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Actions regarding pro or anti-LGBTQ legislation, orders, and actions at the federal level, wither Congressional, Presidential, or Judicial.


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Anti-LGBT Bill ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ Scheduled for July 12 Hearing

By Adam Polaski • June 28, 2016, 2:14 pm The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) will hold a hearing on the deceptively titled First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) on July 12.
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After Bipartisan Victory for LGBT Protections, Congress Must Resolve Discriminatory Measures in Conference Committee

By Adam Polaski • May 26, 2016, 10:59 am The measure passed 223 – 195, garnering support from 43 Republicans – a noticeable turnaround from last week, when a chaotic vote on the amendment culminated in a 213-212 defeat.
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Shameful: States File Lawsuit Refusing to Follow Federal Guidance on Transgender Student Protections

By Adam Polaski • May 25, 2016, 3:28 pm Today, May 25, several states filed a lawsuit against the United States government over recent guidance issued by the Departments of Education and Justice earlier this month protecting transgender students.
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Take Action: Urge Congress to Remove Anti-LGBT Russell Amendment from NDAA

By Adam Polaski • May 19, 2016, 1:55 pm 16.5 million Americans are protected by the executive order – but if the Russell Amendment becomes law, all of these people could be left vulnerable to employment discrimination.
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Congressmembers Introduce the ‘Do No Harm Act’ to Clarify Intent of Federal RFRA

By Adam Polaski • May 18, 2016, 5:06 pm "The ‘Do No Harm Act’ recognizes that religious freedom and nondiscrimination can exist alongside one another without conflict."
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Anti-LGBT Amendment That Would Void Obama’s Non-Discrimination Executive Order Advances in U.S. Congress

By Adam Polaski • May 18, 2016, 12:36 pm The measure, introduced by Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK), is a vaguely written amendment that would allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees, likely upending President Obama's 2014 executive order extending LGBT nondiscrimination protections to employees of federal contractors.
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New Affordable Care Act Rule Protects Transgender Patients from Discrimination in Health Care and Coverage

By Megan Clayton • May 13, 2016, 3:31 pm The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule under the Affordable Care Act that prohibits denying health care or health coverage to people on the basis of gender identity.
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Federal Officials Affirm Respect for Transgender Students in Public Schools

By Adam Polaski • May 13, 2016, 10:18 am The letter comes as the administration increasingly vocalizes its position that Title VII and Title IX protections extend to transgender Americans.
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Anti-LGBT Measures – including the First Amendment Defense Act – are on the Move in Congress

By Adam Polaski • May 4, 2016, 3:55 pm Two measures allowing for discrimination against LGBT people are moving in the House of Representatives – even as states like North Carolina and Mississippi continue to experience economic backlash from approving similar bills.
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Federal Commission Takes Step Toward LGBT Workplace Protections

By Adam Polaski • July 16, 2015, 6:30 pm In a decision dated July 15, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) concluded that employers cannot discriminate against employees based on sexual orientation.
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“License to Discriminate” Bill Gains Momentum in Congress

By Megan Clayton • July 15, 2015, 10:24 pm The threat is real: The so-called "First Amendment Defense Act" is gaining momentum in Congress—and it could be considered in a House Committee as soon as next week.
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Federal Bill Allowing Discrimination Against Married Same-Sex Couples Introduced in U.S. Congress

By Freedom for All Americans • June 18, 2015, 10:05 am United States Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced a bill this morning that would make it easier for any individual or business to discriminate against married same-sex couples. The legislation is similar to types that have been roundly rejected by Americans across the nation.