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• Democrats in Congress introduce a bill to ban the use of the “gay panic defense” in federal courts. 

• Leaders of the Episcopal Church approves same-sex marriages through the Episcopal Church organization here in the U.S..

 

• California Governor Jerry Brown signs legislation authored by Assembly Member Evan Low that makes June officially and legally “Pride Month” in California each year.

Outbeat News can be heard Sunday nights at 8:00 pm as part of Outbeat Radio on KRCB FM Radio 91.

The story of Reverend Carlton Pearson, a renowned evangelical pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who cast aside the idea of hell, and with it everything he'd worked for over his entire life.  

Update: In this show, The United Church of Christ is cited as the only denomination to openly accept gay marriage. Since this show first aired, several more denominations have officially adopted that position.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, March 12, 2018

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• An Ohio judge took away custody of a 17-year-old transgender teen away from her parents because the parents refused to authorize hormone therapy based on their religious beliefs.  The teen will live with her grandparents and continue her transition from female to male. 

• NBC news reports Santa Rosa has the 2nd highest percentage of same-sex married couples in the nation. 

• Sonoma County Pride is planning this year’s celebration in downtown Santa Rosa, June 1 through 3 and they are looking for volunteers.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, February 19, 2018

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• Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy, the only two out gay male athletes from the U.S. competing in the Winter games, said they don’t plan to visit the White House for the customary celebration following this year’s games because of the administrations anti LGBT stance. 

• States across the country are considering new laws to restrict restroom access based on birth sex; in 3 states, these new laws role back existing protections for transgender Americans. 

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• Arizona Pastor Steven Anderson has been banned from entering the country of Jamaica because of his extreme anti-LGBTQ views.  

• Two married men are suing the U.S. State Department after one of their twin babies was denied citizenship despite being born from the same surrogate just minutes apart. 

• The State of Indiana, one of only 5 states with no hate crime laws, voted down again this week proposed hate crime legislation.  This almost guarantees that the state will loose their bid to be host of Amazon’s new HQ2 facility.

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• Wedding bells began to ring for same-sex couples in Australia last week.  Two couples tied the knot in ceremonies happening just moments after midnight. 

• Here in the U.S, the Human Rights Campaign released the 2017 state equality index report.  Many state legislatures across the country considered sweeping anti-LGBT laws to allow wholesale discrimination, including some that attack marriage equality and transgender youth. The good news is that California is among the 13 top rated states in the report.