Dan Winslow pushes FEC on gay marriage

Dan Winslow pushes FEC on gay marriage

A Republican Massachusetts Senate candidate is taking the fight for gay marriage to a new frontier – the Federal Election Commission.

Dan Winslow, a state representative casting himself as the moderate choice in the April 30 GOP primary for John Kerry’s Senate seat, on Friday filed a request with the regulatory agency asking it to treat married gay couples’ contributions the same way it treats those from married straight couples.

Doing so would essentially disregard the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman for the purposes of federal law – and is being challenged in a pending Supreme Court case. Read more »

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Phoenix Mercury to hold Hip Hop Squad Auditions on April 17!

Phoenix Mercury to hold Hip Hop Squad Auditions on April 17!

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury are looking for highly energetic performers to audition for the 2013 Mercury Hip Hop Squad on Wednesday, April 17 on the practice court at US Airways Center. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. with auditions starting at 6:30 p.m. 

Performers can park for free in the US Airways Center parking garage, located on the west side of the arena (on 1st Street just south of Jefferson). There is no fee to audition. 

Finalists from round one of auditions will be asked to return for the final audition on Sunday, April 21 at Tempe Marketplace. The final audition will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the main stage near Dave and Busters, and is open to the public for viewing.  Read more »

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Mother's Day at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

Mother's Day at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

Treat mom to a memorable and delicious Mother’s Day brunch at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. The menu features endless champagne along with traditional favorites inspired by mom’s homemade recipes that includes local ingredients and herbs from the restaurant’s garden. Each mom will be presented with a beautiful rose. Mother’s Day brunch prices are $32 for adults and $16 for kids 12 years old and younger. Kids 3 years old and younger eat free. Complimentary three-hour self-parking validation is available. Restaurant reservations are required. Read more »

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Breaking News - Bob Hegyi | Community mourns the passing of Bob Hegyi

Breaking News - Bob Hegyi | Community mourns the passing of Bob Hegyi

Community mourns the passing of Bob Hegyi Friends are remembering Bob Hegyi as "the godfather of gay Phoenix" and a pioneer for local HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Hegyi died unexpectedly on April 7. He was 75.

Hegyi was well known as the man behind the front desk at the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. It was a job he held for almost 20 years from the time the agency was known as Body Positive.

"He became the face of Southwest Center," said Kirk Baxter, a friend and founder of Body Positive.

Hegyi was born in Ohio and served in the U.S. Air Force.

His start in activism came during the civil rights movement and he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Charleston, S.C. Read more »

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Former senator Olympia Snowe backs gay marriage

Former senator Olympia Snowe backs gay marriage

Former Maine senator Olympia Snowe, a moderate Republican, revealed Friday that she supports gay marriage and backed a ballot measure legalizing same-sex unions in her state last fall.

"I think obviously this has evolved over time on the whole issue for the whole country," Snowe told CNN. "I think what we're seeing is, I think, changing societal conventions, that ultimately you see the transformation of society's gradual thinking and evolving on issues. I think we're seeing those sea changes on this particular question."

She no longer supports the Defense of Marriage Act barring federal recognition of gay marriage, a law she voted for in 1996 that is now being considered by the Supreme Court. Read more »

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Tempe to begin discussion on civil-union laws

Tempe to begin discussion on civil-union laws

Tempe, a historically progressive city, is poised to become embroiled in the debate over equal rights for same-sex couples.

Today, the Tempe City Council will discuss civil-union laws in its private executive session. The discussion comes two days after residents of Bisbee watched their council approve a historic vote to legalize civil-union certificates, which provide same-sex partners with some of the same rights as married couples.

Tempe Councilman Kolby Granville called the Bisbee vote momentous. On Wednesday, Granville, a Democrat, told The Arizona Republic that he asked for the council executive session on civil unions. He wants Tempe to be the first Valley city to approve civil-union certificates for its residents. Read more »

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Community Tire develops plan for garden in food desert area of Phoenix

Community Tire develops plan for garden in food desert area of Phoenix

Community Tire Pros and Auto Repair is currently in the developing stages of creating a “Community Salsa Garden 2013!” The innovative venture will feature an educational and sustaining garden as a gift from Community Tire Pros, complete with planting for kids at the Friendly House, future oil replacement plants for tires, recycling, repurposing, and way to bring fresh produce to a community that is a “food desert,” meaning the area has no shopping for miles. Community Tire Pros hopes the garden will bring the neighborhood together for a worthwhile cause that benefits the entire community. Read more »

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The gay-marriage backer's playbook

The gay-marriage backer's playbook

There’s clearly a new playbook for senators just now coming out for gay marriage: quietly post something on Facebook, slip it into your Tumblr feed or release a statement to friendly media outlets.

What most lawmakers are not doing is talking for the cameras.

In the past month, 11 senators have endorsed gay marriage, providing a nearly daily storyline of increased support for marriage equality. Lawmakers say they’ve “prayed,” “evolved,” discovered gay children to stand behind or had epiphanies following an illness.

“It’s sort of been like flower-of-the-month club,” said LGBT activist David Mixner. Read more »

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