Louisiana Senate kills LGBT equal-opportunity hiring bill

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Baton Rouge, La. (AP) – A New Orleans senator’s bid to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was killed by the Louisiana Senate, with no debate from senators against the bill.

On May 24, the chamber voted 25-8 against advancing the measure to the House for debate. Only one Republican senator voted in support of the bill, though Democrats voted on both sides of the measure.

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Governor McCrory of North Carolina admits parts of HB2 are “poorly thought out”

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Raleigh, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s governor called for more dialogue on the issue of transgender people and bathroom use while saying he stands by provisions of a bill regarding access to facilities.

Gov. Pat McCrory appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to talk about the bill, which he signed into law last month. He has since issued an executive order expanding protections for many state workers based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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West Virginia Senate votes down religious objection bill

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia senators resoundingly killed a religious objections bill just one day after amending the measure to stamp out fears from business that it would sanction discrimination in the name of faith.

After no debate, the Republican-led Senate voted down the bill by a 27-7 margin. Lawmakers cited different reasons for their opposition: some thought the amended bill didn’t do enough to protect religious freedom. Others believed the amendment only made a bad bill better.

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LGBT anti-discrimination laws still stalling in Missouri

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Jefferson City, Mo. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon used his final State of the State address to implore lawmakers to bar discrimination against LGBT people, but leaders in the Republican-dominated Legislature say that’s unlikely to happen before Nixon leaves office.

It appears more likely that lawmakers will strengthen Missouri’s religious objections laws, which protect people’s right to act in accordance with their religious beliefs, even if that means discriminating against non-protected groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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North Port to vote on Human Rights Ordinance

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The North Port City Commission will vote on a city wide Human Rights Ordinance Oct. 13.

The HRO would ban discrimination against employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Florida ranks No. 3 on HRC’s 2014 ‘Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality’ survey

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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released its Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2014 report, showing Florida as No. 3 in the number of recognized HEI 2014 “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”

26 Florida healthcare systems were recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” tying with Ohio and coming behind California and New York. The following healthcare systems in Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area were recognized:

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IOC adds anti-discrimination to host contract

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The IOC will require future Olympic host cities to abide by rules that forbid any kind of discrimination, a move prompted by the outcry caused by Russia’s adoption of a law banning so-called gay “propaganda” ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi

The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to the three candidates for the 2022 Winter Games specifying that the host city contract will include new wording on non-discrimination.

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FAMU adopts LGBT protection policy

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Tallahassee – Florida A&M University (FAMU) will move toward an updated non-discrimination policy that includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

On March 6, the FAMU Board of Trustees voted in favor of those changes. Now, there’s a 30-day review period before the expanded policy is officially adopted.

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Workforce nondiscrimination bill filed with bipartisan support

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The Florida Competitive Workforce Act, co-sponsored by Rep. Joe Saunders (D-Orlando) and Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo), has been filed in the Florida House of Representatives.

HB 239 “prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation & gender identity or expression; defines terms; provides exceptions for constitutionally protected free exercise of religion,” according to the bill’s language.

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