Georgia, Mississippi Backtrack On Bills Mirroring Arizona Anti-Gay Legislation

Georgia, Mississippi Backtrack On Bills Mirroring Arizona Anti-Gay Legislation

After a national uproar over controversial "religious freedom" legislation in Arizona, Georgia and Mississippi have now backtracked on similar bills, joining other states where such measures have failed due to concerns that they would be discriminatory toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

In Georgia, the "Preservation of Religious Freedom Act" has been tabled and doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Read more »

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Ky. ordered to recognize out-of-state gay marriages

Ky. ordered to recognize out-of-state gay marriages

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Kentucky officials to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed out of state.

U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn ruled that Kentucky's Constitution and laws banning recognition of such marriages "violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, and they are void and unenforceable."

The decision amounted to a final ruling of his Feb. 12 opinion in the case.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway had asked the judge on Thursday to delay his order by 90 days to give him the chance to decide whether to appeal.

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Stanton, Council Ask Governor to Veto S.B. 1062

Mayor Greg Stanton and the City Council voted this afternoon to ask Gov. Jan Brewer to veto S.B. 1062, ill-conceived legislation that would provide new legal protections to those who actively discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

The Council urged a veto with an 8 to 1 vote. Councilman Sal DiCiccio was the only council member to support the bill.

“Phoenix is an open, tolerant and inclusive community that respects the rights of every person,” said Stanton. “I’m proud that the City Council spoke with a strong and united voice that this bill is wrong, and must be vetoed.” Read more »

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Phoenix Pride Welcomes One Voice Community Center to its Family of Programs

Phoenix Pride is excited to welcome the One Voice Community Center to its family 
of programs. Through careful consideration by the Phoenix Pride Board of Directors and the One 
Voice Community Center Board of Directors, the decision has been made for Phoenix Pride to 
acquire the One Voice Community Center to further serve the community and ensure its future. 
 
Phoenix Pride’s mission is to celebrate and promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the 
metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ community. By these two organization joining together, Phoenix Pride 
is able to ensure that the Community Center thrives and sustains to serve the community for many  Read more »

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A Republican Lobbyist Is Trying To Get Gay Football Players Banned From The NFL

A Republican Lobbyist Is Trying To Get Gay Football Players Banned From The NFL

A Republican lobbyist is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from playing in the National Football League, a move he says is necessary to prevent American society from sliding into indecency.

Jack Burkman, the CEO of Burkman LLC, said Monday that he would push Republican lawmakers to support the measure, which he put together after college football star Michael Sam announced that he is gay. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Burkman insisted that five members of the House of Representatives and one senator are interested in co-sponsoring the bill, and that those numbers would rise to 36 and five, respectively, within three weeks. Notably, he declined to name any of the lawmakers in question. Read more »

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Eric Holder To State AGs: You Don't Have To Defend Gay Marriage Bans

Eric Holder To State AGs: You Don't Have To Defend Gay Marriage Bans

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged his state-level counterparts to recognize that they're not required to defend any state ban on same-sex marriage, speaking to The New York Times on Monday.

Holder argued that attorneys general should apply significant scrutiny to laws -- like gay marriage bans -- that raise constitutional issues before deciding to defend them.

“Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” he told the Times. Read more »

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Open for Business to EVERYONE!

Open for Business to EVERYONE!

Are you a business owner or concerned citizen who would like to show your unified support against SB 1062? We encourage you to print out these following sign and display it proudly on your store front or home!

You can print this out directly here: http://ocaz.co/CSx

Here's some information on SB 1062/HB 2153: Read more »

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Religious Right in Arizona Cheers Bill Allowing Businesses to Refuse to Serve Gays

Religious Right in Arizona Cheers Bill Allowing Businesses to Refuse to Serve Gays

In New Mexico, a photographer declined to take pictures of a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony. In Washington State, a florist would not provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. And in Colorado, a baker refused to make a cake for a party celebrating the wedding of two men.

The business owners cited religious beliefs in declining to provide services celebrating same-sex relationships. And in each case, they were sued. Read more »

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