Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. is excited to announce that they will host the 2017 Annual CAPI Conference “Proud To Be”. The four-day conference is scheduled to take place at the Gold Coast Hotel February 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, 2017. The event is to feature local and regional speakers, along with discussion panels, workshops, and training sessions aimed at helping Pride organizations and other non-profits across the western United States enhance their annual celebrations.
Annual CAPI Conference to Come to Las Vegas
Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. is excited to announce that they will host the 2017 Annual CAPI Conference “Proud To Be”.
CAPI is The Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc. (CAPI) is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation made up of GLBT Pride coordinators in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and the country of Mexico. Encompassing a full range of membership, member committees range from some of the largest in the world (San Francisco and Christopher Street West), to some of the smallest, with midsize events well represented in the rank-and-file.
If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Ernie Yuen, please e‐mail him at email@example.com. For more information about SNAPI or Las Vegas Pride, visit http://www.LasVegasPRIDE.org. The primary objectives and purposes of SNAPI are: To educate the general public to the needs and issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; to provide educational outreach to persons directly or indirectly involved in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; to advocate and facilitate the exchange of ideas and resources between the various non‐profit Nevada lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or related organizations; to promote a positive image of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and pride; to provide inclusive and diverse representation within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; to recognize and celebrate the substantial achievements in our community.
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Pride Guide® Tucson’s 2nd Annual LGBT Open-Minded Wedding Expo
Date Has Moved from Sunday, June 26, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016
11:30am to 4:00pm
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June 17, 2016 – Due to the tragic event that unfolded in the early morning hours of June 12th at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the Pride Guide® Tucson’s Open-Minded Wedding Expo has been moved to Sunday, September 25th. We feel our community and our nation as a whole need this time to heal. Ticket sale proceeds from the remaining 2016 Pride Guide® Expos, will benefit the victims and families of Orlando.
We as a community must be there for each other at a devastating time like this. We send our love and prayers to the victims, friends and families of those who have passed or were injured in this senseless act of hate.
Please take a stand with us and plan to attend our expos to show your support against hate and unite us all with strength in numbers! #StayStrong
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Sunday, August 21st • 11:30 am to 4:00 pm
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NEW DATE: Sunday, September 25th • 11:30 am to 4:00 pm
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Sunday, October 23rd • 11:30 am to 4:00 pm
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WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which finally recognized marriage equality for gay and lesbian Americans as a constitutional right. The Leadership Conference submitted an amicus brief in this case in favor of marriage equality:
“This is a transformative day in American history. Today is the day that our nation’s highest court acknowledged the full dignity of LGBT Americans to love and build a family as equals in our society.
While today’s ruling ushers in a new era of acceptance and family security for LGBT Americans, it also highlights the blunt denial of basic rights – in access to employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and credit—that are still being denied in too many states across the nation.
Just as the Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia, which held that state laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional, was a forerunner to marriage equality for LGBT people, our nation must also adopt a comprehensive nationwide law to give LGBT Americans the same protections that are already established for people of color, women, religious minorities, and people with disabilities.
Civil rights can only be measured by a single yardstick and our nation can no longer settle for piecemeal solutions to the second-class citizenship of LGBT Americans.”
Wade Henderson is president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.
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By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state’s conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn’t challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.
The announcement prompted gay couples to line up at the downtown courthouse in Phoenix, where they began to marry immediately.
It was a sharp turn, less than a year ago Arizona was ground zero in the clash over gay rights after the overwhelmingly Republican state Legislature passed a measure that would have allowed businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians.
David Larance and Kevin Patterson, who were among the couples who sued to overturn the state’s ban, waited in the growing line for marriage licenses and reflected on the effect of the ruling. “The best way I can describe it, is that it gives me such peace of mind,” Patterson said, choking back tears.
Larance and Patterson were the first same-sex couple to get a marriage license in the state. “This is a great day,” Patterson said. “I never thought this would happen in Arizona.”
The decision bookends two weeks of nonstop court rulings across the nation, with judges striking down bans on same-sex unions and conservative state officials pushing back in a struggle that has increasingly gone in favor of gay marriage supporters.
Since Oct. 6 — when the U.S. Supreme Court let stand rulings from three appeals courts that struck down bans on gay and lesbian marriages — same-sex couples have begun to wed in several new states.
In the West, for example, couples already have tied the knot in Alaska, Idaho and Nevada, making Montana the lone state under the jurisdiction of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals where same-sex couples haven’t legally wed.
The federal government, meanwhile, announced Friday morning that it will recognize same-sex marriages in seven new states and extend federal benefits to those couples, which brings the total number of states where gay and lesbian unions have federal recognition to 26, plus the District of Columbia.
Based on the flurry of recent court decisions, including Arizona’s ruling Friday, more than 30 states now extend marriage rights to gay couples, and cases are pending in several others.
