News Clips Featuring Conservatives Against Discrimination

Across the country, there is strong bipartisan support for protecting LGBTQ Americans from discrimination. Conservatives are lending their voices in unique ways – take a look at news clips featuring conservative Americans speaking out for LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination.

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Lawmakers Mull Civil Rights Protections for LGBTQ Community

West Virginia Senate Majority Whip Ryan Weld says now is the time to extend civil rights protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in West Virginia.
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Pinellas GOP Condemns St. Pete Council Candidate Chico Cromartie’s Anti-LGBTQ Statements

The Republican Party of Pinellas County is condemning anti-LGBTQ statements made by a Republican St. Petersburg City Council candidate.
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Why Gay Rights Is a Republican Value

Kenneth B. Mehlman, who served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2007, writes, "Conservatives support freedom, which is why they should oppose job discrimination against LGBTQ Americans."
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LGBTQ Equality Act 2019: Eight Republicans Broke Party Ranks To Vote In Favor Of Historic Civil Rights Bill

"Eight breakaway Republicans did cross the aisle in support of the legislation."
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These 8 Republicans Voted for the Equality Act

Eight House Republicans voted Friday with their Democratic counterparts for the Equality Act, which would broaden the definition of protected classes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
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U.S. Chamber Foundation Research Shows Better Recruitment, Retention, and Employee Engagement at LGBT-Inclusive Companies

New Research Finds Inclusive Policies Are Most Effective When Paired With External Support For LGBT Employees
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GOP Lawmakers Push to Ban LGBT Conversion Therapy in Utah

Two Republican lawmakers proposed a ban on gay conversion therapy for minors in conservative Utah on Thursday, a plan that’s been hailed as a milestone by advocates and won’t be opposed by the influential Mormon church.
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Sen. Hill on LGBT discrimination protections: ‘The risks of doing nothing are great on both sides’

We have made great progress and have developed a workable framework for future discussion. We now invite religious leaders and LGBT rights advocates in our communities to join together to develop a path forward that will benefit all stakeholders. We stand willing to help facilitate such dialogue among those seeking freedom for all.
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AZ lawmakers: Non-discrimination laws should protect LGBTQ Arizonans, too

Equality isn’t a red or a blue issue — it’s an American issue. That’s why, for the second year in a row, we are proud to introduce bipartisan legislation to update Arizona’s current non-discrimination law to include sexual orientation and gender identity with House Bill 2546 and Senate Bill 1249.
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Utah Governor: People should be identified as they want to be identified

The Governor of Utah weighed in on a bill that would ban transgender people from changing the gender on their birth certificates.
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Republican and Co-chair of Virginia Beach for Fairness: A Chance to Stand for Equality

I BELIEVE that every person in Virginia should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential and be free from any form of discrimination.
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Orrin Hatch urges Republicans to protect LGBTQ rights

"Protecting religious liberty and preserving the rights of LGBTQ individuals are not mutually exclusive," said Hatch in a Senate speech.
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Republicans are essential to winning full LGBT freedom

While many Republicans, and more every year, are supportive of the LGBT community, there are holdouts and there are still issues to be resolved.
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Jennifer Williams Is Transgender, Republican, and Not Giving Up

Jennifer Williams, the first openly transgender delegate to attend a Republican National Convention, relishes changing party hearts and minds on Trump's military ban, and more.
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Masterpiece Cakeshop Reminds Me of Jim Crow. We Can’t Create New 2nd-Class Citizens.

Montel Williams pens an oped on the 'Masterpiece Cakeshop' case: "My heart has changed, due in large part to patient counsel by friends in the LGBT community who helped me understand why I was wrong."
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GOP Senators Break with Trump Over Transgender Troop Ban

Multiple Republican senators broke with President Trump on Wednesday after he announced on Twitter that transgender troops would be banned from serving in the military.
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Georgia Governor to Veto ‘Religious Freedom’ Law as N.C. Is Sued for LGBT Bias

Gov. Deal's decision came amid rising pressure from companies that work and hold events in Georgia, including Hollywood figures and the NFL, to avoid signing a law that would have allowed businesses and clergy to refuse services to people based on their religious opposition to same-sex marriage.
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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes controversial anti-gay bill, SB 1062

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.