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Committed to the Community. http://www.onecommunity.co/rss.xml en Glendale to consider anti-discrimination law for LGBT http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/glendale-consider-anti-discrimination-law-lgbt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/44/glendale-consider-anti-discrimination-law-lgbt" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/glendale_to_consider_anti-discrimination_law_for_lgbt.jpg" alt="Glendale to consider anti-discrimination law for LGBT" title="Glendale to consider anti-discrimination law for LGBT" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Glendale would be Arizona&#39;s fifth city to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect gay workers under a proposal from a city councilman.</p> <p>The goal is protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations, Councilman Gary Sherwood said.</p> <p>He wants the city to pass an ordinance before Glendale hosts Super Bowl XLIX on Feb.1.</p> <p>&quot;I think we need to show inclusiveness, that we are a diverse community in light of the rulings&quot; of Oct.17 allowing marriage equality in Arizona, Sherwood said.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/glendale-consider-anti-discrimination-law-lgbt" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/glendale-consider-anti-discrimination-law-lgbt" dc:title="Glendale to consider anti-discrimination law for LGBT" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6159" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/glendale-consider-anti-discrimination-law-lgbt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anti-discrimation ordinance anti-discrimination ordinance Arizona Arizona cities City Council workshop Councilman Gary Sherwood events Glendale hosts federal anti-discrimination laws Gary Sherwood Glendale Glendale director Glendale hosts Super Human Rights Campaign LGBT Glendale Municipal Equality Index Super Bowl transgender people civil rights Equality Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:59:48 +0000 ONE Community 6159 at http://www.onecommunity.co Glendale to consider anti-discrimination law for LGBT ONE Community Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay In Powerful Businessweek Essay http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/tim-cook-comes-out-gay-powerful-businessweek-essay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/44/tim-cook-comes-out-gay-powerful-businessweek-essay" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/tim_cook_comes_out_as_gay_in_powerful_businessweek_essay.jpg" alt="Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay In Powerful Businessweek Essay" title="Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay In Powerful Businessweek Essay" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in&nbsp;a powerful essay for Bloomberg Businessweek.</p> <p>In the essay, published Thursday, Cook said that he has never denied being gay, but has not publicly discussed his sexuality until now: &quot;So let me be clear: I&rsquo;m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.&quot;</p> <p>He described how his sexuality has given him an acute social perspective.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/tim-cook-comes-out-gay-powerful-businessweek-essay" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/tim-cook-comes-out-gay-powerful-businessweek-essay" dc:title="Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay In Powerful Businessweek Essay" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6158" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/tim-cook-comes-out-gay-powerful-businessweek-essay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> acute social perspective Auburn University Cook Bloomberg Businessweek CEO Tim Cook Gay Chief Executives greatest gifts God new york times Powerful Businessweek Essay richer life sexual orientation Tim Cook civil rights Equality Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:58:18 +0000 ONE Community 6158 at http://www.onecommunity.co Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay In Powerful Businessweek Essay ONE Community Tim Cook Speaks Up http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/tim-cook-speaks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/44/tim-cook-speaks" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/tim_cook_speaks_up.jpg" alt="Tim Cook Speaks Up" title="Tim Cook Speaks Up" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Throughout my professional life, I&rsquo;ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don&rsquo;t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.</p> <p>At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: &ldquo;Life&rsquo;s most persistent and urgent question is, &lsquo;What are you doing for others?&rsquo;&thinsp;&rdquo; I often challenge myself with that question, and I&rsquo;ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That&rsquo;s what has led me to today.