Civil-union bill to face opposition

A legislative effort to legalize civil unions in Arizona faces an uphill battle this session, but the issue could get some help from the U.S. Supreme Court.

State Sen. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, has introduced a bill that would establish a certificate of civil union and give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples.

Senate President Andy Biggs has assigned Senate Bill 1041 to two committees instead of the typical one, usually a sign that the bill is doomed from the start. A bill must get approval from all of the committees to which it is assigned, and the committees Biggs chose, Judiciary and Health and Human Services, are filled with some of the Legislature’s most conservative lawmakers. Read more »

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'Use Your Mandate' Formed To Pressure Chuck Hagel On LGBT Issues

'Use Your Mandate' Formed To Pressure Chuck Hagel On LGBT Issues

WASHINGTON -- A new group made up mostly of Democrats and independents has formed to pressure defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on LGBT and other social issues, questioning whether he is truly committed to providing equal rights. Read more »

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Valentine's Day at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

Valentine's Day at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

SHARE SOMETHING SWEET AT DISTRICT AMERICAN KITCHEN AND WINE BAR
AND STAY THE NIGHT AT SHERATON PHOENIX DOWNTOWN HOTEL

Have a Love Affair with a Harmonious Four-Course Valentine’s Dining Experience

A four-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner at District American Kitchen and Wine Bar and an overnight stay at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel equals the perfect recipe for romance! Couples in love or newfound flings can indulge in an exceptional culinary experience that will leave sweet memories for years to come.

Amuse from the Chef: Cedar smoked gulf oysters on wilted spinach spiked with anise bitters, incorporated with I’itoi onion pesto and ham hock bits, and topped with oven roasted tomato relish. Read more »

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President of Gay, Lesbian Journalists' Group Dies

President of Gay, Lesbian Journalists' Group Dies

The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association says its president, Michael Triplett, has died. Triplett, who was an assistant managing editor at Bloomberg BNA, was 48.

The association said in an email that Triplett had cancer and died Thursday. A spokeswoman for Bloomberg BNA said he died in Alabama, where he was visiting family. He lived in Washington.

Triplett was a board member and then president of the Washington chapter of NLGJA. He became president of the national group last year.

Triplett worked on the daily tax report at Bloomberg BNA. He had worked with BNA since 2000. BNA was acquired by Bloomberg in 2011.

He was a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the American University Washington College of Law.

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What Jodie Foster Teaches Us

What Jodie Foster Teaches Us

Grumblings of confusion Sunday night after the Golden Globes woke up Monday to a flurry of criticism, as Jodie Foster, once again, failed to "come out of the closet" in a way that satisfies mainstream expectation. Their arguments for critique? It's 2013. Times have changed. The implication in this reasoning is that Foster would have come out sooner if it was safe and that she is being cowardly. Wake up folks. If Foster teaches us one thing, it's that we need to complicate the tired 1970s logic that the ONLY reason someone does not publically come out of the closet (in a way that pleases you) is due to fear. Read more »

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Pentagon opts not to intervene in ban of lesbian by Fort Bragg spouses club

Pentagon opts not to intervene in ban of lesbian by Fort Bragg spouses club

The Pentagon is endorsing a move by leaders at Fort Bragg to stay out of a decision made by its on-base spouses club to refuse membership to the lesbian spouse of a female Army lieutenant, a Department of Defense spokesman said Wednesday. Read more »

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Phoenix PD may face $10M suit

The family of a 14-year-old boy who a former Phoenix police officer is accused of sexually molesting has filed a $10 million notice of claim.

The claim, the first step toward a lawsuit, names the Phoenix Police Department, Assistant Police Chief Tracy Montgomery and the former officer, Christopher J. Wilson. City spokeswoman Toni Maccarone said the legal staff is reviewing the claim and declined further comment. Police spokesman Trent Crump also declined comment.

Authorities arrested Wilson, a 14-year police veteran, in August on suspicion of sexual conduct with two underage boys, the 14-year-old and a 17-year-old. The Arizona Republic does not name victims of sexual crimes. Read more »

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Province takes diners on a six-month culinary adventure through Latin America

Province takes diners on a six-month culinary adventure through Latin America

From Province Restaurant:

Join Province as we journey throughout Latin America. Starting in July of 2012 and all the way until July of 2013, guests are invited on a culinary adventure without leaving the Valley. Executive Chef Randy Zweiban and Chef de Cuisine Rita French have created a series of dinners that will have guests feeling as if they should get their passports stamped, as Province guides them on a rich and exciting tour of flavors, dishes and cultures.

Each dinner will kick off the first Saturday of each month, and each country represented will be featured every Saturday evening until the next country is introduced. Each Saturday night a prix fixe dinner will be available, and the items featured on the prix fixe will be offered a la carte as well. Read more »

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