Lesbian settles lawsuit after being fired from job at Kansas City church

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Kansas City, Mo. (AP) – A former Kansas City church worker who said she was fired after her same-sex marriage was publicized settled her lawsuit with the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The amount awarded to Colleen Simon, a former food pantry coordinator, was not released after her lawsuit was settled, The Kansas City Star reported. Simon was seeking unpaid wages, fringe benefits, compensation for emotional distress and punitive damages.

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Charlie Sheen is HIV-positive, has been blackmailed

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NEW YORK (AP) – Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen has HIV.

In an interview Nov. 17 on NBC’s Today, the 50-year-old actor said he tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS about four years ago, but that, thanks to a rigorous drug regimen, he’s healthy.

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In a post-marriage equality America, one gay adoption ban survives

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Jackson, Miss. (AP) – Four lesbian couples are pressing a federal judge to overturn Mississippi’s last-in-the-nation ban on allowing same-sex couples to adopt, but lawyers for the state argued the lawsuit should be tossed out.

Plaintiffs want U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III to issue a preliminary injunction allowing members of two couples who don’t have parental rights to adopt their spouse’s children immediately. They say that after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage, there’s no need to wait for a full trial.

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Georgie’s Alibi St. Pete is no more

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(story edited at 6:50 pm. A representative from the Metro Center reached out to say erroneous statements were made by Robert Barnum. Metro Center is not a part of the Georgie’s Alibi sale. The story has been updated with a statement from Metro Center.)

After nearly 18 months on the market, the famed Georgie’s Alibi closed their doors Sept. 19 to the sound of Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” playing on the dance floor. See photos from Georgie’s final happy hour, and final night in business.

The Alibi made the announcement to the community via Facebook on Sept. 9 after St. Petersburg realtor Robert Barnum, who brokered the deal on behalf of the Alibi, spoke with Watermark about the sale.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Dean Dover and Les Chittenden

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“We were watching something on TV, and we both have recliners. He slid down off his recliner, got down on his knee and said ‘Will you marry me?’And I went, ‘If you can get back up, I will,’” Dean jokes.

With a 19 year age difference, Dean Dover, a 65-year-old retired chef and dietary manager, and Les Chittenden, a 84-year-old retired businessman, say that is something that never phases them —even their doctor says that Les is as healthy as an 18-year-old man.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Troy Herbst and James Blanchard

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When asked, James couldn’t just pick one thing about Troy he loved the most — his outlook on life, his smile, his genuine love and concern—because he loved everything about him.

James and Troy’s love story is full of things like compassion and faith, yet their love story doesn’t start off as most others do. While the couple has been together for almost three years now, it was just more than a year after they started talking before they actually met face to face.

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LGBT discrimination in nursing homes focus of Iowa summit

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DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa group that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights is turning its attention to a lesser-noticed segment of that population: the aging and elderly.

The group One Iowa hosted its first Iowa senior summit, Gay and Gray, on Saturday at Grand View University in Des Moines, according to the Des Moines Register.

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ALSO Youth to Launch New Program in Venice

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Venice and North Port LGBT youth will soon have their own ALSO Youth branch, making LGBT support and services more easily accessible.

Courtesy of a $5,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the ALSO Youth Venice Satellite Pilot Project will kick off September 4, 2015. Since 1992, ALSO Youth in Sarasota has been providing peer support services, educational programs, advocacy and referrals to LGBT youth ages 13 to 21.

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Center stage ceremonies: Nine stories of love and marriage

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Edgy. Accessible. Gay. Those three words are what drew director Donna Donnelly to the West Coast Players Production of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.

“I was looking through new plays,” Donnelly says. “Since the play would be in June, I wanted something that had a gay theme to coincide with Pride month. I wanted something interesting and unique.”

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Michigan couples allowed to retain their marriages

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Lansing, Mich. (AP) – Michigan will recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that were quickly performed in the hours before an appeals court blocked a ruling legalizing the unions, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Feb. 4.

The Republican said he wouldn’t appeal a federal court’s ruling last month that required the state to recognize the marriages performed on March 22, 2014. His decision means the ruling takes effect Feb. 5 and could have an impact on the couples’ health insurance coverage, their ability to jointly adopt children and other state benefits.

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Watermarks’ 2014 General Election Results: Tampa Bay

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U.S. HOUSE
District 11
RICHARD NUGENT (R) 67%
Dave Koller (D) 33%

District 13
DAVID JOLLY (R) 75%
Lucas Overby (L) 25%

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Watermark’s 2014 General Election recommendations for Tampa Bay

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Governor: Charlie Crist (D)

Attorney General: George Sheldon (D)

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