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/tim-cook-speaks" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/tim-cook-speaks" dc:title="Tim Cook Speaks Up" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6157" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/tim-cook-speaks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apple Apple my life basic level best CEO CEO closely watched companies Countless people deeper understanding Dr. Martin Luther Dr. Martin Luther King easy choice fitness nut gay community good fortune greatest gifts God home state human rights humble roots incredible company incredible things Marriage Equality minority groups nature lover people people’s differences personal privacy professional life public figures richer life Robert F. Kennedy sexual orientation sick partners social progress sunlit path supplier partners Tim Cook Speaks urgent question waking time workplace equality civil rights Equality Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:32:07 +0000 ONE Community 6157 at http://www.onecommunity.co Tim Cook Speaks Up ONE Community America's 10 Worst LGBT Work Insults http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/americas-10-worst-lgbt-work-insults <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/44/americas-10-worst-lgbt-work-insults" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/america039s_10_worst_lgbt_work_insults.jpg" alt="America&amp;#039;s 10 Worst LGBT Work Insults" title="America&#039;s 10 Worst LGBT Work Insults" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The world&#39;s first report on measuring the value of LGBT workplace diversity in dollar terms is about to be released.</p> <p>The new report, &quot;LGBT Diversity: Show Me the Business Case,&quot; reveals that companies that bother to invest resources in making workplaces more welcoming and comfortable for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff can realize big returns, from increasing productivity to reducing exits by LGBT staff who feel uncomfortable.</p> <p>In the UK&nbsp;this is a big issue, and as you will see below, it is also a major issue in the U.S.</p> <p>It costs a lot to replace lost staff, so this new report is timely -- and important -- for American business.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/americas-10-worst-lgbt-work-insults" 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LGBT2020 sample U.S. people U.S. respondents U.S. samples U.S. workplace U.S. workplaces UK workplace vastly different situation work colleagues work medical plans workplace banter Business civil rights Equality Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:24:10 +0000 ONE Community 6156 at http://www.onecommunity.co America's 10 Worst LGBT Work Insults ONE Community Arizona reviewing records laws now that same-sex marriage is legal http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/arizona-reviewing-records-laws-now-same-sex-marriage-legal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/44/arizona-reviewing-records-laws-now-same-sex-marriage-legal" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/arizona_reviewing_records_laws_now_that_same-sex_marriage_is_legal.jpg" alt="Arizona reviewing records laws now that same-sex marriage is legal" title="Arizona reviewing records laws now that same-sex marriage is legal" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;Arizona&nbsp;Department of Health Services is reviewing the state&rsquo;s vital records law now that&nbsp;same-sex marriage&nbsp;is legal under a federal court ruling.</p> <p>Health Services Director Will Humble says a spouse will be able to get a death certificate for a spouse regardless of gender.</p> <p>Humble says his department doesn&rsquo;t expect major changes in how it issues birth certificates.</p> <p>But he says maternity and paternity laws are being reviewed to determine how to register a birth when a birth mother wants her same-sex spouse listed on the birth certificate as the other parent.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/arizona-reviewing-records-laws-now-same-sex-marriage-legal" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/arizona-reviewing-records-laws-now-same-sex-marriage-legal" dc:title="Arizona reviewing records laws now that same-sex marriage is legal" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6155" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/44/arizona-reviewing-records-laws-now-same-sex-marriage-legal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arizona reviewing records federal court ruling health services Health Services Director Humble prohibit same-sex couples same-sex marriage same-sex spouse vital records law civil rights Equality Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:06:03 +0000 ONE Community 6155 at http://www.onecommunity.co Arizona reviewing records laws now that same-sex marriage is legal ONE Community Phoenix leaders say gay-marriage ruling good for business http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/phoenix-leaders-say-gay-marriage-ruling-good-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/43/phoenix-leaders-say-gay-marriage-ruling-good-business" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/phoenix_leaders_say_gay-marriage_ruling_good_for_business.jpg" alt="Phoenix leaders say gay-marriage ruling good for business" title="Phoenix leaders say gay-marriage ruling good for business" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Opponents of gay marriage, including Gov.Jan Brewer and Catholic bishops, criticized the judge&#39;s decision. Brewer said that with its decision, the court was eroding the people&#39;s power and overstepping its bounds. Brewer noted that Arizona voters in 2008 approved a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.</p> <p>We asked:&nbsp;What impact do you think the ruling legalizing same-sex marriage will have in Phoenix? Please indicate whether you support or oppose the decision.