SHAME!: Chaos in D.C. as House Republicans embrace LGBT discrimination

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shame-652499_960_720WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats shouted “Shame! Shame!,” but seven Republicans switched their votes under pressure from House leaders and defeated a measure to protect gay rights.

The final vote was 213-212 after the chaos on the House floor May 19. That was enough to defeat an amendment by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors.

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Michael Sam speaks out against religious exemption measure

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Jefferson City, Mo. (AP) – Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL draftee, slammed a Missouri measure that would shield some businesses that deny services for same-sex weddings, telling fellow opponents Wednesday that it is “the opposite of respect and it is the opposite of equality.”

Sam, who came out as gay before the 2014 NFL draft after starring at the University of Missouri, said the measure would make it easier than ever for people to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

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Democratic filibuster in Missouri Senate stopped, religious exemption bill advances

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s Republican-led Senate March 9 advanced a proposal to add greater religious protections to the state Constitution for business owners and individuals opposed to gay marriage after Democrats stalled a vote for about 37 hours.

The move marked an end to a stalemate emblematic of a national debate over balancing civil rights and religious liberties following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

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Ban on gay conversion therapy passes Colorado House

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DENVER (AP) – A measure to forbid Colorado mental health professionals from practicing gay conversation therapy with minors has cleared the state House.

The proposal passed on March 10 on a 35-29 vote with one Republican, Rep. Daniel Thurlow of Grand Junction, joining every Democrat in the chamber who supported the bill.

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Democrats try to bring gay protection, other tabled bills to Senate and House floors

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HELENA, Montana — Democrats on Feb. 16 tried unsuccessfully to “blast” four tabled bills to the Senate and House floors, including one that would ban discrimination against gay people.

With a full gallery of supporters, Sen. Christine Kaufmann, of Helena, attempted to get Senate Bill 179 out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it was tabled in January. A blast motion allows lawmakers the chance to bring tabled bills out of committee if at least 26 of 50 senators agree to it. She asked that the bill be put to a vote on the Senate floor Wednesday.

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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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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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Baton Rouge council to consider fairness ordinance

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The Baton Rouge Metro Council is again contemplating an anti-discrimination measure supported by the gay community. But it’s unclear how the proposal will fare when council members cast their votes.

The “fairness ordinance,” as it has been dubbed by its supporters, seeks to ban discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, veterans status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

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