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Marriage Equality Round-Up - April 7th
Here's our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

USA: A columnist for the Sun newspaper has written a column in which he demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of gender identity, whilst shutting down arguments for gender-neutral toilets. full story

POP CULTURE: Video game developers for "Baldur's Gate" have spoken out against tides of horrific personal abuse - after the inclusion of a transgender character in an expansion pack. full story

FRANCE: France has finally backed down following a stand-off with the Vatican over the nomination of a gay ambassador. full story

MALAYSIA: An out gay Malaysian student has been given refugee status in Canada after receiving threats. full story

NETHERLANDS: Gay couples from outside the Netherlands who wish to take advantage of liberal Dutch marriage laws cannot come here just to get married, ministers said on Wednesday. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party has promised to keep blocking equal marriage in their 2016 Assembly manifesto. full story

USA: Watch as trans men and women are forced by law into the wrong bathroom. full story



USA: Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a reference to transgender rights in a speech she delivered at the White House. full story

USA: The anti-gay group Family Research Council has told its supporters to boycott PayPal... can you guess what they use to take donations? full story

USA, ARIZONA: A top House Democrat on Wednesday blasted Republican leaders for refusing to update laws that effectively give preference to heterosexual couples in adopting children -- or even agree to debate the issue. full story

USA, KANSAS: The state of Kansas is attempting to change regulations on legal gender change, to make it harder for trans people to have documents reflecting their gender identity. full story

USA, KANSAS: A Care2 petition with over 22,000 signatures is demanding the Kansas legislature reject two bills that would penalize transgender students for using a bathroom that does not correspond with their physical anatomy. full story

USA, KANSAS: A brave Methodist pastor is facing potential removal from her church - because she revealed she is in a lesbian relationship after 25 years in the closet. full story

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USA, MAINE: Voters in Maine could be asked to remove protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation from the Maine Human Rights Act if a new ballot initiative is successful. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Funny or Die has very graciously produced an epic tourism ad to help sell the state to potential vacationers as the perfect gay-free holiday destination. full story

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USA, MISSISSIPPI: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has signed an Executive Order banning official City of Seattle travel by employees to Mississippi in response to that state's passage of a bill to revoke protections for LGBTQ people. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Washington employees were banned from most government-related travel to Mississippi because of that state's new law allowing businesses owners to refuse service to gay, lesbian and transgender customers for religious reasons. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The state of Vermont is banning for now official travel to Mississippi because of that state's passage of a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Mark Dayton, in response to Mississippi making it legal for people there to be denied service based on sexual orientation, instructed Minnesota state employees to refrain from any nonessential travel to that Southern state. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi may face cuts if a federal investigation finds that their anti-LGBT law is discriminatory. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Lambda Legal released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) guide for the LGBT community in Mississippi after Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523, an anti-LGBT bill that invites a broad range of individuals, private businesses and medical and social services agencies to discriminate against anyone in Mississippi based on religious beliefs about marriage, non-marital sexual relationships, and conformity with gender stereotypes. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The Jackson, Mississippi City Council has passed a resolution reacting to the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant on Tuesday. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Transgender actress Candis Cayne appeared Tuesday on CNN to discuss a Mississippi law that targets the LGBT community. full story

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USA, MISSISSIPPI: Ellen Degeneres spoke out about Mississippi's new law on her show, but her comments apply to any of the twelve states that have considered or passed similar legislation.full story

USA: With word that Mississippi has gone forward and passed its own anti LGBTIQA law, the tech industry is speaking out again. full story

USA, MONTANA: Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester invited the company to consider bringing the 400 jobs to Montana. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: With businesses pulling out left and right in North Carolina due to the state's governor signing a bill that prohibits municipalities from protecting their LGBT citizens, a plethora of companies will now be wandering the deserts looking for a new tolerant town to call home. Enter the mayors of St. Petersburg and Tampa. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The production of a Hulu comedy series has been moved out of North Carolina over the state's new anti-LGBT law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: CNN's New Day program pitted North Carolina Rep. Paul Stam against Human Rights Campaign attorney Sarah Warbelow on live television. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-trans north carolina is home to Martine Rothblatt, the visionary trans woman who leads a pharma company. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Ohio's most populous county is banning its employees from non-essential government travel to North Carolina after that state enacted its anti-LGBTIQA law. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Gov. Tom Wolf says he'll sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination by state contractors against people who are lesbian, gay or transgender. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: A Republican state senator from South Carolina has introduced legislation he says mirrors North Carolina's discriminatory HB 2: "The bill actually only mirrors the anti-LGBT portion and does not include the minimum wage and employment discrimination portions...It also specifically targets transgender students." full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Tennessee's House of Representatives have passed a "religious liberty" law that will allow therapists to turn away clients who are gay full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Legislation that would ban students in public schools and colleges from using the bathroom or locker room that matches their gender identity has been resurrected in the legislature. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: George Mason University's law school made an announcement last week that it would be rebranding itself "the Antonin Scalia School of Law" (ASSoL) in order to honor the Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large) and six of his Council colleagues introduced a bill on Tuesday that would prohibit city government funding for travel to any state that adopts a law sanctioning discrimination against LGBT people. full story 
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