Equality

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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REPUBLIC SERVICES JOINS ARIZONA BUSINESSES SUPPORTING UNITY PLEDGE

REPUBLIC SERVICES JOINS ARIZONA BUSINESSES SUPPORTING UNITY PLEDGE

PHOENIX (Feb. 10, 2014) – Today, Phoenix-based Republic Services announced it has signed theUNITY Pledge. Created in 2013 by ONE Community, the Pledge gives Arizona businesses and individuals a way to demonstrate support for workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and hospitality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals.  Read more »

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Jordyn Wieber Named 2014 Woman of Inspiration

Jordyn Wieber Named 2014 Woman of Inspiration

The Phoenix Mercury will honor U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Jordyn Wieber as the team’s 2014 Woman of Inspiration, an honor sponsored by BBVA Compass, during its August 2 game against the Indiana Fever. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Wieber will be available for interviews from 6 – 6:30 p.m. To RSVP for an interview, please e-mail Kandace Hurdle atKHurdle@phoenixmercury.com.

As part of the festivities, Wieber will participate in a pre-game speaking event for local athletes as well as a halftime Q&A session with fans. Read more »

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Federal Appeals Court Trolls Scalia In Virginia Gay Marriage Case

Federal Appeals Court Trolls Scalia In Virginia Gay Marriage Case

A federal appeals court based in Virginia cited the words of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia when it struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage on Monday. In its ruling, the court embraced the language of a dissent Scalia authored in the Supreme Court case that struck down state sodomy laws.

In a 2-1 ruling upholding the ruling of a lower court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, in part, because history and tradition were not justification for infringing on the rights of gay citizens. Read more »

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North Carolina Attorney General To Stop Defending State's Gay Marriage Ban

North Carolina Attorney General To Stop Defending State's Gay Marriage Ban

A federal appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is reverberating across the state's border.

Roy Cooper, North Carolina's Democratic attorney general, said at a Monday press conference that he would no longer defend his state's constitutional ban, citing the precedent the Virginia ruling had set.

"Our attorneys have vigorously argued this case every step of the way," Cooper said. "But the 4th Circuit has ruled and the 4th Circuit is clear. There are really no arguments left to be made." Read more »

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PetSmart CHANGE Agent

PetSmart is proud to present ONE Community's CHANGE Agent Program. The program is designed to educate business and community leaders on the importance of diversity, inclusion and equality for all Arizonan's CHANGE Agents work with individuals, businesses and organizations on signing the UNITY Pledge. For more information visit www.UNITYPledge.co

Presented by PetSmart the CHANGE AGENT Program was designed to give you—our present and future business leaders—the tools you need to spread the word about UNITY Pledge.

Spread a message dear to your heart
Network with others who share your passion
Make a difference in your communityThe time commitment Read more »

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Appeals panel strikes down Virginia gay marriage ban

Appeals panel strikes down Virginia gay marriage ban

A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as early as next year.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond ruled 2-1 that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry that is paramount to state marriage laws.

The circuit court has jurisdiction over Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The panel's decision can be appealed to the full court or to the Supreme Court. Read more »

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Gays can’t have kids, shouldn’t be allowed to marry, Arizona attorneys argue

Gays can’t have kids, shouldn’t be allowed to marry, Arizona attorneys argue

Attorneys for the state are telling a federal judge there’s a good reason Arizona won’t let gays marry: They can’t reproduce, at least not without the help of a third person.

Papers filed in federal court defending the ban say voters, in approving the constitutional amendment in 2008, are entitled to “define marriage for their community.” But the lawyers also are arguing to U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick there’s a public purpose in the state getting into the business of regulating private relationships: Ensuring that children are, whenever possible, raised by a biological mother and biological father. Read more »

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Another GOP congressman comes out in support of gay marriage

Another GOP congressman comes out in support of gay marriage

GOP Rep. David Jolly of Florida came out this week in support of marriage equality for gay couples.

The congressman told The Washington Post on Monday that his personal views about marriage center on it being a union between a man and a woman. But, he added, states should not define the “sanctity” of marriage.

“As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage,” Jolly said in a statement to the Post. “But as a matter of constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state.” Read more »

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Anti-gay laws can fuel spread of HIV, research finds

Anti-gay laws can fuel spread of HIV, research finds

Stigma and discrimination have always played a major role in the global AIDS epidemic, but they are getting renewed attention this year at the ongoing International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

A study released Monday at the conference shows that vulnerable communities in Nigeria fared far worse after legislation was passed criminalizing gay male sex. And in a panel scheduled for Wednesday , researchers were expected to discuss way to help advocates, doctors and patients combat stigma. Read more »

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