‘Relationship with Jesus’ doesn’t justify florist’s refusal to serve gay couple, judge rules

A Washington state florist who refused to provide flower arrangements for a gay wedding “because of [her] relationship with Jesus” violated the state’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws, a judgeruled Wednesday.

“Religious motivation does not excuse compliance with the law,” Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander C. Ekstrom said in his 60-page opinion. “In trade and commerce, and more particularly when seeking to prevent discrimination in public accommodations, the courts have confirmed the power of the legislative branch to prohibit conduct it deems discriminatory, even where the motivation for that conduct is grounded in religious belief.” Read more »

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Texas Judge Rules State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

Texas Judge Rules State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

A Texas probate judge ruled Tuesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

The ruling, by Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman, was part of an estate battle, according to the Austin-American Statesman. An Austin woman sought to have her eight-year relationship with a woman who died of cancer in June recognized as a common-law marriage.

“Oh, we had a marriage. It was definitely a marriage,” Sonemaly Phrasavath, the woman challenging the state's ban, told KXAN late last year. “We carried ourselves as such. She was in every sense my wife and vice versa.” Read more »

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Location

Arizona Grand Resort
8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85044

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization,, is proud to announce the awardees for the 11th Annual HRC Arizona Gala Dinner – Aiken Schenk Law Firm and Lambda Legal as the Corporate Equality Award recipients, Bobbi Lancaster as the Individual Equality Award recipient, and the City of Tempe as the recipient of the Community Action Award.

Each will be honored at the 11th Annual HRC Arizona Gala Dinner at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa on Feb. 28 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be obtained at HRCArizona.org. Read more »

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Location

Su Vino Winery
7035 E. Main Street Suite 110
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

There are not many opportunities that allow you to pursue your dreams while protecting the dreams of others… Not many opportunities that allow you the flexibility to attend your children's sports game or dance recitals while also providing unlimited income potential… Not many opportunities that allow you to be a business owner while providing you with the financial and marketing support to help your business succeed…

Not many opportunities that allow you to continually grow along with one of the fastest growing insurance companies in the nation...

But that opportunity does exist — at American Family Insurance. Read more »

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Wyoming Senate Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Wyoming Senate Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

By 24-6 landslide, the Republican-dominated Wyoming state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in venues ranging from court juries and public schools to privately owned businesses that are open to the public.

The measure, which is supported by Gov. Matt Mead, will proceed to the state’s house of representatives.

Jeran Artery of Wyoming Equality was thrilled with the vote despite provisions that exempt religious organizations, Wyoming Public Media news director Bob Beckreported minutes afterward on Twitter. Read more »

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Rescinds Anti-Discrimination Protections For LGBT State Workers

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Tuesday unilaterally rescinded rules that had protected state workers from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Brownback said an anti-discrimination order issued in 2007 by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D), should have been done through legislation. Read more »

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Conservatives Seize On Hugely Flawed Study About Same-Sex Parents

Conservatives Seize On Hugely Flawed Study About Same-Sex Parents

Conservatives are excitedly promoting a new study that supposedly reveals negative outcomes for the children of same-sex parents. Like the infamously flawed Mark Regnerus study rushed out two years ago, the new study seems timed to impact the Supreme Court’s upcoming consideration of marriage equality for same-sex couples. It suffers, however, from some of the same flaws and biases as Regnerus’ study, and doesn’t actually support the argument against marriage equality that it tries to make. Read more »

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Location

Los Olivos Park
2802 E. Devonshire
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Join us for refreshments, entertainment and to make new friends.
The Out to Meet You group is interested in developing a leadership team to plan
quarterly events. Please consider volunteering. The group is a social gathering for
LGBT people over 50 that are interested in meeting new people and having fun.
RSVP requested, but not required. RSVP by calling 602-262-7807.
We look forward to seeing you! 

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