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John Oliver on Why LGBT Rights Shouldn't Be Up to States

"There are certain issues too important to be left to the states, specifically civil rights and state birds."
August 24, 2015
 

On Sunday's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver points out that same-sex marriage may be legal nationwide but LGBT people can still be fired, evicted or denied service in most states.

He specifically touches on Arkansas, which earlier this year passed an "anti-anti-discrimination law" (more on that here).

In advocating for a federal anti-discrimination law that protects LGBT people, the comedian said: "We could wait for every state to catch up, but there are certain issues too important to be left to the states, specifically civil rights and state birds."

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