U.S. Senator Merkley (D-OR) will introduce a new federal comprehensive LGBT civil rights bill in the next Congress. The US Justice Department forbids profiling by federal employees, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. A transgender woman is murdered in Los Angeles. Plano, Texas passes a supposed gay rights ordinance with so many exemptions it will set the movement back. And the voters of Fayetteville, Arkansas repeal their law protecting gay rights. Michigan advances a so-called religious freedom bill, really a license to discriminate, and bottles up LGBT rights legislation. LGBT groups condemn the failure of the Staten Island DA to indict the cop in the homicide of Eric Garner. A Catholic parish music director sues to get his job back after being fired for marrying his male partner. Police raid a gay sauna in Cairo, arresting dozens of men and parading them out naked. LGBT rights groups protest the Mayor of Seoul, South Korea for obstructing LGBT rights protections.
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