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Gay Conversion Therapy Banned in
Cincinnati: Violators Face Steep Fines
(AP) An Ohio city's council has passed a ban on
therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of
Cincinnati council members voted 7-2 Wednesday
to outlaw the practice known as "conversion therapy."
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that nearly two
dozen pastors and other people packed in to council
chambers to unsuccessfully oppose the move.
But council voted to prohibit therapy by health
professionals designed to change sexual orientation
or gender identity, imposing a $200-a-day fine on
There are laws against the practice in California,
New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois and Washington, D.C. The
American Psychological Association and other health
organizations say conversion therapy doesn't work
and can increase suicide risks.
Councilman Chris Seelbach referred to the suicide
nearly one year ago of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn
of suburban Cincinnati.
Same-Sex Parental Rights at Issue
Before Kentucky High Court
(AP) As Kentucky's Supreme Court heard a case Thursday
that could help determine the parental rights of same-sex
partners, one justice noted they were in "uncharted waters."
The court has been asked whether a woman has the right
to intervene in an adoption case involving the child of her
former same-sex partner.
The two women, identified only by their initials in court
documents, were in a same-sex relationship for five years.
One of them had a child in 2006 with the help of a sperm
donor. The other helped raise the child until the couple split
up in 2011.
Now the biological mother has cut off all contact with her
ex-partner and has married a man who is trying to adopt
the child. The ex-partner, identified as A.H., is seeking
joint custody and wants to intervene in the case to block
the adoption. But the biological mother, identified as M.L.
says because her ex-partner is not the biological mother of
the child, she has no parental rights. The biological mother
compared her ex to a "baby sitter."
A Kenton County family court ruled in favor of A.H. But a
state appeals court reversed the decision, arguing A.H. lacked
legal standing to intervene in the adoption.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has already ruled that same-
sex partners may seek custody of a non-biological child.
But in that case, decided in 2010, the women involved had a
contract written by a lawyer and signed by both of them. No
such agreement exists in this case.
Three Weeks in Jail for Man Who
Disrupted Gay Marriage Arguments
(AP) A protester who disrupted historic arguments over
gay marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court has been sentenced
to 21 days in jail.
Rives Miller Grogan of Mansfield, Texas, was sentenced
Thursday. Grogan pleaded guilty in September to illegally
demonstrating inside the court. Grogan was arrested April 28
after disrupting oral arguments by yelling that the Bible says
gay marriage supporters "could burn in hell."
The justices announced their decision in the case in June,
ruled same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide.
Prosecutors and Grogan had agreed to a 30-dayjail sentence,
but prosecutors wanted him to serve it consecutively while
Grogan asked to serve it intermittently, two days at a time, so
he could continue to work.
Grogan must stay away from the Supreme Court for a year.
Puerto Rico for First Time Allows
Same-Sex Couple to Adopt
(AP) A Puerto Rico court has for the first time allowed a
same-sex couple to adopt a child.
Wednesday's ruling involves a woman whose longtime
partner gave birth to a girl through artificial insemination.
The woman had been fighting to adopt the girl for two years.
Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda calls it a historic decision
and says it represents a new civil rights achievement.
Puerto Rico until recently prohibited same-sex marriages
and the recognition of such marriages. However, the
government struck down those laws after a landmark U.S.
Supreme Court decision in late June that required every
state to recognize such marriages.
Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla previously signed orders
that allow transgender and transsexual people to change
their gender on their driver's licenses and protect their
rights when seeking medical services.
TLC OKs 'I Am Jazz" for a Second
(EDGE) TLC officials announced last week they green lit
the second season of their reality show "I Am Jazz," which
follows transgender teen Jazz Jennings and her family,
Season 2 will have eight episodes and is scheduled to
premiere in 2016.
"I Am Jazz" stars 15-year-old Jennings as she faces
decisions about her health and balancing her social life
with friends and dating. The second season of the reality
show will continue to follow the teen and her perspective
as a trans youth as she experiences school, social life, sports
and family. Jennings' parents Greg and Janette Jennings,
along with her sister Ari and twin brothers Griffen and
Sander will also return to the show.
Time magazine named Jennings one of "The 25 Most
Influential Teens" in 2014 and 2015 after she published
her book "I Am Jazz."The teen and her parents founded
the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation, a nonprofit
organization to support trans youth and their families,
E! announced in October it renewed "I Am Cait," the
reality series that follows Caitlyn Jenner, for a second
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