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Marriage Equality Round-Up - April 26th
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!

POP CULTURE: An ITV drama adaptation has attracted criticism - after a gay character was turned straight. full story

BANGLADESH: CTV News reports that Al Qaeda has taken responsibility for the brutal killings of two gay activists and journalists. full story

MALAYSIA: Malaysian LGBTIs should not be allowed to join the police force, a top police official has said. full story


SAUDI ARABIA: More than 30 members of Congress have signed a letter to Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. that expresses concern over the country's LGBT rights record.
full story

THAILAND: A court in Thailand has awarded custody of a baby to a same-sex couple after a high-profile custody battle with a Thai surrogate mother. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: The Scottish National Party's spokesperson for Women, Children and Equalities, Angela Crawley MP, says her country can raise the bar on trans rights. full story

USA: A member of the "Fox News' Medical Team" recently appeared on the conservative network to promote what he thinks should be done to "cure" transgender kids of being trans: giving them hormones to make them more like their biological gender at birth. full story

USA: Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's sentencing hearing on child molestation charges was held last week. He faces five years in prison. And yet the GOP supports him and attacks trans people for crimes they don't commit. full story

USA: Ted Cruz has released a new campaign ad attacking transgender people. Released Thursday, Cruz's ad highlights his support for North Carolina's HB2, an anti-LGBT law that forces transgender North Carolinians to use restroom facilities in schools and on publicly-owned property inconsistent with their gender identity. full story

USA: Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz took his anti-trans rhetoric a step further over the weekend by indicating transgender women should only use restrooms at home and avoid public facilities. full story

USA: More than half a million people have already signed the American Family Association's boycott petition against Target. Despite the still-growing furor, Target is standing firm. full story

USA, COLORADO: The Colorado State Supreme Court decided today to let stand an appellate court ruling that Masterpiece Cakeshop violated Colorado's anti-discrimination law when it refused to sell a same-sex couple a cake for their wedding reception. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Family Dollar store said it is taking "very seriously" an incident in which a gay customer was refused service in a New Orleans store. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: More than 150,000 signatures demanding the repeal of North Carolina's anti-LGBT House Bill 2 were delivered to the office of Gov. Pat McCrory today. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: While the whole country is talking about the North Carolina law that limits protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, a new survey shows one group that largely refuses to discuss it: the lawmakers who passed it. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: At this writing a growing crowd of about 1000 are protesting in support of North Carolina's anti-LGBT hate law as Democrats introduce a repeal bill in the state Assembly. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Dolly Parton announced today that she's kicking off the first leg of her highly anticipated summer tour in Greensboro, NC. "I think everybody should be treated great and with respect and everybody knows that about me. I can address that from the stage." full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato: "After much thought and deliberation, Nick and I have decided to cancel our shows in Raleigh and Charlotte." full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: National Center for Transgender Equality head Mara Keisling and at least several other activists have been arrested at a sit-in at the North Carolina General Assembly building. full story

USA: The Walker Stalked Convention that had been set to take place in July at the Charlotte Convention Center has been cancelled. However, the three-day convention packed full of events and panels has been scrapped - with a new date tentatively pencilled in for December. full story 
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Published on:  April 26, 2016

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