1) ‘Ex-gay’ group posts billboard in Richmond claiming ‘Nobody is born gay (which is bull-S@$*T)
A billboard on I-95 in Richmond, Virginia has sparked outrage and is creating much discussion over the long debated issue of whether homosexuality is a choice or genetic. According to a report by local NBC affiliate WWBT, the billboard posted by an ex-gay organization claims that “nobody is born gay” and also claims that they have helped people “overcome” being gay.
2) Voters In Fayetteville, Arkansas, Repeal LGBT Protections
Fayetteville, Arkansas' city council recently passed (by a significant majority) a local ordinance protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination in public accommodation, employment, and housing. Last night it was successfully REPEALED by voters thanks to the efforts of BAPTIST PREACHERS rallied by Josh Duggar - a member of the infamous baby-breeder factory Duggar family. I just don't understand the origin of this kind of hatred.
THE VOTER REPEAL: http://www.towleroad.com/2014/12/voters-in-fayetteville-arkansas-repeal-civil-rights-ordinance-but-mayor-says-it-wont-be-the-last-rou.html
(The ORIGINAL protections law was passed with a city council vote of 6 to 2: http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2014/08/19/fayetteville-council-votes-6-2-for-civil-rights-ordinance-that-protects-gay-transgender-people
3) U.S. House Republicans ask Labor Department to reverse new LGBT protections
Republican Reps. John Kline of Minnesota and Tim Walberg of Michigan have sent a letter to the Department of Labor asking it to withdraw a rule aimed at protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination. The letter requests a 60-day period to allow for public comment on the rule.
3) Michigan House Republicans just passed a religious "license to discriminate" bill, which would allow anyone to refuse service to anyone and claim their "religious beliefs" require them to discriminate.
The Michigan House of Representatives has passed a religious freedom bill that might potentially allow emergency medical personnel to exercise religious objections to treating gay patients. AND:
For example, under the Religious Freedom law, a pharmacist could refuse to fill a doctor's prescription for birth control, or HIV medication. An emergency room physician or EMT could refuse service to a gay person in need of immediate treatment. A school teacher could refuse to mentor the children of a same-sex couple, and a DMV clerk could refuse to give a driver's license to a person who is divorced.
On 4 December 2014, the Michigan House of Representatives passed
also known as the “Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (or RFRA).
That bill (which has not yet become law, as it still needs to be passed
by the Michigan Senate and signed by the governor) seeks to "limit
governmental action that substantially burdens a person's exercise of
religion," which includes "an act or refusal to act, that is
substantially motivated by a sincerely held religious belief, whether or
not compelled by or central to a system of religious belief."
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/michiganmedical.asp#ekRsJVgS3gmUMtrU.99