Judge to hold hearing in Kansas same-sex marriage suit

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge is to hear a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage.

The hearing Oct. 31 afternoon before U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in Kansas City, Kansas, is on the ACLU’s request for an order to force Kansas to allow gay marriages.

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Metro’s LGBT Welcome Center opens its doors

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St. Petersburg – The Grand Central District has a new resident, one it has been expecting for quite some time. Larry Biddle, director of the Metro Wellness and Community Center’s LGBT Welcome Center Development, announced this week that the unique project’s doors are open for business.

The center, located in the 2700 block of Central Avenue, is a historic home that was physically relocated to the site last spring. Besides that history, the new center has a deep connection to the local LGBT community.

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HRC, LGBT Baptists attend Southern Baptist convention

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and a small group of LGBT Baptists attended a conference put on by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission. The meeting, titled “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage,” was held in Nashville, Tenn. On Oct. 28 to discuss the growing issue of LGBTs and religion.

While some religions have become accepting toward the LGBT population, not all have. A recent survey done by the HRC showed more than 50 percent of LGBT Mississippians who participated in the survey were people of faith, yet 22 percent of them had received harassment on a monthly of more frequent basis by their places of worship. This trend was also apparent in states like Alabama and Arkansas.

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‘McCarthys’ inspired by creator’s modern family

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — After the sitcom “Happy Endings” was, ironically, abruptly canceled, writer Brian Gallivan looked close to home for his next gig: His own family inspired “The McCarthys,” a new CBS comedy about sports-obsessed brood with one gay son.

Fiction, he says, is funnier than fact.

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Elton John says Pope Francis is his ‘hero’ at AIDS event

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NEW YORK (AP) – Elton John called Pope Francis “my hero” for his compassion and push to accept gays by the Roman Catholic Church, at his annual AIDS benefit.

John hosted the event, “An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation,” Oct. 28 night in New York City. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: “Make this man a saint now, OK?”

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Tim Cook: ‘I’m Proud to Be Gay’

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NEW YORK — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he’s proud to be gay.

The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay.

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Anti-gay columnist no longer works at Tampa Tribune

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Tampa – Tampa Tribune columnist Douglas MacKinnon has left his job at the newspaper. The Tampa Tribune’s publisher Brian Burns confirmed Oct. 28 that MacKinnon is leaving the paper but would not disclose the reason

MacKinnon, who was also a former aide to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, wrote a column Aug. 11 suggesting Disney had a “gay agenda” toward “impressionable children” by exposing them to “openly gay characters and couples.” The column was widely criticized, including a viewpoint column written by Jamie Hyman, Watermark’s Director of Online Media.

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DOMA hero Edie Windsor sends message to Florida governor Rick Scott

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Edie Windsor, whose lawsuit led to the fall of the Defense of Marriage Act, is sending a message to Florida Governor Rick Scott: let same-sex Florida couples marry.

Check out the video and the transcript after the jump: 

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Orlando Mayor, Zebra Coalition ‘Stand Up’ to bullying

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Orlando – Orlando is putting a spotlight on fighting bullying.

The city, with Mayor Buddy Dyer, launched “Stand Up Orlando,” a campaign to support organizations with anti-bullying programs. Zebra Coalition, which provides services to LGBT youth in Central Florida, is one of the organizations slated to benefit from Stand Up Orlando’s efforts to raise awareness.

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Hearing set in Kansas same-sex marriage lawsuit

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Kansas City, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge has set a new hearing on the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

A court notice filed Oct. 28 shows the hearing on the ACLU’s request for an order forcing Kansas to allow gay marriages is set for 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31 before U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Pastor who performed same-sex marriage keeps ordination

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister.

The Judicial Council of the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Oct. 27 that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not promise never to perform another same-sex wedding.

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J. Hyde Crawford exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art is valued at $8.3 million

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Orlando – Two weeks ago the Orlando Museum of Art opened what museum director Glen Gentele calls “the single most important collection of art to come to the Museum in its history.” He was speaking of the new J. Hyde Crawford and Anthony Tortora Gallery.

Named for the late fashion illustrator, the gallery opened with its first exhibit at the 30th Anniversary Gala of OMA’s collecting group on Oct. 9.

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