Pelosi: Supreme Court review to have ‘no impact’ on Equality Act, floor vote in May

By : Chris Johnson of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether existing federal law prohibits anti-LGBT discrimination will have “no impact” on the advancement of legislation seeking to ban it explicitly under federal law, a spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said April 22.

Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesperson, said via email in response to an inquiry from the Washington Blade the Supreme Court decision will have “no impact” on the legislative process for the Equality Act, which he said is set for floor vote in the U.S. House in May.

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Texas House speaker didn’t want suicide over ‘bathroom bill’

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The driving force in Texas behind a “bathroom bill” pushed back July 3 after the Republican House speaker was quoted as saying he didn’t want a “suicide” on his hands over efforts to restrict which restrooms transgender people can use.

LGBT rights groups and other opponents, meanwhile, praised House Speaker Joe Straus over comments published in The New Yorker that signaled a moral opposition to a “bathroom bill” alongside his repeated condemnation of the measure as bad for the Texas economy.

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Religious objections turmoil likely to spill into next year

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The colorful fliers passed out by aides to Gov. Mike Pence and House Speaker Brian Bosma last week highlighted what both called numerous accomplishments of this year’s legislative session.

Left unmentioned in those handouts was the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which put an unflattering national spotlight on Indiana amid a rancorous debate over whether the law could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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