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    PNS Daily News- February 12, 20160 


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LGBTQIA Issues

Conversion therapy has been banned in California, Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon. (Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Governor Cuomo on Saturday broke new ground by announcing regulations to effectively ban so-called "conversion therapy" in New York State. The move makes New York the first state in the country to use regulations to end practices that claim to be able to change a person's sexual orientati ...Read More

Ohio's rate of new HIV infections is slightly higher than the national average. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has the resources needed to stem the tide of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but according to new research from the Center for Community Solutions, there's no one steering the ship. Despite advances in treating and preventing the disease, the report finds about 4,000 Ohioans are ...Read More

A family is part of a recent Gay Pride parade. A Utah legislator wants to give heterosexual families preference over gays in adopting children in the state. (Wikimedia Commons)

SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah gay-rights group is fighting with a conservative state representative over proposed legislation that would give heterosexual couples preference in adoptions. State Rep. Kraig Powell, a Republican from Heber City, is pushing the measure despite last year's Supreme Court deci ...Read More

The Freedom To Marry campaign is over now that same-sex marriage is legal, but the group's founder says it will continue fighting for equal treatment. (Derek Paulson)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Freedom to Marry campaign is over. That isn't a bad thing, according to the man who founded the movement. Evan Wolfson says he's worked for more than 30 years to allow any couple to commit to each other legally, regardless of their sexual persuasion. Now that the United States ...Read More

The Freedom to Marry campaign is closing up shop in the U.S., but organizers say they'll now focus on ensuring equal treatment for all. (Derek Paulson)

INDIANAPOLIS - The goal of the campaign known as "Freedom to Marry" was simple: to allow a couple to legally dedicate their lives to each other regardless of their sexual persuasion. The group's founder, Evan Wolfson, says he's been campaigning for it for more than three decades. He says today, al ...Read More

LGBT advocates, including Libby Skarin with the ACLU, say two South Dakota bills are discriminating against transgender students. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers are now considering two bills that LGBT advocates say target transgender students in a negative way. The first passed out of committee Monday and restricts transgender students from using bathrooms designated for people with the opposite physical sex. The oth ...Read More

Indiana's governor sided with religious groups but supporters say they'll keep fighting for equal rights for the LGBT community (Freedom Indiana)

INDIANAPOLIS - Eyes were on Gov. Mike Pence this week as he announced his stance on civil-rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In his State of the State address, Pence urged lawmakers to protect religious freedom and said he wouldn't vote for any legislation that d ...Read More

Jim Obergefell (center) of Cincinnati will be a guest of honor at the State of the Union address. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

CINCINNATI, Ohio – An Ohioan who was a key player in the fight for marriage equality will be a guest of honor as President Barack Obama delivers his last State of the Union address tonight (Tues.). Jim Obergefell of Cincinnati will join other invited guests to sit alongside First Lady Michell ...Read More

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