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Erie Pride Fest 2014 on August 23

On Saturday, August 23, NW PA Pride Alliance, Inc. will put on the Erie Pride Fest, which will kick off with the Pride Parade. You can register for the Pride Fest here.

President Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT People from Workplace Discrimination

WASHINGTON - July 21, 2014 – President Obama signed an executive order today to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from workplace discrimination during a ceremony at the White House.

Kathy Dahlkemper letter of apology

On Tuesday July 1, a letter written and circulated by Michael Wehr, head of faith outreach in President Obama's re-election campain, was sent to President Obama asking him to provide an exemption for religious organizations in a planned executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Among the 14 signatures on the letter was Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper.

ACLU Reaction to Supreme Court Granting Stay in Marriage Recognition Case

NEW YORK - July 18, 2014 – The U.S. Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay requested by Utah governor in Evans v. Utah.  The district court had issued an injunction requiring Utah to immediately recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who were married between December 23, 2013 and January 6, 2014 when a court struck down Utah's marriage bans as unconstitutional.  The Supreme Court's order is not a ruling on the merits of the injunction.  Instead, the stay stops that injunction from going into effect until it is reviewed on the merits by the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit:

ACLU Withdraws Support for ENDA

WASHINGTON - July 8, 2014 – The American Civil Liberties Union today announced that it is withdrawing its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in a statement also signed by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Transgender Law Center. The ACLU objects to a provision in the bill that would allow religiously affiliated employers to continue to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

NW PA Pride Float in Millcreek 4th of July Parade

About 17 people rode on NW PA Pride Alliance's float in Millcreek's 4th of July parade. There were about 110 units in the parade and about 20,000 people saw the parade.

REUNITED Aims to Raise Money

ERIE, PA -- No LGBT pride is complete without a sharp-tongued drag queen and a snarky DJ. This year, Lovin Heart and DJ Tony G-Spot reunite to bring together the largest collection of entertainers any show in this area has ever seen! All proceeds will be split evenly between NWPA Pride Alliance, Inc and Dramashop.

10th Circuit Affirms the Freedom to Marry in Oklahoma

New York - July 18, 2014 – Today the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled in favor of same-sex couples' freedom to marry, upholding a marriage ruling out of Oklahoma back in January. This is the second consecutive ruling in favor of marriage by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals; the same three-judge panel also found Utah's ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

Bush-Appointed State Judge Strikes Down Florida's Marriage Ban

New York - July 17, 2014 – Today a Republican-appointed state judge struck down Florida's ban on marriage for committed same-sex couples in what is now the 25th consecutive ruling by a federal or state court in favor of the freedom to marry in the past year. Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia was appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush and reelected in 2002 and 2008. The case, Huntsman v. Heavilin, was filed in Key West, and as of now the ruling ony applies to Monroe County.

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Task Force Applauds USDA Adoption of Transgender Protections
President Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT People from Workplace Discrimination
LGBTQ Activists Celebrate President Obama's Announcement That LGBTQ Executive Order Will Be Signed Without Religious Exemptions
ACLU of Oklahoma Statement on 10th Circuit Decision Affirming Marriage Equality for Oklahomans
American Jewish World Service Applauds House Intro of Bill to Protect Global LGBT Rights, Urges Swift Passage
Over 200 Participants Attend Transgender Lobby Day in Nation's Capitol
First Mississippi Mayor Announces Support of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
Report: 10% of the World's Population Live in Places Where Gay Couples Have the Freedom to Marry
United Nations Free & Equal Bollywood Music Video for Gay Rights Exceeds One Million Views
ACLU Reaction to Supreme Court Granting Stay in Marriage Recognition Case
10th Circuit Affirms the Freedom to Marry in Oklahoma
Task Force Calls on U.S. Sentencing Commission to Treat All LGBT Prisoners Fairly
Bush-Appointed State Judge Strikes Down Florida's Marriage Ban
Task Force Calls for Swift Investigation into Recent String of Murders of Transgender Women in Baltimore
Victory: state same-sex marriage ban struck down in Florida Keys
Federal Appeals Court Orders Recognition of Valid Marriages of Utah Same-Sex Couples
Task Force Action Fund Says No to ENDA
Task Force Outraged by Report of FBI Surveillance of Muslim Community Leaders
Task Force Welcomes Castro Confirmation
Republican-Appointed State Judge Overturns Colorado's Marriage Ban
Utah Attorney General to Appeal Freedom to Marry Case to U.S. Supreme Court
UN: Ensure Access to Education for Lesbians, Bisexual and Intersex Women and Girls, and Transgender People
United Nations Secretary General Announces Benefits for Employees in Legally Recognized Same-Sex Unions
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ACLU Withdraws Support for ENDA
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August, 2014 Print Edition now out!

August, 2014 issue

Issue #146 of the print edition of the current run of Erie Gay News is out as of Tuesday, July 22, 2014! You can pick it up at several locations. You can also read the articles here.

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