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(ACLU) North Carolina's marriage refusal bill
SB 2 and Michigan's adoption refusal House Bills
4188, 4189, and 4190 -- have made it out of state
legislatures and are on the way to becoming law.
The North Carolina bill would allow
magistrates to refuse to perform marriages.
Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed the legislation. But the
Speaker of North Carolina's House called for a
vote and overrode the governor's veto.
In Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder signed in
legislation that will limit the pool of families
available to the state's children. Michigan's
adoption refusal law now authorizes state-
paid child placement agencies to turn away
prospective foster or adoptive parents based on
the religious beliefs of the agencies, regardless
of their ability to care for a child.
Legislatures in Texas, Alabama, and Florida
rejected similar measures earlier this year.
The ACLU is looking at options to challenge
the laws, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday.
Anti LGBT Measures Pass in
North Carolina and Michigan
Dept. of Defense includes Sexual
Orientation in Non Discrimination
(CNN) -- The Department of Defense has updated the
Military Equal Opportunity policy, so sexual orientation will
for the first time be included and will ensure everyone -- no
matter the race, religion, color, sex, age and national origin --
be treated equally to maintain a more inclusive environment.
"The Department of Defense has made a lasting
commitment to living the values we defend -- to treating
everyone equally --- because we need to be a meritocracy,"
Carter said during the LGBT Pride Month Ceremony at the
Pentagon auditorium. "We need to focus relentlessly on our
mission, which means the thing that matters most about a
person is what they can contribute to national defense. This
is a commitment we must continually renew."
While Carter acknowledged the inclusivity of the military,
he also said the DOD would provide benefits as well as
recognize those who are same-sex spouses of military
This September will mark the four-year anniversary of the
repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, which prohibited
qualified gay and lesbian Americans to serve openly in the
Tel-Aviv Pride has Record Turn Out
(Tel-Aviv Global) The biggest-ever Tel Aviv Pride
Festival took place over the last week with the participation
of over 180,000 people from Israel and abroad. The parade,
held under the theme "Tel Aviv Loves All Genders" marks
the city's commitment of support to the Transgender
community, and was launched by the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo,
Mr. Ron Huldai, marking the peak of a week of events.
"To the proud people of Tel Aviv, I am happy to stand
before you and open this city's seventeenth Gay Pride Parade.
We have been through a lot in the past seventeen years.
We reached a different reality together in Tel Aviv and also
throughout Israel. I want to say to all politicians that we have
a lot of legislation to pass in order to promote and receive the
LGBT community in Israel as a whole," Huldai said.
Guest of honor, Conchita Wurst, performed "Rise Like a
Phoenix" - her winning song from the Eurovision Contest
Thousands Attend Indiana LGBT
(AP) Tens of thousands of people converged Saturday
on Indianapolis for an annual parade celebrating the LGBT
community only months after a stinging debate over Indiana's
new religious objections law.
Mayor Greg Ballard, who served as grand marshal of the
Cadillac Barbie IN Pride Parade, joined his wife, Winnie, in
waving from the back of a streetcar to thousands of cheering
people who lined the downtown parade route.
The Republican mayor was invited to serve as grand
marshal after he spoke out against Indiana's religious
objections law, which critics called discriminatory against the
Tami Meyers, a 41-year-old nurse, traveled from Huntington
in northern Indiana to see the parade with friends and cheer
on parade participants, some of whom rode atop colorful
floats, waving rainbow flags that are a symbol of LGBT pride.
Among the many banners carried by those marching in the
parade was one, which read "God Loves You. No Exceptions"
and provoked cheers and whistles of support as it was carried
along the parade route.
Meyers, who is lesbian, said she was stunned when she
heard about the religious objections law Republican Gov.
Mike Pence signed in March. Although lawmakers eventually
clarified that law after some companies banned travel to the
state and some conventions threatened to cancel, she said the
law had harmed Indiana's image.
If Indiana lawmakers fail next year to pass civil rights
protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
residents, Meyers said she and many others in the LGBT
community may opt to move to more welcoming states.
Photo: Tel Aviv.
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