Breaking: Pope Ousts Top Vatican Judge Known For Incendiary Anti-Gay Comments

American Cardinal Raymond Burke, a darling of conservative Catholics who is virulently anti-gay, has confirmed to BuzzFeed what rumors from Rome have said for weeks. He will be demoted by Pope Francis from the head of the Roman Catholic Church's version of the Supreme Court to a figurehead role as the Patron of the Knights of Malta, a chivalrous order known for its work among the sick. Read more »

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Horne concedes same-sex marriage ruling applies to AZ

Horne concedes same-sex marriage ruling applies to AZ

Attorneys representing the state and more than a dozen same-sex couples have filed their legal arguments over whether a federal appeals court ruling overturning same-sex marriage bans should apply to Arizona.

The fate of Arizona's law defining marriage as between only a man and a woman rests on a rulingfrom U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick, and a decision from Attorney General Tom Horne as to whether he will comply or continue to fight as similar laws around the country fall.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit last week declared laws banning same-sex couples from marrying in Idaho and Nevada violated couples' rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Arizona is part of the San Francisco-based circuit. Read more »

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Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban

Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban

 Lambda Legal on Wednesday urged a federal court judge in Phoenix to issue an immediate ruling striking down Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The filing follows last Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho, which came just a day after the announcement from theU.S. Supreme Court denying review of seven marriage lawsuits from the 4th, 7th and 10th Circuits that had struck down similar bans in Virginia,Indiana, Wisconsin,Oklahoma and Utah. Read more »

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Next Gay Marriage Fight: Religious Exemptions

Next Gay Marriage Fight: Religious Exemptions

Alarmed by the broad expansion of same-sex marriage set in motion by the U.S. Supreme Court, religious conservatives are moving their fight to state legislatures — seeking exemptions that would allow some groups, companies and people with religious objections to refuse benefits or service for gay spouses.

But winning sweeping carve-outs for faith-affiliated adoption agencies or individual wedding vendors will be an uphill battle. Public attitudes against exceptions have hardened, and efforts by faith groups in states where courts, not lawmakers, recognized same-sex unions have had little success. Read more »

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Vatican report lauds gay "gifts"

Vatican report lauds gay "gifts"

It's a holy revolution as a group of Catholic bishops, cardinals and priests laud the fruits of gay relationships. No kidding.

A report out today repeats the one-man, one-woman marriage stuff. But it also acknowledges there are homosexual relationships "in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of partners."

Got that? "Life partners." And "precious support." Holy cow.

This is much different from the standard Catholic Catechism that calls homosexual acts "intrinsically disordered" and offers chastity as the only acceptable option for gays and lesbians. Read more »

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Location

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
340 N. 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

The 2014 DLA Conference “Cultural Transformation” will probe deeper into the subject of transforming a culture into one of true Inclusiveness and ultimately Acceptance. Our compelling workshops will explore the impact and systemic change that organizations, communities and individuals can have on Transformation.

Workshops will feature world-class diversity practice leaders who promote leadership skills and educate attendees on cultural transformation topics. Participants gain valuable tools and information that can be implemented in their organizations and community.

Find more information and register HERE.

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Location

Reach 11 Sports Complex
2425 East Deer Valley Road
Phoenix, AZ 85050

The Run Against Trafficking (R.A.T. Race) on October 25th at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix welcomes everyone to come run, walk and raise funds for more than 20 organizations working to end sex trafficking in Arizona. These organizations provide needed services to victims of sex trafficking, advocate for tougher laws against perpetrators, educate the community and raise public awareness.

Register or donate today at www.RATraceAZ.org

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Arizona wedding website seeks to help gay and straight couples alike

Arizona wedding website seeks to help gay and straight couples alike

An Arizona company announced this week that it has launched a new website, MRSter.com, to help straight and gay engaged couples find wedding vendors who aren't fazed by same-sex nuptials.

The announcement comes as Arizona is poised for the first time in history to allow same-sex marriages, depending on the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the hotly contested issue.

MRSter allows couples to contact wedding professionals who will treat them equally, whether they are gay or straight, said the co-owners of the website. Read more »

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