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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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Public News Service - AZ: LGBTQIA Issues

Arizona is getting an earful from civil-rights advocates over its lawsuit challenging recent federal guidance to schools on the restroom rights of transgender students. (tzahiv/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Arizona officials are hearing a firestorm of criticism over joining a lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance on how schools should treat transgender students. Arizona, joined by 10 other mostly "red" states, wants to overturn a Justice Department determination that transgender

PHOTO: Same-sex couples who marry are eligible for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act outside of the open enrollment periods, but they need to act within 60 days of their marriage. Photo courtesy of Alpine County, Calif.

PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage has far-reaching impacts in Arizona and across the country, including triggering a special enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. Montserrat Caballero, state director with the nonprofit Enroll America, which helps peopl

PHOTO: Same-sex couples in Arizona can now adopt children and be foster parents, after Governor Doug Ducey ended what was thought by some to be a discriminatory practice at the Dept. of Child Safety. Photo credit: Office of Gov. Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - Action by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey will help same-sex couples adopt children and serve as foster parents. Ducey reversed a Department of Child Safety policy instituted in February that prohibited joint foster-parenting and adoption by married, same-sex couples. A court ruling last Oct

PHOTO: Terry Goddard is among the former Arizona attorneys general who have formed an organization of legal professionals who support marriage equality in the Grand Canyon State. Photo courtesy of Terry Goddard.

PHOENIX – Two former Arizona attorneys general are part of a recently formed organization supporting marriage equality in the Grand Canyon State. Former Attorneys General Terry Goddard and Grant Woods are among more than 150 attorneys who have come together to form Arizona Lawyers for the Fr

PHOTO: Legalizing same-sex marriage in Arizona would add millions of dollars to the state's economy, according to a recent study. CREDIT: Utah State Law Library.

PHOENIX - A recent study shows that marriage equality could mean millions of dollars to Arizona's economy. Jeremy Zegas is Project Director with Why Marriage Matters Arizona. He said the study, which is from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, shows that legalizing same-sex marriage w

PHOENIX - Aside from Spring Break, New Year's Eve may be the biggest occasion of the year for risky behavior including unprotected sex. An Arizona campaign to encourage safe sex among holiday partiers is now in its second year. According to John Welch, preventions/interventions manager for the Sou

PHOTO: Partners Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey say they've been in a committed relationship for 55 years, but are barred from getting married in Arizona. Photo credit: Doug Ramsey.

PHOENIX - It's only an educational campaign for now, but supporters of marriage equality say their effort launched Tuesday may lead to a 2016 ballot measure to legalize same-sex marriage. The campaign is called "Why Marriage Matters Arizona." Nelda Majors and her partner, Karen Bailey, said they h

PHOTO: As marriage equality gains momentum thanks to Supreme Court rulings, adoption by LGBT families and individuals lags behind. But advocates feel a corner has been turned. Courtesy HelpUsAdopt.org

PHOENIX – Two U.S. Supreme Court rulings have advanced the cause of marriage equality, and 12 states now allow same-sex marriage. But what about LGBT couples and individuals who want to adopt children? Ellen Kahn, director of Human Rights Campaign Family Project, says that too has opened u

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