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Cartoon : CNBC Outs Apple’s Tim Cook

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Hearing delayed in Godfrey case against Terry Branstad

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A hearing in a lawsuit against Gov. Terry Branstad and current and former members of his staff filed by the state’s workers compensation commissioner was postponed today.

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Iowa Editor Fired Over Anti-Gay Rant Says He’s A Victim Of Religious Discrimination

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An Iowa newspaper editor has filed a complaint claiming his firing over an anti-gay post was a violation of his religious faith.

Bob Eschliman, the former editor of the Newton Daily News, was fired in May after he railed against “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” in a post on his personal blog.

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Tri-State Drag Kings Converge to Rock!

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Tri-State Drag Kings Converge to Rock! By Angela Geno-Stumme

Get ready to rock your face off with Drag Kings from across the tri-state area this Saturday!  Jones Street Station is hosting Drag Kings in Sioux City, Iowa with their event, “Sex, Drugs, & Rock and Roll!” Starting at 9:30 p.m. with hosts Rammer Knightly & Kenny GSpot, performances will be by Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska Drag Kings.

Confirmed performances are by the King of Jones Street Station 2014 Rammer Knightly, co-host Kenny GSpot, Jimmy Rock, Hunter Down, Ms Mirage Storm, Victor Victoria Goldstein, Martina Shakers, and Jazz Stahr. With, South Dakota performers: Lee Monroe, Alex Feeliner, Dick Jackoff , Kris Valentine, and the Drag King representing Nebraska—Dr Gay! With possible Drag Kings yet to confirm, the list of performances may not end there—those interested in performing can contact Rammer Knightly.Rammer Knightly

Rammer Knightly was able to answer a few questions about his drag career and is very excited about the upcoming tri-state show. He feels it will be a great beginning, “with all kings coming together to one stage.”  Rammer Knightly has approximately 15 years of drag experience under his belt and was coached by Kenny GSpot, “Kenny’s is one of my best buds and has helped out tremendously.”

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Commitment & the decision not to fold The ACCESSline

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One of the changes The ACCESSline has made this past year, in its move to an online format, has been the decision to follow a paid membership format. This change has been hard for some to accept.

For more than 25 years, The ACCESSline distributed free print copies to locations across Iowa and nearby states. For those who could not get to a location with the free papers, we offered paid subscriptions. About 2% of our readers paid for subscriptions, which peaked at $42 per year.

The goal was to provide community information, free, to readers across as broad an area as possible.

Despite having many loyal advertisers, the advertising revenue was not enough to continue printing and distributing the physical paper...

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Attorney asks judge to bypass trial and issue ruling in North Dakota gay marriage case

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The Minneapolis attorney representing the seven same-sex couples challenging North Dakota gay marriage ban is asking a judge to bypass a trial and issue a ruling.

Attorney Joshua Newville filed a motion for summary judgment late Tuesday while also responding to the state’s motion to dismiss the case.

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Maryland extends health care coverage to Maryland trans state employees

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Maryland will now cover procedures and other transition-related health care of its transgender state employees under a new policy the Free State Legal Project announced on Tuesday.

The so-called Gender Dysphoria Benefit, which takes effect immediately, covers hormone therapy, surgical procedures and other “transition-related treatment that is medically necessary.” The new policy applies to employees and retirees who are enrolled in the state’s health benefit program, along with their spouses and dependents.

Free State Legal Project on Tuesday said the announcement came in response to a 2013 complaint it filed against the state on behalf of Sailor Holobaugh, a University of Maryland-Baltimore employee whose request to receive reimbursement for what his doctors deemed a medically neces...

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US appeals court tosses Oklahoma gay marriage ban

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A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, prompting a fast, angry response from leaders of a state that has vehemently fought policy changes brought on from outside its borders.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld a federal judge’s ruling striking down Oklahoma gay marriage ban, which had been approved by more than 75 percent of voters in 2004. Friday’s decision marks the second time the federal appeals court has found the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.

The court put its 2-1 ruling on hold pending an appeal, meaning same-sex couples won’t be allowed to marry in Oklahoma for now…

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True Blood Actor Speaks Out On Ex-Costar’s Anti-Gay Behavior: ‘I’m Over Him’

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When “True Blood” returned for its seventh and final season earlier this summer, fans immediately noticed that one crucial character had a different face — James, the studly vampire who entered the show in season six to romance Deborah Ann Woll’s character, Jessica, was now being played by a new actor, Nathan Parsons.

The actor who initially played James, Luke Grimes, issued a statement saying that his abrupt departure “had nothing to do with storylines” and more to do with other opportunities. (He’ll be appearing in 2015′s sure-to-be megahit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” for example.) And HBO, for its part, attributed his decision to “the creative direction of the character.”

But once it became clear that Grimes’ former character was bisexual, and headed for romance with...

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Judge Won’t Lift Florida Keys Gay Marriage Stay

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A Florida Keys judge who last week ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional refused Monday to allow gay couples to begin marrying in Monroe County, citing a pending appeal by the state attorney general.

Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia rejected a motion to allow immediate weddings filed by attorneys for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones, a pair of Key West bartenders whose lawsuit successfully challenged the ban. Garcia ruled last week that the Florida Keys gay marriage ban added to the state constitution by Florida voters in 2008 is discriminatory and violates gay people’s right to equal treatment under the law.

Garcia initially ruled marriage licenses could be issued in Monroe County beginning Tuesday to gay couples...

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