Arizona’s conservative governor, Jan Brewer, who has clashed with President Barack Obama over immigration and other issues, said in a statement that federal courts have thwarted the will of voters and eroded the state’s power to regulate laws.
“Simply put, courts should not be in the business of making and changing laws based on their personal agendas,” Brewer said. “It is not the role of the judiciary to determine that same-sex marriages should be allowed.”
Nearly eight months ago, Brewer vetoed the bill that would have protected people who assert their religious belief in refusing service to gays. It would have allowed people to claim their religious beliefs as a defense against claims of discrimination. Critics called it an open attack on gay people, saying said it could allow people to break nearly any law and cite religious freedom as a defense.
The proposal set off a national debate over religion and discrimination. Companies such as Apple Inc. and American Airlines urged Brewer to veto the bill, saying it would hurt the state and could alienate businesses looking to expand there.
Horne, meanwhile, reaffirmed his personal opposition to gay marriage as he said further court wrangling would be a pointless waste of taxpayer dollars. “The probability of the 9th Circuit reversing today’s District Court decision is zero. The probability of the United States Supreme Court accepting review of the 9th Circuit decision is also zero,” he said.
The decision from U.S. District Judge John Sedwick bars Arizona officials from enforcing a 1996 state law and a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment that outlawed gay marriage.
Sedwick, who was nominated to the federal bench in 1992 by President George H.W. Bush, ordered the state to “permanently cease” its ban on gay marriage.
Jennifer Pizer, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, said she was thrilled with the ruling.
“Some of our couples have been waiting decades. Their happy day has come, and we hope that Arizona embraces this decision and allows same sex couples to enjoy their constitutional rights here in Arizona,” said Pizer, an attorney for the Lambda Legal law firm.
Lawyers who pushed both lawsuits argued the state law violated equal protection and due process rights and wrongfully denied their clients the benefits of marriage, such as spousal pension benefits, spousal survivorship rights and the ability to make medical decisions for each other.
Attorneys representing the state urged Sedwick to uphold the state’s definition of a marriage as a union between a man and woman. They argued the ban furthers the state’s interest in connecting a child to his or her biological mother and father and that voters and lawmakers enacted the ban to protect their right to define marriage for their community.
After the attorney general said the state would not fight to stop weddings, a crowd of about a dozen gay couples cheered and rushed into the clerk’s office, smiling and hugging.
Michael K. Jeanes, the clerk who oversees the state’s most populous county, which includes Phoenix, tweeted immediately after the ruling: “Welcome All to the Clerk’s Office. Your marriage license awaits and we are ready to serve you!”
Today, October 7, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Nevada and Idaho. Just one month ago, the Court heard oral arguments for cases involving the freedom to marry in Idaho, Nevada, and Hawaii on September 8. The ruling also paves the way for the freedom to marry in Montana, Arizona and Alaska, which also fall under the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the fourth federal appellate court to rule in favor of the freedom to marry this year, and the second to do so unanimously. The unanimous opinion, authored by Judge Stephen Reinhardt and joined by Judge Marsha Berzon and Judge Ronald Gould, reads: We hold that the Idaho and Nevada laws at issue violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because they deny lesbians and gays who wish to marry persons of the same sex a right they afford to individuals who wish to marry persons of the opposite sex, and do not satisfy the heightened scrutiny standard we adopted in SmithKline. Read the full ruling here. The cases were in Idaho’s Latta v. Otter, filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, in which a federal judge ruled in favor of marriage for same-sex couples, striking down anti-marriage laws in the state. In the Nevada case, Sevcik v. Sandoval, filed by Lambda Legal, a district court ruled against the freedom to marry in 2012. Lambda Legal appealed the ruling. In the Idaho case, defendants have the chance to ask the 9th Circuit for a rehearing or an en banc hearing, or they could, in theory, petition for review from the United States Supreme Court (although yesterday, note, that the Supreme Court denied review in five marriage cases and opened the door to the freedom to marry in 11 more states). In the Nevada case, where the district court ruled against the freedom to marry, the case has been sent back to the lower court for the prompt issuance of an injunction. Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson said today: Today’s decision from the Ninth Circuit brings to 35 the number of freedom to marry states, and 64% of the American people now live in a state where gay people will soon share in the freedom to marry. We now have more states that have ended the exclusion of gay couples from marriage than had ended bans on interracial marriage when the Supreme Court brought the country to national resolution in Loving v. Virginia. We hope that the other federal appellate courts will move swiftly to end the disparity and unfair denial that too many loving and committed couples in the 15 remaining states endure. Read stories of nearly a dozen same-sex couples in Idaho who are celebrating today’s huge ruling, and then check out the work of Freedom Nevada – the campaign for which we’re proud to serve as leading and founding members – here. This post will be updated with more information as the ruling is analyzed.