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/phoenix-leaders-say-gay-marriage-ruling-good-business" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/phoenix-leaders-say-gay-marriage-ruling-good-business" dc:title="Phoenix leaders say gay-marriage ruling good for business" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6152" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/phoenix-leaders-say-gay-marriage-ruling-good-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arizona civil rights civil rights movement constitutional amendment constitutional amendment vote Contact City Hall Gay-marriage ruling good community partner Judge John Sedwick Marriage Equality new LGBTQ residents past legislative actions phoenix reporter Dustin Gardiner ruling same-sex marriage state constitutional amendment Equality Gay Marriage Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:27:38 +0000 ONE Community 6152 at http://www.onecommunity.co Phoenix leaders say gay-marriage ruling good for business ONE Community Maricopa County marriage licenses up after same-sex ruling http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/maricopa-county-marriage-licenses-after-same-sex-ruling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/43/maricopa-county-marriage-licenses-after-same-sex-ruling" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/maricopa_county_marriage_licenses_up_after_same-sex_ruling.jpg" alt="Maricopa County marriage licenses up after same-sex ruling" title="Maricopa County marriage licenses up after same-sex ruling" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While Arizona&#39;s most populous county gave out more than triple the average number of marriage licenses after same-sex marriage became legal last week, other counties saw no uptick at all.</p> <p>Maricopa County issued marriage licenses to 292 couples last Friday and 184 on Monday, up from an average of 98 each business day.</p> <p>In Pima County, Arizona&#39;s second-most populous and home to Tucson, clerks issued an average of 60 licenses each day through Tuesday, up from an average of 25 this time of year.</p> <p>Officially, no one tracks the gender of applicant couples, and neither county informally recorded the number of same-sex couples.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/maricopa-county-marriage-licenses-after-same-sex-ruling" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/maricopa-county-marriage-licenses-after-same-sex-ruling" dc:title="Maricopa County marriage licenses up after same-sex ruling" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6151" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/maricopa-county-marriage-licenses-after-same-sex-ruling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arizona Cochise County County marriage licenses Friday Maricopa County marriage licenses same-sex couple same-sex couples same-sex marriage Equality Gay Marriage Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:07:03 +0000 ONE Community 6151 at http://www.onecommunity.co Maricopa County marriage licenses up after same-sex ruling ONE Community Memo to clerks: You can object to gay marriage http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/memo-clerks-you-can-object-gay-marriage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/43/memo-clerks-you-can-object-gay-marriage" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/memo_to_clerks_you_can_object_to_gay_marriage.jpg" alt="Memo to clerks: You can object to gay marriage" title="Memo to clerks: You can object to gay marriage" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The conservative group that handled the legal defense of Arizona&#39;s overturned gay-marriage ban is advising court clerks they don&#39;t have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if the clerk has religious or moral objections.</p> <p>Four days after same-sex couples were allowed to marry for the first time in Arizona, the Maricopa County Clerk of the Court&#39;s Office said one employee has already made such a request. And the issue may be headed for the legislative agenda.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/memo-clerks-you-can-object-gay-marriage" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/memo-clerks-you-can-object-gay-marriage" dc:title="Memo to clerks: You can object to gay marriage" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6149" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/memo-clerks-you-can-object-gay-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alliance Defending Freedom american civil liberties Arizona Arizona Capitol Times Arizona lawmakers built-in assumptions business owner conservative group court clerks discrimination lawsuits federal protections gay couples Gay Marriage gay-marriage ban Gov. 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Mesnard Washington D.C.-based attorney wedding chapels widespread protests work environment Equality Gay Marriage Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:38:52 +0000 ONE Community 6149 at http://www.onecommunity.co Memo to clerks: You can object to gay marriage ONE Community Arizona gay marriage: Couples get married, celebrate http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/arizona-gay-marriage-couples-get-married-celebrate <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/43/arizona-gay-marriage-couples-get-married-celebrate" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/arizona_gay_marriage_couples_get_married_celebrate.jpg" alt="Arizona gay marriage: Couples get married, celebrate" title="Arizona gay marriage: Couples get married, celebrate" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The pastor who performed the ceremony, the Rev. John Dorhauer, quickly slipped off his own ring to use as a substitute.