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  • School ordered to let boy use girls’ locker room

    November 9 2015 by Lynde Langdon, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    School ordered to let boy use girls’ locker room

    A letter dated Nov. 2 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to Township School District 211 outlines not only the government’s unrelenting demands, but also its rejection of the district’s argument that boys and girls should not see each other naked in high school.

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  • Houston pastors fight gender-bending Equal Rights Ordinance

    October 23 2015 by Bonnie Pritchett, World New Service | with 0 comments
    Houston pastors fight gender-bending Equal Rights Ordinance

    The diverse group of pastors who fought a year-long battle to get a controversial anti-discrimination ordinance on the upcoming ballot won a seemingly impossible legal fight with outgoing Mayor Annise Parker. But the most daunting task may still lie ahead – getting Houstonians, especially members of their congregations, to vote.

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  • Boy allowed in girls’ locker room sparks protest

    September 10 2015 by Daniel James Devine, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Boy allowed in girls’ locker room sparks protest

    A Missouri high school is in the national spotlight after a transgender student – born male but identifying as female – requested permission to use the girls’ locker rooms and restrooms this year. On Aug. 31, about 150 students walked out of classes to protest allowing the student to use female facilities.

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  • Fayetteville voters approve LGBT anti-discrimination law

    September 10 2015 by Caleb Yarbrough, Arkansas Baptist News/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Fayetteville voters approve LGBT anti-discrimination law

    Fayetteville, Ark. citizens voted to ratify the city’s Uniform Civil Rights Protection ordinance – that now protects the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community – by a slim margin Sept. 8. Originally passed June 16, the law is a revised version of a 2014 law that was repealed ...

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  • Houston to vote on equal rights ordinance

    August 7 2015 by Bonnie Pritchett, The Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Houston to vote on equal rights ordinance

    Houston’s City Council voted Aug. 5 to put the controversial equal rights ordinance (known as HERO) on the Nov. 3 ballot after a vote to repeal the law failed but not before debate arose over the ballot language. Council members opposed to the ballot language cautioned Mayor Annise Parker …

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  • TX Supreme Court: Repeal or vote on Houston ordinance

    July 28 2015 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN/ Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    TX Supreme Court: Repeal or vote on Houston ordinance

    The Texas Supreme Court has directed the Houston’s city council to abide by its own charter and repeal the controversial Equal Rights Ordinance or put it up to a city-wide vote this November. The city has until Aug. 24 to comply or be compelled to do so by the high court.

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  • LGBT ordinance again before Fayetteville

    July 21 2015 by Caleb Yarbrough, Arkansas Baptist News | with 0 comments
    LGBT ordinance again before Fayetteville

    Residents in Fayetteville, Ark., will once again vote on an ordinance aimed at protecting the LGBT community Sept. 8. Passed by the Fayetteville City Council in a 6-2 vote June 16, Ordinance 5781 is a revised version of a similar civil rights law originally passed in August 2014 by the council.

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  • Houston verdict leaves both sides claiming victory

    February 18 2015 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Houston verdict leaves both sides claiming victory

    In a Feb. 13 verdict that left both sides claiming victory, a Houston jury handed down a decision in a lawsuit against the city and administrators for their dismissal of a petition by a coalition of pastors and civic leaders opposed to the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance.

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  • Ark. LGBT law 'runs against' 1st amendment

    October 27 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ark. LGBT law 'runs against' 1st amendment

    Voters in Fayetteville, home of the University of Arkansas, will have the opportunity Dec. 9 to vote on whether to rescind a measure that provides civil rights protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Fayetteville's city council approved the ordinance in August, and…

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  • Floyd: Stand up for Houston pastors

    October 21 2014 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Floyd: Stand up for Houston pastors

    Ronnie Floyd is one of several speakers from across the nation slated to speak Nov. 2 at the “I Stand Sunday” simulcast hosted by Family Research Council and other partners. The event is being held in response to five Houston ministers being issued subpoenas by the city’s attorney to turn over sermons …

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  • Houston sermon subpoenas unite Baptists

    October 20 2014 by Tom Strode & Bonnie Pritchett, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Houston sermon subpoenas unite Baptists

    The city of Houston has managed to unite Baptists divided on other issues to speak with one voice on an application of their shared belief in religious freedom – that the government should not subpoena sermons.

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  • Drop pastor subpoenas, Texas AG to city atty.

    October 17 2014 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist Texan/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Drop pastor subpoenas, Texas AG to city atty.

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott called on Houston city attorney Dave Feldman Oct. 16 to withdraw subpoenas requiring five pastors to submit their sermons to his office in regard to litigation against a new Houston Equal Rights Ordinance’s protections based on sexual orientation.

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  • Houston subpoenas pastors’ sermons

    October 16 2014 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Houston subpoenas pastors’ sermons

    Evangelical leaders are angry after city officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose an equal rights ordinance that provides protections to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community. Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion on behalf of the pastors seeking to halt the subpoenas.

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  • Houston ordinance slated for January trial

    August 20 2014 by Bonnie Pritchett, TEXAN/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Houston ordinance slated for January trial

    A judge has set a Jan. 19 trial date for Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, continuing suspension of the ordinance due to a disputed petition to put the measure to a citywide vote. A large number of Houston pastors gathered thousands of signatures on the petition and submitted them…

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