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Speed Read: No religious exemption

President Obama will sign an executive order tomorrow that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people but, importantly, it does not provide a new exemption to allow contractors to claim a religious-based need to discriminate.

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Speed Read: All eyes on Supreme Court

Seven major LGBT groups have withdrawn their support for ENDA, amidst a raging debate over whether the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is good or bad for the community and whether the LGBT community should accept a religious exemption to ENDA to get enough Republican support for passage. Utah has taken its defense of its ban on same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court, skipping a hearing by the full Tenth Circuit. And there’s an “underground railroad” underway to help LGBT people escape Uganda.

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Speed Read: A lot can happen in a week…

If this was a week you thought it was safe to take a vacation, you may have missed the big religious exemption ruling by the Supreme Court, a push for a religious exemption in President Obama’s pending executive order, an appeal to the Supreme Court by a Pennsylvania clerk seeking to defend that state’s marriage law, and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has a new baby girl.

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Speed Read: White House celebration

The White House will host its annual Pride reception this afternoon. The Seventh Circuit federal appeals court issued a stay of a federal judge’s ruling that Indiana’s marriage ban is unconstitutional. And cases advance in Louisiana and Florida.

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A Closer Look

June 26: An historic date marking victories that almost didn’t happenJune 26: An historic date marking victories that almost didn’t happen

Three important U.S. Supreme Court decisions have made June 26 the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement’s calendar. But the powerful impact of two of those decisions has almost obscured the fact that they were narrow victories.

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Breaking News

President signs historic executive order

President Obama this morning (July 21) signed a long-sought executive order prohibiting contractors who do business with the federal government from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and adding to existing protection (which includes sexual orientation) for federal employees a prohibition of discrimination based on gender identity.

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Legal activists call Hobby Lobby decision ‘radical’ and will require vigilance to protect LGBT equality

Some LGBT legal activists say today’s decision in a U.S. Supreme Court religious exemption case amounts to a “dangerous and radical departure from existing law that creates far more questions than it answers.”

Saying it is not providing a “shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice,” a 5 to 4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today (June 30) that a federal law may not require a closely held commercial employer to provide health insurance coverage for contraception if that employer claims that to do so violates his or her personal religious beliefs.

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First federal appeals court panel weighs in; finds Utah’s ban unconstitutionalFirst federal appeals court panel weighs in; finds Utah’s ban unconstitutional

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a 2 to 1 decision Wednesday, upholding a district court decision that Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

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June 26: An historic date marking victories that almost didn’t happenJune 26: An historic date marking victories that almost didn’t happen

Three important U.S. Supreme Court decisions have made June 26 the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement’s calendar. But the powerful impact of two of those decisions has almost obscured the fact that they were narrow victories.

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Mizeur falls, Maloney hits a bump, but 9 out of 12 advance in primaries

Nine of 12 openly LGBT candidates won their primary races Tuesday; but, lesbian Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur was not one them. And U.S. Rep. Sean Maloney was bested by his Republican opponent in a head-to-head ballot for the Independence Party.

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