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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.
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Arkansas Days Inn fires woman for telling reporter she backs 25-cent minimum wage hike

“As of now, I’m looking for any kind of job at all,” she added. “Flipping burgers. Cleaning. Anything. It doesn’t matter.”
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.”
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.
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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.
Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

South African comic Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart as ‘Daily Show’ host

The 31-year-old Noah was born in South Africa to a black mother and white Swiss father, and he speaks six languages.