Kansas, Oklahoma approve religious veto on LGBTQ adoptions

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State lawmakers in Kansas and Oklahoma have approved legislation to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBTQ homes.

Supporters of such measures argued that the core issue is protecting a group’s right to live out its religious faith, while critics saw them as attacks on LGBTQ rights. Both Kansas and Oklahoma have GOP-controlled legislatures and governors, but in Kansas, the proposal split Republicans.

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New Zealand lawmakers apologize for 100s of gay convictions

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand lawmakers unanimously apologized July 6 for the “tremendous hurt and suffering” of hundreds of men who were convicted of homosexuality during the years it was treated as a crime.

Parliament took the rare step of issuing a formal apology to all those unfairly convicted under the antiquated laws. Lawmakers also approved the first stage of a bill that will allow the men to have their criminal records wiped clean, legislation that comes four years after the South Pacific nation legalized same-sex marriage.

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North Carolina lawmakers won’t publicly commit to ‘bathroom bill’ repeal

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s governor insists there are enough votes to kill the state’s “bathroom bill.” But a survey by The Associated Press and eight North Carolina newspapers shows less than a third of lawmakers are willing to publicly commit to that stance.

A closely watched deal to repeal the law fell apart during a December special session amid distrust between Democrats and Republicans. The law known as House Bill 2 sparked backlash from businesses and LGBT advocates who say it’s discriminatory because it requires transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates. It also excludes sexual orientation and gender identity from statewide antidiscrimination protections.

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Senate Democrats aim to block LGBT measure from defense bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats are intent on scuttling a House-passed provision that they say would undercut protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual or gender orientation.

In a letter delivered Tuesday to the leaders of the Armed Services committees, the lawmakers called the measure dangerous and urged that it not be included in the annual defense policy bill. They said the provision would amount to government-sponsored discrimination by permitting religiously affiliated federal contractors to refuse to interview a job candidate whose faith differs from theirs and to fire employees who marry their same-sex partners or use birth control.

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Indiana lawmakers to discuss ongoing LGBT rights debate

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana state lawmakers plan to convene to discuss what recommendations should be made for the upcoming legislative session regarding rights for LGBT residents.

The meeting Aug. 30 comes after efforts failed last legislative session when the state drew widespread opposition of a religious objections law that critics said amounted to an invitation to discriminate against gay people, the Indianapolis Star reported.

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Indiana reveals religion bill changes, Arkansas gives ground

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Indianapolis (AP) — Indiana lawmakers on April 2 announced changes they plan to make to the state’s new religious-objections law aimed at quelling widespread criticism from businesses and others who have called the proposal anti-gay.

The revisions, which still require approval from the full Legislature and Republican Gov. Mike Pence, come as lawmakers in Arkansas scramble to revise that state’s own religious-objections legislation amid cries that it could permit discrimination.

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The latest developments on religious objection laws

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has urged lawmakers to send a bill to his desk by the end of the week to clarify the intent of a new religious objections law that critics fear could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Pence’s move on March 31 to quell a backlash over the law came as Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism and passed similar legislation that now heads to the governor. A look at the latest developments:

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25 gay rights activists arrested in Idaho Capitol protest

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Boise, Idaho (AP) – Gay rights activists once again returned to the Idaho Capitol to protest lawmakers’ refusal to pass anti-discrimination protections, this time by refusing to leave the state’s bill-drafting offices.

Idaho State Police made 25 arrests, including six people who were arrested twice, March 16 for trespassing in the Statehouse. Protesters staged three different demonstrations March 16.

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Republican Minnesota lawmakers want to undo transgender athletics rule

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – More than 20 Republican legislators want to stop transgender students born as male from playing on girls’ sports teams, undoing a state high school league vote that drew fervent support and opposition last year.

Minnesota State High School League member schools must allow transgender students born male to play on female teams starting with the 2015-2016 school year, though religiously affiliated private schools will be exempt. Girls are already allowed on boys’ teams under state law.

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23 demonstrators arrested during protest at Idaho Senate and House chambers

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Boise (AP) – Police arrested roughly two dozen gay rights activists March 2 after protesters refused to leave the Idaho Senate and House chambers in an attempt to pressure lawmakers into passing anti-discrimination protections.

Idaho State Police said they arrested 23 people on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing, two of whom were juveniles.

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Chilean lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Chilean lawmakers gave final approval on Jan. 28 to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples.

The legislation now goes to President Michelle Bachelet, who is expected to sign it. Government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde welcomed the bill’s passage as `”a breakthrough that we are proud of as a government.”

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Nebraska bills would bar LGBT discrimination

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers introduced three bills Jan. 21 that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents, but even supporters noted they face a tough fight in gaining approval for the proposals.

About 100 supporters of the bills, displaying blue and yellow equal sign stickers, rallied at the Capitol as legislators explained why they back the changes.

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