Granville vows to push for civil unions in Tempe

During the week that thousands gathered at Phoenix’s Pride Festival to bring awareness to gay-rights issues, a Tempe councilman vowed  to fight for legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.

Councilman Kolby Granville says his push for civil unions for Tempe residents will not be deterred by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s threats to sue Bisbee for approving similar rights last week.

Granville, a Democrat, believes that despite the state’s ban against same-sex marriages, Tucson and Flagstaff, historically liberal-leaning cities, soon will join efforts in Arizona to legalize civil unions. Read more »

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Rick Santorum: It Would Be 'Suicidal' For GOP To Embrace Gay Marriage

Rick Santorum: It Would Be 'Suicidal' For GOP To Embrace Gay Marriage

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) continued to bolster his social conservative platform on Monday, telling the Des Moines Register that the GOP must maintain its opposition to marriage equality to avert political suicide. He also predicted that the Supreme Court would reject gay-marriage rights in upcoming rulings.

“I’m sure you could go back and read stories, oh, you know, ‘The Republican party’s going to change. This is the future.’ Obviously that didn’t happen,” Santorum said. “I think you’re going to see the same stories written now and it’s not going to happen. The Republican Party’s not going to change on this issue. In my opinion it would be suicidal if it did.” Read more »

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Tim Johnson backs same-sex marriage

Tim Johnson backs same-sex marriage

South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson, one of the last Democratic senators to oppose same-sex marriage, changed his position on Monday.

“After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation,” Johnson (D-S.D.) said in a statement. “This position doesn’t require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom.”

Johnson is the latest lawmaker to reverse positions on the issue: last week saw senators including Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) do the same. Johnson announced last month that he was not seeking reelection in 2014.

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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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