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The Last Marriage Equality Watch - April 30th
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: Star of the X-Men movies franchise Shawn Ashmore has said he would play his Iceman character if he were gay. full story

BANGLADESH: The killing of two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital has driven the country's already secretive and small gay community underground, wondering if they can trust a government that considers their status to be criminal, rights groups said. full story

FAROE ISLANDS: Faroe Islands, a self-governing archipelago part of Denmark, has passed same-sex marriage. full story

ITALY: Two lesbian Italian women have won the right to adopt each other's children in a legal first for the country. full story

USA: MoveOn has launched a #StandWithTarget petition to counter the petition authored earlier this week by the AFA. From the MoveOn petition: "I pledge to support Target and any other business that stands up for transgender rights and accommodates transgender people in their restroom use." full story

USA: A list of religious schools in the US which receive public money but are exempt from LGBT discrimination laws has been published. full story

USA: A college applications system used by hundreds of institutions across the US is changing the way it deals with gender. full story

USA: At a Commonwealth Club of California town hall on Friday, John Kasich was confronted by 62-year-old Kelly Bryan, who asked the Ohio governor and presidential candidate whether he believes that people are born gay. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A Los Angeles county judge has ruled that gay sex stings carried out by Long Beach police are discriminatory and "indicative of animus toward homosexuals." full story

USA, ILLINOIS: A transgender student at Williamsville High School in central Illinois who was born female but identifies as male will be able to use the men's bathroom. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The law is specifically intended to subjugate people who might be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. And if that isn't bad enough, it doesn't stop there. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: The owners of the rights to West Side Story announced today that it would not issue licences in the two states for the musical to be performed. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: AC Transit will boycott a national transportation conference set to take place next month in North Carolina due to the state's enactment of an anti-LGBT law. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: A South Carolina school district has announced plans to adopt new policies on bathroom use after a transgender student was suspended for using the bathroom matching his gender identity. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: The Bonnaroo Music & Arts festival is denouncing anti-LGBT legislation recently signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Hallam. full story

USA, TEXAS: Tracy Murphree, the Republican candidate for Denton County sheriff who grabbed headlines late last week with a Facebook post implying he would use violence against transgender women in public restrooms, has cancelled a planned meeting with representatives of Equality Texas and Denton County couple who have a transgender child. full story 
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