</p> <p>Across Arizona, court clerks took the historic step of issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Licenses were quickly updated with new wording, including a third option of &quot;spouse&quot; in addition to &quot;bride&quot; and &quot;groom.&quot;</p> <p>Several couples held marriage ceremonies within minutes or hours of getting their certificates. Others began making plans for more formal ceremonies with families and friends.</p> <p>The concrete patio outside the Maricopa County clerk of the Superior Court&#39;s office, near Fifth Avenue and Jackson Street, became the scene of a pop-up wedding chapel by midmorning Friday.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/arizona-gay-marriage-couples-get-married-celebrate" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/arizona-gay-marriage-couples-get-married-celebrate" dc:title="Arizona gay marriage: Couples get married, celebrate" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6148" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/arizona-gay-marriage-couples-get-married-celebrate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> a couple Arizona Arizona Attorney General arizona businesses Arizona gay marriage brief ceremony business awards luncheon ceremony Coconino County courthouse Coconino County Superior County Superior Court couples Sue Wieger court clerks Court Judge Kevin downtown phoenix Flagstaff Justice Court formal ceremonies Friday gay couple legally married couples local choir group Maricopa County Maricopa County Clerk Maricopa County Northwest Maricopa County Superior marriage ceremonies marriage ceremony marriage license marriage licenses new wording office openly gay judge Phoenix Mayor Greg Phoenix Municipal Judge Phoenix Sheraton Hotel Pima County courthouse Pima County Superior pop-up wedding chapel red letters Regional Court Center Rev. 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Terry Sims Rincon Congregational Church same-sex couples slightly new wording star Brittney Griner Sun City West Surprise courthouse transgender couples TV camera crews vanilla layer cake Equality Gay Marriage Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:22:29 +0000 ONE Community 6148 at http://www.onecommunity.co Arizona gay marriage: Couples get married, celebrate ONE Community Obama: 'I Think The Equal Protection Clause Does Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage' In All States http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/obama-i-think-the-equal-protection-clause-does-guarantee-same-sex-marriage-all-states <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/43/obama-i-think-the-equal-protection-clause-does-guarantee-same-sex-marriage-all-states" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/obama_039i_think_the_equal_protection_clause_does_guarantee_same-sex_marriage039_in_all_states.jpg" alt="Obama: &amp;#039;I Think The Equal Protection Clause Does Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage&amp;#039; In All States" title="Obama: &#039;I Think The Equal Protection Clause Does Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage&#039; In All States" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>President Barack Obama seems to have changed his tune on gay marriage, telling&nbsp;The New Yorker&#39;s Jeffrey Toobin&nbsp;he believes same-sex couples in all 50 states should be allowed to marry under the equal protection clause of the Constitution.</p> <p>Obama first publicly&nbsp;backed gay marriage&nbsp;in May 2012, but noted he thought the issue should be&nbsp;left to the states. Speaking with Toobin for the Oct. 27 issue of The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decision since he took office was the recent&nbsp;rejection of gay marriage appeals&nbsp;from five states, a move the president said is &quot;a consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up.&quot;</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/obama-i-think-the-equal-protection-clause-does-guarantee-same-sex-marriage-all-states" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/obama-i-think-the-equal-protection-clause-does-guarantee-same-sex-marriage-all-states" dc:title="Obama: &#039;I Think The Equal Protection Clause Does Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage&#039; In All States" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6145" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/obama-i-think-the-equal-protection-clause-does-guarantee-same-sex-marriage-all-states" target="_blank">read more</a></p> barack obama equal protection clause Gay Marriage gay marriage appeals Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage New Yorker President Barack Obama same-sex marriage civil rights Equality Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:22:43 +0000 ONE Community 6145 at http://www.onecommunity.co Obama: 'I Think The Equal Protection Clause Does Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage' In All States ONE Community Gay-marriage ruling brings new legal questions http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/gay-marriage-ruling-brings-new-legal-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/43/gay-marriage-ruling-brings-new-legal-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/gay-marriage_ruling_brings_new_legal_questions.jpg" alt="Gay-marriage ruling brings new legal questions" title="Gay-marriage ruling brings new legal questions" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Same-sex couples in Arizona this weekend celebrated their newly won right to marry. But their fight for equality under the law isn&#39;t over.