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‘Family Day’ informs public of gay issues

The Arizona Republic

Today’s event at the capitol is to gain visibility for homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people.

By KEVIN PANG

The Arizona Republic

An ice cream social was to provide the backdrop for a gay family law forum at the Capitol today.

The Arizona Human Rights Fund, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, organized its “Family Day at the Legislature,” now in its sixth year.

Planners say they hope to inform eventgoers on issues such as adoption and legal rights for domestic partners. But more importantly, they hope to gain visibility for gay families in the state.

“Since the last election, we lost a great deal of support,” said Dilia Loe, executive director of the AHRF. “And oftentimes disenfranchised groups become marginalized and people don’t see.”

Even with four openly gay members in the Arizona Legislature, Loe said support for gay rights has diminished this session. “The balance of power has clearly been more conservative,” she said.

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