota Republican state representative named Glenn Gruenhagen has sponsored a bill which would force transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their “biological sex” instead of their identified gender. …

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SCOTUS Quickly Publishes Summary Decision Reversing Alabama Supreme Court’s Refusal To Recognize Adoption For Same-Sex Couples

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The Supreme Court quickly weighed in Monday morning to reaffirm the legality of same-sex relationships and adoption rights, issuing a summary decision reversing the Alabama Supreme Court, which had repeatedly refused to recognize a same-sex’s couples legal adoption from a different state. The decision was seen as a matter of legal …

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Georgia Senate Passes Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill; Mississippi House Advances Anti-Gay Legislation

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On Friday, the Republican-majority Georgia Senate passed a bill to allow legal discrimination of gays and lesbians as part of “religious freedom.”  The bill, which passed 38 to 14 along party lines, would allow for faith-based organizations to refuse service to same-sex couples. The bill, which is a hybrid of …

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Indiana One Step Closer To Passing Hate Crime Bill

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Indiana Senate Bill 220 passed the senate 34-16 and will now advance to the state House. This bill would offer the possibility of judges to impose harsher sentences to convicted criminals whose actions targeted victims based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, disability, national origin, ancestry or sexual orientation. Indiana …

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