</p> <p>Arizona is not among the 30 states with laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, potentially leaving them vulnerable to workplace discrimination. And a number of laws include wording that could allow the state to discriminate against same-sex couples, including a 2011 statute that explicitly gives a married man and woman preference in adoptions.</p> <p>And then there are details to be worked out when same-sex couples arrive at the hospital to have a baby, and then when Arizona same-sex couples face less joyful firsts, from the first couple to seek a divorce to custody battles.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/gay-marriage-ruling-brings-new-legal-questions" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/gay-marriage-ruling-brings-new-legal-questions" dc:title="Gay-marriage ruling brings new legal questions" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6144" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/gay-marriage-ruling-brings-new-legal-questions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> appropriate educational action Arizona Arizona law Arizona same-sex couples Arizona statutes Circuit ruling common-law test compelling government complete marker controversial laws Dan Barr death decisions Douglas Gardner family law attorney financial heartache Gay-marriage ruling gender identity General Tom Horne health care heterosexual couples higher legal standard home environment home study Jennifer Pizer joyful firsts laws legal considerations legal custody legal hurdles legal parents marriage rules married man medical personnel opposite-sex married couples organization Lambda Legal Pizer questions Same-sex couples Republican-dominated body same-sex couples senior attorney sexual orientation short-term marriage social workers spousal support state legislature stepparent adoption process strict scrutiny tougher burden traditional adoption U.S. Court woman preference civil rights Equality Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:24:39 +0000 ONE Community 6144 at http://www.onecommunity.co Gay-marriage ruling brings new legal questions ONE Community Ariz. businesses celebrate gay marriage with discounts, deals http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/ariz-businesses-celebrate-gay-marriage-discounts-deals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/43/ariz-businesses-celebrate-gay-marriage-discounts-deals" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/ariz._businesses_celebrate_gay_marriage_with_discounts_deals.jpg" alt="Ariz. businesses celebrate gay marriage with discounts, deals" title="Ariz. businesses celebrate gay marriage with discounts, deals" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Businesses in Arizona seized on the lift of the gay-marriage ban as a marketing opportunity, offering discounts to same-sex couples on everything from bar tabs to hair stylings to hotel stays.</p> <p>Social-media accounts began humming with electronic deals for gay couples minutes after Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced he would not appeal a U.S. District Court decision striking down the state&#39;s ban.</p> <p>&quot;Let the honeymoon food come to you,&quot; read a promotion for Sunfare, a Deer Valley-area company that delivers specialized meals Valley-wide. &quot;Sign up for Sunfare anytime this week for 25 percent off your first three family dinners.&quot;</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/ariz-businesses-celebrate-gay-marriage-discounts-deals" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/ariz-businesses-celebrate-gay-marriage-discounts-deals" dc:title="Ariz. businesses celebrate gay marriage with discounts, deals" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6143" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/43/ariz-businesses-celebrate-gay-marriage-discounts-deals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arizona gay couples Gay Marriage Hotel Palomar Phoenix phoenix resident same-sex couples same-sex couples same-sex marriage same-sex marriages Same-sex Wedding Giveaway Same-Sex Weddings Wrigley Mansion civil rights Equality Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:23:16 +0000 ONE Community 6143 at http://www.onecommunity.co Ariz. businesses celebrate gay marriage with discounts, deals ONE Community Horne concedes same-sex marriage ruling applies to AZ http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/horne-concedes-same-sex-marriage-ruling-applies-az <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/42/horne-concedes-same-sex-marriage-ruling-applies-az" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/horne_concedes_same-sex_marriage_ruling_applies_to_az.jpg" alt="Horne concedes same-sex marriage ruling applies to AZ" title="Horne concedes same-sex marriage ruling applies to AZ" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Attorneys representing the state and more than a dozen same-sex couples have filed their legal arguments over whether a federal appeals court ruling overturning same-sex marriage bans should apply to Arizona.