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The US Supreme Court will likely be issuing their decisions on Prop 8 and DOMA sometime in June, and likely late June at that. In any event, the decisions will be announced before the end of the term which is on June 30.
There is no way to know, beyond speculation, what those decisions will be. Will there be cause for massive celebrations? Will it be time for candlelight vigils or forms of protest? Will the results be mixed? There is no way to know until the day the decisions are rendered.
[ Posted: Tuesday May 7 2013, 11:06 am | More Details...]
April 30, 7pm BITCHY BINGO. Located at Clic's, 117 E. 2nd. Tons of great prizes. Grand prize will be a trip to Kansas City including tickets to a Chiefs game. We will also be accepting donations for the Jerry Taylor Memorial Scholarship.
May 6th, 6:30pm. Our May meeting, Walnut Room, HCC Student Union, HCC Campus
[ Posted: Monday Apr 15 2013, 9:49 pm | More Details...]
Earlier this afternoon, officials with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment agreed to a final compromise on Substitute for HB 2183. Following days of wrangling in a House/Senate conference committee, KDHE proposed to create a list of diseases *not* subject to quarantine, and to include HIV/AIDS in that list. This list will become a part of Kansas Administrative Rules and Regulations, which have the force of law and with which all health officials in Kansas are required to comply.
[ Posted: Thursday Apr 4 2013, 3:51 pm | More Details...]
[ Posted: Tuesday Apr 2 2013, 9:30 am | More Details...]
April 8, Monday, 7pm at the Cosmosphere; Sheriff Randy Henderson is having a Bullying program open to the public.
April 15, Monday, 6:30pm; Board/Business Meeting. Walnut Room, Parker Student Union, HCC Campus.
April 20, Saturday; Aids Walk; we will have a team participating in the Aids Walk in Wichita, put on by Positive Directions. This is a fundraiser and those participating are encouraged to obtain pledges, but it is not mandatory. If interested in participating on our team, contact Chad Graber, 663-8002.
[ Posted: Tuesday Apr 2 2013, 9:22 am | More Details...]
This week, we were successful in getting HB2183 sent to a House / Senate conference committee, where our concerns over removing the current HIV/AIDS quarantine exemption were once again discussed. That conference committee met twice yesterday, and proposed a compromise that we and KDHE have found acceptable.
House Bill 2183 started as a bill that would make it easier for first responders to find out if they had been exposed to HIV, hepatitis, and other blood-borne diseases. The bill was “gutted,” and replaced with the language KDHE wanted. Most significantly, the current law that exempts persons exposed to or suffering from HIV/AIDS from quarantine is being repealed.
[ Posted: Thursday Mar 28 2013, 10:54 am | More Details...]
[ Posted: Tuesday Mar 26 2013, 1:16 pm | More Details...]
This week the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments against the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. On Tuesday, the Court will hear the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages from the date of its passage, but left intact legal same-sex marriages that had been performed prior to its enactment. On Wednesday, the Court will hear the challenge to DOMA, which was signed into law in 1996 by then-president Bill Clinton. DOMA prevents the Federal government from recognizing legal same-sex marriages in states that allow them, and also allows states to ignore same-sex marriages performed outside their borders.
[ Posted: Tuesday Mar 26 2013, 7:14 am | More Details...]
Just moments ago, the State House of Representatives voted to approve the final version of this year's "Religious Freedom" bill, HB2203. The bill, approved last week by the Senate, now goes to Governor Sam Brownback for his signature.
Unlike the version of this bill we fought in 2011 and 2012, HB2260, HB2203 does not have language that will directly undermine local non-discrimination ordinances, school district and university policies, and so on, that include protections based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Because the language targeting local laws was removed from this year's bill, Kansas Equality Coalition took a neutral position.
[ Posted: Monday Mar 25 2013, 10:29 am | More Details...]
Over the course of the last six months, I have been planning a campaign for the Lawrence City Commission. With the election less than a month away, I wanted to reach out to you for your support.
As you likely know, I currently serve as the vice chair of the KEC’s Lawrence/Douglas County chapter. In that capacity and as a member of the Kansas Equality Coalition I have worked diligently to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
[ Posted: Monday Mar 18 2013, 6:20 am | More Details...]
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03/16 Saturday. Family-friendly Holiday Social Event. Beginning at 3:00pm, we will meet at Payge Carter's home at 301 N. Collingwood in Pretty Prairie for an Easter egg hunt, for the children to make shamrocks, then closer to 5pm, we will have the firepit going and roast hot dogs and marshmallows. The Chapter will provide drinks, hot dogs, and marshamallows; those attending, please bring a side dish.
[ Posted: Thursday Feb 21 2013, 9:50 am | More Details...]