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A House panel has tabled a bill that would ban Iowa health care providers from trying to change a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Committee Chair Bobby Kaufmann, a Republican, says he wants to keep working on legislation to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ children. 

The Iowa Court of Appeals has rejected two cases challenging a law that restructured the state judicial nominating commission. 

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The Iowa Court of Appeals has rejected two cases challenging a law that restructured the state judicial nominating commission. 

The law was passed late in last year’s session. It gave the governor a ninth appointment on the 17-member panel. Iowa attorneys select the other eight. Governor Kim Reynolds appointed her first Supreme Court justice under the new format last month.

You know they’ve done a great job of sending me great selections. So I believe it’s working and it’s doing well and of course, I agree with the ruling.

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The organization “One Iowa” works to advance, empower and improve the lives of LGBTQ Iowans statewide. 

This fall, Courtney Reyes was named Executive Director of “One Iowa”. 

She recently visited Sioux City and talked to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about her new post, future goals and her thoughts of inclusiveness in northwest Iowa.

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Democratic Candidate for President and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and San Antonio Mayor,  Julian Castro, visited Sioux City on Sunday, November 24, 2019. 

Castro served as a member of President Obama's cabinet from 2014 to 2017.

Castro first stopped by the Siouxland Pride Alliance at the First Unitarian Church on Jackson Street. 

He addressed issues impacting the LGBTQ Community and answered questions.

A  religious activist accused of burning four LGBTQ children's books that he checked out of the Orange City Public Library has been convicted of criminal mischief and fined.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says Paul Robert Dorr, of Ocheyedan, was found guilty of the misdemeanor today and ordered to pay $125 in fines and court costs.

Dorr posted a video to Facebook in October in which he denounced the Orange City library for having the books and threw them into a burning barrel.

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A man who burned four children’s books from the Orange City Library last year was found guilty of criminal mischief today Sioux County District Court.  Paul Dorr was fined $65-dollars plus a 35 percent surcharge and court costs. 

Last October,  Dorr recorded himself on video publicly burning four children’s library books that have lesbian, gay and bisexual themes --- mostly in protest to a pride festival happening in Orange City. In a written statement, Dorr said he burned the books to exercise his freedom of speech and faith. 

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A  religious activist accused of burning four LGBTQ children's books that he checked out of the Orange City Public Library has been convicted of criminal mischief and fined.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says 63-year-old Paul Robert Dorr, of Ocheyedan, was found guilty of the misdemeanor Tuesday and ordered to pay $125 in fines and court costs.

Dorr posted a video to Facebook in October in which he denounced the Orange City library for having the books and threw them into a burning barrel.

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An Orange City man who posted an online video showing himself burning LGBTQ-themed library books lost an effort to get the case against him dismissed today. . A magistrate has denied a request to dismiss a criminal mischief charge filed against Paul Dorr,  according to the SC Journal.

The Northwest Iowa Christian activist had sought the dismissal saying that Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle had singled him out for prosecution while others hadn't been prosecuted for similar conduct. 

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An Orange City man who posted an online video last year showing himself burning LGBTQ-themed books from the city’s library will not avoid a court appearance. A magistrate has denied a request to dismiss a criminal mischief charge filed against Paul Dorr,  according to the SC Journal.

The Northwest Iowa Christian activist had sought the dismissal of a fifth-degree criminal mischief charge. Dorr said that Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle had singled him out for prosecution while others hadn't been prosecuted for similar conduct. 

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Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was questioned on the witness stand in a crowded Polk County courtroom today (Friday). Branstad was asked why he called for Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey to resign after taking office in 2011.

Godfrey claims it was because he is gay, but Branstad disputed that saying he supports advances in gay rights. Godfrey’s attorney, Paige Fiedler (FID-ler), asked Branstad about his actions as governor.

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