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NORTHERN IRELAND: Trial Begins For Baker In Marriage Cake Case

Via the Belfast Telegraph: A legal case involving a Christian baker who refused to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan cannot be determined on which side shouts loudest, a court in Belfast has been told. Northern Ireland’s Equality Commission is bringing the case against family-run Ashers Bakery on behalf of gay rights activist Gareth Lee, whose order was …

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Heinz To Merge With Kraft

Via USA Today: In a jolt touching pantries across the globe, H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods Group (KRFT) will merge into the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company — bent on cutting costs, growing internationally and evolving into a more consumer-focused company. The massive merger, valued at about $36 billion, will allow Kraft “to move and grow faster than we …

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NORTHERN IRELAND: Thousands Rally In Support Of Anti-Gay Bakery

Via the Belfast Telegraph: Hundreds of people including three senior DUP politicians had to be refused entry to a full-to-capacity Waterfront Hall in Belfast last night as thousands of Christians turned up for a rally in support of the Newtownabbey bakery firm which is going to court to defend their refusal to bake a cake for a gay activist. Former …

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INDIANA: Massive Gaming Convention Threatens To Leave The State

Via the Indianapolis Star: The organizers of Gen Con, the city’s largest convention in attendance and economic impact, are threatening to move the event elsewhere if Gov. Mike Pence signs controversial religious freedom legislation that could allow business owners to refuse services to same-sex couples. “Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have …

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INDIANA: Gov. Mike Pence Is “Looking Forward” To Signing Anti-Gay Bill

“The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact. I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue. I look forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.” – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, reacting to yesterday’s overwhelming passage of the …

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LAUNCHED: Campaign Urges Indiana Gov To Veto License To Discriminate Bill

Via press release: “As a seminary graduate, this bill is deeply offensive,” said Heather Cronk, co-director of GetEQUAL. “The fact that religion is being used as a smokescreen for deeply hateful and vile sentiments by right-wing extremists, and then cemented into law, is not just un-Christian – it’s un-American.” As activist Scott Wooledge puts it: “I’ve engaged in the battles …

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LIVE VIDEO: Indiana Legislators Debate Anti-LGBT License To Discriminate Bill UPDATE: Bill Passes Overwhelmingly

Watch it here. The bill is expected to be approved but the Democrats are really going to bat for us. UPDATE: The bill has passed overwhelmingly. Gov. Mike Pence is expected to sign it immediately.

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INDIANA: Anti-LGBT “Religious Liberty” Bill Poised For Approval On Monday

As the above HRC map shows, anti-LGBT legislation continues to sweep the nation in advance of the coming ruling by SCOTUS. It appears that Indiana’s license to discriminate bill will be the next to go on the books. Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Of the 13 religious freedom bills introduced in state legislatures around the United States this year — …

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Silliest Religious Liberty Argument Ever?

In an op-ed published yesterday by the Washington Examiner, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) argue that since Chipotle can choose to only buy humanely-raised pork, businesses can choose to only serve heterosexuals. Seriously. An excerpt: It is crucial that the same freedom of conscience enjoyed by the leadership of Chipotle remain equally available to business owners …

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Pat Robertson: Public Accommodation Laws Are Destroying American Morality

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Alabama Businesses Sign Equality Pledge

AL.com reports: Continental Bakery owner Carole Griffin has been making food and beverages for the people of Birmingham for three decades, a calling that has brought her success and visibility. During that time, Griffin has always made decisions about who to hire to help at her cafes without granting preference to anyone based on their gender, sexuality or sexual preference. …

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INDIANA: House Committee Approves Religious License To Discriminate Bill

Via the Indianapolis Star: An Indiana House committee today approved controversial religious freedom legislation after those on both sides of the issue rallied in the hallways of the Statehouse. The House Judiciary Committee voted 9-4 to send the measure to the full House for consideration. Supporters say Senate Bill 101 is necessary to protect the freedom of people with strong …

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RUSSIA: Ikea Closes Website Over Fears About “Gay Propaganda” Laws

Via the BBC: Ikea is to close down an online magazine in Russia over fears it could flout the country’s law banning the promotion of gay values to minors. In a statement, the furniture giant said some articles in Ikea Family Live could be viewed in Russia as gay “propaganda”. The controversial law was approved by President Vladimir Putin in …

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OKLAHOMA: Democratic Rep Introduces Amendment Requiring Anti-Gay Businesses To Post Signs That Say So

Democratic Oklahoma House Rep. Emily Virgin yesterday introduced a perfect amendment to the bill that would legalize anti-gay discrimination by businesses. Via Raw Story: “Any person not wanting to participate in any of the activities set forth in subsection A of this section based on sexual orientation, gender identity or race of either party to the marriage shall post notice …

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Coming To NYC: Chick-Fil-A Megastore

During the Great Chicken Uproar of 2012, then-NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn demanded that the NYU cafeteria close its tiny walk-up Chick-Fil-A window, which remains the chain’s sole outpost in the nation’s largest city. But not for very much longer as this summer the company will open its biggest store ever, a three-story 5000sf outlet near Herald Square. “We are …

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OKLAHOMA: State Sen. Joseph Silk Says Gays Don’t Want Others To Have Freedom

From his campaign website: A bill that I recently introduced (SB 440) would protect businesses and religious entities who run their organizations according to their religious beliefs from being forced to violate their religious convictions in their businesses. This has outraged the LGBT community and they are crying discrimination while making themselves the only “target”, in reality it has nothing …

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CHARLOTTE: Christians Rally Against Proposed LGBT Rights Ordinance

Follow local journalist Matt Comer as he reports from the scene via Twitter.

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Dana Loesch: Gays Could Be Stoned In The Streets Over Public Accommodations

Kyle Mantyle reports at Right Wing Watch: During the discussion, Loesch said that if America doesn’t protect the supposed “right” of Christians to discriminate against gays in public accommodations, it will eventually lead to gays being stoned to death in the streets. Loesch claimed that a lot of atheists who listen to her radio program worry that not protecting this …

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From Today’s Charlotte Observer

“Do you enjoy the freedom to live according to your conscience without being forced to promote ideas or behaviors contrary to your convictions? Do you believe men should be prohibited from using women’s restrooms? Should a gay T-shirt maker be forced to create anti-gay marriage T-shirts? Should a Muslim baker be mandated to make a gay wedding cake? That’s exactly …

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ARKANSAS: NOM Backs Bill To Allow Businesses To Reject LGBT Customers

“In Arkansas, two courageous state legislators, Rep. Ballinger and Sen. Hester, have introduced HB1228, the Conscience Protection Act, in the Arkansas state assembly. The legislators of the state of Arkansas need to hear from you right away… ask them to support HB 1228 and protect the individual conscience rights and religious liberties of the people of Arkansas. The consequences of …

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