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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Supreme Court Refuses To Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama

Supreme Court Refuses To Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt same-sex marriages in Alabama, paving the way for the first gay couples to marry in the state on Monday.

In January, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked a judge to put a stay on the ruling that overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, sent an order to state probate judges Sunday night telling them not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, according to the AP.

The Supreme Court justices ruled 7-2 Monday morning that same-sex weddings could start in Alabama, making it the 37th state where gay marriage is allowed. Read more »

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Location

AZ

WHAT: The 13th annual BALLE (Business Alliance of Local Living Economies) Conference is a three-day event that explores how locally rooted economic systems solve environmental, financial, and social problems. Approximately 700 local business leaders, social entrepreneurs, community funders, policymakers and local economy leaders of all kind from across North America and beyond are expected to attend this year’s BALLE Conference. 
The theme, “What’s Working Locally,” will inform this year’s conversation around practical solutions and wisdom that attendees can take back to their own communities to advance the emergence of a new economy that is just, fair, and healthy for people, place, and planet.  Read more »

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BREAKING: 11th Circuit Denies Stay in Alabama Marriage Equality Case

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied the Alabama Attorney General’s motion for a stay in Searcy v. Strange and Strawser v. Strange. Last month, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade struck down Alabama’s discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. With today’s ruling, loving, committed same-sex couples can begin to marry beginning February, 9, 2015, unless the Supreme Court of the United States issues a stay. Read more »

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The small Mormon step that's actually a big deal

The small Mormon step that's actually a big deal

Lasting change doesn't come in big jumps. It happens through a lot of smaller steps — not all of them smooth or easy.

Last week, the Mormon church took one of those steps when it acknowledged the steady movement toward true equality for gays and lesbians. In a rare press conference, top church leaders expressed support for laws that bar discrimination in housing, employment "and some other areas where LGBT people do not have protections."

This was not unequivocal, however. In fact, some have criticized the event as being largely designed to co-opt the call to end discrimination.

That's a fair observation. Read more »

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The Mormon Church Comes Out In Favor Of LGBT Rights -- Kind Of

The Mormon Church Comes Out In Favor Of LGBT Rights -- Kind Of

The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs.

"We must find ways to show respect for others whose beliefs, values and behaviors differ from ours while never being forced to deny or abandon our own beliefs, values and behaviors in the process," a church elder, Jeffrey R. Holland, said in announcing the church's position. Read more »

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Mormon church backs LGBT rights -- with one condition

Mormon church backs LGBT rights -- with one condition

(CNN)In at least one big and bruising culture-war battle, the Mormon church wants to call a partial truce.

Convening a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Mormon leaders pledged to support anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, as long the laws also protect the rights of religious groups.

In exchange, the Mormon church wants gay rights advocates -- and the government -- to back off. Read more »

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Arizona Opera Announces 45th Anniversary Season

Arizona Opera Announces 45th Anniversary Season

Season of "firsts" including a U.S. opera company premiere, three operas never before seen in Arizona, and twenty company debuts from leading talent
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