Free legal clinic for the LGBTQ community in Ohio opens

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CLEVELAND (AP) | Ohio’s first free legal clinics to specifically serve the LGBTQ community have opened.

WEWS-TV reports the clinics in Columbus and the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood were launched by the nonprofit Equality Ohio with grants from the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Victims of Crime Act.

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West Virginia governor signs broad medical marijuana bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP)- Gov. Jim Justice signed a law April 19 making West Virginia the 29th state to allow the use of marijuana for certain medical conditions.

The law lets doctors prescribe cannabis to patients who are terminally ill or have seizures, cancer, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, AIDS and other specified conditions.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Blair Jackson and Susan Jackson

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blair and susan jacksonWhen we met again and had a longer conversation, it was obvious we had a lot more in common, and there was definitely something more there,” Susan says.

Blair Jackson, who is a systems administrator, and Susan Jackson, who is a network clinical director at Florida Hospital, met through mutual friends. They used to get together and play Texas Hold ‘Em poker. Blair was in and out of another relationship when the women first met, but they eventually hit it off and there were sparks when she was finally single.

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Same-sex couple wins custody battle with Thai surrogate

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Bangkok (AP) – A same-sex American-Spanish couple won a high-profile custody battle against a surrogate mother in Thailand who gave birth to their child but then decided she wanted to keep the baby when she found out they were gay.

Bangkok’s Juvenile and Family Court ruled April 26 that the legal guardian of the 15-month-old child, named Carmen, is her American biological father, Gordon Lake, said Lake’s lawyer Rachapol Sirikulchit.

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Wake up, America: Get out of my kitchen

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poor rich white ladyIf I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Donald J. Trump is the only honest man running in this campaign. I’m not even going to lower my substantial dignity and mention the Democrats. First there is THAT woman who is running. She sent emails on her personal server to Nigerian princes that caused hundreds of people in Benghazi to get killed just before the world ended. Who in their right mind would even vote for this woman?

Though, she is better than that crazy old man. I just found out the other day that he’s not even a Christian! If that isn’t bad enough, he wants to take all of my money and give it to poor kids. Not sure how that is even fair because that would make my kids poor. This is America, you can’t do that. I am voting for the true American Christian. I know, you’re thinking Ted Cruz. I will never vote for “Lyin’ Ted.” The man might claim to be Christian, but he has NO morals at all. If you’re going to have multiple affairs and cheat on your wife, Ted, at least be proud and honest about them like Donald Trump. He has boasted about the hundreds and hundreds of women he has had sex with. Ted, you won’t even admit to the boring affairs you’ve had. Ted is also STEALING delegates from my dear Donald. That is directly against one of the Ten Commandments that Jesus wrote in the Bible! In all fairness, those delegates were from Colorado, so most of them were probably high. I hear it’s legal in Colorado.

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2.11.16 Editor’s Desk

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“Love is real. Real is love.” Those were the terms breathily reinterpreted by new-wave breathers Dream Academy via John Lennon as I walked down the aisle at the Acre in College Park on Feb 14, 2015 with my (then) soon-to-be husband Tony Mauss. I blubbered and my shirt came untucked and I bit my lip and I forced my way through the emotional cloud that a gathering of 300 people implies, finally arriving upon a stage – a romantic plateau if you will – face to face with my future and Orange/Osceola circuit judge Bob LeBlanc. It was on.

Marriage equality had only become the law of the land one month earlier, and, given the Google Docs and weekend meetings and vodka and online invitations and planning that are wrapped into a control freak’s idea of a wedding, we did a pretty good job. All our favorite dignitaries and dirtbags, family, friends and freaks were there, the sky was as clear as our right to marry and our vows were the towering beams of overstatement and poetry required to signify our shift in our time. We were legal within moments; we’ve been happy every day since.

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German museum launches show on 150 years of gay history

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BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s main national history museum on June 24 launched an exhibition tracing 150 years of gay history in the country, including the first uses of the term “homosexual,” the brutal Nazi-era repression of gays and gradual moves toward legal equality starting in the 1960s.

The exhibition at the German Historical Museum in Berlin, which is staging it together with the capital’s privately run Gay Museum, has been four years in the planning but is opening amid a new debate in Germany over whether to allow full-fledged marriage for same-sex couples. They have been able to enter civil partnerships since 2001 but much of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party is reluctant to go further.

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Alabama senator wants state out of marriage license business

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A state senator who wants to take Alabama out of the marriage license business says he’s not targeting same-sex couples but trying to remove government from the process.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on April 29 approved a bill by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, that would do away with current state marriage licenses issued by probate judges. Instead, couples would take a contract witnessed by a couple’s pastor, attorney or other witness and record the document at the court.

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Justices in Arkansas Supreme Court criticize move in gay marriage case as delay tactic

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Little Rock, Ark. (AP) — Two members of the Arkansas Supreme Court — including the chief justice — said on April 8 that a ruling on whether to legalize gay marriage in the state is being unnecessarily delayed by the rest of the court.

Chief Justice Jim Hannah and Associate Justice Paul Danielson recused themselves from a separate case surrounding whether Justice Rhonda Wood, who was sworn in in January, can rule on the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Justices last week said a separate case was needed on the matter, a move that likely pushes the consideration until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the same topic.

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Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same-sex marriage

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TOKYO (AP) — Fumino Sugiyama will finally be able to marry his girlfriend of four years. He couldn’t before, because same sex marriages weren’t recognized in Japan, and he is legally a woman.

With a landmark vote March 31 by the assembly of Tokyo’s Shibuya ward, the district famous as a mecca for trendy youngsters became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the “equivalent of a marriage,” guaranteeing the identical rights of married couples, including hospital visitations and apartment rentals.

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Anti-gay initiative puts California attorney general in bind

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A California lawyer has proposed a ballot measure that advocates killing gays, putting the state’s process of giving citizens the right to make laws at the ballot box to its latest test.

The state attorney general, Kamala Harris, took the unusual step on March 25 of asking a court for permission to reject the proposed ballot initiative, which has been called offensive, outrageous, reprehensible and illegal. The initiative states that anyone who engages in sex with a person of the same gender would be killed “by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.”

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Hundreds of gay rights supporters rally at Kansas Statehouse

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -Hundreds of people chanted and held signs Feb. 14 at the Kansas Statehouse in a Valentine’s Day protest against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to end legal protections against discrimination for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered workers in state government.

Gay rights advocates promised to push for an expansion of a Kansas law barring discrimination in housing, public accommodations and private employment to protect LGBT residents. They also called for renewed political activism against Brownback, who narrowly won a second, four-year term in November, and his conservative GOP allies.

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