Hobby Lobby Invests In Abortion Pill Manufacturers

The owners of Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned craft supply chain, were so offended by the idea of having to include emergency contraceptives and intrauterine devices in their health insurance plans that they sued the Obama administration and took the case all the way up to the Supreme Court. But Mother Jones reported on Tuesdaythat the company's retirement plan has invested millions of dollars in the manufacturers of emergency contraception and drugs used to induce abortions.

Hobby Lobby's 401(k) employee retirement plan holds $73 million in mutual funds that invest in multiple pharmaceutical companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and abortion-inducing medications. Read more »

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Boy Scouts' Gay Troop Leader Removed In Seattle

Boy Scouts' Gay Troop Leader Removed In Seattle

The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle, saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

The organization told Geoff McGrath in a letter Monday that it "has no choice" but to revoke his registration after he said he was gay while being profiled by NBC News.

"Your statement is in direct violation of the BSA's leadership qualification," said the letter from the Boy Scouts' Office of General Counsel in Irving, Texas. It noted that there would not be a review of the decision unless McGrath didn't make the statements at issue.

"I'm stunned," McGrath, 49, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Our hope is that they'll rethink their decision." Read more »

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Miss. lawmakers pass religious-practices bill

Miss. lawmakers pass religious-practices bill

 A bill that opponents say would legalize discrimination in Mississippi was approved by the state Legislature on Tuesday and now awaits action by the governor.

The measure, titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was approved 79-43 in the House and 37-14 in the Senate.

It's the third iteration of the bill, which started out similar to an Arizona proposal that was dubbed the "turn away the gays" bill because opponents said it would allow business owners to refuse service to gay couples or interracial couples on religious grounds. The Arizona bill was vetoed by the state's governor in February. Read more »

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Stop by Attorney Nicole Pavlik's booth at Pride for a chance to win $1,000 in free legal services.

In Arizona you can't be legally married so make sure you and your partner are legally protected.  Make sure to stop by Attorney Nicole Pavlik's booth at Pride for a chance to win $1,000 in free legal services. Nicole will also have other discounts available for Pride attendants and is happy to answer your general questions while you are at the festival.  

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Review: Quiessence in Phoenix, 4.5 stars

Review: Quiessence in Phoenix, 4.5 stars

Last year, while preparing to take over the kitchen at Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain, chef Dustin Christofolo strongly hinted that the acclaimed restaurant would be moving in another direction.

While sticking with former chef Greg LaPrad's "farm-to-table" formula, Christofolo said he'd be playing down Quiessences's "special occasion" feel. He promised to make the menu "more approachable" and to offer larger portions. Read more »

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New Poll Shows Support For LGBT Equality Growing

New Poll Shows Support For LGBT Equality Growing

Americans For Equality, a new bipartisan coalition has formed with the support of the Human Rights Campaign and on March 27 released a new and in depth poll on marriage equality. The poll's release marked the one year anniversary of oral arguments in United States v. Windsor that resulted in the defeat of DOMA and Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Supreme Court case which ended CaliforniaÕs Prop 8 ban and took place March 26, 2013.

With more than 50 cases filed in 27 states, it remains illegal for gay couples to marry in 33 states, 29 of which still have state constitutional bans on marriage in effect. The coalition's press release described the work ahead as "the next phase in the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide." Read more »

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Fortune 500 Ahead of the Times on LGBTQ Rights

Fortune 500 Ahead of the Times on LGBTQ Rights

Are Fortune 500 companies more considerate of LGBTQ workers’ rights? According to the Human Rights Campaign, the answer is a resounding yes, with a survey showing in December that 91 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer nondiscrimination protection for sexual orientation and 61 percent for gender identity. Sixty-seven percent have same-sex partner benefits, and 28 percent offer the health care benefits needed for transgender employees. The group’s explanation for the record-breaking numbers lies in need for a skilled workforce. Read more »

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Top firms in China meet for first LGBTI business summit

Top firms in China meet for first LGBTI business summit

Top Chinese and western firms have met for a summit in Shanghai on how to support LGBTI workers, many of who are still in the closet.

Chinese companies often say they don’t know of any LGBTI staff – but now they are starting to tackle the issues.

The summit today (27 March), thought to be the first of its kind in China, brought together 120 people from around 100 companies, about 10% of which were Chinese.

Among them was HSBC, IBM and Chinese computer company Lenovo but 50 Fortune 500 firms were represented.

It was organized by Steven Paul Bielinski, who founded Shanghai LGBT Professionals just four months ago to create a better future for the countries gay, lesbian, bi and trans employees. Read more »

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