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Justices grapple with baker’s denial of service to same-sex couple

Supreme Court justices wrestled Tuesday with the line between art and commerce in the case of a Colorado baker who said making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple would violate his First Amendment rights.... Read more»

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Arizona lawmakers weigh in on case pitting gay rights, religious rights

Three Arizona lawmakers were among the scores of House and Senate members who filed a court brief Thursday defending the Colorado cake shop owner who was sued for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers blast Trump’s tweeted ban on transgender soldiers

The response from many Arizona lawmakers was swift Wednesday after President Trump said in a series of tweets that transgender individuals would not be able to serve “in any capacity” in the military. Several criticized both the message and the medium, while Rep. Martha McSally — who frequently touts her status as an Air Force veteran — stayed mum.... Read more»

Quick take

Grijalva: Trump ban on transgender troops 'disgusting & unpatriotic'

"With this ban, President Trump has callously turned his back on more than 15,000 current active transgender service members, the LGBT community, and our nation."... Read more»

Quick take

McCain: Despite Trump tweet, no reason to force out transgender servicemembers

"The president's tweet this morning regarding transgender Americans in the military is yet another example of why major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter."... Read more»

Arizona women press case in D.C. for transgender protections

Erica Keppler traveled from Phoenix to Washington so she could have her voice heard – the voice of a transgender woman. “We desperately need protection because our lives are very difficult,” said Keppler. “To live fully as equal members of society, we need some help from government to say you need to play nice with others, you need to respect your fellow citizens.”... Read more»

Tucson VA one of four in nation to offer service for transgender vets

The transgender clinic at the Southern Arizona VA is one of just four such clinics in the entire Veterans Affairs system.... Read more»

Teen in Israel linked to bomb threats against Jewish community centers

An Israel-American teenager has been arrested by Israeli police after an investigation that linked him to the rash of bomb threats against nearly 150 Jewish community centers in the United States — which may include two threats that put the Jewish Community Center in Tucson on lockdown late February and early March. ... Read more»

Az officials welcome Trump admin's reversal of transgender students rule

Arizona officials have welcomed the federal government’s reversal of an Obama administration rule that required equal access to school facilities for transgender students, arguing that communities are better able to handle the issue locally.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Fimbres: Tucson long a 'welcoming' city

"What your community has stood for: I am glad to remind our citizens that their city has been on the forefront of protecting civil rights of all citizens, regardless of race, color, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity and sexual orientation."... Read more»

Minority, civil rights groups will work with Trump, fight if need be

Minority and civil rights organizations met in Washington Thursday with a message for President-elect Donald Trump: They are willing to work with his administration, but only if he rejects what they called the hateful rhetoric of his campaign.... Read more»

Anti-gay Tempe pastor deported from South Africa, Botswana

The president of Botswana said Tuesday he had ordered the arrest and deportation of U.S. pastor Steven Anderson, who was banned from neighboring South Africa last week over his anti-gay views. Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, notoriously welcomed the gunning down in June of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, saying "there's 50 less pedophiles in this world." ... Read more»

Fort Worth judge blocks Obama transgender guidelines

As millions of children head back to school, a federal judge in Fort Worth has temporarily blocked Obama administration guidelines directing the nation’s public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity.... Read more»

For Log Cabin Republicans, 'gay conservative' is not a contradiction

Matthew Shuman looks forward to voting for Donald Trump this fall and said he agrees with the Republican Party on most everything, including its policies on national security, gun rights and economic liberalism.... Read more»

Lawmakers call for unity, prayer in aftermath of shootings

The reaction in Washington to Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando was swift and nearly unanimous, as statements and social media posts offered prayers and condolences for what the president called “a horrific massacre” flooded the web.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

In the name of love: Pride

The massacre in Orlando is what happens when we don't promote respect and acceptance of diversity through knowledge and understanding. We encourage ignorance, and promote fear and hatred of people different from us. This is inexcusable. My heart goes out to the LGBTQ community.... Read more»

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