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posted Friday, August 8 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 32


Utah asks SCOTUS to take marriage case - Court will take up marriage soon, Justice Ginsberg predicts
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes filed an appeal on August 5, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Kitchen v. Herbert, a suit challenging Utah's ban on same-sex marriages.

In June, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower federal court decision in that case striking down Utah's marriage law.

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Chattanooga voters repeal civil rights for LGBT city employees as well as partner benefits
WASHINGTON - Preliminary results from Chattanooga, Tennessee indicate that the city's residents have voted to repeal a city ordinance that extended essential non-discrimination protections to the city's LGBT employees, as well as partner benefits for those who have same-sex spouses. The deeply disappointing result comes after a hard-fought c more
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Summary of same-sex marriage cases before appeals court
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On August 6, three Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges heard arguments in six Gay marriage fights from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, setting the stage for one ruling.

Each case deals with whether statewide same-sex marriage bans violate th
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From paper to practice
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Who would have thought that a broken arm would lead anyone to appreciate marriage equality?

About a month ago, my partner of 10 years, Jason, and I were married. At the time, like many longtime partners we thought - more likely I thought - it's just a piece of paper. We'll
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AFL-CIO calls for humane treatment of refugee children
To the SGN from Pride At Work AFL-CIO:

On July 15, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement on the thousands of refugee children fleeing violence and political corruption in their Central American countries.

In contrast to calls by Republicans for militarization of the U.S. border with Mexico
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Primary election wrap-up: Pramila Jayapal has huge lead for 37th District Senate - All LGBT candidates ahead
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The initial vote count from the August 5 primary election shows human rights activist Pramila Jayapal far ahead in the race to fill the 37th District Senate seat being vacated by Adam Kline.

Jayapal, the founder and former executive director of the immigrant rights group One A
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Gender Odyssey and Gender Odyssey Family conferences coming up next weekend - Many FREE community events scheduled
Seattle's annual Gender Odyssey conference and Gender Odyssey Family conference begins Thursday, August 14, and continues through Sunday, August 17.

Gender Odyssey is a conference focused on the needs and interests of Transgender and Gender-nonconforming people. Gender Odyssey Family is a conference for families who are navigat
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Two judges agree: Florida must recognize same-sex marriages
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two more Florida judges have declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

One ruled on August 4 that the state must recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other jurisdictions and accord same-sex spouses the same rights as those enjoyed by opposite-sex marri
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Wage gap for Gay men decreasing, new study says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The wage gap between Gay men and straight men in similar occupations is decreasing, according to a new study released in July, and some Gay men are now earning more that their straight counterparts.

A study published in the Kyklos International Review for Social Sciences fin
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Houston anti-Gay referendum 'invalid' - Anti-Gay leader will sue
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anti-Gay forces in Houston failed to qualify a referendum to repeal the city's new HERO legislation (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance). Sponsored by Houston's openly Lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, HERO bans discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing, emp
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Seattle City Council calls for end to blood donation ban for Gay and Bisexual men
SEATTLE - The Seattle City Council sent a letter to the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday requesting an end to the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men. The Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray and the American Medical Association have each made similar requests.

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Uganda's Constitutional Court overturns Anti-Homosexuality Act on procedural grounds - HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST comments: Uganda's Court Ruling: What's Next?
A short Q&A with Human Rights First's Shawn Gaylord addressing next steps in Uganda following last Friday's ruling invalidating the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

What happened?
Shawn: Members of civil society, legal scholars, and representatives of the Ugandan LGBT community argued before the Constitution
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