BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina

BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday morning denied the state of South Carolina's request for a stay on a ruling that struck down the state's ban on marriage equality, meaning same-sex couples should now be free to marry in the state. 

In a two-sentence order without additional explanation, Chief Justice John Roberts denied the request from South Carolina's Republican Attorney General, Alan Wilson, to place on hold aNovember 12 ruling that found the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The order did note that Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay.  Read more »

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Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga

Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga

Nearly 10 years ago, on the heels of the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage in the state, gay-rights advocates faced a strategic decision. With the Legislature about to consider a constitutional amendment reining in the court’s decision, they could either push legislators to back civil unions as a compromise or face the full wrath of the opposition.

Marc Solomon, national campaign director for LGBT-rights group Freedom to Marry, called Los Angeles City Councilman (now mayor) Eric Garcetti to ask for advice. “Fight for love,” Garcetti said. Civil unions were about legal status, about “rights”; marriage was about love. Read more »

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Opens Up About Her Openly Transgender Son

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Opens Up About Her Openly Transgender Son

Rodrigo Lehtinen, son of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) who is openly transgender, spoke about his transition and his family's acceptance in an interview with CBS Miami.

“My family was actually really supportive," Lehtinen said.

The congresswoman and her husband Dexter both expressed support for their son while talking with CBS.

"As parents we wanted to make sure Rigo understood we were totally fine with it, we wanted to make sure he was safe," Ros-Lehtinen told CBS. “We know Rigo as our child, whether it’s Amanda or now as Rodrigo, he’s our son, we’re proud of him." Read more »

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John Smid, Former 'Ex-Gay' Leader, Marries A Man In Oklahoma

John Smid, Former 'Ex-Gay' Leader, Marries A Man In Oklahoma

Smid praised his new husband as "a mirror I see in every day" in a Facebook posting cited by Gay Star News.

"For most of my life, the mirror I saw reflected my mistakes, shortcomings and failures," he reportedly wrote. "The reflection I see today with Larry shows me the positive things in my life, my strengths, gifts and talents. I see how I can succeed at a mutual intimate and loving relationship."

In a 2011 appearance on Chris Matthews' "Hardball" program, Smid expressed sentiments about sexual orientation that, by all accounts, were a far cry from his earlier beliefs. Read more »

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Judge Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Montana

Judge Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Montana

A federal judge lifted Montana's constitutional ban on same-sex on Wednesday, making the state the 34th in the nation to recognize gay marriage, KULR Newsreported.

“These families, like all of us, want their children to adventure into the world without fear of violence; to achieve all that their talent and perseverance allows without fear of discrimination; and to love themselves so that they can love others. No family wants to deprive its precious children of the chance to marry the loves of their lives. Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves," Judge Morris wrote in the decision.

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AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels Arrive for World AIDS Day Events

AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels Arrive for World AIDS Day Events

AUNT RITA’S FOUNDATION RED BRUNCH GALA TO CELEBRATE SUCCESSES AND AWARD FUNDS TO MEMBER AGENCIES
 
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Aunt Rita’s Foundation promotes public awareness of HIV/AIDS and raises and equitably grants funds to 17 Central Arizona programs that prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease. Funds from 2014 fundraising efforts will be awarded to all agencies at the annual Red Brunch Gala event on December 6, as well as to report on Aunt Rita’s successes of the year.
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These Are The States Where Students Get Harassed The Most For Their Sexual Orientation

These Are The States Where Students Get Harassed The Most For Their Sexual Orientation

Students in states such as South Carolina and Alabama face significantly more bullying over their sexual orientation than students in states like Connecticut and Massachusetts.

In October, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a group that works to make schools safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, released its 2013 National School Climate Survey. On Thursday, the group released further information about what these survey results look like by state, revealing the varying challenges faced by LGBT students in different areas of the country. Read more »

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Arizona lands in the middle of 'Forbes' list of best states for business

Arizona lands in the middle of 'Forbes' list of best states for business

Arizona officials like to tout the state's business friendliness, but, according toForbes, the state could do better.

The venerable magazine listed Arizona No. 22 in its list of best states for business. Not bad – but it certainly could be better.

Forbes' annual list was compiled by evaluating 36 data points across six areas: business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. Business costs received the most weight in the rankings.

Arizona was smack in the middle for business costs, ranked No. 25. The state fared slightly better in terms of labor supply and regulatory environment, ranking 17th in both of those areas. Read more »

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