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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Arizona Town Hall: Education and infrastructure need to be lawmakers' top focus

Approaching solutions with civil discoursewill achieve results, says the more than 120 Arizona Town Hall panelists with actionable recommendations to Governor-elect Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature. The group finds the state's struggling economy will be helped with focus on five priorities:

Education and workforce development
Infrastructure
Tourism
Entrepreneurship, local business and expansion of trade
Establish Arizona as a welcoming, culturally diverse place Read more »

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BREAKING: Marriage Equality Just Got A First Class Ticket To The Supreme Court

BREAKING: Marriage Equality Just Got A First Class Ticket To The Supreme Court

On Thursday afternoon, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit just became the first federal appeals court in the country to side with marriage discrimination. Although the immediate effect of this court’s 2-1 decision is that marriage equality will not quickly become the law in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, the most important consequence of the Sixth Circuit’s holding is that there is now a “circuit split” on the question of whether same-sex couples must be allowed to marry under the Constitution. A circuit split, which occurs when two or more federal appeals courts disagree on the same question of law, is one of the most common reasons that the Supreme Court agrees to hear a case. Read more »

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29 States Where Apple CEO Tim Cook Could Be Fired For Coming Out

29 States Where Apple CEO Tim Cook Could Be Fired For Coming Out

Tucked into Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Thursday op-ed in which he publicly came out for the first time was a section where he tackled the issue of workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans.

“The world has changed so much since I was a kid. America is moving toward marriage equality, and the public figures who have bravely come out have helped change perceptions and made our culture more tolerant,” Cook wrote. “Still, there are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies.” Read more »

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Missouri Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Missouri Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

A state judge overturned Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately set off a rush among some same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in a written ruling that Missouri's measure recognizing marriage only between a man and woman violates the due process and equal protection rights of the U.S. Constitution. The decision mirrored ones handed down recently in several other states. Read more »

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Corner Office: Six Powerful Out CEOs Who Aren't Tim Cook

We’re all happy that Tim Cook got his official gay card laminated recently, and of course we’re looking forward to seeing him at the next pot luck to plot world domination. Did I say that? I meant watch AHS. Jessica Lange is a goddess.

But while Cook may be the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, he’s hardly the only power-wielding chief executive batting for our team.

Scroll down for six more, courtesy of CNN Money

1. Christopher Bailey, CEO at Burberry

The British luxury brand hired Bailey as CEO late last year after the previous chief executive Angela Ahrendts jumped ship for a job at Apple. Read more »

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