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Another Suit Takes Aim at Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law

A second legal challenge to Mississippi’s sweeping anti-LGBT “religious liberty” law was filed in court today, this one targeting only one provision of the law. Lawyers in the case that challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal court to reopen that case and let them add a supplemental complaint regarding the provision of House Bill 1523 that allows public employees to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they have religious or moral objections to such marriages.   Spread the LGBT Love        








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Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts Extends State Contracting Preference To Veteran, LGBT Businesses

Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts Extends State Contracting Preference To Veteran, LGBT Businesses A program aimed at boosting government contracting relationships with minority- and women-owned businesses will now also include businesses owned by veterans, people with disabilities and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday. The move to include LGBT-owned businesses in contracting and procurement opportunities alongside those run by women and people of color, through the Supplier Diversity Office, is a first-in-the-nation effort, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. “The goal here is to provide a much higher quality product by opening up opportunities for others to play,” Baker said while announcing the expansion. “We certainly know they can do the work, but they have been basically shut out because of a series of very complex and, in most cases, unnecessary barriers to participation.” The state will also raise… Read more »








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Houston decided it had a problem: Its LGBT nondiscrimination law

Houston decided it had a problem: Its LGBT nondiscrimination law As most political watchers are aware by now, Houston voters went to the polls Tuesday and defeated something now known as the “bathroom bill” by a considerable margin. On a ballot where they considered several critical political contests — the race for a new mayor, as well as K-12 school board and and community college trustee seats — Houston voters decided the fate of a civil rights measure passed by the city council last year but rejected by the state’s Supreme Court. It was the so-called “bathroom bill” that was expected to drive voter turnout. Why? The law aimed to extend civil rights protections in housing, employment and public facilities (in all senses of the term) to all Houstonians, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital or military status, as well as sexuality… Read more »








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