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Marriage Equality Round-Up - April 13th
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!

COMMENTARY: Even folks who normally express support for LGBTQ rights are buying into specious arguments conservatives are pushing - because they don't know the truth. full story

POP CULTURE: Without causing a fuss, a nice new ad for Google Calendar features a gay guy breaking up, getting over it, and then meeting someone new. full story

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AUSTRALIA: First, Telstra winded back its support for same sex-marriage after pressure from the Catholic Church; one of its biggest clients. Then, a Telstra customer service representative identified homosexuality as an "ideology" and not a sexuality during online correspondence with a customer. full story

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AUSTRALIA: Australia's largest telco, Telstra, says it has abandoned its public campaign for marriage equality to allow clear air during the proposed plebiscite - not because of pressure from the Catholic church. full story

EUROPE: Hundreds of thousands of young Europeans have taken part in a EU-wide poll - and it's found a lot more are open to gay sex than you might have expected. full story

USA: Faced with a lawsuit seeking a change in policy, the Social Security Administration has lifted the penalty on same-sex couples who received overpayment of benefits after the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act. full story

USA: Legislation has been proposed in states across the country to protect those who -- due to religious beliefs -- decline to employ or serve certain people. Critics say the laws are aimed at the LGBT community and are discriminatory. Recent laws denounced as discriminatory in North Carolina and Mississippi have prompted a growing backlash from opponents. Here's a look at legislation around the country. full story

USA: Some of the most famous players currently playing in the NFL are gay, according to former player and LGBTQ rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo. full story

USA: The White House declined to rule out federal funds being cut off in states with anti-LGBT laws. full story

USA: The Liberty Counsel group has helped author anti LGBTIQA measures in at least 20 states, "protecting" religion over sexual orientation, CBS reports. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Private adoption agencies in Alabama could turn away gay couples on religious grounds under a bill passed by a House Committee Wednesday. full story

USA, FLORIDA: It was another packed house at the April 12 Brevard School Board meeting, where supporters wearing red filled the room, pushing the Board to adopt district-wide LGBT protections. full story

USA, GEORGIA: Gov. Nathan Deal said the uproar in North Carolina and Mississippi over new laws that critics say curb gay rights should give supporters of the "religious liberty" measure in Georgia second thoughts, and warned that he's willing to pull out the veto pen again next year if similar legislation lands on his desk. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Governor John Bel Edwards's executive order includes a religious exemption, however, and applies to state contractors but not other private employers. full story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: The Senate in the US state of Massachusetts is set to debate a bill which would increase protections for trans people. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Sharon Stone has ditched plans to make a movie in Mississippi over the state's newly passed anti-LGBT law. full story

USA, MISSOURI: A bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people in Missouri has stalled in committee full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Ringo Starr won't play in North Carolina - the former member of The Beatles followed Bruce Springsteen's lead in canceling a concert in the state because of the anti-LGBTI law HB2. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: I will be donating all of the profits from the show to Equality North Carolina's efforts to repeal HB2 and I am proud of my manager and agent for joining me in this effort by donating their commissions from the show to this vital effort. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: TurnOUT! North Carolina announced a series of town hall meetings across the Tar Heel State, focused on engaging and mobilizing pro-equality North Carolinians against House Bill 2 (H.B. 2) in the upcoming legislative session. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Protesters increased the level of noise surrounding the state's new LGBT law Wednesday evening by setting off dozens of air horns at the governor's mansion. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: In response to a controversial new state law aimed at gay and transgender people, a group of firms designated as "Certified B" ethical corporations say they are canceling an annual CEO retreat, a street fair, and related meetings. full story 
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Published on:  April 14, 2016


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