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Australian Government Lawmaker
Introduces Gay Marriage Bill
(AP) A maverick lawmaker broke from
conservative government ranks on Monday to
introduce legislation that would legalize gay
marriage in Australia as a new opinion poll
confirmed that most Australians support such a
Warren Entsch, a 65-year-old former crocodile
farmer who has been dubbed a progressive
redneck in the media, introduced a private
member's bill that would allow same-sex marriage
Entsch has conceded that his bill has little
chance of reaching a vote because the ruling
coalition decided last week that government
lawmakers should be bound by the party line
opposing gay marriage.
"I certainly wouldn't have been introducing it if
I didn't hope that I could have a vote on it," Entsch
Several lawmakers in Prime Minister Tony
Abbott's Liberal Party have said they would
defy the government's wishes by voting for gay
marriage if such a vote is allowed.
The push for gay marriage within government
ranks is a leadership test for Abbott, a former
Roman Catholic seminarian who has been
described as Australia's most socially conservative
prime minister in decades.
Palm Beach County “You’re
Welcome” Campaign Launches
(PBCHRC) The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
formally launched its "Palm Beach County: You're Welcome"
campaign in Palm Beach on Wednesday night.
Dozens of LGBT people and their allies - including Palm
Beach County Mayor Shelley Vana, West Palm Beach Mayor
Jeri Muoio and Palm Beach County's Constitutional Tax
Collector Anne Gannon - attended the celebration at Meat
Market in Palm Beach. The event was produced by Altima
Palm Beach, a local public relations firm that donated its
services to PBCHRC.
"Our 'Palm Beach County: You're Welcome!' campaign
serves to encourage local municipalities to enact LGBT-
inclusive civil rights laws," said Rand Hoch, PBCHRC
President and Founder.
"These laws will educate local
residents and business owners of their civil rights and
responsibilities. Moreover, these laws will help attract more
jobs and revenue to Palm Beach County."
Last month, Facebook announced a $1 billion investment
in a data center in Fort Worth, Texas. The project is expected
to generate $21 million in taxes for the city over the next 10
years. Before committing to Fort Worth, Facebook reviewed
the civil rights ordinances of all of the potential locations
for the data center specifically to see if there were LGBT-
inclusive civil rights ordinances. Fort Worth’s civil rights
ordinance had been on the books for 15 years.
"In making relocation and expansion decisions, more
and more businesses are investigating how municipalities
protect their LGBT residents," said Hoch.
The Human Rights Council is a local nonprofit organization
which is dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual
orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Since
1988, the organization has worked with local public officials
to enact more than 90 laws and policies which provide equal
rights and benefits for the LGBT community.
AHF’s South Beach Wellness
Center Moves One Block North
(AHF) Effective Monday August 17th, the AHF Wellness
Center – South Beach operated by AIDS Healthcare
Foundation (AHF) in Miami Beach is relocating one block
North from its previous Alton Road address at the AHF
Out of the Closet Thrift Store to a new site at 1613 Alton
Road (at 16th Street), Miami Beach FL 33139. The Wellness
Center is moving to a site housing an AHF Pharmacy and
the AHF Healthcare Center after the Out of the Closet closed
operations August 9th. Hours at the new AHF Wellness
Center location, which offers free HIV and STD testing and
treatment, will remain the same: Mondays AND Thursdays,
4:00pm to 7:00pm.
AHF Wellness Centers provide access to the community
for confidential and free testing for HIV and STDs including
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The clinic also offers
free treatment for STDs.
AHF WELLNESS CENTER – SOUTH BEACH
1613 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(inside the AHF Pharmacy and WPA Health Care Center)
HOURS: Monday AND Thursday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
AHF operates Wellness Centers in California, Florida,
Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Texas and
Washington, DC as well as in Mexico City. Additional location
information can be found at www.freeSTDcheck.org.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-
profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF
currently provides medical care and/or services to over
451,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US,
Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia.
For more information, visit www.aidshealth.org, find us on
Gay Couples Sue Florida over
Names on Birth Certificates
(AP) The first couple issued a same-sex marriage license
in Florida is suing the state, saying that its Bureau of Vital
Statistics still won't allow hospitals to list both same-sex
parents on birth certificates.
Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello filed the lawsuit Thursday
in federal court in Tallahassee. Pareto and Arguello recently
had twins. Two other married, same-sex couples also are
part of the lawsuit.
The gay-rights group Equality Florida says the lawsuit
challenges Florida's refusal to issue accurate birth certificates
listing both spouses as parents of their children.
The state Department of Health says it does not generally
comment on pending litigation.
Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended Jan. 6.
Adoption Ban on Same Sex
Couples Challenged in Miss.
SFGN) Civil rights lawyers filed a federal lawsuit
challenging a Mississippi law that forbids adoptions by
same-sex couples. The lawsuit was filed by the Campaign
for Southern Equality, the Family Equality Council and four
Mississippi same-sex couples, according to a report in the
New York Times. (http://nyti.ms/1IYAv67)
Janet Smith, one of the plaintiffs, is trying to adopt the
8-year-old daughter Hanna, which she raises with her
partner Donna Phillips.
“We’ve had no problem, but I am in the military, so I could
be called or activated at any time, and we are concerned
about the legal aspects for Jan if something happened,” said
Ms. Phillips, who is a captain in the Mississippi Air National
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