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– Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has introduce legislation (S. 1982) that would ensure veterans can access benefits for their same-sex spouses.
– Champaign County has become the second Illinois county to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
– Virginia’s school “religious expression” bill (SB 236) could create a license for anti-LGBT bullying.
– California will consider legislation that would prevent people from using a “gay panic” or “trans panic” defense in court to justify violence against the LGBT community.
– LGBT activists have protested in the Idaho Capitol once again, demanding nondiscrimination protections.
– A Georgia pastor kicked a Boy Scouts troop out of his church because of its new inclusion of gay Scouts, for which he received a standing ovation from his congregation. Another church has already welcomed the troop.
– An Arizona Tea Party defended Arizona’s “license to discriminate” bill by claiming, “The First Amendment protects only the practice of the Christian faith.”