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Republicans Reject Recognition of LGBT Terror Victims in Party Platform

This post originally published by MotherJones. Cleveland’s Tower City Center is decorated for the impending visit of the Republican Convention site selection committee in 2006. Mark Duncan/AP Rachel Hoff, a delegate to the Republican National Convention from the District of Columbia, begged her fellow delegates drafting the party’s platform in …

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Marriage equality plaintiff will testify before Congress today

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Jim Obergefell AP Photo/Andrew Harnik One month after the mass shooting in Orlando at a gay nightclub, congressional Republicans are holding a committee hearing to discuss legalizing discrimination against LGBT people. Despite repeated calls from fellow lawmakers, activists, and civil rights organizations, chairman …

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White House calls ‘religious freedom’ hearing ‘disturbing’

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. The White House has slammed the upcoming congressional hearing on religious freedom. (Blade file photo by Michael Key) Tuesday’s congressional hearing on a federal “religious freedom” bill that would enable anti-LGBT discrimination is “disturbing,” a White House spokesperson said Monday. Jeff Tiller, a White …

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Haters gonna hate: GOP platform calls for end to marriage equality

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. The 2016 GOP convention will happen in Cleveland, Ohio. Bil Browning Lest you think the Republican Party has somehow evolved, now that the GOP has removed the plank that since 2004 has called for a constitutional amendment to declare marriage as between “one …

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Missouri GOP candidates for Governor address LGBT issues in debate

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press · Monday, July 11, 2016 SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri‘s four Republican candidates for governor are weighing in on national and state policies that would affect LGBT people amid nationwide discussions that gained …

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Dems enhance 2016 platform language on int’l LGBT rights

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Dems enhanced language in the Democratic platform in favor of international LGBT rights. (Image of the rainbow flag by torbakhopper; courtesy Flickr. Image of the Democratic Party donkey by TheHoosierState89; courtesy of Wikipedia) Democrats over the weekend enhanced a platform already hailed …

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Donald Trump is hands off as GOP debates LGBTQ platform issues

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Monday, May 2, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) The Republican Party is preparing to approve a new party platform, as they do every four years, and tensions are high …

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North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ laws complicate race for Governor

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected claims by GOP leaders that North Carolina‘s attorney general — a Democrat running for governor — won’t adequately defend a state law that lets magistrates refuse to perform …

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70 groups seek cancellation of ‘religious freedom’ hearing

This post originally published by the Washington Blade. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) chairs the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) A coalition of 70 groups — as well as Log Cabin Republicans in a separate initiative — are seeking cancellation of an upcoming …

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Massachusetts legislators reach compromise on trans rights bill

This post originally published by LGBTQ Nation. Bil Browning BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House and Senate negotiators reached agreement Wednesday on a bill to expand anti-discrimination protections for the state’s transgender residents and allow them to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identities. The compromise announced …

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