Orlando massacre a deadly reminder of anti-gay hatred

People gather at a vigil in solidarity for the victims killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in New York on June 13, 2016The massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida comes at a difficult time for the LGBT community in the United States, which is still facing violent bigotry even as their civil rights have been significantly reinforced. A hardening of attitudes towards lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people has heated up since the US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage a year ago — a historic decision that outraged many socially conservative Americans. Flying the flag of religious liberty, a tactic used in the battle against abortion rights, these conservatives used new local laws to curb gay rights.

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