Content Filed Under: 2016 Legislative Momentum

Throughout 2016, movement on LGBTQ-related bills both good and bad played a key role regarding the issue of comprehensive non-discrimination protections. Here’s how legislatures nationwide advanced or killed such bills, ordinances, and ballot initiatives in 2016.


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Historic: Louisiana Senate Committee Advances Employment Non-Discrimination Bill

By Adam Polaski • April 29, 2016, 12:56 pm On Thursday, April 28, the Senate Labor Committee voted 4-2 in favor of SB436, a bill to ensure that no one faces employment discrimination in Louisiana based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
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Step Forward: Missouri House Committee Votes Against Anti-LGBT SJR-39

By Adam Polaski • April 27, 2016, 2:33 pm Great news today out of Missouri, where the House Emerging Issues Committee did NOT advance the anti-LGBT SJR-39, which would place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot allowing small businesses and individuals to refuse services to LGBT Missourians.
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North Carolina General Assembly Returns to Session; Lawmakers Must Repeal HB2

By Adam Polaski • April 25, 2016, 9:18 am We’ve seen the damage this bill has done so far – it’s cost North Carolina hundreds of new jobs, millions in lost investment and it has done extraordinary harm to the state’s reputation as a good place to work and raise a family.
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Massachusetts Republican Governor Baker Supports Transgender Access to Public Restrooms

By Megan Clayton • April 21, 2016, 10:32 pm In a Boston Globe piece posted last night, a spokesperson for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker reiterated his opposition to discrimination and—for the first time ever—affirmed that the Republican Governor believes transgender people should be able to use the restroom consistent with who they are.
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Kentucky Legislative Session Ends, Defeating Anti-LGBT Legislation

By Adam Polaski • April 21, 2016, 7:06 am With the legislative session now complete for the year, it's something to celebrate to reflect on the fact that in 2016, no anti-LGBT bills will move forward in Kentucky.
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Big Win: Sponsor of Anti-Transgender Bill in Tennessee Pulls Legislation

By Adam Polaski • April 18, 2016, 5:16 pm Today in Tennessee, advocates of equality for LGBT people celebrated an important victory as Rep. Susan Lynn announced she would pull her bill, which would force students to use the restroom that corresponds with their biological sex, ignoring their gender identity.
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In Late-Night, 4-Hour Hearing, Missouri Business Leaders Fight for Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • April 13, 2016, 3:30 pm Businesses from across the country and across the state have united in opposition to SJR 39, and lawmakers should heed their warning and consider the implications this legislation would have on Missouri’s economy.
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South Carolina’s Republican Governor Nikki Haley Says Anti-Transgender Bill is Not Necessary

By Adam Polaski • April 7, 2016, 4:03 pm "While other states are having this battle, this is not a battle that we’ve seen is needed in South Carolina," Gov. Haley said of a bill that would restrict bathroom access for transgender people.
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Kentucky Senate Approves Inclusive Legislation on Marriage Between Same-Sex Couples

By Adam Polaski • April 1, 2016, 4:57 pm he news today is significant because just a few weeks ago, the same lawmakers approved Senate Bill 5, which sought to create separate marriage license forms for same-sex couples.
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Celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility and Moving Forward Nationwide

By Megan Clayton • March 31, 2016, 12:49 pm Today is Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to show support for the transgender community and celebrate the accomplishments of transgender people worldwide. Freedom for All Americans is working hard to advance freedoms for transgender people across the country.
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Mississippi Senate Advances Sweeping Anti-LGBT Bill

By Adam Polaski • March 31, 2016, 10:14 am Mississippi’s long history of discrimination took another unfortunate turn today as the state Senate advanced one of the most onerous and virulently anti-LGBT pieces of legislation in the nation.
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13 Reasons Governor Deal Should Veto the Anti-LGBT HB757

By Adam Polaski • March 25, 2016, 8:37 am National momentum continues to build against HB757, the bill in Georgia that would allow for broader religious exemptions than we’ve ever seen before – weaponized exemptions that are certainly designed to (and will surely be used to) discriminate against members of the LGBT community.
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Boston City Council Passes Resolution in Favor of Full Transgender Non-Discrimination Protections

By Megan Clayton • March 24, 2016, 1:28 pm As lawmakers in North Carolina take egregious steps to criminalize transgender people, the Boston City Council passed a resolution calling on state legislators to pass SB 735/HB 1577 and affirm the common human dignity and rights of transgender people.
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Less than 12 Hours After Its Introduction, North Carolina Governor Signs Anti-LGBT Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • March 24, 2016, 9:15 am During a legislative session that has seen the introduction of more than 150+ bills designed to codify discrimination against LGBT Americans in dozens of states, lawmakers today in the North Carolina General Assembly passed one of the worst, most extreme of those bills.
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North Carolina Passes Shameful Anti-LGBT Bill, One of the Most Extreme in the Nation

By Adam Polaski • March 23, 2016, 6:46 pm During a legislative session that has seen the introduction of more than 150+ bills designed to codify discrimination against LGBT Americans in dozens of states, lawmakers today in the North Carolina General Assembly passed one of the worst, most extreme of those bills.