</p> <p>The fate of Arizona&#39;s law defining marriage as between only a man and a woman&nbsp;rests on a rulingfrom U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick, and a decision from Attorney General Tom Horne as to whether he will comply or continue to fight as similar laws around the country fall.</p> <p>The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit&nbsp;last week declared&nbsp;laws banning same-sex couples from marrying in Idaho and Nevada violated couples&#39; rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Arizona is part of the San Francisco-based circuit.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/horne-concedes-same-sex-marriage-ruling-applies-az" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/horne-concedes-same-sex-marriage-ruling-applies-az" dc:title="Horne concedes same-sex marriage ruling applies to AZ" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6140" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/horne-concedes-same-sex-marriage-ruling-applies-az" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 14th amendment 9th Circuit appeals court ruling appeals courts arguments Arizona Arizona Families AZ Attorneys biological parents brief argument Circuit issues Circuit ruling compelling interests country fall discriminatory marriage district court 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class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/42/lambda-legal-urges-federal-judge-strike-down-arizona-gay-marriage-ban" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/lambda_legal_urges_federal_judge_to_strike_down_arizona_gay_marriage_ban.jpg" alt="Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban" title="Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;Lambda Legal&nbsp;on Wednesday urged a federal court judge in&nbsp;Phoenix&nbsp;to issue an immediate ruling striking down&nbsp;Arizona&rsquo;s ban on&nbsp;same-sex marriage.</p> <p>The filing follows last Tuesday&rsquo;s ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down gay marriage bans in&nbsp;Nevada&nbsp;and&nbsp;Idaho, which came just a day after the announcement from theU.S. Supreme Court&nbsp;denying review of seven marriage lawsuits from the 4th, 7th and 10th Circuits that had struck down similar bans in&nbsp;Virginia,Indiana,&nbsp;Wisconsin,Oklahoma&nbsp;and&nbsp;Utah.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/lambda-legal-urges-federal-judge-strike-down-arizona-gay-marriage-ban" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/lambda-legal-urges-federal-judge-strike-down-arizona-gay-marriage-ban" dc:title="Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6139" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/lambda-legal-urges-federal-judge-strike-down-arizona-gay-marriage-ban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arizona Arizona’s ban federal court judge Gay Marriage gay marriage ban gay marriage bans gay marriage prohibitions immediate ruling Judge John Sedwick lambda legal marriage ban  Lambda same-sex couples civil rights Equality Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:47:54 +0000 ONE Community 6139 at http://www.onecommunity.co Lambda Legal urges federal judge to strike down Arizona gay marriage ban ONE Community Next Gay Marriage Fight: Religious Exemptions http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/next-gay-marriage-fight-religious-exemptions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/42/next-gay-marriage-fight-religious-exemptions" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/next_gay_marriage_fight_religious_exemptions.jpg" alt="Next Gay Marriage Fight: Religious Exemptions" title="Next Gay Marriage Fight: Religious Exemptions" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Alarmed by the broad expansion of same-sex marriage set in motion by the U.S. Supreme Court, religious conservatives are moving their fight to state legislatures &mdash; seeking exemptions that would allow some groups, companies and people with religious objections to refuse benefits or service for gay spouses.</p> <p>But winning sweeping carve-outs for faith-affiliated adoption agencies or individual wedding vendors will be an uphill battle. Public attitudes against exceptions have hardened, and efforts by faith groups in states where courts, not lawmakers, recognized same-sex unions have had little success.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/next-gay-marriage-fight-religious-exemptions" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/next-gay-marriage-fight-religious-exemptions" dc:title="Next Gay Marriage Fight: Religious Exemptions" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6138" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/next-gay-marriage-fight-religious-exemptions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Affordable Care Act Amendment protections civil rights groups Employment Non-Discrimination Act faith groups faith-affiliated adoption agencies family law specialist federal court cases free contraceptive coverage Freedom Restoration Act gay couples Gay Marriage gay marriage ban Gay Marriage Fight gay marriage opponents gay rights groups group Lambda Legal held private businesses high court high court decision Hobby Lobby ruling individual religious objectors individual wedding vendors marriage support programs national gay rights overly broad exemptions prominent gay rights religious conservatives religious exemption fight religious exemptions Religious Exemptions Alarmed religious liberty religious liberty claim religious liberty protections religious objections religious objectors same-sex couples same-sex marriage