Same-sex marriage plaintiff backs ex-Ohio governor for Senate seat

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The lead plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit that led to legal gay marriage nationwide is endorsing the Democratic challenger to Ohio senator Rob Portman, despite Portman’s dramatic position reversal in favor of same-sex unions.

James Obergefell told The Associated Press Dec. 14 he’s backing ex-Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in next year’s closely watched U.S. Senate contest.

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Indiana chamber backs statewide gay rights protections

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Less than a year after big business helped pressure Indiana Republicans to scale back their contentious new religious objections law, the state’s powerful business lobby has decided that step wasn’t enough.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the voice of the state’s business establishment, called Nov. 5 for Republican Gov. Mike Pence and the GOP-controlled Legislature to extend the state’s civil rights protections to bar discrimination against people based on their LGBT status.

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Republican Senator backs ENDA, test vote today

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Proponents of a gay rights bill gained crucial support in the Senate on Monday as a Nevada Republican announced he backed the measure because “discrimination must not be tolerated under any circumstance.”

Hours before a test vote, Sen. Dean Heller expressed his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, joining all 55 members of the Democratic majority and four other Republican senators. Heller’s expected vote ensures that Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will be able to collect the 60 votes necessary to move ahead on the legislation with the goal of passing it by week’s end.

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