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Former Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe was one of more than 100 Republicans who signed on to briefs supporting same-sex marriage in two cases being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. He was joined by a range of groups filing briefs on Thursday’s deadline.

Former Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe joined representatives of business, church and civil rights groups to file briefs supporting same-sex marriage in two upcoming Supreme Court cases on the issue. Kolbe, in a same-sex marriage himself, said it's time marriage equality. Read more»

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Flagstaff, in a file photo with other Democratic women in the House who urged reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which includes provisions for immigrant, Native American and same-sex partners.

Tribal courts will be able to prosecute non-Native abusers under an expanded Violence Against Women Act that won final congressional approval. It also expands domestic violence protections for immigrants, extends them to same-sex couples and includes funding. Read more»

The Lesbian and Gay Band Association, making its second appearance in an inaugural parade for President Barack Obama, included several musicians from Arizona.

In his inaugural address Monday, Obama stressed equality, explicitly pointing to gay rights as an area where more work needs to be done in his second term. Read more»

2008 Proposition 8 protest in Washington, D.C.

Within the next few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will likely announce whether it will hear arguments and rule on two important sets of cases that have a significant impact on thousands of same-sex couples throughout the United States. Read more»

Gilbert residents Roy Messerschmidt, pushing wheelchair, his partner Felix Bermea and their four adopted children were grand marshals of the parade af the Family Equality Council’s annual Family Week in Provincetown, Mass., this summer. The council said the event attracted more than 600 gay couples with children.

Since March, someone has repeatedly banged on the front door of Felix Bermea’s Gilbert home, set bushes on fire and written profanities on the kids’ furniture after breaking in. Police have been called to the neighborhood almost 60 time. But the problems continue. Read more» 1

The Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday it is affirming its ban on gay members, following a secret two-year review of the policy. Read more» 3

Mitt Romney must be so frustrated ... an endorsement of gay marriage should be the electoral kiss of death, yet President Obama has pissed off only those who hated him already. Read more»

Paul Eppinger, director of Arizona Interfaith Movement, speaks to a crowd gathered at the Capitol at a news conference on a failed bill aimed at combating bullying in schools.

A Democratic leader who authored a bill aimed at curbing bullying in Arizona schools said a conservative group’s lobbyist engineered the measure’s demise. Read more»

Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets Catcher Jones, 7, in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Thursday. Jones told Perry he wants to be president when he grows up.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is promising to reinstate the ban on gays serving openly in the military if he’s elected president, but he’s not sure yet what to do with the ones who have already come out of the closet. Read more» 1

The National Public Radio headquarters, located in Washington, D.C.

NPR needs to take a good hard look at whether its decision-making processes, whether on news content or on personal matters, are driven more by public relations concerns or by journalistic ones. Read more» 1

McCain at a hearing of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Comprehensive Working Group report, Thursday.

U.S. Sen. John McCain, in a challenge to the Pentagon, said a study on the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy is flawed that the military should be "cautious" about allowing gays to openly serve in a time of war. The study, released Tuesday, showed that an overwhelming majority of troops thought that repealing the law prohibiting "out" gays from serving would not harm their unit's effectiveness. Read more» 1

The repeal of the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy would not produce a "the wrenching, dramatic change that many have feared and predicted," Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at a press conference on the release of a Pentagon report on ending the prohibition on gays openly serving in the military. Read more» 1

2009 Freedom to Serve Rally, sponsored by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, at the Capitol, Washington, D.C., in March 2009.

In many corners of the world, the policy on gays in the military could be labeled this way: "Don't Ask, Don't Care." In the military establishments of more than 30 countries, including U.S. allies such as Israel, Canada and the United Kingdom, gays and lesbians are allowed to openly serve in their country's military. Read more» 2