same-sex marriage bans same-sex marriages same-sex unions significant new exemptions small mom-and-pop wedding South Carolina state legislative debate State Rep. Jacob states statewide nondiscrimination policy U.S. Supreme Court wedding cake bakers civil rights Equality Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:29:08 +0000 ONE Community 6138 at http://www.onecommunity.co Next Gay Marriage Fight: Religious Exemptions ONE Community Vatican report lauds gay "gifts" http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/vatican-report-lauds-gay-gifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/42/vatican-report-lauds-gay-gifts" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/vatican_report_lauds_gay_quotgiftsquot.jpg" alt="Vatican report lauds gay &amp;quot;gifts&amp;quot;" title="Vatican report lauds gay &quot;gifts&quot;" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&#39;s a holy revolution as a group of Catholic bishops, cardinals and priests laud the fruits of gay relationships. No kidding.</p> <p>A&nbsp;report&nbsp;out today repeats the one-man, one-woman marriage stuff. But it also acknowledges there are homosexual relationships &quot;in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of partners.&quot;</p> <p>Got that? &quot;Life partners.&quot; And &quot;precious support.&quot; Holy cow.</p> <p>This is much different from the standard Catholic Catechism that calls homosexual acts &quot;intrinsically disordered&quot; and offers chastity as the only acceptable option for gays and lesbians.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/vatican-report-lauds-gay-gifts" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/vatican-report-lauds-gay-gifts" dc:title="Vatican report lauds gay &quot;gifts&quot;" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6137" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/42/vatican-report-lauds-gay-gifts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> acceptable option catholic bishops Catholic Church Catholic doctrine Christian community final report fraternal space gay relationships Holy cow holy revolution homosexual acts homosexual relationships Life partners modern realities mother church mutual aid new report new thinking obvious response one-woman marriage stuff Pope Francis precious support provocative question real world challenges sexual orientation standard Catholic Catechism Vatican report welcoming home civil rights Equality Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:09:55 +0000 ONE Community 6137 at http://www.onecommunity.co Vatican report lauds gay "gifts" ONE Community Get started early with your Holiday cards, let me help you. http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/get-started-early-your-holiday-cards-let-me-help-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/41/get-started-early-your-holiday-cards-let-me-help-you" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/get_started_early_with_your_holiday_cards_let_me_help_you.jpg" alt="Get started early with your Holiday cards, let me help you." title="Get started early with your Holiday cards, let me help you." width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Holidays are just around the corner. . Let me help you with you Holiday cards. As a&nbsp;SendOutCards&nbsp;rep, I can help you save quite a bit of time and money. Here are just a few price comparisons. There are so many different ways that I can help get your cards out in a much smoother way as well. I will even get you started with a FREE account pre loaded&nbsp;with 25 points and 2 stamps.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT2yqxTDLO0">SendOutCards for the Holidays</a></p> <p>Compare SendOutCards with others -&nbsp;</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/get-started-early-your-holiday-cards-let-me-help-you" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/get-started-early-your-holiday-cards-let-me-help-you" dc:title="Get started early with your Holiday cards, let me help you." trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6135" /> </rdf:RDF> --> different ways FREE account pre Holiday Cards price comparisons SendOutCards rep smoother way Sun, 12 Oct 2014 23:33:30 +0000 lbenabe 6135 at http://www.onecommunity.co Get started early with your Holiday cards, let me help you. lbenabe Arizona wedding website seeks to help gay and straight couples alike http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/arizona-wedding-website-seeks-help-gay-and-straight-couples-alike <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/41/arizona-wedding-website-seeks-help-gay-and-straight-couples-alike" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/arizona_wedding_website_seeks_to_help_gay_and_straight_couples_alike.jpg" alt="Arizona wedding website seeks to help gay and straight couples alike" title="Arizona wedding website seeks to help gay and straight couples alike" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>An Arizona company announced this week that it has launched a new website, MRSter.com, to help straight and gay engaged couples find wedding vendors who aren&#39;t fazed by same-sex nuptials.</p> <p>The announcement comes as Arizona is poised for the first time in history to allow same-sex marriages, depending on the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the hotly contested issue.</p> <p>MRSter allows couples to contact wedding professionals who will treat them equally, whether they are gay or straight, said the co-owners of the website.