College students protest Donald Trump’s deportation plans among rising reports of bullying

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College students at campuses around the United States marched and rallied Nov. 16, urging administrators to protect students and employees against immigration action under a Donald Trump presidency.

Rallying supporters on social media with the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, organizers said actions were planned at more than 80 schools, including Vermont’s Middlebury College, where about 400 people gathered, and Yale University, where demonstrators numbered about 600.

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Edwards asks court to define state attorney general’s role

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking a Baton Rouge court to define the role of Louisiana’s attorney general – laying out what he can and can’t do in state government.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the Edwards administration’s request comes in response to Attorney General Jeff Landry’s decision to sue the governor.

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Indiana cities ask judge to dismiss LGBTQ protections suit

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Bloomington and three other Indiana cities have asked a Hamilton County judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The cities argue the conservative advocacy groups that filed the case against local human rights ordinances don’t have standing and that they’ve improperly argued hypothetical situations, the Herald-Times reported.

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Indiana city adopts transgender anti-discrimination protections

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – The Lafayette City Council has approved anti-discrimination protections for transgender people.

The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier reports council members voted unanimously Sept. 6 to add gender identity, age and veteran status to the list of protections in the city’s human relations ordinance. The ordinance already covered complaints about housing, employment and accommodations based on race, sex, religion, color, disability, familial status and national origin.

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Gov. Christie: NBA move of All-Star game ‘grandstanding’

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the NBA’s decision to move its All-Star Game from Charlotte because of a law limiting anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people was “grandstanding.”

Christie made the remarks while co-hosting the WFAN “Boomer and Carton” morning radio show Aug. 5.

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Brevard Schools anti-discrimination protections headed to final vote

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Despite a strong showing from the hate group Liberty Counsel and a speaker being carried out by police, updated anti-discrimination protections for the Brevard County School District are moving toward a final vote.

At the May 24 special meeting, the board voted 3-2 to set a hearing for July 19, where the board will vote on a proposed overhaul to their anti-discrimination policy, which would add protections for LGBT students and staff. Board members John Craig and Karen Henderson were the dissenting votes.

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LGBT leader Chris Sgro appointed to North Carolina House

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — The leader of gay-rights group Equality North Carolina is now a North Carolina House member days before the General Assembly reconvenes with a new law addressing LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances a likely topic.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Chris Sgro of Greensboro April 14. State law obligated the governor to appoint Sgro, the choice of Guilford County Democrats to fill the unexpired term of the late Rep. Ralph Johnson.

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Arkansas cities push against laws deemed anti-gay

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Little Rock, Ark. (AP) – After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections.

The moves range from one city asking voters whether to defy a state law placing limits on local anti-discrimination ordinances to others expanding their own hiring policies to include sexual orientation and gender orientation. The state’s largest city of Little Rock is considering whether to require all its contractors to include anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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25 gay rights activists arrested in Idaho Capitol protest

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Boise, Idaho (AP) – Gay rights activists once again returned to the Idaho Capitol to protest lawmakers’ refusal to pass anti-discrimination protections, this time by refusing to leave the state’s bill-drafting offices.

Idaho State Police made 25 arrests, including six people who were arrested twice, March 16 for trespassing in the Statehouse. Protesters staged three different demonstrations March 16.

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23 demonstrators arrested during protest at Idaho Senate and House chambers

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Boise (AP) – Police arrested roughly two dozen gay rights activists March 2 after protesters refused to leave the Idaho Senate and House chambers in an attempt to pressure lawmakers into passing anti-discrimination protections.

Idaho State Police said they arrested 23 people on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, two of whom were juveniles.

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