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    PNS Daily News - May 28, 20150 


    Our coast to coast news highlights several stories including: controversial new federal water rules hailed around the country; conservation groups sue to stop deep-sea mining; and a court order sought to free birth certificates of U.S. born children of immigrant parents.

LGBTQIA Issues

PHOTO: A recent statewide survey found a strong majority of Texas voters believe discrimination against gay and transgender Texans is a problem. Photo credit: Magnus Manske/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in Texas support protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans from discrimination, according to a new poll commissioned by the organization Texas Wins. Kevin Nix, communications director for Texas Wins, says while Texas lawmakers introd ...Read More

Photo: A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, expected in June, could impact the ability of thousands of Tennessee couples to marry. Photo credit: Emily Roesly/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The legal status of thousands of relationships across Tennessee is up in the air as Tennesseans wait to see if an expected Supreme Court ruling on the freedom to marry will impact the state's constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage. Evan Wolfson, pre ...Read More

PHOTO: A federal court in Chicago recently approved a policy that bans the use of solitary confinement of juveniles held by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The use of juvenile solitary confinement in Illinois will soon become a relic of the past. A federal judge has approved a new policy negotiated by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union that bans the use of solitary confinement for juv ...Read More

PHOTO: Tari Muniz and her partner Kim hope to finally be able to make their marriage a reality, if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that states have an obligation to perform same-sex marriages. Photo courtesy of T. Muniz.

LANSING, Mich. – Is it the will of voters or a court or law that decides who can marry? The answer many Michiganders have waited years for is almost here, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the issue of marriage equality. Tari Muniz, 57, of Lansing has been with her partner Kim ...Read More

PHOTO: Same-sex couples in Arizona can now adopt children and be foster parents, after Governor Doug Ducey ended what was thought by some to be a discriminatory practice at the Dept. of Child Safety. Photo credit: Office of Gov. Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - Action by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will help same-sex couples adopt children and serve as foster parents. Ducey reversed a Department of Child Safety policy instituted in February that prohibited joint foster-parenting and adoption by married, same-sex couples. A court ruling last Oct ...Read More

PHOTO: The Obama administration has called for a ban on conversion therapy, the widely discredited practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Photo credit: Tony Webster/CC.

NEW YORK - The Obama administration has called for a ban on "conversion therapy" - the practice of using psychology to try to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Although Congress is unlikely to act on the White House's request, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The Birth Certificate Modernization Act would streamline the process for changing the gender on a birth certificate, bringing Colorado up to date with federal policies. Graphic credit: Devin Murphy/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Changing your gender could get a whole lot easier in Colorado, at least on paper. Last week, the Birth Certificate Modernization Act cleared the House Health, Insurance and Environment committee. The new law would bring Colorado up to date with federal policies by streamlining the process ...Read More

Photo: The "Conscience Protection" bill (HB 7111) echoes Indiana's controversial measure and could impact same-sex couples wishing to adopt in Florida. Photo credit: nettsu/Flickr.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Only weeks after the Florida House of Representatives overturned a ban on gay adoptions, that same branch of government is trying to pass a law that grants private adoption agencies the right to steer children away from same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. The so-called ...Read More

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