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April 21, 2015

Ohio Governor John Kasich will be attending the same-sex wedding of a close gay friend despite his personal disagreement on the issue because he says their friendship is more important to him

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio may have said that he would hypothetically attend the same-sex wedding of someone that he was close to despite his opposition to the idea, but rival Republican candidate John Kasich has already accepted the invitation.

April 20, 2015

The tech giant, which is currently expanding in Monroe, has spoken out against proposed legislation that would allow business to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings

IBM has become one of the first global companies to publicly speak out against a proposed religious freedom law being considered in Louisiana.

Last week, GSN reported on how Governor Booby Jindal was hopeful that legislation, HB 707, would be passed.

April 19, 2015

The Republican is not a supporter of marriage equality

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been a guest at the wedding reception of a same-sex couple.

The likely candidate for a 2016 presidential run made the announcement last night, 18 April, after a speech in New Hampshire, an early primary state.

April 18, 2015

'This is simply about protecting the essential religious freedom rights in the First Amendment'

A bill is working its way in Louisiana's state house that will eclipse anything in Indiana's freedom of religion law.

According to MSNBC HB 707, the Marriage and Conscience Act. is being considered by the state's congress.

If passed the measure would protect state workers from punishment who do not want to process papers for same-sex marriages.

April 16, 2015

Mike Pence now has favorable rating of just 35%

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is paying the price for rushing to sign the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA) into law last month.

After nationwide backlash and a disastrous interview with ABC News defending the law, Pence called for amendments to legislation that was viewed as giving license to private businesses to legally discriminate against gays and others.

It's also been damaging to the Republican governor's reputation.

April 15, 2015

Guam may have just become the first of the US’ five overseas territories to allow same-sex couples to marry after the island’s Attorney General issued a directive to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians

The United States Pacific territory of Guam may be about to become the first of its overseas territories to allow same-sex couples to marry after Guam’s Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson issued a directive to the island’s Department of Public Health and Social Services instructing it to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians.

However the department is pushing back so far, saying it will not be accepting any applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples ‘until further notice.’

April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 14, 2015

Following the passing of its controversial religious freedom law, Indiana is spending $2million+ with a PR firm in an attempt to repair its image

The state of Indiana has hired a global PR firm to help repair its image after the passing of its controversial religious freedom bill.

The message of the campaign? Indiana is a welcoming place to live, visit and do business.

The PR firm tasked with promoting the message is Porter Novelli. It has been hired by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

April 10, 2015

Memories Pizza owners found themselves at center of religious freedom debate when they said they wouldn't cater a gay wedding

The O'Connor family has re-opened the doors of Memories Pizza to a full house after being closed for eight days.

'It's a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal,' said owner Kevin O'Connor who with his daughter, Crystal, was at the center of a national controversy over Indiana's controversial religious freedom law.

Crystal O'Connor had said her family 'doesn't hate gays' but simply would not deliver pizzas to a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs.

April 5, 2015

The Terminator star calls fellow Republicans 'out of touch' and 'choosing a politics of division'

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California, blasted fellow Republicans for choosing ‘a politics of division’ through Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Terminator star wrote a column for the Washington Post in which he said while, as an American, he is concerned by the developments, he is furious as a Republican.

April 5, 2015

Christian pastor John Pavlovitz has an Easter message ‘to all those fighting non-existent wars’: the gay community are not battling religion, but against discrimination

North Carolina Christian Pastor John Pavlovitz penned a blog last autumn which quickly went viral. He wrote about what he promised to do if his children grew up and told him that they were gay. In short, he vowed to love them and support them and spread a message of love and acceptance to others.

April 5, 2015

The state governments of Washington, Connecticut and New York banned state-funded travel to Indiana to boycott the passage of its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill but they have now lifted the sanction after Governor Mike Pence relented

State government employees from New York State, Washington and Connecticut can once again travel to the state of Indiana after it relented over its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill which would have allowed people of faith to discriminate against pretty much anyone they wanted to.

The travel ban included all state agency employees as well as public colleges and universities so the ban covered state sponsored trips by students and teachers as well.

April 4, 2015

'The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana and Arkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them'

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and possible 2016 candidate for the White House, claims US business is controlled by the 'militant gay community.'

The Republican was a guest today (4 April) on CNN defending religious freedoms laws, like the one amended in Indiana late last week.

