REPORT: UTAH JUDGE ORDERS CHILD REMOVED FROM HOME OF SAME-SEX PARENTS: According to news reports, a juvenile court judge in Utah may have ordered a child removed from the home of her married same-sex foster parents, claiming the child would be better off with heterosexual parents. “Removing a child from a loving home simply because the parents are LGBT is outrageous, shocking, and unjust,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in response to the news. “It also flies in the face of overwhelming evidence that children being raised by same-sex parents are just as healthy and well-adjusted as those with different-sex parents. At a time when so many children in foster care need loving homes, it is sickening to think that a child would be taken from caring parents who planned to adopt.” Read more via the Washington Post here: https://goo.gl/qZzAYw

NEW STUDY SHOWS SAME-SEX WEDDINGS CREATED HUGE ECONOMIC IMPACT: A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that marriages by same-sex couples have generated an estimated $813 million boost to state and local economies and $52 million in state and local sales tax revenue since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell. Read more here: http://goo.gl/vFfiPR

UPROAR IN MORMON CHURCH OVER LGBT FAMILY BAPTISM BAN: This morning, the Washington Post reported, “Advocates for LGBT Mormons say they’re seeing an unprecedented uproar in the past week about a new church policy banning the baptism of same-sex couples’ children and declaring married gay couples apostates. Some longtime advocates say they know dozens of Mormons quitting over the new policy. A public group resignation is planned for Saturday and reports are surfacing that church leadership may already be preparing to tweak the controversial edict.” Read more here: https://goo.gl/zjdP6U

STATE SNAPSHOT:

DALLAS CONTINUES TO STAND UP TO HATE: The same pastor who led the vicious smear campaign against trans people in Houston has now threatened to take his hateful effort to Dallas. In response to the Dallas City Council’s vote to strengthen non-discrimination protections for trans people, Dave Welch of the Texas Pastor Council is now threatening to target Dallas with his anti-equality campaign of lies. Read more here: http://goo.gl/g4pRK8

NEW PRO-EQUALITY BUSINESS COALITION FORMS IN INDIANA: With the backing of the Indy Chamber and major corporations like Eli Lilly and Co, a new business coalition called Indiana Competes has formed to fight for statewide LGBT non-discrimination protections. According to the Indy Star, “Like Freedom Indiana, Tech for Equality and powerful business interests such as Lilly, Columbus, Ind.-based diesel-engine maker Cummins and the NCAA, Indiana Competes wants the General Assembly to adopt what’s becoming known as ‘full protections’ — the addition of sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.” Read more here: http://goo.gl/93C55W

ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT NEVER ISSUED ITS RULING STRIKING DOWN STATE’S MARRIAGE EQUALITY BAN: According to the Associated Press, “The Arkansas Supreme Court voted to find the state's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional but never issued its ruling months before same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide...” The court held it’s 5-2 decision striking down the state’s marriage equality ban and only planned to release it if the “U.S. Supreme Court didn't legalize gay marriage nationwide.”  Read more here: http://goo.gl/evGq0Z

READING RAINBOW

Maclean’s talks about how the United Kingdom became a vanguard in transgender equality...the Washington Post talks about “sex-stereotyping” and how the Civil Rights Act may protect transgender people under “sex” non-discrimination protections.

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