California Just Got Rid Of Its Last Barrier To Same-Sex Marriage

California Just Got Rid Of Its Last Barrier To Same-Sex Marriage

California’s same-sex couples may now be pronounced spouse and spouse after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Monday eliminating outdated “husband and wife” references from state laws.

Senate Bill 1306 was introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to eliminate confusion and correct discriminatory phrasing in the California Constitution that contradicts state law. While the adjustment has no effect on the legality of same-sex marriage in California, it’s an important capstone for couples who’ve watched their state rise, fall and rise again as a champion of marriage equality before ultimately declaring Prop 8’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional in 2013. Read more »

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Gay rights group withdraws support for ENDA in light of Hobby Lobby ruling

Gay rights group withdraws support for ENDA in light of Hobby Lobby ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling prompted a gay rights group to withdraw its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Religious organizations and businesses with fewer than 15 employees are exempt from ENDA, which passed the Senate last year but has gone nowhere in the House. Read more »

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What the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Means for LGBT People

What the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Means for LGBT People

PART I—Has the Court turned the clock back half a century? 

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court upheld the right of individuals to access birth control despite the opposition of some religious sects. Since then, mainstream attitudes have changed. But fundamentalist religious views about reproductive health and sexuality still influence our politics and law. Read more »

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Children raised by same-sex couples have better health and well-being in comparison to their peers, according to a groundbreaking new study which isbeing billed as the largest of its kind.

Conducted by Australia's University of Melbourne, the new research aimed to "describe the physical, mental and social well-being" of children with gay and lesbian parents, and "the impact that stigma has on them." On average, children raised by same-sex couples scored six percent higher than the general population when it came to general health and family cohesion.

Meanwhile, in other categories -- such as behavior, mental health and self-esteem -- those children reportedly scored the same as those raised by heterosexual parents. Read more »

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United Nations To Expand LGBT Marriage Benefits

United Nations To Expand LGBT Marriage Benefits

The United Nations Secretariat will now provide full benefits to employees in same-sex unions, regardless of whether their home country recognizes marriage equality.

"Human rights are at the core of the mission of the United Nations," U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday when announcing the policy. "I am proud to stand for greater equality for all staff, and I call on all members of our UN family to unite in rejecting homophobia as discrimination that can never be tolerated at our workplace." Read more »

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Bias against gays: It's bad for business — and us all

Bias against gays: It's bad for business — and us all

July Fourth is more than just a holiday. It's a statement about the values we hold as Arizonans and Westerners, the freedom to make our own choices, live our own live and look forward to a better Arizona.

More than 70 percent of Arizonans believe there is equality in places of employment for all in our state. Unfortunately, this is not the reality. Today, in Arizona, you can still be fired for who you are and who you may love. Read more »

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On the heels of LGBT Pride events last weekend, PatientPOV.org takes a look at efforts to include LGBT individuals in health services research, health planning, and systems of care. Efforts to reduce disparities did not end with the defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act, bans on gay conversion therapy, and transgender individuals coming into focus –all very wonderful events that occurred in the past year. Much more needs to be done to build a more inclusive health care system and improve the health and well-being of LGBT individuals. This post is the first in a series that take up critically important work now underway that hopefully will reduce health disparities for LGBT-Q individuals. Read more »

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Burger King Supports LGBT Rights With 'Proud Whopper' And 'Be Your Way' Campaign

Burger King Supports LGBT Rights With 'Proud Whopper' And 'Be Your Way' Campaign

n what could be a first for a global fast food outlet, Burger King is making a bold proclamation in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community with the launch of a specially packaged burger.

The "Be Your Way" project was created at a Burger King franchise in San Francisco, where a limited edition "Proud Whopper" sandwich was added to the menu to coincide with the city's annual pride festivities. According to press materials, guests who ordered the "Proud Whopper" found that the sandwich was the same as a classic Whooper, but came wrapped in a rainbow-colored wrapper with the inscription, "We are all the same inside." Read more »

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