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Tonight Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, which
commemorates their liberation over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery
in ancient Egypt and their birth as a nation under the leadership of Moses.
LIKE to join us in wishing our Jewish friends in Israel and around the world
a blessed Passover.

Dear Pat,
In just a few minutes, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth
Circuit in Denver will hear oral argument in our landmark Utah marriage
equality case, Kitchen v. Herbert.
This is the first federal appellate court hearing in a freedom to marry case
since the United States Supreme Court ruled in June 2013 that the federal
government must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples.
No one should ever be treated differently because of who they are or who
they love, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights is proud to stand
beside our plaintiffs Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity, Laurie Wood and
Kody Partridge, and Karen Archer and Kate Call, and our Utah co-counsel,
Magleby & Greenwood, P.C.
On December 20, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled
that Utah’s laws denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry violate
the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process of
law. More than 1,000 same-sex couples married in Utah in the days
following the ruling. Utah appealed the ruling to the Tenth Circuit.
We are grateful the Tenth Circuit is giving this case prompt consideration,
and we look forward to the court’s ruling as we continue our work to bring
respect and dignity to every member of our community across the country.
We won’t leave anyone behind.

   

 

Elizabeth Neidigh describes in her article featured on Outsports, it can cause
a great deal of hardship for closeted athletes.
In the piece, Neidigh describes her decision to come out, despite fearing a
negative response from teammates and friends. For a person with a strong
focus on fitness and training, Neidigh realized staying closeted was affecting
her body and her health. She writes, “‘The overwhelming emotional damage
that I’m inflicting on myself by holding all of this is in taking too much of a
toll on me,’ I told my cousin. ‘I feel physically drained and I can’t think
clearly or focus on anything. This isn’t a healthy way for me to live.’” As
coming out stories often (but certainly not always) do, Lauren’s ended
happily, as her hesitation to come out disproportionately reflected her
positive support structure. She was almost universally accepted by her
teammates and family and now admits to living a happier, fuller, more
honest life. Undeniably, however, homophobia and athletics continue to, in
some capacity, go hand in hand, and as the LGBT community inches
towards equality and universal acceptance, stories like Lauren’s remain a
necessary stepping-stone to break down misconceptions about gay athletes.
You can read her entire article on Outsports

 

 

 

 

Marriage equality isn't just good for the soul —it's also good for your
health.
According to a new article in The New England Journal of Medicine,
marriage equality is "a prescription for better health" for families. Citing
several studies, the article attributes access to a spouse's health care as the
primary reason.
"Public health research has suggested not only that discriminatory
environments and bans on same-sex marriage are detrimental to health but
also that legalizing same-sex marriage (among other policies expanding
protections) contributes to better health for LGBT people," the article reads.
The Institute of Medicine's 2011 report about LGBT health indicated that
LGBT people suffer greater "physical and mental health outcomes" than
their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts, primarily because of being a

part of "a stigmatized minority group." Because of this, access to health care
is all the more imperative.
"LGBT people living in states that ban same-sex marriage, for instance,"
the Journal article reads, "are more likely than their counterparts in other
states to report symptoms of depression, anxiety, and alcohol use disorder."
In an essay published on The Daily Beast about the article, Russell Saunders,
a pediatrician, cites his own experience as an example of marriage
improving both physical and spiritual health.
"I can talk about my family using the same terms and expecting the same
respect as anyone else," Saunders says. "There has been a perceptible
improvement in my own wellbeing since the state where we live granted us
the right to marry."
The Journal article is yet another strong point in favor of marriage equality,
which Saunders calls "the right policy from numerous vantage points."
As he summarizes, "It makes America a more equitable and just place to
live."

 

Last night Kristen Merlin returned to The Voice to perform Carrie
Underwood‘s “Two Black Cadillacs” in front of mentor Shakira.
Then it came time for Shakira to make a big decision. Who from
her team would be advancing into the Top 12? 

Religion is about compassion, love and peace, or it is not
religion.

 

 

 


                            
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