60 Percent Of Americans Soon Will Live In States With Marriage Equality

60 Percent Of Americans Soon Will Live In States With Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court on Monday set the United States on a historic civil rights path, paving the way for the majority of Americans to reside in states where same-sex marriage is legal.

The court declined to hear appeals from five states that were challenging lower-court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage. By passing on that debate, the court gave a final legal stamp of approval to marriage equality in five states: Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin. It also set the stage for legalization in six other states that also fall under the lower courts' jurisdiction: Colorado, Wyoming, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Read more »

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High court ruling may lead to gay marriage in 30 states

High court ruling may lead to gay marriage in 30 states

The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage Monday, leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize the practice in 11 additional states.

The unexpected decision by the justices, announced without further explanation, immediately affects five states in which federal appeals courts had struck down bans against gay marriage: Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah.

It also will bring along six other states located in the judicial circuits overseen by those appellate courts: North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming. Lower court judges in those states must abide by their appeals court rulings. Read more »

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Justice Scalia Teases Crowd Over Marriage Equality Decision

Justice Scalia Teases Crowd Over Marriage Equality Decision

At a speech before the University of Colorado this week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia teased onlookers about when the court will take up a marriage case. 

"I know when," he told the crowd, when asked for a date. "But I'm not going to tell you." After the crowd became boisterous, he added, "soon, soon," and moved on.

The court is currently considering petitions from five different states, and could make a decision at some point in the next few weeks, or next few months. The vague timeline from the court has frozen litigation in some states, while lower courts wait for guidance from the justices.  Read more »

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Midterm elections poll: Social issues rank at bottom of voters’ priority lists

Midterm elections poll: Social issues rank at bottom of voters’ priority lists

 Heading toward the midterm elections, Democrats hold their strongest advantages on issues such as abortion or same-sex marriage, yet these same issues land near the bottom of voters’ priority lists, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll.

Asked in an open-ended question to name the most important issue currently facing the U.S., neither issue scored even 1 percent of responses. When asked how important each issue was personally, 43 percent of likely voters ranked abortion an important one, while 32 percent said that about same-sex marriage. Read more »

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The ONE Community Spotlight on Success Local Heroes Awards

Celebrating our past, present and future

The Sheraton Downtown, 340 N. 3rd Street

Business Expo: 9:30-11:00

11:00 Doors Open, 11:30 Luncheon

1:30 Cocktail Reception Read more »

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No action from U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage cases

No action from U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has taken no action on appeals asking it to take up the issue of same-sex marriage.

The same-sex marriage cases are not among cases the court agreed to hear in its term that begins next week.

The justices are expected Monday to turn away appeals in hundreds of cases, although it is not likely the same-sex marriage cases will be among those.

The justices meet again in private on October 10 to consider new cases, and decisions about what to hear could be announced then or on October 14.

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'Take Me OUT To The Ballpark' Elevates LGBT White Sox Fans

'Take Me OUT To The Ballpark' Elevates LGBT White Sox Fans

Here's an inspiring response to what turned out to be a disappointing (but depressingly familiar) scenario.

In August, the White Sox announced that the sporting organization would begin sponsoring a night called "LGBT Pride Night: Out at the Sox," in celebration and support of the queer community. Anti-gay bigots then took to the White Sox Facebook page to express their disappointment with the organization for backing the initiative.

In response, Chicago-based director Sam Ciaramitaro has produced a short film titled "Take Me OUT To The Ballpark" that aims to elevate the voices and stories of five White Sox fans who are either identify as LGBT or support LGBT rights. Read more »

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Announcing the Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event Award Winners

Announcing the Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event Award Winners

Scottsdale, AZ (September 29, 2014)— On Saturday, September 27, valley chefs battled the storm so they could compete at the inaugural Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event. Presented by the Scottsdale Chamber, it all went down at the Venue Scottsdale from 6-10 p.m.
 
The two part competition included the World Chef Challenge qualifier – voted on by a panel of local food experts including Mike Wahlberg, executive chef at Vintage 95 in Chandler, Joanie Simon, host of Restaurant Live Arizona and Kate Crowley, a local food writer and marketing consultant.
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