Tag Archives: Phoenix

ARIZONA: Hate Group Loses Second Court Battle To Overturn Phoenix LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The Arizona Republic reports: A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has quashed a local wedding shop’s attempt to override a Phoenix ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio and self-described evangelical Christians, create invitations and other handmade artwork for weddings and events. They filed a ...

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Arizona Newspaper: By Pardoning Joe Arpaio, Trump Has Made It Clear That Institutional Racism Is His Goal

From the editorial board of the Arizona Republic: While America was talking about tearing down monuments that offend historically oppressed people, Donald Trump effectively erected yet another one. His pardon of Joe Arpaio elevated the disgraced former Maricopa County sheriff to monument status among the immigration hardliners and nationalists in Trump’s base. This erases any doubt about whether Trump meant ...

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ARIZONA: Phoenix Pride Parade Spirals Into Ugliness After Immigration Activists Block Route [VIDEO]

The Phoenix New Times reports: For a few brief moments this Sunday, activists from Trans Queer Pueblo shut down the Phoenix Pride Parade, unfurling a giant banner that read, “No Justice, No Pride.” As Trans Queer Pueblo explained to New Times on Friday, their message was a simple one: They want Pride to be inclusive and stand up for the ...

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PHOENIX: City Threatens To Sue Trump For Illegally Using Their Cops In Campaign Commercial [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Phoenix officials, infuriated over an ad for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign that includes city cops, fired off a letter Thursday demanding that the ad be taken down immediately. The ad, titled “Movement,” portrays Trump meeting with a variety of people — including, for about one second, uniformed police officers at what appears to be an airport, with ...

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World Net Daily Has The Phoenix Sadz

Yesterday I reported that the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom has been smacked down in their preliminary attempt to overturn Phoenix’s LGBT rights ordinance. Today World Net Daily reacts in typical fashion: A Superior Court judge in Arizona has adopted the position that “gay” rights outweigh the First Amendment’s protection for the “free exercise of religion” in a key ...

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PHOENIX: Haters Sue To Overturn LGBT Rights Ordinance On Behalf Of Wedding Invitations Studio

Nobody has ASKED the Brush & Nib studio to create any same-sex wedding invitations, but they’re suing to overturn Phoenix’s public accommodations law just in case. Via press release: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Phoenix art studio that specializes in hand-painting, hand-lettering, and calligraphy for weddings and other events filed suit in state court Thursday to challenge a city ...

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ARIZONA: GOP Maricopa County Recorder Won’t Resign Over Primary Voter Suppression [VIDEO]

News outlets nationwide have reported on the mess in Arizona’s Mariciopa Country, the state’s most populous, where primary voters waited for hours due to a 70% reduction in the number of polling places. The GOP official who made that call says she won’t resign. Via the Arizona Republic: Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell took responsibility for the hours-long lines at ...

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PHOENIX: City Council Ends All Invocations Rather Than Allow Opening Prayer By Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple, which is actually a group of atheist activists and pranksters, has trolled the Phoenix City Council into ending its practice of opening their meeting with prayers. The Washington Post reports: For weeks now, Phoenix lawmakers have wrestled with the idea of allowing members of a Satanic group to give the invocation before an upcoming city meeting. Phoenix ...

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Two Arizona Mayors: Veto Anti-Gay Hate

The Democratic mayors of Phoenix and Tempe took to Twitter to denounce Arizona’s anti-gay bill and demand that it be vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer. Notably quiet is the GOP mayor of Mesa, Scott Smith, who is running for governor. Also silent so far is Jay Tibshraeny, the GOP mayor of Chandler, Arizona’s fourth-largest city. (But he DID just tweet ...

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TODAY: Protest At Arizona Capitol

From the event’s Facebook page: People are starting to go to the Capitol and aiming for a large protest gathering TODAY between 4 and 6 pm. Signs, speakers, good shoes. Come and be seen. Peaceful and respectful actions! Arizona’s State Legislature and the conservative majority in control are pushing to pass the expanded “religious freedom” bills and then have them ...

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Campaign Sign Of The Day

Phoenix City Council candidate Austin Head, who is openly gay and openly HIV+, is raising eyebrows with the above campaign sign.  Hit the link, he tells quite the life story. (Via JMG reader Mich)

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Phoenix Approves LGBT Rights Bill

By a vote of 5-3, last night the Phoenix City Council broadened anti-bias protections to include LGBT residents. As usual, opponents lined up to scream that men in dresses were going to invade the city’s restrooms. The Human Relations Ordinance revolves around adding three phrases to the city’s anti-discrimination policies when it comes to employment, housing, city contracts and public ...

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PHOENIX: Flash Mob Performs Against Hateful Christian Preachers At Gay Pride

Christian preachers with bullhorns berated passing Phoenix Pride attendees on Saturday, calling them “dogs, whores, perverts, hags” and worse. Talk about an all-day advertisement for atheism! Enter performer Queen B, her flash mob, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.NOTE: Leading the preachers was Ruben Israel, whose “Official Street Preachers” website I mentioned here last week. [Videographer: Mike Skiff]

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FRC’s Peter Sprigg To Join NARTH’s Luggage Lifters At Phoenix Confab

NARTH’s annual convention of closeted gays and open fascists takes place in Phoenix this weekend where they’ll be joined by Family Research Council spokesbigot Peter Sprigg. Last year gay activists had a blast picketing outside of the NARTH convention in Philadelphia as we marched around with pink luggage in mockery of FRC co-founder George Rekers’ exposure as a patron of ...

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Perkins: Come To NARTH’s Confab & Meet Your Personal Luggage-Lifting Rent Boy

Tony Perkins invites you to this year’s NARTH convention, where you might just spot Family Research Council co-founder and famed rent boy patron George Rekers. The male hookers of Phoenix are going to have a VERY busy weekend! RELATED: I participated in last year’s hilarious protest of NARTH’s convention in Philadelphia, where Truth Wins Out led a gaggle of gays ...

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PHOENIX: Cops Vs. OWS

(Via – AmericaBlog)

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UPDATED: Phoenix Man Stabbed To Death During Grindr Hook-Up With 19 Year-old

UPDATE: Police are saying that despite earlier reports, Grindr was NOT the service used by the killer to meet his victim. Via press release: From the Phoenix Police Dept Press Office: Hello all. Our detectives have learned through this continuing investigation that it was not the “Grinder” IPHONE application that was used by the victim to make contact with the ...

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Protesters Begin Weekly Vigils Outside Church Of “Obama Should Die” Pastor

This weekend a group called People Against Clergy Who Preach Hate (Facebook group) had the first of their planned weekly protests outside the Phoenix-area storefront church of Pastor Steve Anderson, who has publicly prayed for the death of the president. The 125 protesters waved signs containing scriptural admonitions against hate as well as signs supporting the president.

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Phoenix Begins Domestic Partners Registry

Nice news from Phoenix, Arizona. Despite the dreary weather, about 10 gay couples made the trip to Phoenix City Hall Monday morning to be among the first to register with the city as domestic partners. The registry, which is open to unmarried gay or straight couples who share a Phoenix residence, grants partner visitation rights in all hospitals, nursing homes, ...

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