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March 29, 2015

After signing the act into law, Governor Mike Pence says he is now seeking clarification that the new law does not promote discrimination against gays and lesbians

Thousands in Saturday marched in the state capital of Indianapolis while several hundred others rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse as a campaign by major businesses to boycott the state over its anti-gay religious freedom gains traction.

March 28, 2015

'Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me'

National Basketball Association legend Charles Barkley wants college basketball to remove its most important game out of Indiana.

Every March and April the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds its Final Four tournament (March Madness).

This year the championship will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 27, 2015

'This bill is a poison pill for jobs and investment in the state of Arkansas, and Governor Hutchinson has a duty to veto it'

Today, 27 March, the Arkansas Senate has passed a 'religious freedom' bill, mirrors Indiana's new law.

According to Arkansas Online, the southern state's senate passed HB 1228, also known as the Conscience Protection Act, in a 24-7 vote.

March 27, 2015

'Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?'

Broadway and television star Audra McDonald has no patience for Indiana's controversial anti-LGBTI law.

Yesterday, 26 March, Governor Mike Pence signed SB101, which allows anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

March 27, 2015

The US Disciples of Christ church is threatening to move its 2017 General Assembly convention outside of Indiana over a new ‘religious liberty’ law that allows religious people to discriminate against anyone they want to including LGBTI people

The leadership of the US Disciples of Christ church are reviewing their plans to hold their 2017 General Assembly in the state of Indiana after its Republican Governor Mike Pence signed into law a bill allowing wide ranging rights to discriminate by anyone who claims they have a religious objection.

March 26, 2015

Mike Pence: 'If I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it'

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed a controversial anti-LGBTI bill into law.

In a private ceremony today, Pence signed SB101 which allows anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

March 25, 2015

LGBTI families 'waiting for someone to invite them' to destinations, he adds

A travel expert has implored destinations in the US state of Michigan to reach out to LGBTI families – saying 'they are waiting for someone to invite them.'

Thomas Roth, founder of Community Marketing Inc. (CMI) – a company that researches LGBTI marketplace intelligence – was speaking at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism earlier this week, about his company's survey of 45,000 LGBTI people.

It found that 39% of respondents spend more at LGBTI-friendly destinations.

March 25, 2015

Gen Con says diversity of attendees is a 'key element' to its success

A major gaming convention has threatened to pull out of Indiana if state governor Mike Pence signs a bill that would allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against LGBTI people on religious grounds.

Adrian Swartout, chief executive officer of Gen Con, wrote a letter to Pence, warning that 'legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state's economy.'

March 25, 2015

'We will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events'

Star Trek icon George Takei warns Indiana Governor Mike Pence that his state will lose far more than the $50 million GenCon convention if he signs an anti-LGBTI bill into law.

March 24, 2015

Senate has already passed legislation - Governor Mike Pence plans to sign into law

The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday (22 March) easily passed a bill that would allow anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

The bill was passed by the Indiana Senate last month and Republican Governor Mike Spence (pictured) has already vowed to sign it into law.

Spence said in a statement the bill 'is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact.

March 2, 2015

'Nothing is more important than the best interests of the child, and it’s critical that the department take steps to ensure that both policy and procedure reflect that goal'

Nebraska is silently stepping away from a policy that prohibits LGBTI adults from being foster parents.

March 1, 2015

Potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Friday he remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite recent media reports saying that he is 'evolving' on the issue

'No. I believe in traditional marriage,' Jeb Bush said on stage at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when asked by conservative commentator Sean Hannity if his views had changed on same-sex marriage.

Bush has declared his interest in running for president of the United States in 2016.

His latest comments show that even if his private views on LGBT issues are changing, he is still publicly opposed to marriage equality.

February 25, 2015

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson allows automatic passage to be triggered without his signature

A bill in Arkansas that blocks cities and counties from passing anti-discrimination laws more expansive than the state's became law on Tuesday (24 February).

Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson did not sign what critics see as an anti-LGBTI bill into law but allowed it to move forward without his signature.

In Arkansas, a bill can become a law with the governor’s signature or it can be passed following five days with no action made against it.

