AP Poll: Nuanced Views on Gay rights, Religious Liberty

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think the government should protect religious liberties over gay rights when the two come into conflict, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds, though fewer think most businesses should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of religious beliefs.

The survey uncovered nuanced views on gay rights as the Supreme Court considers, in a case heard on April 28, whether the Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry.

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With same-sex marriage all but a done deal, the next fight for LGBT equality is discrimination disguised as religion

By : Jamie Hyman
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Few combative issues have raised eyebrows as much as the recent string of legislation promoting “religious freedom.”

A recent push to create bills designed to protect business owners from having to engage in services that are against their religious beliefs has surfaced in more than half of our country’s states. The problem is that these Religious Freedom Restoration Acts—also known as RFRAs—are frequently wielded as a weapon allowing business owners to deny service to LGBTs.

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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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Justice Thomas objects to court’s signal on gay marriage

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Feb. 9 in a stinging dissent to the court’s refusal to block the start of same-sex marriages in Alabama.

Bitterly objecting to Feb. 9’s action, Thomas provided a rare insider’s perspective on the widely held view that the court’s embrace of gay marriage is a done deal.

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Oregon bakery faces up to $150K in discrimination fines

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Gresham, Ore. – An Oregon bakery faces fines of up to $150,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Feb. 2 that Sweet Cakes by Melissa would be facing fines and that the owners’ refusal of service violated the state’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, refused service to a Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman in January 2013. The Kleins had refused to bake the wedding cake because of the Kleins’ religious beliefs.

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French court allows marriage between French, Moroccan men

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Paris (AP) – France’s highest court has ruled that a gay French-Moroccan couple are allowed to marry despite the North African kingdom’s refusal to recognize marriages between two men.

France legalized gay marriage in 2013 but a 1981 agreement between France and Morocco says marriages between French and Moroccans are subject to the law of their respective countries.

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Is Senator Marco Rubio becoming an anti-gay activist?

By : Susan Clary
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Could Senator Marco Rubio make it any clearer how he feels about the LGBT community?

Rep. Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio, “not a bigot”

First, he blocks Judge William Thomas’ nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, preventing him from becoming the first openly gay federal judge. Then, he refuses to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the bill that would prevent employers from discriminating against gays in the workplace.

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