Group fights bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraud

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An effort to call gay conversion therapy a fraudulent business practice gained ground in the California state Senate on Tuesday, despite opposition from hundreds who rallied to fight the proposal on religious grounds.

The Judiciary Committee passed the proposal, which means it is a step closer to being considered by the entire state Senate. An earlier version of the legislation has already passed the state Assembly.

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Gay chief justice nominee clears 1st step of 2-step vote

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A political battle that has developed in recent weeks over Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s nominee for chief justice of Connecticut’s highest court reached the House of Representatives, where a narrow vote was expected Monday.

All but one Republican member voted against Andrew McDonald, currently an associate justice, in the first step of a two-step process.

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Transgender “bathroom bill” not on House Committee’s final agenda

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The State House Judiciary Committee has scheduled their final meeting and the “bathroom bill” was not placed on the agenda moving it one step closer to not being heard in this legislative year.

The Single-Sex Public Facilities bill (CS/CS/HB 583) would prohibit individuals from using public facilities that align with their gender identities and instead require an individual to use the restroom that matches a person’s gender at birth.

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Florida House committee advances anti-gay adoption bill

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Tallahassee – The Florida House Judiciary Committee voted 11-4 in favor of the Conscience Protection for Private Child-Placing Agencies bill on April 2.

The Conscience Protection bill would allow private adoption agencies and family foster homes to deny placing a child with a family or couple, if they feel placing the child would conflict with the agency’s religious beliefs or moral code.

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