February 25, 2015

An Inclusiveness Director for EY, Chris Crespo has come to realize the importance of confronting one’s fears

‘What if you weren't afraid?

I heard that question about a decade ago, and it was a turning point for me. Someone — I don’t recall who it was — came up with that question at a session I was attending.

It was right around the time I and others at EY were forming Beyond, our professional network supporting and promoting our LGBTA employees.

February 23, 2015

The entertainer took to Twitter yesterday to criticize the governor's decision to take no action

Cher has spoken out against a bill in Arkansas that will block towns and cities in the state from creating laws that prohibit discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 23, 2015

'If it becomes law, this bill will preempt local nondiscrimination laws and policies that offer protections on any basis not yet included in state law'

Leading US civil rights organizations are asking Arkansas' governor to veto a bill blocking towns and cities from passing laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBTI residents.

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Arkansas, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, and National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the statement yesterday (21 February).

February 21, 2015

'We are a nation under laws'

Robert Bentley, the governor of Alabama, vows to follow the federal courts when it comes to marriage equality.

'We are a nation under laws,' the southern state's chief executive said to Politico. 'We may not always agree with them, but we obey them.'

February 19, 2015

Oregon's Kate Brown replaces John Kitzhaber who resigned in disgrace

Kate Brown made history when she was sworn in as governor of Oregon on Wednesday (18 February).

She became the first openly bisexual governor of any state in US history.

Brown's ascension to the state's top job came after the resignation of former Governor John Kitzhaber who announced last Friday (13 February) that he would be stepping down this week.

February 15, 2015

'It’s crystal clear that the motivation for this bill is to stifle local efforts to advance equality for LGBT Arkansans'

Arkansas is one step closer to prohibiting towns and cities from passing laws blocking discrimination against LGBTI residents.

February 14, 2015

Secretary of State Kate Brown will take over after embattled Governor John Kitzhaber resigns from office

Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the first openly bisexual governor in US history next Wednesday (18 February).

Brown will succeed current Governor John Kitzhaber who announced his resignation on Friday (13 February).

Kitzhaber, a Democrat, has been immersed in an influence-peddling scandal involving his fiancée Cylvia Hayes who is accused of using her role in Kitzhaber's office for personal gain.

There is a criminal corruption probe underway.

February 11, 2015

State workers can now be legally fired for being gay or transgender

The Governor of Kansas has removed protections for LGBTI state employees in a move gay rights activists have decried as 'shameful.'

Sam Brownback yesterday (10 February) issued an executive order rescinding a 2007 order signed by former governor Kathleen Sebelius that extended non-discrimination protections to state employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

February 10, 2015

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul have chosen to appear in the documentary ‘Light Win: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity’ alongside notorious anti-LGBTI activist Scott Lively

Two of the leading candidates to become the Republican Party’s presidential candidate in 2016 have taken part in a new documentary that claims that ‘homosexual activists’ want to ban the Christian religion.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rand Paul have both chosen to appear in the soon to be released documentary ‘Light Win: How To Overcome The Criminalization Of Christianity.’

Both have declared their interest in running to be the next Republican candidate to be the President of the United States.

February 2, 2015

State assembles LGBTI travel crack team following legalisation of gay marriage in October

The US State of Virginia has revealed a major new LGBTI tourism drive – with Governor Terry McAuliffe recruiting a 21-person strong gay task force to get the job done.

The move follows the legalisation of gay marriage in the Old Dominion in October 2014.

Charlottesville Pride Community Network president Amy Sarah Marshall will be part of the gay travel dream team, according to reports.

January 29, 2015

They're going to use it for LGBTI advocacy instead

A gay bear couple own JebBushForPresident.com, and they're not giving it up without a fight.

Domain owners CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater, from Oregon, purchased the site name in 2008, ready for the former Florida governor to enter the race.

Instead of promoting the Republican politician, however, they're planning on using it for LGBTI advocacy.

'This page is intended to prompt understanding, insight, and healthy dialogue in the ever changing landscape of civil rights and social justice,' they said.