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09/25/2013, Birmingham, Alabama – United Methodist Bishop to Officiate Same-Sex Wedding

On October 26, 2013, Bishop Melvin Talbert will be performing a holy wedding ceremony in Birmingham, Alabama for Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw, two members of The United Methodist Church (UMC). Talbert is a retired bishop in The UMC.

www.rmnblog.org/2013/09/a-celebration-of-our-love.html

See also: www.rmnetwork.org/openshaw-prince.pdf

08/30/2013, Homewood, Alabama – LGBT equality group wants to bring Jennifer Knapp to Birmingham for Samford University homecoming

“A group of Samford University students, alumni and faculty who support equality for gays and lesbians is working to raise $6,000 to bring Jennifer Knapp, a Christian musician who in 2010 announced she is a lesbian, to Birmingham in November to coincide with the university’s homecoming.”
http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/08/lgbt_equality_advocacy_group_w.html

08/29/2013 – From The Desk of Jody Huckaby, Executive Director, PFLAG National

Wonderful news from the United States Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today, where it was announced that same-sex married couples will be treated the same as all other married couples for federal tax purposes, regardless of where they reside.

This is a huge step forward for equality for our LGBT loved ones: it is just and fair treatment for loving married same-sex couples and their families to have equal standing, rights, responsibilities, and protection in the eyes of our federal government.

We know that you, our members and supporters, will continue to urge all federal agencies to follow the lead of those which have already taken steps to equally recognize and respect all legally married couples and their dependents.

Together we will work fervently toward full federal understanding that without exception love is love, family is family, and marriage is marriage.

07/09/2013 – ACLU Takes Gay Marriage Fight to States

The ACLU on Tuesday announced a trio of lawsuits that will test the constitutionality of state laws barring gay marriage in PA, VA and NC.

ACLU Takes Gay Marriage Fight to States

07/08/2013 – Action Alert from PFLAG National

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S. 815) (ENDA) is being marked up and voted on in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee this Wednesday, July 10.

Please call or email your U.S. Senators today to urge them to cosponsor and vote for this important piece of workplace legislation, which was introduced in the Senate on April 25, 2013 by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).

This bipartisan, bicameral bill prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and would give all Americans the same workplace protections. The bill includes business-friendly exemptions for small businesses, while many larger companies today are already implementing protections similar to or the same as ENDA.

Everyone in our families–whether, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or straight–should have the same opportunities to be interviewed, hired, employed, and promoted based exclusively on merit; this is what ENDA would deliver. The President agrees and has said, on the record, that he will sign ENDA into law.

Find out if your Senators are already cosponsors. Thank them if they are! If they haven’t yet signed on, invite them to cosponsor.

Regardless, urge them to vote for ENDA when presented for a vote, both as a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee matter on Wednesday, July 10 and later this year when the full Senate votes.

Thank you, as always, for moving equality forward for our LGBT loved ones and their families!

06/26/2013 – Rep. Patricia Todd plans to challenge Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban

Our good friend, Alabama state representative Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham), says she and her partner plan to file lawsuits challenging Alabama’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. Todd said Wednesday she has retained a lawyer and she and her partner are researching their options, which could include filing both federal and state lawsuits: rep-patricia-todd-plans-to-challenge-alabamas-same-sex-marriage-ban

06/26/2013 – GOOD-BYE DOMA AND PROPOSITION 8, HELLO MARRIAGE!

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06/19/2013 – Exodus International ministry to shut down after apology to gay community

www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-exodus-ministry-to-shut-down

06/14/2013 – Anniston Star – Local churches talk about open worship and the county’s gay population

Local churches talk about open worship and the county’s gay population
An article by Sara Milledge: smilledge@annistonstar.com

06/02/2013 – United Methodists open conference; gay rights activists pray for inclusion

http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2013/06/united_methodists_open_confere.html#incart_flyout_living

03/06/2013 – Alabama teens petition Legislature to repeal anti-homosexuality language in sex ed law

blog.al.com/spotnews/2013/03/alabama_teens_petition_legisla.html#incart_m-rpt-2

03/06/2013 – PFLAG has joined with other local organizations to propose a human rights ordinance for our city in celebration of the progress made during the past 50 years.

Birmingham City Council committee endorses city-wide human rights commission

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Montgomery, Alabama, is a nonprofit civil rights organization that combats bigotry and discrimination through litigation, advocacy and education. For more information, visit www.splcenter.org.


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