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Federal Judge Overturns Mississippi Same-Sex Marriage Ban

 A federal judge has overturned Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage, but he is putting his order on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday. State attorneys have already said they will ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block Reeves’ order.(…)

Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge

A federal judge struck down Arkansas’ gay marriage ban on Tuesday, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman,(…)

How to Talk to Your Relatives About Marriage Equality This Holiday

  Thanksgiving is a time when millions of Americans come together to celebrate cherished, time-honored traditions: gathering with those we hold most dear, scarfing down unhealthily large meals, and of course, arguing with loved ones.  For instance, let’s say you are sitting at the dinner table, eating delicious stuffing and having a pleasant conversation about(…)


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Occidental activist, Cheryl Case, dies on hike in Arizona

  Sonoma County activist and adventurer Cheryl Case died one week ago in a regional park in Arizona after apparently becoming lost in the rugged, mountainous terrain. The Occidental resident’s body was found after a multiday search led by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office with hikers, helicopters and trained dogs fanning out in the park(…)

Reaching Out to Students in Crisis

The world can be a lonely place in late adolescence and early adulthood, and sometimes it’s hard to go on. “Suicide is the third leading cause of death in the nation, after accidents and disease, in this age group, 16 to 25,” said Karin Sellite of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services. To find(…)

Homecoming princesses make history at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa

Embracing each other and smiling broadly, Shealynn Stillman and Charley Gittins made history Friday night. With the announcement of Maria Carrillo High School’s homecoming royalty, the couple — two girls — became the first same-sex couple in the school’s, and maybe the county’s, history to win the honor. In a twist on the fall tradition,(…)

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How Gay Sex On TV Went From Nonexistent To Primetime

Twenty-six years ago, Blanche (Rue McClanahan) learned that her brother, Clayton (Monte Markham), was gay on The Golden Girls. In the 1988 episode, titled “Scared Straight,” Clayton is afraid to come out to her and Blanche is initially horrified when he tells her, but ultimately, she accepts her brother. A few years later, in a(…)

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Hollywood Chick-Fil-A Holds Fundraiser For LGBT Youth

  A Chick-fil-A franchise based in Hollywood, California made a surprising move last week when the business held a fundraiser to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. The initiative reportedly benefited Campus Pride, one of the leading national LGBT nonprofits committed to making college campuses safe for LGBT youth. The percentage of sales(…)