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Virginia Senate passes LGBT protections for state employees

The Virginia Senate passed a measure banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals in state employment, reported Metro Weekly. That would put the laws for public employees in line with private sector policies, according to the news outlet. Senate Bill 701 received support from all 20 Democratic state senators,…

Judge allows suit challenging New York same-sex marriage law

ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – A conservative religious group may proceed with a lawsuit seeking to overturn New York’s new law legalizing same-sex marriage, a state judge has ruled. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a non-profit advocacy group founded by Christian clergy, said that closed-door talks between Governor Andrew Cuomo…