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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Anti-gay bills give big business an opportunity to take a stand

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Atlanta (AP) – Major corporations invested in Southern states have become some of the staunchest opponents of bills they consider discriminatory, facing off against Republican lawmakers eager to portray their states as the best home for global brands.

The NFL, Apple and other behemoths have cajoled Republicans into rejecting or softening bills in recent years that supporters say protect people who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds. Companies are speaking up loudly again this year in states where such bills have been proposed as part of a backlash to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized gay marriage.

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Tennessee House approves bill requiring students to use bathroom of sex at birth

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Nashville, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee House panel has revived a bill seeking to require public school students to use restrooms that match their sex at birth.

The House Education Administration and Planning Committee voted 8-4 to reverse an earlier decision to study the bill after the Legislature adjourns for the rest of the year. The bill was then approved by the same vote.

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Panasonic forges ahead with recognition of same-sex marriage and possible benefits

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Tokyo (AP) – Panasonic Corp. said it will recognize same-sex marriages in its employment policies in a rare move for a major Japanese manufacturer.

Although details are being worked out, some of the benefits currently allocated to married employees include maternity leave, health insurance and a small cash bonus, said spokeswoman Chieko Gyobu. Panasonic said the new policy will come into effect in April.

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Anti-gay laws spark international responses

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The Olympic Symbol is five intertwined rings—blue, gold, black, green and red—that represent the unity of each of the Earth’s five continents. Traditionally, the event has been a time for nations of the world to come together to compete in a friendly and welcoming environment.

However, Winter Olympics 2014 host country Russia is under scrutiny for its decidedly anti-LGBT acts as the lens of the nation focuses on the games in Sochi, and president Vladimir Putin is unmoved toward making change to the anti-gay “propaganda” laws he has passed within the last year, which would serve as a gag rule on the existence of LGBTs, punishable by hefty fines and jail time.

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