New Congress more religiously diverse, less Protestant

(RNS) Three Buddhists, a Hindu and a “none” will walk into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country. By David Gibson.

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After shooting, Sikhs push for more legal protections

(RNS) U.S. Sikhs are taking heart in a widely publicized hearing on hate crimes that they see as a first step toward better understanding of the community and increased legal protections. By Jeanie Groh.

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Faith and rights groups call for hate crime hearings

WASHINGTON (RNS) Following a rash of recent attacks, a coalition of more than 150 organizations is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to conduct hearings next month on hate crimes and hate groups in the United States. By Chris Lisee.

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N.J. lawmakers approve gay marriage, but veto looms

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NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Even as Gov. Chris Christie's threat of a “swift” veto looms, gay rights activists are celebrating after the state Assembly voted on Thursday (Feb. 16) on a bill to legalize same sex marriage in New Jersey. By Maryanne Spoto.

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