Court Adds Gay Marriage to Sept. 29 Agenda

Court Adds Gay Marriage to Sept. 29 Agenda

The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.

The action Wednesday does not mean that the court will decide that day to hear state appeals of lower court rulings that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. But the late September conference will be the first time the justices have the issue before them. The meeting will be the justices' first since late June.

Appeals have been filed from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The gay couples who won in each case in the lower courts also favor Supreme Court review.

The justices could put off deciding whether to take up gay marriage until January and still be able to issue a decision by late June.

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This is a fun and festive celebration of Scottsdale’s diverse culture of culinary proportions. Each participating chef will showcase their dishes in one or more heat levels: mild, medium and hot. How much heat can you take? Festival patrons will sip, sample, and vote for their favorites in each category including Booth Décor, Spiciest Dish, Best Dessert, Most Authentically Arizonan and more.

Purchase tickets, HERE.

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Presented by Corona, doors open at 4 p.m. and highlights include a salsa competition, live entertainment, a street taco station, a margarita hut, a sand bar, beach games, sun, sand, surf and a chance to win a trip to Ensenada! Each $5 admission ticket automatically receives one raffle ticket for the Ensenada trip and additional tickets will be available for $5 each or 2 for $8 the day of the event.  Read more »

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Location

WestWorld of Scottsdale’s Polo Field
16601 N Pima Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

The Fourth Annual Scottsdale Polo Championships is returning to WestWorld of Scottsdale as the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower! Last year the Scottsdale Polo Championships drew the biggest crowd in the country for a two-day polo event and this year promises to be even bigger.

This year, with an expanded event schedule and an amped-up polo lineup including the sport’s top players and more vendors, more sponsors, and the 2014 Arizona Porsche Concours d’Elegance Car Show, America’s most-attended polo event is expected to draw up to 15,000 polo fans and revelers to WestWorld of Scottsdale on the last Saturday & Sunday in October.

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Are Corporations The New LGBT Advocates?

Are Corporations The New LGBT Advocates?

We’re at 19 states and counting when it comes to same-sex marriage, which is great. But most people don’t realize there are still 32 states where you can be fired just for being LGBT.

President Obama’s executive order is only for federal contractors and the proposed national law (ENDA) is flawed and stalled in congress.

The next frontier for LGBT rights is in the workplace with corporations leading the way where state and federal law falls short.

Finding equality in the workplace is an issue many LGBT people struggle with every day. Read more »

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9th Circuit gets 3 cases on same-sex marriage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will hear arguments today in three cases challenging restrictions on same-sex marriage.

And while none of the cases are from Arizona, the court's ruling on those cases will apply to the state.

The odds are stacked against an Arizona law that defines marriage as between only one man and one woman.

Arizona is among 31 states that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying.

Judges in more than a dozen of those states, including three federal appeals-court circuits, have struck down bans like Arizona's.

The 9th Circuit is widely considered the most liberal in the nation. Read more »

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9th Circuit asks tough questions of gay-marriage bans

9th Circuit asks tough questions of gay-marriage bans

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today pummeled the defenders of three state laws that forbid same-sex couples from marrying.

The cases being heard by a three-judge panel were filed in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. Arizona is part of the San Francisco-based 9th circuit, so any ruling will apply to this state as well. The laws being challenged are similar to Arizona's, which defines marriage as between only one man and one woman.

Attorney Monte Stewart, with the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, defended the Idaho and Nevada laws before the court. He focused on the argument that allowing "genderless marriage" would lead to an increase in fatherless children and undermine what he called the child's "bonding right." Read more »

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Babby Buys Tickets For Fans to Go to WNBA Finals Game 2

Babby Buys Tickets For Fans to Go to WNBA Finals Game 2

PHOENIX – After more than 13,000 fans packed US Airways Center today for the Phoenix Mercury’s victory in Game 1 of the 2014 WNBA Finals, Phoenix Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby has joined the city’s swell of support for the Mercury by purchasing upper level seats for Game 2 this Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. (Note the special start time). Several thousand seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 3 p.m. on game day on the US Airways Center Plaza.

Thousands redeemed upper-level seats for Game 1 today after Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek bought tickets for Phoenix fans. Read more »

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