What if gays saved traditional marriage?

What if gays saved traditional marriage?

At the elegant Royal Palms Resort near Camelback Mountain, two Arizona conservatives of note played host to an idea.

John and Lisa Keegan, he the former mayor of Peoria, she the former state superintendent of public instruction, introduced a grand bargain that if realized would bring together conservatives and liberals, gays and straights, in no less a cause than the preservation of marriage.

Delivering this idea was David Blankenhorn, a Harvard-educated scholar who a quarter-century ago founded the Institute for American Values to try to stop the erosion of American civic life.

Joining him was Jonathan Rauch, a distinguished writer and editor for the Economist, Atlantic and National Journal. Read more »

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US Attorney General Eric Holder blasts Boy Scouts over continued ban on gay adults  - See more at: http:/www.gaystarnews.com/ar

US Attorney General Eric Holder has made a stinging criticism of the Boy Scouts of America excluding gay and lesbian adults from scouting in comments to a Washington gathering of LGBTI legal advocate Lambda Legal.

‘The continuation of a policy that discriminates against gay adult leaders – by an iconic American institution – only preserves and perpetuates the worst kind of stereotypes,’ Holder said Tuesday.

Holder likened the Boy Scouts’ policy of excluding openly gay people from scouting to the former ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ policy of the US Defense Department which forced LGBTI service members to hide their identities from superiors and colleagues. Read more »

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Honey Maid Continues LGBT Support With New Ad

Honey Maid Continues LGBT Support With New Ad

The marketing minds behind Nabisco’s graham cracker snacks brand, Honey Maid, tweeted a show of support for LGBT Pride month last week with an animated GIF of two graham crackers forming the equality symbol along with the tagline “This Is Wholesome.” Read more »

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Transgender Priest Rev. Cameron Partridge, Will Preach at Sunday Service Celebrating LGBT Pride at Washington National Cathedral

The Rev. Cameron Partridge will become the first openly transgender priest to preach at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 22, as the historic church celebrates LGBT pride month in a service led by Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be elected a bishop.

"Cameron Partridge is a priest of great intellect, pastoral presence, and possesses a deep passion for the Gospel. We are excited for him to preach at the Cathedral," Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral noted in a Huffington Post report.

In a further statement on the selection of Partridge to preach, Hall noted that the church wanted to send a message of love to the LGBT community. Read more »

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Legalizing same-sex marriage could pump $62M into Arizona economy via wedding rush

Legalizing same-sex marriage could pump $62M into Arizona economy via wedding rush

Legalizing same-sex marriages would immediately pump nearly $40 million into Arizona’s economy, according to a UCLA research group friendly toward LGBT rights.

A study by the University of California at Los Angeles’ Williams Institute estimates more than 7,900 same-sex couples would wed in the first three years if they were allowed to in Arizona. That would translate into as much as $61.9 million in total same-sex wedding spending over three years.

The first year alone could see $39.6 million worth of LGBT spending on weddings. Read more »

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The purpose of this effort is to provide the Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board with meaningful feedback about how inclusive and welcoming Mesa is of its cultural and demographic diversity. If you live, work, recreate, or go to school in Mesa, we hope to hear from you! Your participation will remain anonymous and carries no penalty. This questionnaire is available from May 27th, 2014 to June 3rd, 2014.

Please complete the survey HERE.

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Mesa diversity efforts pick up steam; more work needed

Mesa diversity efforts pick up steam; more work needed

Like the pendulum of a grandfather clock, the tone of a recent city-hosted session on discrimination in Mesa swung back and forth, back and forth.

One woman said residents of her low-income, ethnically diverse complex had no problem working together to improve the conditions of their neighborhood. But a lesbian couple said interaction with neighbors dropped off sharply after the pair corrected the assumption that they were sisters.

A Black man with a White wife said he had never been hassled for his interracial relationship within city limits. But a woman with physical limitations said waiters repeatedly assumed that she couldn't order food or pay for herself. Read more »

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Google Admits Lack of Diversity in Newly Released Report

Google Admits Lack of Diversity in Newly Released Report

On Wednesday, Google released data that confirmed the extreme employment disparity within the tech company, not only racially but between genders as well.

While the gender data is based on Google’s 46,170 worldwide employees, the ethnicity data only documents the U.S. workers.

The workforce demographics show that 70 percent of Google employees are male.

More shocking is that 62 percent of the company’s U.S. employees are white—even though it has 19 offices around country, in racially diverse cities such as New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Detroit. Read more »

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