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TEXAS: State House Votes 94-51 To Allow Religious Adoption Agencies To Turn Away Same-Sex Couples

The Texas Tribune reports: Faith-based adoption agencies in Texas would be able to reject prospective parents on religious grounds under a bill the state House preliminarily approved Tuesday over strong objections from Democratic lawmakers who said it would ultimately harm children and deny good people the right to care for them. Under House Bill 3859, which advanced on a 94-51 ...

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SEATTLE: Mayor Ed Murray Drops Reelection Bid In Wake Of Decades-Old Abuse Allegations [VIDEO]

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray won’t seek a second term in office, dropping his reelection bid as he faces allegations of sexual abuse from four men. Little more than a month after Murray was first publicly accused of paying a teen boy for sex in the 1980s, Murray said Tuesday morning that he will remain in office ...

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TEXAS: Sweeping Anti-LGBT Bill Misses State House Deadline Despite Plea To Megachurches By Governor

The Texas Tribune reports: A proposal to gut cities and school districts’ trans-inclusive bathroom policies did not advance in the House ahead of a crucial deadline, nixing the measure’s chances of getting a vote by the full chamber. But that doesn’t mean that the issue itself is dead. Up against bill-killing deadlines, the House State Affairs Committee on Monday did ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Debra Messing Rips Into “The Orange Man” In Scathing GLAAD Awards Speech [VIDEO]

Mashable reports: It’s time to make America gay again. And Debra Messing’s acceptance speech for Excellence in Media at the 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday may be the perfect place to start. Equal part hilarious and scathing, the actress, who recently signed on for the impending Will & Grace revival, didn’t mince words in her call to action. ...

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#TakePride: Target Thumbs Its Nose At The Haters

World Net Daily is ever so pissed: Despite the drastic financial blowback Target Corporation has been weathering since announcing its plan last year to allow men to enter women’s bathroom facilities, the retail giant is continuing full-speed ahead in its pursuit of LGBT social activism, all in the name of “inclusivity.” For the second year, Target is using a #TakePride ...

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JAPAN: Thousands March In Tokyo Pride Parade With Support From Politicians And 200 Companies [VIDEO]

The Japan Times reports: Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people paraded through Tokyo’s Shibuya district on Sunday to express hope that Japan will further embrace gender equality and diversity. The LGBT parade was the finale to the annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride festival, and this year’s theme was “Change.” “I believed that nothing would change. But, little by little, ...

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Bermuda Newspaper: Same-Sex Marriage Has Been Legalized And Somehow God Hasn’t Destroyed Us

Bermuda’s Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last week and the editorial board of the Royal Gazette can’t resist taking a poke at the haters. They write: At not long after lunchtime yesterday, a casual look outdoors revealed the sky was not falling; nor was it red. Upon further inspection, a saunter towards the coastlines revealed there was no tsunami hurtling ...

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Moonlight Actors Win MTV’s Best Kiss Award [VIDEO]

People reports: Congratulations are in order for Moonlight — Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome won best kiss at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Sunday. The two actors were up against a slew of other TV and movie stars, including La La Land‘s Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Beauty and the Beast‘s Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, Empire‘s Taraji ...

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RUSSIA: Vladimir Putin Publicly Backs Investigation Into Murders And Torture Of Gay Men In Chechnya [VIDEO]

Deutsche Welle reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said he supports an investigation into the reported torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya, days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed him on the issue. Putin said he would personally ask the chief prosecutor and the interior minister to cooperate with human rights ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova in an investigation ...

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Ellen DeGeneres: Trump Is Not Welcome On My Show Because He’s Against Everything I Stand For [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast reports: When the Today show’s Matt Lauer asked Ellen DeGeneres in a new interview if she would like to have President Donald Trump appear on her daytime talk show, she barely hesitated before saying, “Um, no.” That line got laughs and applause from her own studio audience, which stuck around to see Lauer interview DeGeneres after he ...

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BERMUDA: High Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage One Year After US Hate Groups Helped Shoot It Down

Last June, Bermudan voters overwhelmingly rejected same-sex marriage by a 2-1 margin in a non-binding public referendum. The opposition had been rallied with the support of US hate groups including the Alliance Defending Freedom, which provided materials featuring quotes from anti-LGBT activists Ryan T. Anderson and Mark Regnerus. Which brings us to today. From the Royal Gazette: A gay couple ...

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Your Weekly Debrief With Matt Baume [VIDEO]

Clip recap: Despite rumors, the long-feared “license to discriminate” order failed to materialize this week — but Trump DID sign an order that could be used to attack LGBT Americans. And Congress voted to replace Obamacare with a system that could put health care out of reach for a lot of queer people. Also gay man in Mississippi says a ...

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DNC Chairman Tom Perez On Obamacare Repeal Vote: Trump “Will Own Every Preventable Death” That Results

The Hill reports: Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez blasted the Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare ahead of the House vote on Thursday, saying President Trump and Republicans “will own every preventable death” as a result. “Trump and Republicans will own every preventable death, every untreated illness and every bankruptcy that American families will be forced to bear if this ...

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ORLANDO: Pulse Nightclub Owner Unveils Plan To Create “Iconic” National Memorial And Museum [VIDEO]

The Orlando Sentinel reports: The Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub on June 12 will be memorialized with an “iconic, meaningful, national” memorial and eventually a museum, where Orlando’s millions of visitors will learn about the club, the tragedy and the victims. Leaders of the not-for-profit onePULSE Foundation officially launched the effort to building the memorial Thursday morning. “Today, I’m able ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Signs Religious Liberty Executive Order Reportedly Without Feared Anti-LGBT Provisions

But we still don’t know for sure. Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Many had expected — on the left and right — that the order would offer protections for people and corporations with a religious objection to LGBT people, far more hot button issues. The White House official said there were not plans for a separate order that addressed LGBT ...

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National Equality March Site Goes Live

The website for the National Equality March went live last night with a listing of nearly 40 sister marches. They write: The “Equality March for Unity & Pride” is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscapes and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination ...

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ALABAMA: Gov. Kay Ivey Signs Bill Allowing Religious Adoption Agencies To Refuse Same-Sex Couples

AL.com reports: Gov. Kay Ivey today signed into law a bill allowing adoption agencies in Alabama to follow faith-based policies, such as not placing children with gay couples. “The elected legislature of this state overwhelmingly approved House Bill 24. Having served as President of the Senate for more than six years, I appreciate the work of the legislature, and I ...

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New York Becomes Fourth State To Reaffirm North Carolina Travel Ban After Fake Repeal Of Hate Law

Via press release: Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Equality NC hailed the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo has reaffirmed New York’s ban on taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina. The announcement comes after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Senate President Phil Berger, and House Speaker Tim Moore passed a law — HB 142 — doubling down on many of ...

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FRANCE: MP Niece Of Marine Le Pen Vows Same-Sex Marriage Will Be “Demolished” If Her Aunt Wins

Breitbart celebrates: If elected president, Marine Le Pen will repeal France’s gay marriage laws, the Front National candidate’s politician niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen has vowed. Speaking on BFMTV Sunday, the young Le Pen said she would personally ensure her aunt follows through with the pledge if elected on 7 May. “It will not be the first priority, but … [repealing ...

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KENTUCKY: Federal Appeals Court Greenlights Damages Lawsuit Filed By Gay Couple Against Clerk Kim Davis

Reuters reports: A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a damages lawsuit against Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who in 2015 refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples because it conflicted with her Christian beliefs. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said a lower court judge erred in finding that damages claims by David Ermold ...

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