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/arizona-wedding-website-seeks-help-gay-and-straight-couples-alike" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/arizona-wedding-website-seeks-help-gay-and-straight-couples-alike" dc:title="Arizona wedding website seeks to help gay and straight couples alike" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6132" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/arizona-wedding-website-seeks-help-gay-and-straight-couples-alike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arizona Arizona wedding vendors Arizona wedding website couples federal court decision gay couples General Tom Horne hotly contested issue las vegas LGBT couples Marriage Equality Marriage Matters Arizona same-sex band wagon San Francisco-based circuit sex couples single largest roadblock straight couples Supreme Court supreme court decision U.S. Circuit Court U.S. District Judge U.S. Supreme Court wedding vendors civil rights Equality Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:22:22 +0000 ONE Community 6132 at http://www.onecommunity.co Arizona wedding website seeks to help gay and straight couples alike ONE Community The 'coming out' letter I never sent http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/the-coming-out-letter-i-never-sent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/41/the-coming-out-letter-i-never-sent" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/the_039coming_out039_letter_i_never_sent.jpg" alt="The &amp;#039;coming out&amp;#039; letter I never sent" title="The &#039;coming out&#039; letter I never sent" width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It was the hardest letter I ever had to write. And it sat in a drawer at my house for nearly a decade.</p> <p>Dad,</p> <p>I write this letter because I want you to know fully who I am. There is a big part of me that you and I have never discussed. I&#39;m the same son you&#39;ve always known and loved but this part of my life we&#39;ve never discussed &mdash; I am gay.</p> <p>It is important to me that you know the complete me. Yes I&#39;ve been gay my entire life. Because of societal pressures and in part due to my southern roots I ran from my identity. But finally, a few years ago, I came to terms with who I am. I am out at work, with my friends, and now my family.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/the-coming-out-letter-i-never-sent" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/the-coming-out-letter-i-never-sent" dc:title="The &#039;coming out&#039; letter I never sent" trackback:ping="http://www.onecommunity.co/trackback/6131" /> </rdf:RDF> --> <p><a href="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/the-coming-out-letter-i-never-sent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> active role Arkansas basic human dignity civil rights organization conservative church country person dad direct role elementary school entire life Family hardest letter hardest things historic victories honest letter Hot Springs Human Rights Campaign latest catch legal equality legal pad letter lgbt community LGBT equality LGBT people LGBT person Life Los Angeles National Coming new job new life perfect response personal responsibility political support right time societal pressures southern roots superhuman personal strength Supreme Court traditional Southern man transgender americans civil rights Equality Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:12:34 +0000 ONE Community 6131 at http://www.onecommunity.co The 'coming out' letter I never sent ONE Community More gay people can now get legally married. They can still be legally fired. http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/more-gay-people-can-now-get-legally-married-they-can-still-be-legally-fired <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/blog/2014/41/more-gay-people-can-now-get-legally-married-they-can-still-be-legally-fired" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139 imagecache-linked imagecache-162X139_linked"><img src="http://www.onecommunity.co/sites/default/files/imagecache/162X139/images/blog/more_gay_people_can_now_get_legally_married._they_can_still_be_legally_fired.jpg" alt="More gay people can now get legally married. They can still be legally fired." title="More gay people can now get legally married. They can still be legally fired." width="162" height="139" class="imagecache imagecache-162X139"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the Supreme Court&rsquo;s refusal earlier Monday to hear a series of cases on same-sex marriage, the movement for LGBT rights in the United States has taken a completely unexpected turn: Gay people can now get legally married in more states than where they are legally protected from job discrimination.&nbsp; As this map shows, there are now five states &mdash; Indiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia &mdash; where gay people can get legally married&nbsp;and&nbsp;where it is perfectly legal for an employer to fire someone for being gay.</p> <!-- <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/" xmlns:trackback="http://madskills.com/public/xml/rss/module/trackback/"> <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/more-gay-people-can-now-get-legally-married-they-can-still-be-legally-fired" dc:identifier="http://www.onecommunity.co/blog/2014/41/more-gay-people-can-now-get-legally-married-they-can-still-be-legally-fired" dc:title="More gay people can now get legally married. 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