Arizona Appeals Court: 'Pregnant Man' can get a divorce

Arizona Appeals Court: 'Pregnant Man' can get a divorce

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that "Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie could get his Hawaiian marriage dissolved in an Arizona court.

The ruling means that, in Arizona, transgender persons who have legally changed their birth certificates to reflect their new gender are afforded the same rights to get driver's licenses and marriage licenses as any other individuals.

Beatie, 40, was born female, but in 1997, he began testing to determine his psychological gender, and in 2002 underwent the first of his gender-reassignment surgeries. Under Hawaiian law, he was able to have his birth certificate amended and be legally recognized as male. He subsequently married. Read more »

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ASU football player Chip Sarafin announces he is gay

ASU football player Chip Sarafin announces he is gay

One thing that's been made clear throughout Arizona State University's first two weeks of practice: The Sun Devils' theme of brotherhood.

And that's no different today, when the news broke nationally that Chip Sarafin, a non-scholarship offensive lineman, has come out publicly as gay.

In this month's issue of Tempe-based Compete magazine, Sarafin tells writer Joshua Wyrick that he is gay.

According to Wyrik, ASU offered up the story, telling the magazine's editor-in-chief about Sarafin being open with his teammates. Then the university suggested Wyrik, a recent ASU graduate, come out as soon as possible for an interview on campus. Read more »

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63 Texas Lawmakers: Gay Marriage Will Lead to Incest, Pedophilia, Polygamy

63 Texas Lawmakers: Gay Marriage Will Lead to Incest, Pedophilia, Polygamy

Dozens of Texas lawmakers believe that overturning the state’s ban on same-gender marriage will lead to the legalization of incest, pedophilia and polygamy, and are using that argument to try to convince a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban.

In an amicus brief filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 63 members of the Texas legislature claimed that a federal court overstepped its bounds in ruling the state’s same-gender-marriage ban unconstitutional. Read more »

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Four Top 50 Companies Sign Amicus Brief Supporting Marriage Equality

Four Top 50 Companies Sign Amicus Brief Supporting Marriage Equality

Four DiversityInc Top 50 companies are among 23 employers that have signed on to an amicus brief in support of same-gender marriage.

The four are Cummins (No. 15), Marriott International (No. 16),Target (No. 22) and WellPoint (No. 29). In addition, Pfizer, one ofDiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies, also joined.

The brief has been submitted as part of an appeal that will be heard on Aug. 26 in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago regarding the legality of same-gender-marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. The court initially was scheduled to hear separate cases when federal judges overturned bans in both states, but it combined the two cases into one. Read more »

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Big businesses still fighting for same-sex marriage

Big businesses still fighting for same-sex marriage

For many of the nation's largest businesses, the fight for same-sex marriage didn't end when the Supreme Court decided to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act last year.

While the federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage, individual states still get to make their own rules. And since many states continue to prohibit it, navigating through this patchwork of laws can be extremely complicated for national companies. Read more »

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Top 20 tips for how business can support its LGBT workforce

Top 20 tips for how business can support its LGBT workforce

Being inclusive means more than just obeying the law. Failure to take positive action for LGBT people can harm a company's workforce, its reputation and growth..

The idea that LGBT inclusion is a non-issue, something that doesn't need to be dealt with, is widespread within business. Many are the leaders who stick their heads in the sand, ignoring the matter altogether and consequently harming the trust, growth and reputation of their business. Read more »

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Target Finally Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage

Target Finally Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage

Target announced its support for same-sex marriage in a court filing on Tuesday, finally putting an end to years of dodging the subject.

The mass market retailer signed an amicus brief in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago, joining other big companies that have taken a stand for marriage equality. The case deals with legal issues in Wisconsin and Indiana, two states where lower courts have struck down gay-marriage bans.

"It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage," Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Target, said in a statement posted on the company's official blog. Read more »

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Location

Harkins Camelview
7001 E. Highland
Scottsdale, AZ

Hospice of the Valley’s dementia program director, Maribeth Gallagher, will lead a Q & A session following the August 15 debut of an uplifting new documentary, “Alive Inside,’’ about music and dementia. Gallagher, an internationally recognized dementia leader and a doctor of nursing practice, will be available after the 7:10 p.m. showing in Scottsdale.

"Alive Inside” 
Harkins Camelview
7001 E. Highland, Scottsdale
Visit harkinstheatres.com for all dates and showtimes

Not-for-profit Hospice of the Valley has been recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative 
dementia care.  Read more »

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