Debate over “This Book is Gay” in Alaska library

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thisbookisgayAnchorage, Alaska (AP) – The Wasilla Library may have to take U.K. author James Dawson’s “This Book is Gay” out of the juvenile nonfiction section.

KSKA-FM reports a committee will release its decision this week on a request from parent Vanessa Campbell, who asked library director K.J. Martin-Albright to move the book after she saw her 10-year-old son reading it.

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Florida removes gay adoption ban, bill giving agencies a right to discriminate dies

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Tallahassee – The Florida Legislature has moved two gay adoption bills through the 2015 session—one pro-LGBT, the other anti-LGBT—and both are racing to get to the governor’s desk and become law before the session ends.

On April 14, the Florida Senate passed the first of these bills, the Adoption and Foster Care bill (CS/HB 7013), by a vote of 27-11. The bill strikes outdated statutory language that bans gay people from adopting in the state of Florida.

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Gay therapy ban passes Illinois House committee

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gay conversion therapy opponents say the treatment causes harm to teenagers struggling with their sexuality and should be banned in Illinois.

Supporters of the treatment say certain methods work and are helpful when they are backed by proven techniques.

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Committee hears bills to ban LGBT discrimination in Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A Nebraska legislative committee heard more than four hours of often-emotional testimony Feb. 4 about bills that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring, adoptions and foster parent selection.

Each of the three bills has been introduced in past years, but this year’s Judiciary Committee is made up of mostly new members, including vocal LGBT advocates Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln and Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln.

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California bars judges from Boy Scouts membership

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California’s Supreme Court voted Jan. 23 to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.

The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by its ethics advisory committee barring judges’ affiliation with the organization.

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LGBT group to march in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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NEW YORK (AP) — A gay group will march under its own banner for the first time in the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, organizers said Sept. 3.

The prohibition on identified gay groups in the centuries-old New York parade had made participation a political issue. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to march this year, and Guinness beer dropped its sponsorship.

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Georgia city moves ahead on benefits for same-sex couples

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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) – A city committee in Marietta has approved a plan aimed at extending retirement benefits to same-sex couples.

The City Council is now scheduled to consider the change, which would give employees in same-sex relationships the chance to receive retirement benefits now given to men and women who are married.

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