Obama: Religious Freedom Bill Fight Not Over
March 01 2014 2:15 PM ET

Obama: Religious Freedom Bill Fight Not Over

Michelle Garcia

While addressing his party on Friday, President Obama condemned the discriminatory nature of religious freedom bills.

Texas Attorney General Vows to Appeal Judge's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
February 28 2014 2:48 PM ET

Texas Attorney General Vows to Appeal Judge's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Daniel Reynolds

Despite his friendship with one of the gay plaintiffs, Greg Abbott, the attorney general of Texas, promised to appeal Judge Orlando Garcia's recent overturn of the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Calif. Bills Seek to Ban 'Gay Panic' Defense, Address Other Issues
February 27 2014 10:14 PM ET

Calif. Bills Seek to Ban 'Gay Panic' Defense, Address Other Issues

Trudy Ring

Statewide LGBT right organization Equality California is sponsoring seven bills this legislative session.

Lance Bass Speaks Out Against Miss. 'License to Discriminate' Bill
February 27 2014 4:50 PM ET

Lance Bass Speaks Out Against Miss. 'License to Discriminate' Bill

Trudy Ring

Meanwhile, a legislative subcommittee removes some saw as the bill's most problematic language.

Arizona's Jan Brewer Vetoes Bill, Declares It Pointless
February 26 2014 9:00 PM ET

Arizona's Jan Brewer Vetoes Bill, Declares It Pointless

Lucas Grindley

The Arizona governor said she'd met with numerous people and still couldn't find an example of what the bill was supposedly crafted to defend against.

'License to Discrimnate' Bills Are Trending But Not Yet Passing
February 26 2014 5:17 PM ET February 26 2014 9:22 PM ET

Trendy 'License to Discriminate' Bills Are Not Yet Passing

Daniel Reynolds

Arizona's governor vetoed SB 1062, but a rash of states have recently proposed so-called religious freedom bills, which could be used to discriminate against LGBT people.

Good News, Bad News in Report on Hate Groups
February 25 2014 9:45 PM ET

Good News, Bad News in Report on Hate Groups

Trudy Ring

The overall number of hate groups is down, and the number of specifically antigay ones is up slightly, but their power seems to be diminishing, says the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Even Mitt Romney Says He Wants Jan Brewer to Veto Antigay Bill
February 25 2014 7:40 PM ET

Even Mitt Romney Wants Jan Brewer to Veto Antigay Bill

Lucas Grindley

In the latest in a series of terse tweets from prominent Republicans, Jan Brewer is being lobbied by her party's former presidential nominee.

'License to Discriminate' Bills Rejected in Indiana, Uncertain in Georgia
February 25 2014 7:09 PM ET

'License to Discriminate' Bills Rejected in Indiana

Trudy Ring

An Indiana House committee withdraws such a bill after public outcry, and Georgia may nix one as well.

Lobbyist Proposes Gay Ban for NFL, Predicts Support From Dozens in Congress
February 25 2014 4:28 PM ET

Lobbyist Proposes Gay Ban for NFL

Daniel Reynolds

In response to the coming-out of NFL hopeful Michael Sam, lobbyist Jack Burkman is proposing legislation to bar gay players from the football league.

George Takei to Arizona: 'You Don't Deserve Our Dollars'
February 23 2014 2:43 PM ET February 24 2014 2:12 PM ET

George Takei to Arizona: 'You Don't Deserve Our Dollars'

Trudy Ring

Takei calls for a boycott of the state if its 'license to discriminate' bill becomes law, and U.S. senator Jeff Flake also announces opposition to the measure.

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