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GLBT News Roundup: March 4, 2014

According to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, state attorneys general are not obligated to defend state laws banning same-sex marriage if their discrimination violates the U.S. Constitution. Thus far, AGs in six states have declined to defend anti-marriage equality laws: Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Oregon and Nevada.

The Supreme Court of Idaho has ruled that married same-sex couples are entitled to adopt children.

A ruling in Kentucky has put same sex marriages in that state on hold until March 20 while the state of Kentucky decides whether to appeal the ruling.

The city of Tempe, Arizona passed a law last week making it illegal for businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. They join Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson as cities in Arizona with similar prohibitions.

A new California bill seeks to remove the possibility of “gay panic” defenses being used in that state’s criminal cases.

Scotland‘s Parliament voted 105-18 to legalize marriage equality, paving the way for same-sex couples there to begin marrying by the fall. Scotland joins England and Wales in the U.K. with marriage equality.

Hong Kong lawmakers are set to debate a bill that would give “non-operative” transgender people equal recognition under that city’s laws.

Disney has pulled their funding of Boy Scouts of America due to that group’s ban on gay scout leaders.


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