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Business Community Leading the Charge for Nondiscrimination Bills

February 3, 2016, 3:39 pm State legislatures across the country are considering bills that would either advance comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, expose them to unprecedented levels of discrimination.

South Dakota Lawmakers Advance Two More Anti-LGBT Bills

February 3, 2016, 12:37 pm Today South Dakota legislators passed HB 1007 and HB 1112 out of the House State Affairs Committee, two bills that would respectively allow businesses and individuals to use religion as a reason to discriminate against LGBT people, and which would ban any transgender-inclusive policy in South Dakota high schools.

Momentum Growing for Florida Nondiscrimination Bill in Advance of Historic Hearing

February 2, 2016, 4:21 pm Support is growing for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act, a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill, in advance of a historic hearing on the legislation next Monday in the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee.

Indiana Lawmakers Refuse to Act: Still Legal to Discriminate against LGBT Individuals

February 2, 2016, 3:33 pm This afternoon, the Indiana state Senate refused to take up Senate Bill 344, which attempted to address Indiana’s lack of nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual Hoosiers, but did not include any protections for transgender individuals.

New Report Documents Long History of Religious Arguments Used to Justify Discrimination

February 1, 2016, 2:15 pm A new report out today from the Leadership Conference Education Fund documents the very long history of how some have co-opted religious principles as a means to stymy the progress of minority communities.

Florida at a Crossroads: Lawmakers Can Advance Nondiscrimination Bill or Double Down on Anti-LGBT Legislation

January 28, 2016, 4:25 pm Some Florida lawmakers are saying they’d like to add provisions to HB 43, a Pastor Protection Act, that could make it permissible for those beyond religious institutions to discriminate against or deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Indiana Senate Committee Passes Flawed Nondiscrimination Bill

January 27, 2016, 8:52 pm After hours of testimony from clergy, business leaders and everyday Hoosiers, the Indiana Senate Rules Committee moved Senate Bill 344 to the entire Senate.

South Dakota House Passes Anti-LGBT Bill Targeting Transgender Students

January 27, 2016, 6:03 pm Legislators in the South Dakota House of Representatives today passed HB 1008, a bill that singles out transgender students and bans them from using restrooms and facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

Indiana Senate Committee Stops ‘Super RFRA’

January 27, 2016, 9:30 am This morning, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee did not have any testimony or votes on Senate Bill 66, also known as Super RFRA, which means the bill is dead for the legislative season.

Indianapolis out $60 Million Due to Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption Legislation

January 26, 2016, 2:23 pm A new report from Visit Indy found that Indianapolis has lost as much as $60 million in business due to the religious exemption bill that was signed into law last year.

Historic: Florida’s Republican-Controlled Senate Set to Hold Hearing on LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill

January 25, 2016, 3:07 pm Florida’s Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the Florida Competitive Workforce Act tomorrow afternoon – the first time a nondiscrimination bill covering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people has received a hearing in the Sunshine State.

Report: Cities that protect LGBT Hoosiers from discrimination earn more jobs, have stronger economies

January 21, 2016, 1:35 pm This morning, Indiana Competes released a new analysis showing that the vast majority of the announced economic investment and “high-wage” job commitments since April, 2015 are located in communities with human rights ordinances protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals from discrimination.

New Georgia Bill Makes It Easier for Businesses and Government Contractors to Discriminate against Same-Sex Families

January 20, 2016, 3:27 pm A state lawmaker in Georgia today introduced a wide-sweeping bill that would expose legally married same-sex couples and their children to unprecedented levels of discrimination from individuals, public and private businesses and companies contracting with the state government.

Poll: Indianapolis Tourism Takes Hit because of RFRA Legislation

January 20, 2016, 10:43 am A new poll released today by Visit Indy shows that the Hoosier state’s reputation remains damaged after Gov. Mike Pence signed the religious exemptions bill into law last year.

Kirk becomes First GOP Senator to Co-Sponsor Equality Act

January 19, 2016, 9:47 pm This evening, Mark Kirk of Illinois became the first GOP Senator to cosponsor The Equality Act.
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