He rejected any comparison with the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

April 3, 2015

Asa Hutchinson: 'The fact that it might not solve every problem for everyone probably means that it's a good bill'

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law on Thursday that provides protections for religious freedom but was revised to not appear anti-gay.

Hutchinson surprised many this week when he refused to sign an earlier version of a bill which closely resembled the law that has caused a firestorm of controversy in Indiana in the past week.

April 3, 2015

Human Rights Campaign says amendment limits damage but falls far short of a full solution

Gov Mike Pence Thursday evening signed a fix to Indiana's 'religious freedom' law after a backlash over what was seen as a 'license to discriminate.'

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), made law last week, allowed businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

The amendment, which passed the state House by a vote of 66-30 and the state Senate by a vote of 34-16, explicitly bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – the first time both terms have ever been mentioned in Indiana law.

April 3, 2015

Crystal O'Connor: 'We have to accept them, and we just ask they accept us'

Flush with nearly $800,000 in donations from supporters, the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, aren't through talking about gay people.

'God has blessed us for standing up for what we believe, and not denying Him,' Crystal O'Connor tells Fox News.

She also said her family 'doesn't hate gays' but simply would not deliver pizzas to a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs.

April 2, 2015

Oh...kay...

There is a lot of homophobic drivel to come out of the Indiana debacle, but this might be the most ridiculous yet.

On his radio program this week, Bryan Fischer claimed an attempt to clarify the state's 'religious freedom' law would lead to Christians being pushed into slavery.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has tried to alleviate some of the criticism over the law, claiming he is happy to try to clarify it to make it clear no business has a right to deny services to customers.

April 2, 2015

Indiana's beleaugured governor finds himself the butt of jokes

Indian Governor Mike Pence is dealing with more than threats of boycotts and the damage to his state's reputation after signing the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.

Now he's squarely in the cross-hairs of TV's late night hosts.

'You hear nothing about the guy and boom! He's in the headlines every day,' said The Late Show host David Letterman.

April 2, 2015

'Religious freedom' law will include language that specifically protects people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

Indiana will change the 'religious freedom' law, clarifying it to ensure businesses do not deny services to LGBTI people.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law last week by Governor Mike Pence, would allow any individual or corporation to cite religious beliefs as a defense in a lawsuit.

This would allow any faith-owned businesses the ability to deny services or goods to gay customers.

Companies such as Walmart and Apple condemned the law, with some states even stopping state-funded travel to Indiana.

April 1, 2015

Asa Hutchinson says his own son signed a petition demanding a veto

He had vowed to sign it, then Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson didn't.

On Wednesday, Hutchinson surprised all when he announced he would not #HB1228 into law.

The 'religious liberty' bill passed by the legislature this week is nearly identical to the one causing a firestorm of protest in Indiana. They are seen by critics as a way for private businesses to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians.

'This is a bill that in ordinary times would not be controversial. these are not ordinary times,' Hutchinson said. 

April 1, 2015

San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, Denver and DC also join boycott

Connecticut, New York, and Washington have banned state-funded travel to Indiana and any other states that pass 'religious freedom' laws.

The Indiana Religous Freedom Restoration allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds, which has led to a mass boycott of the state.

Gov Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called the law 'disturbing and outright discriminatory' before signing an executive order on Monday (30 March) 

April 1, 2015

NCAA under pressure to move national college basketball championship out of the state

Greg Louganis and Jason Collins and other gay athletes are planning to protest Indiana's 'religious freedom' law during the NCAA Final Four, despite Gov Mike Pence’s promise to 'fix' the law before the national college basketball championship begins on Saturday.

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

Olympic diving legend Louganis and former NBA player Jason Collins will travel to the state this week for press conferences or other public events.

April 1, 2015

Argument mirrors Virginia's defense of interracial marriage bans 50 years ago

Gov Steve Beshear is arguing that Kentucky's ban on gay marriage isn't discriminatory because it bars both gay and straight people from same-sex unions.

A brief filed with the US Supreme Court last week states that 'men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex' and therefore the ban is not discriminatory and should be upheld.

April 1, 2015

‘The notion that you can tell businesses that somehow they are free to discriminate is madness’

Earlier this week, tech figureheads Tim Cook (Apple) and Max Levchin (PayPal and Yelp) spoke out forcefully on their disapproval of Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.