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Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the U.S. state of Arizona.

On Feb. 26, 2013, the Phoenix City Council approved a measure to expand the city’s anti-discrimination law to include protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in city contracts, housing, employment and public accommodations.

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Arizona ‘pregnant man’ is sentenced for disorderly conduct

Monday, November 16, 2015
In this April 2, 2013 file photo, Thomas Beatie speaks at his attorney's office, in Phoenix. Beatie, a transgender man, who was accused of stalking his estranged wife last year pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Beatie had a change of plea hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court and now is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 16 on the misdemeanor.
A transgender man in Arizona accused of stalking his estranged wife last year has been sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation. ...

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WNBA stars Brittney Griner, Glory Johnson wed

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Glory Johnson (left) and Brittney Griner wed in Phoenix on May 8, 2015.
The wedding comes just two weeks after the couple made headlines after an argument led to a 911 call and arrests of both for assault and disorderly conduct. ...

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Arizona county attorney turns away same-sex couple seeking adoption help

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Bill Montgomery
The county attorney says the October federal court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Arizona dealt with marriage, not adoption. Arizona adoption law refers to a "husband and wife" and to a "married man and woman." ...

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Confrontation sparked by alleged gay slur leads to hit and run caught on camera

Sunday, February 22, 2015
An altercation outside a Phoenix record store escalated into a hit and run that was caught on camera, and the victim says the incident all started with a gay slur. ...

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Arizona destination resorts woo gay couples planning to marry

Saturday, November 1, 2014
unicipal Court Judge Kevin Kane, right, marries same-sex couple Tim Palak, 44, left, and Jason Bannecker, 39, of Phoenix on a balcony at Phoenix's City Hall on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, just hours after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.
PHOENIX — Destination resorts across Arizona are broadening their marketing strategies since same-sex marriage became legal last month. Hotels in Phoenix, Sedona and elsewhere are offering discounts or tweaking their advertising to lure same-sex couples, reports the Arizona Republic. ...

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High school says lesbian couple not eligible for homecoming royalty

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
PHOENIX -- Students at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, Ariz., are banding together behind a lesbian couple who has been denied the opportunity to be nominated as homecoming queen and queen due to a school practice where homecoming royalty ...

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Hispanic National Bar Association pulls conference from Arizona

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Phoenix, Ariz.
WASHINGTON -- The Hispanic National Bar Association on Wednesday said it cancelled its 2015 convention in Phoenix over legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. ...

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Prominent teen activist indicted on charges of sexual misconduct with minor

Monday, November 18, 2013
Caleb Laieski (right) with President Barack Obama at the White House pride reception in 2011.
PHOENIX -- A prominent LGBT rights and anti-bullying teen activist faces more than a dozen charges of sexual misconduct with a minor. ...

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Phoenix approves LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination law

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix City Council on Tuesday evening approved a measure to expand the city's anti-discrimination law to include protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in city contracts, housing, employment and public accommodations such as restaurants. ...

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Phoenix to consider expanding anti-bias law to include LGBT residents

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Phoenix, Ariz.
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix city council is expected to vote this month on whether to expand the city's anti-discrimination ordinance to prohibit discrimination against its LGBT residents. ...

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