Location

Reach 11 Sports Complex
2425 East Deer Valley Road
Phoenix, AZ 85050

The Run Against Trafficking (R.A.T. Race) on October 25th at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix welcomes everyone to come run, walk and raise funds for more than 20 organizations working to end sex trafficking in Arizona. These organizations provide needed services to victims of sex trafficking, advocate for tougher laws against perpetrators, educate the community and raise public awareness.

Register or donate today at www.RATraceAZ.org

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Arizona wedding website seeks to help gay and straight couples alike

Arizona wedding website seeks to help gay and straight couples alike

An Arizona company announced this week that it has launched a new website, MRSter.com, to help straight and gay engaged couples find wedding vendors who aren't fazed by same-sex nuptials.

The announcement comes as Arizona is poised for the first time in history to allow same-sex marriages, depending on the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the hotly contested issue.

MRSter allows couples to contact wedding professionals who will treat them equally, whether they are gay or straight, said the co-owners of the website. Read more »

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The 'coming out' letter I never sent

The 'coming out' letter I never sent

It was the hardest letter I ever had to write. And it sat in a drawer at my house for nearly a decade.

Dad,

I write this letter because I want you to know fully who I am. There is a big part of me that you and I have never discussed. I'm the same son you've always known and loved but this part of my life we've never discussed — I am gay.

It is important to me that you know the complete me. Yes I've been gay my entire life. Because of societal pressures and in part due to my southern roots I ran from my identity. But finally, a few years ago, I came to terms with who I am. I am out at work, with my friends, and now my family. Read more »

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More gay people can now get legally married. They can still be legally fired.

More gay people can now get legally married. They can still be legally fired.

With the Supreme Court’s refusal earlier Monday to hear a series of cases on same-sex marriage, the movement for LGBT rights in the United States has taken a completely unexpected turn: Gay people can now get legally married in more states than where they are legally protected from job discrimination.  As this map shows, there are now five states — Indiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia — where gay people can get legally married and where it is perfectly legal for an employer to fire someone for being gay. Read more »

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Location

Ballet
2835 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ

LGBT Night Out at the Ballet
Swan Lake
THURSDAY OCTOBER 30, 2014

with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall

5:30 pm: Private Reception
cash bar with complimentary hors d’oeuvres
6:15 pm: Artist Chat with Joseph Cavanaugh
7:00 pm: Performance
First Intermission: Reception with Guest Speaker
cash bar with dessert Read more »

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Issues that divide DuVal and Ducey

Issues that divide DuVal and Ducey

Their plans to fix Arizona's economy may be hard to decipher.

And neither Democrat Fred DuVal nor Republican Doug Ducey is precise on exactly how they think the state will permanently come up with more money for schools.

But anyone seeking clear distinctions between the major candidates for governor need look only at their positions on what might be called "morality' issues to find some stark contrasts.

And given how often these issues translate into legislation, what the next governor believes could be the difference between when some measures become law and others are vetoed.

Gay Rights

DuVal has come out forthright in favor of the ability of gays to wed. Read more »

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Gay marriage in Arizona? 9th Circuit strikes down Nevada, Idaho ban

Gay marriage in Arizona? 9th Circuit strikes down Nevada, Idaho ban

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that gay couples' equal protection rights were violated by the bans. Arizona is part of the San Francisco-based circuit, so its ruling would seem to apply to this state as well.

However, officials at the Arizona Attorney General's office and the Maricopa County Clerk of Appeals would only immediately say that they were reviewing the ruling.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, said it is "premature" to direct county clerks to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read more »

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Idaho, Nevada Gay Marriage Bans Struck Down By Federal Appeals Court

Idaho, Nevada Gay Marriage Bans Struck Down By Federal Appeals Court

A federal appeals court has struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco made the ruling Tuesday. It did not decide on a similar case in Hawaii, which legalized gay marriage in December.

State and federal court judges have been striking down bans at a rapid rate since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year. The 9th Circuit ruling comes a day after the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in 11 more states, for a total of 30, when it rejected a set of appeals. Read more »

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