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Gay Houston Couple Kicked Out of Cab for Kissing, Told They are Going to Hell: VIDEO


The Yellow Cab company in Houston, Texas is investigating a driver after Travis Player and his partner, Andres Orozco, claimed they were thrown out of the driver's cab for kissing, ABC7 reports.

Said Orozco: "The man just turns back to us and tells us that he doesn't give gay people rides. And he proceeds to tell us we're going to hell for being gay."

Yellow Cab said it would take immediate action and released a statement to the news station:

"Yellow Cab immediately investigated this allegation of discrimination, including talking to the independent contractor driver. the driver stated that he would have taken the same actions if it was a man and a woman in the taxicab. Evidently, the driver was overly sensitive to passengers kissing. Yellow Cab does not have a policy about passengers showing affection in taxicabs. in fact, we encourage kissing in our taxicabs."

Houston's recently passed LGBT rights ordinance would not yet protect Orozco and Player in this situation because it is being challenged and not enforced, and the state of Texas does not have public accommodation anti-discrimination laws.

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UK Supermarket Apologizes After Security Guard Tells Lesbian Couple To Stop Their 'Disgusting' Kissing


And it happened on National Coming Out Day.

Twenty-two year old Annabelle Paige had just given her girlfriend a "light kiss" at a Sainsbury's supermarket in Brighton, England when the security approached the couple and asked them to stop kissing. Paige recounted the incident to The Times of London.

Ann"(The security guard) told us she was sorry to have said that but a customer had complained saying what we were doing was ‘disgusting’ and had claimed they were worried for the safety of their child so the security guard felt she had to come and say something to us. That word, disgusting, it really resonated and shook me."

"I get that if another customer is uncomfortable that’s a bad thing … but the problem is the other customer was in the wrong and essentially being homophobic. The guard didn’t seem to understand that, I was absolutely humiliated."

Paige also claims that the security guard asked the couple to leave the store, something Sainsbury's denies. The supermarket chain has since issued an apology to the women:

"This should never have happened - it is clear that Miss Paige and her partner were not behaving inappropriately and we are very sorry that they were treated in this way. We have called Miss Paige to apologise and will be making a donation to a charity of her choice."

According to the Daily Mail, Paige also claims that the security guard revealed to her that she herself is also a lesbian:

The security guard later apologised, saying that she herself was gay and had simply been asked to speak to us by another customer who found us “disgusting” and was “worried for her child."

I felt sorry for the guard. However, the fact is that she perpetrated a hate crime on behalf of Sainsbury’s.

Paige has accepted the company's apology as well as their £100 donation to the charity of her choice.

Laura Ingraham Is Concerned Gay Marriage Opponents Will Now Face Discrimination: AUDIO

On Laura Ingraham's radio program Friday, the conservative commentator came to the defense of Mike Huckabee, who last week blasted the GOP's largely non-existent response to the SCOTUS marriage decision. Ingraham also shared her (and her viewers') worry that the progress of LGBT equality will somehow criminalize religious beliefs. 

IngrahamSaid Ingraham: 

"I think [Huckabee's] just saying what a lot of people believe and you can say that's not right or that's not fair, but they have every right to believe what they believe too...now people are saying 'Laura, how long before my faith becomes a hate crime?' That's a great question and I think Huckabee he's raised this before. If you're a Bible-believing Christian and you're in the military, can you expect to get a promotion? If you're a Bible-believing Christian and have gotten up and spoken spoken about traditional marriage in a high school debate, will that be used against you in getting into a college?" 

Listen to the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Media Matters for America]

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Gov. Butch Otter: 'Idaho Is Pro-Traditional Marriage and I'm Not Going to Do Anything to Put That In Danger' - VIDEO

OtterGubernatorial candidates in Idaho traded barbs over gay marriage and LGBT-inclusive discrimination protections during yesterday's debate - with Governor Butch Otter pledging to continue defending his state's 2006 voter approved amendment to the Idaho Constitution banning gay marriage.

Said Otter:

"In 2006, Idaho looked at it and said we are going to change our constitution. And they asked the people of Idaho and go to the polls and vote for a constitutional amendment, Article Three, Section Twenty-eight of the state constitution, to define legal marriage in Idaho, as a union between one man and one woman. And from that all of the detractors, and probably including the author of that question, that all of a sudden Idaho is anti-gay. That we are anti-something. We are not. Idaho is pro traditional marriage. And I am not going to do anything to put that in danger."

