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Steven Pancoast as seen in his mugshot in Canadian County, Oklahoma [KDKH-TV]

Ex-felon arrested for allegedly impersonating Oklahoma veterans’ agency ‘investigator’

Steve Pancoast was charged with impersonating a police officer, perjury, and possession of a weapon, and accused of misrepresenting himself as the “chief investigator” for the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) — a job the agency said does not even exist.
Texas state Rep. Drew Springer (R) [Facebook]

Texas Republican pushing — again — to strip same-sex couple benefits from school workers

Springer proposed an amendment to the state budget giving Education Commissioner Michael Williams and Attorney General Ken Paxton — both Republicans — the leeway to determine whether school districts are violating the state ban on marriage equality through the use of expanded benefits programs.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (WISH-TV)

GOP Indianapolis mayor defies Pence, bans discrimination by Christian businesses receiving city funds

At a press conference on Monday, Greg Ballard (R) said that he would issue an executive order that required all businesses to follow the city’s human rights ordinance, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Gov. Pence signing RFRA (Twitter)

Dems hammer Pence for posing with anti-LGBT activists while signing ‘religious freedom’ bill

“When this bill was signed, right over here in this very office, standing behind the governor was a mish-mash of every kind of anti-marriage-equality lobbyist that exists. If you read what they say [in support of] the bill, it becomes very clear that there is an intent to discriminate.”
'Man stretching jacket to reveal shirt with USA flag' [Shutterstock]

Supreme Court rejects appeal in California case involving students wearing US flag clothing

In a move sure to anger some on the political right, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal to a 9th Circuit court’s ruling that school administrators in Morgan Hill, California, did not violate three students’ constitutional rights by telling them to remove clothing bearing American flag images during a school-sanctioned celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
Purvi Patel

Indiana woman gets ‘cruel’ 20-year prison term for fetus death she claims was a miscarriage

“How can you both have caused a pregnancy to terminate and given birth to a baby whom you neglect?” said Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW).
House Speaker Brian Bosma speaks during an interview with WISH-TV (Screenshot)

WATCH: Indiana GOP leader admits ‘No Gays Allowed’ sign would be legal in most of the state

Indiana does not have a state law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine - (State of Ohio)

Ohio attorney general: Gays already have too much power — that’s why they can’t get married

In a legal brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, Ohio’s attorney general defended the state’s ban on same-sex marriages by claiming that LGBT people don’t deserve to be a protected class.
Rastafarian businessman (Shutterstock)

Whoops: Indiana’s anti-gay ‘Religious Freedom’ act opens the door for the First Church of Cannabis

In a classic case of “unintended consequences,” the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in Indiana may have opened the door for the establishment of the First Church of Cannabis in the Hoosier State.