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Arizona Senate committee approves measure targeting transgender girls in school sports

Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a proposal to bar transgender student athletes from playing on women’s sports teams for Arizona high schools and colleges.... Read more»

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Az Redistricting Comission must draw fair districts that properly balance criteria, competitiveness

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is in the process of creating new boundaries for the state’s 9 congressional and 30 legislative districts - the state is depending on them to take into consideration its entire population and not be overly biased towards any group.... Read more»

Az Republican lawmakers pass bill critics say ‘erases’ non-binary people

The proposal by Rep. John Fillmore would bar all Arizona state agencies, departments, boards or commissions from identifying an individual’s sex as anything other than male or female.... Read more»

Realistic imitation guns present potential dangers, benefits

Since 2015, at least 4% of deadly police shootings nationwide have had victims holding “toy weapons,” including children’s toy guns, nonfunctional replicas, BB guns, and airsoft guns. However, while imitation guns’ aesthetic authenticity currently benefits many groups, officers are not trained to differentiate fake guns from real ones.... Read more»

Tempe joins Az cities barring discrimination against gays

Just a day after the veto of a controversial bill that would have reinforced the ability of Arizona businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers, the Tempe City Council unanimously voted to join three other cities, including Tucson, that have broadened civil-rights protections for gay and transgender people.... Read more»1

Same-sex marriage supporters launch public education campaign

Groups supporting same-sex marriage launched a campaign Tuesday aiming to help the public see why marriage matters to gays and lesbians.... Read more»

After Supreme Court rules on gay marriage, debate heads back to state

The Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage are not likely to have a direct effect on states that ban gay marriage, like Arizona, where both sides said they now expect the fight to resume.... Read more»