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    PNS Daily News - March 27, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; airlines worldwide reported to be considering revamping cockpit rules; Philadelphia police shootings said to be part of a larger pattern; a new report ranks the jobs picture for college grads; and a comeback story for the piping plover.

LGBTQIA Issues

PHOTO: Illinois lawmakers are considering a ban on the practice of conversion therapy on minors. While opponents claim the legislation infringes upon a family's right to privacy, supporters say conversion therapy is unethical and linked to depression and suicidal behavior. Photo credit: Sophia Dzikas/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois could follow the lead of other states that have made a controversial practice aimed at "curing" homosexuality in adolescents illegal. The Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act (HB 217; SB 111) would specifically ban any mental health provider from engaging in efforts to ch ...Read More

PHOTO: Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar, shown here with Ingham County Clerk Barbara Byrum on their wedding day, were the first same-sex couple in Michigan history to legally wed. They will celebrate their first anniversary this weekend by continuing to fight for marriage equality in the state. Photo courtesy of B. Byrum.

LANSING, Mich. - It will be a bit of a bittersweet anniversary this weekend for the 300 same-sex couples in Michigan who legally married last year as they continue to fight for full marriage equality in the state. Glenna DeJong and Marsha Caspar made Michigan history as the first same-sex couple in ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds LGBT women in Indiana and around the country face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care, and heightened violence that threatens their economic security. Photo credit: Marius Boatca/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - Nearly 16 percent of Hoosiers live in poverty, and a new report finds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women are among those most at risk. The findings were released by a broad coalition of organizations, including the National Women's Law Center. Fatima Goss Graves, th ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next month on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage, as is currently the law in Texas. Photo credit: us006409/Flickrl.
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AUSTIN, Texas - As the legal battle continues in Texas over same-sex marriage, a new group is forming to help members of the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community overcome challenges in all aspects of their daily lives. Kelsey Snapp, a staff attorney for Texas Rio Grande Legal Ai ...Read More

PHOTO: A legislative subcommittee voted along party lines (9-4) in favor of Rep. Frank Artiles' bill to restrict public restroom use based on a person's gender at birth. Photo courtesy of Florida House of Representatives.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new law being proposed in Florida has the state's transgendered community concerned and angry. The proposed legislation, House Bill 583, mandates that public same-sex restrooms in the state be restricted for use by biological gender. It would prohibit use of those facilities b ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana House lawmakers soon could vote on Senate Bill 101, which supporters say would strengthen freedom of religion and protect religious rights. But opponents argue it grants individuals and business a license to discriminate. Photo credit: pippalou/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - State lawmakers return to Indianapolis on Monday, and the House soon could vote on a controversial bill involving gender and religious rights. Supporters of Senate Bill 101 say it would strengthen religious-freedom protections in state law by essentially prohibiting governments from ...Read More

PHOTO: Business, faith and community groups say legislation scheduled this week in a Colorado House committee would pave the way for businesses and individuals to discriminate against others who don't share their religious views. Photo credit: Hustvedt/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – A coalition of Colorado business owners, faith leaders and community groups is urging lawmakers to oppose legislation the coalition says will legalize discrimination in the state. House Bills 1161 and 1171 would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to follow any law that goes ...Read More

PHOTO: According to the Movement Advancement Project, LGBT Hoosiers are at risk of harm through legal discrimination, and hostile education and employment environments. Photo credit: Jamison Wieser/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS - A report finds Indiana is making progress when it comes to LGBT equality. The Movement Advancement Project examined the ways laws protect LGBT people, also how laws, or lack of laws, put them at risk of harm. Indiana is ranked among the 14 states under what the report calls 'medium ...Read More

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