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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

LGBTQIA Issues

PHOTO: Efforts to pass laws in Utah and around the nation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination are getting support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo credit: California Office of Historic Preservation.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is publicly supporting legislation at all levels of government that would provide protections in housing, employment and other areas for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Among the LDS church leaders who spoke at a new ...Read More

PHOTO: This week marks the beginning of legal same-sex marriages in Florida, although the fate of other states' same-sex marriage bans could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo credit: FlemishDreams/FeaturePics.com.

MIAMI - On Monday, Miami-Dade County became the first Florida county to allow same-sex marriages. The ruling was made in the courtroom of Judge Sarah Zabel, one of a handful of circuit court judges who had earlier ruled the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages to be discriminatory. As s ...Read More

PHOTO: A new book from a Wisconsin author says bullying has become epidemic, and while educators and young people search for dealing with the issue in an effective way, no one needs to live by someone else's definition of who they are. Photo credit: For A Better School Climate.

MADISON, Wis. - A new novel called "Double Exposure" about an intersex teen athlete, explores bullying, and Wisconsin author Bridget Birdsall says the story is based on real experiences. The main character was born with ambiguous genitalia and raised as a boy. At age 15, to escape bullying, the y ...Read More

PHOTO: Republican supporters of the Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act say it adds another layer of protection to First Amendment free exercise rights, but opponents say it is a pathway to legalized discrimination. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. – With just a handful of legislative days left before the end of the year, some civil rights activists fear lawmakers are using the lame duck session to legalize certain forms of discrimination. Brooke Tucker, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michiga ...Read More

PHOTO: This sculpture represents awareness of HIV/AIDS. The North Dakota Department of Health is seeing a rising number of HIV/AIDS cases, affecting all areas of the state. Photo credit: Jayel Aheram/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today marks the observance of World AIDS Day, and it comes at a time when there are rising concerns about AIDS in North Dakota. Lindsey VanderBusch, manager of the HIV/STD/Hepatitis/TB program for the Division of Disease Control at the North Dakota Department of Health, says ...Read More

PHOTO: Today marks World AIDS Day, and events around the state will be held to build understanding of the disease, and educate to stop the spread. A simple blood test can determine a person's status. Photo credit: Alden Chadwick/Flickr.

INDIANAPOLIS – For more than 25 years around the globe, Dec. 1 has been a day to bring awareness and understanding about AIDS. And to commemorate World AIDS Day, services, memorials and educational events are being held across Indiana. Leeah Hopper, executive program director of AIDS Minis ...Read More

PHOTO: If the Supreme Court doesn't take up the issue before the 2016 elections, Michigan voters could get the chance to reverse the state's ban on same-sex marriage as a ballot initiative in 2016. Photo credit: Menstatic/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - The battle for marriage equality suffered a blow when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and three other states, but supporters say the fight will go on. Emily Dievendorf, executive director of Equality Michigan, says while Michigan voters ...Read More

PHOTO: Nevada attorneys who practice consumer law are brushing up this week on ever-changing state and federal laws in order to better represent their clients. Photo courtesy U.S. Justice Dept.

RENO, Nev. - Hundreds of Nevada attorneys who practice law mostly on consumer issues are training this week to learn how to better represent their clients. Herb Santos, president-elect with the Nevada Justice Association, says his organization's members are learning about the latest changes in state ...Read More

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