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    PNS Daily News - August 31, 20150 


    Among the stories we are following; President Obama renames the nation’s tallest peak; officials close in on a guns in parks policy; the death penalty on trial in California; and how dropping your devices could get you a better night’s sleep.

LGBTQIA Issues

Some conservatives call LGBT pride a "social agenda" that shouldn't be celebrated at the New York State Fair. Photo credit: Kate Northern/freeimages.com.

ALBANY, N.Y. - A celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride kicks off for the first time at New York's state fair Friday. Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Aug. 28 as the fair's official Pride Day earlier this year, reactions have been mixed, with some critics complaining about "pol ...Read More

Events like the Super Bowl could on the line in the vote on anti-discrimination in November. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas/Wikimedia Commons.

HOUSTON - A coalition of 35 organizations is mounting "Houston Unites," a campaign to keep the city's equal rights ordinance on the books. Terri Burke, executive director with the ACLU of Texas, says a lot of money is at stake if the measure is repealed in the November election. She points out Fac ...Read More

PHOTO: Transgender immigrants often end up in isolation cells because they are 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted while being held in immigration detention. Photo credit: Andrew Bardwell/Flickr.

NEW YORK - Fundamentally unsafe, that's how New York immigrant advocates describe daily life for people in detention who identify as gay, lesbian or transgender. Detention staff attorney Clement Lee with the group Immigration Equality says people who flee to the U.S. border because they fear perse ...Read More

Local faith leaders urge U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to stop deportations. Credit: Bethany Carson.

AUSTIN, Texas – A group of faith leaders and activists gathered at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin on Wednesday in an effort to stop the deportation of Sulma Franco, an LGBT activist from Guatemala. Franco has been living in sanctuary at the church for the past two months. Cri ...Read More

Boy Scouts of America event. Credit: U.S. Defense Department.

DENVER – Colorado State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt is coming under fire for his controversial comments about the Boy Scouts of America ending a ban on openly gay men serving as scout leaders. During a recent religious broadcast, Klingenschmitt, who has a history of making controversial comme ...Read More

PHOTO: Same-sex couples who marry are eligible for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act outside of the open enrollment periods, but they need to act within 60 days of their marriage. Photo courtesy of Alpine County, Calif.

PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage has far-reaching impacts in Arizona and across the country, including triggering a special enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. Montserrat Caballero, state director with the nonprofit Enroll America, which helps peopl ...Read More

PHOTO: The head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky says the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex weddings legal in all 50 states has an impact far beyond marriage. Photo credit: Lexington Fairness.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last Friday that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed, county clerks, as directed by Governor Steve Beshear, began issuing marriage licenses. In a statement the governor indicated more adjustments to state policy would ...Read More

PHOTO: Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage is gone, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that marriage equality is a Constitutional right in all states. Photo credit: Ron Frazier/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality to all, that doesn't mean the fight for equal rights in Tennessee is over. Gwen Schablik, chair and president of the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, says there is still much di ...Read More

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