Sen. Kaine introduces bill to protect LGBTQ kids from child abuse

By : Chris Johnson Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced legislation on April 9 for the first time ever that seeks to protect LGBTQ kids from child abuse.

The Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act seeks to prevent the mistreatment of LGBTQ youth. According to a 2011 analysis from the National Institutes for Health, LGBTQ youth are 3.8 times to face sexual abuse and 1.2 times more likely to face parental physical abuse.

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Massachusetts House approves ‘gay conversion therapy’ ban

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BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” for minors.

The bill passed on a 137-14 vote Wednesday.

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Democrats defend LGBT people against GOP attack in Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans and Democrats clashed July 12 over legislation the GOP described as upholding religious freedom and Democrats insisted was discriminatory, with no sign of consensus.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a three-hour hearing to consider the First Amendment Defense Act, a measure to “prohibit the federal government from taking discriminatory action” against a person whose religious beliefs or moral convictions define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

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New law in Hawaii means insurance companies can’t discriminate against transgender patients

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Honolulu (AP) – Insurance companies would not be allowed to discriminate against transgender patients under a bill passed by the Hawaii Legislature.

The bill passed April 26 by the House of Representatives prohibits denying, canceling or limiting coverage based on a person’s gender identity.

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Marion County School Board to vote on anti-transgender bathroom bill

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MarionCountySchoolsLogoOcala (AP) – The Marion County School Board plans to restrict access to school bathrooms based on a person’s biological gender.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that Board reached a consensus on April 21 on a resolution that would ban transgender students from using bathrooms for the gender with which they identify. The board plans to take a final vote April 26.

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Governor McCrory of North Carolina admits parts of HB2 are “poorly thought out”

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Raleigh, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s governor called for more dialogue on the issue of transgender people and bathroom use while saying he stands by provisions of a bill regarding access to facilities.

Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to talk about the bill, which he signed into law last month. He has since issued an executive order expanding protections for many state workers based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Nebraska lawmakers reject anti-discrimination bill once again

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Lincoln (AP) – The Nebraska Legislature has rejected a measure for the third time in as many years that would outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Senators voted 26-18 March 23 to shelve the bill by Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, who vowed to bring it again every year as long as he is senator. He pointed to backing from faith leaders, positive public opinion polls and the support of both the Omaha and Lincoln Chambers of Commerce, which have championed the protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community as essential for recruiting and retaining young talent to Nebraska’s limited workforce.

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Rubio suggests he’s done with politics come November

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Republican Senator Marco Rubio affirms he’s “not gonna be anybody’s Vice President” and it looks like he’s done with politics, full stop.

Speaking to reporters of the first time since ending his bid for the Republican nomination on March 15, Rubio says he plans on finishing out his term in Congress and then “I’ll be a private citizen in January.” (video below)

Could this mean an end to the political future of a candidate not too long ago praised as the savior of conservatism?

To commemorate this occasion, here’s a list of Rubio’s top 7 (of many) anti-gay moments:

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Alabama Senate moves to abolish marriage licenses

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate voted March 15 to do away with state-issued marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage.

Senators approved the bill 23-3, sending it to the Alabama House of Representatives. It would require couples to file a form — provided by the state — recording their marriage rather than have county probate offices issue licenses.

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South Dakota’s Republican governor vetoes anti-transgender law in surprise move

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Pierre, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s governor vetoed a bill that would have made the state the first in the U.S. to approve a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their sex at birth.

Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who initially reacted positively to the proposal but said he needed to research the issue, rejected the bill after groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign insisted it was discriminatory.

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Florida Senate approves Pastor Protection Act

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The anti-gay and unnecessary Pastor Protection Act is headed to Governor Rick Scott.

Florida’s Senate voted in favor of  HB43 23-15 on March 3, as the end of the 2016 legislative session nears. Sen. Rene Garcia (R-Miami) is the only Senator to cross party lines, voting against the bill.

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Italian Prime Minister ready to push civil union legislation

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ROME (AP) – Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is considering resorting to a risky confidence vote in the Senate to ensure the passage of a bill allowing civil unions, but not marriage, for gay couples.

He told his Democratic Party members he is `’ready” to use the tactic on the bill if needed.

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