Indiana GOP platform keeps marriage between man and woman

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Republican Party activists overwhelmingly voted Saturday to reaffirm language first inserted in their platform when Vice President Mike Pence was governor that defines marriage as a union “between a man and a woman.”

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported that delegates to the party’s biennial state convention chose the existing plank in its party platform over one floated by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s hand-picked party chairman that was intended to be more inclusive of same-sex couples.

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Federal judge who issued Kentucky gay marriage rulings dies

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge whose ruling striking down Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage led to an appeal heard this week in the U.S. Supreme Court died April 29. He was 66.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II died at home in Louisville surrounded by family after battling cancer for several years, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky announced.

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Local bakery harassed after video posted online

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Longwood, Fla. – A Longwood bakery was ambushed by a YouTuber as he recorded a phone call of himself asking for a cake with an anti-gay remark on it and posted the video.

Joshua Feuerstein, whose Facebook page refers to himself as a former television and radio evangelist in Arizona, contacted Cut The Cake in Longwood and asked them to create a sheet cake with the phrase “We do not support gay marriage” written on it.

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Kansas Senate passes religious protection bill

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TOPEKA – A proposal in Kansas for protecting religious groups on public college campuses that want to restrict memberships to like-minded believers is advancing in the Republican-dominated Legislature, and a leading gay-rights advocate calls it “a license to discriminate.”

The state Senate approved the measure March 19 on a 30-8 vote, sending it to the House. Supporters say it allows groups to require members to adhere to common, sincerely held beliefs without having to take in non-believers.

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Former Georgia AG: ‘religious freedom’ bills excuse discrimination

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ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers said Feb. 24 that two bills being debated by lawmakers create an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people or break state laws and are “deserving of a quick death.”

Bowers warned that the bills could act as a defense for a marriage license clerk refusing to issue the document to gay or mixed-religion couples or for parents opposed to vaccinations or school courses.

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California bars judges from Boy Scouts membership

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California’s Supreme Court voted Jan. 23 to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.

The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by its ethics advisory committee barring judges’ affiliation with the organization.

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All Democrats now back ENDA

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WASHINGTON (AP) – All Democrats in the Senate are backing a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Sen. Joe Manchin was the last holdout. His spokesman said Oct. 30 that the West Virginia senator supported the legislation that the full Senate could vote on in the coming weeks.

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