Montana House Committee tables LGBTQ rights bill

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) – A legislative committee has tabled a bill that sought to extend civil rights protections to gays, lesbians and transgender people across the state.

The House Judiciary Committee heard emotional testimony last week from citizens who said they’d been discriminated against due to their sexual orientation or sexual identity, while opponents said the bill infringed on their religious expression rights.

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Missouri religious objection bill fails in House legislative committee

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Jefferson City, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri religious objections proposal fails to get the approval of a key legislative committee in a setback for conservatives who hoped to add protections for those who cite their faith in denying services such as flowers or cakes for same-sex weddings.

Members of a House committee voted 6-6, with a tie vote not enough to advance the measure.

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Alabama lawmakers vote to let adoption agencies refuse gay couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama House Committee voted April 22 for a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away gay couples on religious grounds.

The House State Government Committee approved the bill April 22. It now moves to the House floor.

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House committee advances anti-transgender bill

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Tallahassee After a 9-4 vote moved forward an anti-transgender bill that would bar people from using restrooms that align with their gender identities, audience members chanted, “Trans lives matter!” in protest.

The Civil Justice Subcommittee discussed and voted on HB 583 March 4. The votes split right along party lines, with Republicans voting in favor of the bill and Democrats voting against.

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Oklahoma anti-gay marriage bill threatens court clerks with job loss

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Judges or court clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples would lose their jobs under a bill that has been approved by a House committee.

The House Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committee voted 5-3 on Feb. 17 for the “Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act.” The bill now proceeds to the full House for a vote.

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Oklahoma bill could allow ministers to refuse to license gay weddings

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A bill that would allow Oklahoma ministers to be immune from civil liability for refusing to officiate a same-sex marriage has cleared a House committee.

The bill by Broken Arrow Republican Rep. David Brumbaugh passed the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday with a 7-2 vote. It now heads to the full House for consideration.

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