BalukoffOtter's Democratic challenger, A.J. Balukoff, criticized that position, saying the amendment was discriminatory:

"No matter how many of our citizens vote to pass the law, we cannot pass a law that violates the United States Constitution. This is about discrimination, treating all people with fairness and respect. Regardless of what our personal beliefs may be, we still need to treat them equally."

Libertarian candidate John Bujak, meanwhile, appeared to take the middle ground on the issue - saying that while he's personally opposed to gay marriage he recognizes those types of views don't hold up in court.

Watch a video of the gay marriage portion of the debate, AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: autoplay)  

Boise Weekly adds:

Balukoff and Otter also widened their differences on the debate over Add the Words, the effort to add the words "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

"The governor and the Idaho legislature represent ALL the people of Idaho," said Balukoff. "To stonewall this issue for eight years is not acceptable. We should grant a legislative hearing and strengthen the human rights act to add the four words."

AddthewordsOtter said he had met with Add the Words organizers on two occasions during the 2014 legislative session and had expected a legislative hearing to surface.

"That is, until their antics started up," said Otter, referring to the multiple arrests of Add the Words advocates at the Statehouse. "I can understand the angst of the legislature and their reluctance to take up the issue."

Otter said a hearing on the matter is expected during the next legislative session. 

On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit upheld a ruling striking down Idaho's gay marriage ban. The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed the Idaho ruling, however. 

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Kentucky Human Rights Commission Says Printing Company Cannot Discriminate Against Gay Customers


A Lexington-based printing company has been found guilty of violating the city's fairness ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in its refusal to print the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization's Pride t-shirts back in 2012.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports:

[Hearing officer Greg Munson] wrote that the application of the Fairness Ordinance did not violate the T-shirt vendor's right to free speech and the free exercise of religion. [...]

Hands onIn the statement, Hands On Originals' co-counsel Bryan Beauman, with the Lexington firm of Sturgill, Turner, Barker and Moloney, said, "No one wants to live in that kind of America — a place where people who identify as homosexual are forced to promote the Westboro Baptists and where printers with sincere religious convictions are forced to promote the message of the GLSO. ... In America, we don't force people to express messages that are contrary to their convictions."

The ruling also stipulates that within the next year, Hands On employees must undergo diversity training to ensure future discrimination does not occur. 

Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian litigation group that defended Hands On Originals, released a video last month speaking out about the case. You can watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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University Of Texas Fraternity Suspended For Anti-Gay Discrimination - VIDEO

Lambda Phi Epsilon

The University of Texas (UT) has temporarily suspended a fraternity following reports that a student had been denied a bid due to his sexual orientation, reports The Daily Texan.

The UT Austin chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon is under investigation by its national board after civil engineering senior Diwu Zhou said he rushed for the fraternity this fall but was asked a “derogatory” question in the initial interview process. He said that the interview panel included members of the official UT chapter along with members who ran an “underground” chapter that operated while the organization was banned from campus 2005-2011.

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb0794b2d4970d-800wiThe seven year ban came about after Phanta ''Jack'' Phoummarath, a freshman pledge at the fraternity, was found dead after a fraternity house party.  His body had been defaced from head to toe with tags including “FAG,” “I’m gay” and “I AM FAT.”

The fraternity restarted at UT in fall 2013 and is on probation this year.

Zhou said that when he was told he did not receive a bid, a member of the fraternity told him the reason he was not selected was because he is gay.

Charles Andrean, the fraternity’s national president, said:

“We have received a complaint about the undergraduate chapter, and our priority right now is a full investigation and finding out everything that potentially could have occurred here.”

Phil Butler, sorority and fraternity life advisor for the Office of the Dean of Students, confirmed that Lambda Phi Epsilon is currently banned from conducting any activity on campus but added that he is not aware of an “underground” fraternity organization.

David Chen, business graduate student and officer and media contact for the UT chapter, declined to comment on behalf of the fraternity.

Back in April, a student at the Central University of Florida claimed that he was rejected by the Beta Theta Phi fraternity because he is gay.

As part of their legal settlement following the death of Phoummarath, fraternity members participated in the production of an educational anti-hazing video which you can watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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