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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U.S. Supreme Court Clears Gay Marriage to Start in Kansas

U.S. Supreme Court Clears Gay Marriage to Start in Kansas

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared Kansas to become the 33rd state with same-sex marriage, turning away a bid by state officials who sought to stop the weddings while a legal fight plays out.

The action comes as both sides in the fast-moving battle prepare for the possibility that the court will take up the issue next year and consider legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

Today’s rebuff, which came without explanation, tracks similar Supreme Court orders that let gay marriage start in Idaho and Alaska in recent weeks. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas said they would have granted the request and blocked gay marriages in Kansas. Read more »

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Tempe, Tucson, Phoenix get perfect scores in gay civil rights report

Tempe, Tucson, Phoenix get perfect scores in gay civil rights report

In one year, Arizona has gone from being home to one city lauded as a leader in gay civil rights to sporting three municipalities garnering the accolades.

In 2013, Phoenix was the only city in Arizona to score 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's annual Municipal Equality Index. The index grades how U.S. municipalities treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. The Human Rights Campaign is a national gay-rights organization.

This year, Tempe, Tucson and Phoenix received perfect scores on the 0-100 scale. The cities also were among 23 designated "All Stars," for excelling on matters of equality without relying on state law. Read more »

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U.S. justice temporarily blocks gay marriage in Kansas

U.S. justice temporarily blocks gay marriage in Kansas

 A U.S. Supreme justice on Monday temporarily blocked gay marriage in Kansas a day before it was due to go into effect.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order saying that the court wanted gay marriage advocates to respond to the state’s application seeking to put gay marriage on hold. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree struck down the state’s gay marriage ban last week, ruling that it would go into effect on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Eastern Time (2300 GMT) if no other court intervened.

Sotomayor's action does not mean the high court will grant the Kansas application. Read more »

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Arizona same-sex married couples are seeking adoptions

Arizona same-sex married couples are seeking adoptions

About an hour after same-sex couples were granted the right to receive marriage licenses in Arizona last month, Marianne Bayardi said the first thing she was going to do was adopt her daughter.

Well, not her daughter, exactly, but the girl her wife gave birth to in 2005, the girl she has been co-parenting since.

In Arizona, there's no prohibition against gay people adopting; it's always up to the placement agency to determine who would be the best parent to a child. But several laws have made it hard, and often legally risky, for same-sex couples to create families. Read more »

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