Politics: January 2014

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Rand Paul Can't Erase the GOP's War on Women

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 31, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Adultery is beside the point. The sexual peccadilloes of one man, or a hundred, do not equal the policies of an entire political party. In fact, the latter are far more damaging.Read More


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The Best of the Worst GOP Responses to the SOTU

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 30, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

The flurry of GOP responses to the State of the union reflect both the party's disarray and the growing distance between the GOP and the majority of Americans.Read More


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Here's Your Jackass of the Day

Filed by Bil Browning | January 29, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's a state legislator from Utah who's got a novel idea on how to pay for the state's defense of their marriage discrimination amendment found unconstitutional last month.Read More


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Scheduled Virginia Marriage Hearing Going Forward

Filed by John M. Becker | January 28, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

A scheduled hearing Thursday in Bostic v. Rainey, a challenge to Virginia's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment, will go forward.Read More


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IN House Sends Anti-Marriage Amendment to Senate

Filed by John M. Becker | January 28, 2014 | 3:23 PM | comments

Just moments ago, the GOP-controlled Indiana House voted 57-40 to send HJR-3, a constitutional marriage discrimination amendment ballot measure, to the state Senate.Read More


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Report: Uganda Pres Will Sign Anti-Gay Law if Scientists Prove It's a Choice

Filed by John M. Becker | January 28, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

A new report in the Ugandan media claims that President Yoweri Museveni told lawmakers last week that he wouldn't sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill unless scientists can prove being gay is a choice.Read More


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India Supreme Court Doubles Down on Gay Sex Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | January 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

In a stubborn refusal to join the 21st century, India's Supreme Court today declined to reconsider its ruling last month that recriminalized gay sex.Read More


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Doomed? Indiana Marriage Amendment Changed

Filed by Bil Browning | January 27, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

As temperatures stayed below freezing and the Indianapolis city government shut down for the day due to extreme temperatures, the Indiana Republican Speaker of the House forced legislators to vote on the rights of gay, lesbian and bisexual Hoosiers.Read More


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Europe's Last Sodomy Ban Bites the Dust

Filed by John M. Becker | January 27, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Lawmakers in the tiny Turkish republic of Northern Cyprus voted today to repeal the country's colonial-era sodomy ban, the last such law that remained in Europe.Read More


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Two More States Introduce 'Right to Discriminate' Bills

Filed by John M. Becker | January 27, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in two GOP-controlled states are following Arizona's lead and attempting to create a special right to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of religion.Read More


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Jason Collins to Sit With FLOTUS at State of the Union

Filed by John M. Becker | January 27, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

NBA player Jason Collins, who was the first male athlete playing in an American team sport to come out as gay, will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama at tomorrow's State of the Union Address.Read More


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Help Kill Indiana's Marriage Amendment by 1pm Today

Filed by Bil Browning | January 27, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

You can make a difference today and help kill Indiana's proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions, but you have to do it by 1pm Eastern time.Read More


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Why I Left the Indiana GOP Over Marriage Equality

Filed by Andrew Markle | January 26, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

I want Indiana Republicans to realize that they're alienating their own people. I want them to realize that LGBT people are humans too.Read More


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Russian MPs Now Want to Ban All Sexual 'Propaganda'

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Whatever happens to the letter of this odious law, the spirit and enforcement of it will likely remain solely directed against LGBT Russians.Read More


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Oklahoma Lawmaker: Ban All Marriages So Gays Can't Marry

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Oklahoma GOP State Rep. Mike Turner is apparently so desperate to keep same-sex couples from marrying that he wants to end civil marriage altogether.Read More


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Ruling Imminent in Virginia Marriage Equality Case?

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

A notice given by U.S. District Judge Arenda Allen indicates that she may be prepared to rule on the constitutionality of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban without oral arguments.Read More


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The Stark(ville) Truth

Filed by Leslie Robinson | January 25, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Close your mouth. I know you're shocked, but slack-jawed isn't a good look for anyone.Read More


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Gay German Pol to Merkel: Time to Decide on Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | January 24, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

Guido Westerwelle, the openly gay former foreign minister of Germany, is calling on Chancellor Angela Merkel to stop sitting on the fence on the issue of marriage equality.Read More


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Virginia AG Seeks to Put State on Right Side of History

Filed by Michael Hamar | January 23, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Having reviewed the relevant marriage equality rulings, AG Herring is correct on the analysis and the case law. Read More


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As Right Whines, Virginia AG Asserts Authority

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Predictably, the right exploded today when Virginia AG Mark Herring announced that he wouldn't defend the state's marriage discrimination law. But Herring is asserting his constitutional authority to do just that.Read More


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Another Nigerian Bishop 'Thanks God' for Anti-Gay Law

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

A third Nigerian Catholic bishop - Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Nigerian Bishops' Conference - has come out in support of that country's draconian "Jail the Gays" law.Read More


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Blame the Gays, Vol. 548,779: Tornadoes & Autism

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Illinois Republican congressional candidate Susanne Atanus says marriage equality causes tornadoes, autism, and dementia. That's a new one!Read More


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Virginia AG Won't Defend Unconstitutional Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

Mark Herring, Virginia's new Democratic Attorney General, announced that he has concluded that the state's marriage discrimination amendment is unconstitutional and he will not defend it in court.Read More


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Indiana Anti-Marriage Amendment Advances

Filed by John M. Becker | January 22, 2014 | 7:57 PM | comments

Indiana's GOP-controlled House Elections and Apportionment Committee has just voted 9-3 to advance HJR-3, a proposed marriage discrimination amendment, to the full House.Read More


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Starkville, Mississippi Passes Pro-LGBT Resolution

Filed by John M. Becker | January 22, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

The small city of Starkville, Mississippi became the first city in that state to officially recognize the humanity and affirm the dignity of its LGBT residents.Read More


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'Thousands' of Nigerians Demand Stoning of Gay Men

Filed by John M. Becker | January 22, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

It gets worse: a mob of thousands threw stones into the Sharia court in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi, demanding the execution of gay men arrested under the country's new anti-LGBT law.Read More


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Mayor Parker to Critics of Her Marriage: 'Get Over It'

Filed by John M. Becker | January 22, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Houston mayor Annise Parker took time off work last week to marry her now-wife, Kathy Hubbard, and local GOP leaders despicably attacked her for it. Now Parker is hitting back.Read More


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Indiana Religious Right Ties Itself in Knots

Filed by Bil Browning | January 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Want to know why the religious right is losing the battle over marriage equality? To paraphrase Bill Clinton, "It's the hypocrisy, stupid."Read More


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Nigerian Catholic Cardinal Praises Anti-LGBT Law

Filed by John M. Becker | January 22, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Senior officials in Nigeria's Roman Catholic Church are among the staunchest defenders of a draconian new anti-LGBT law that criminalizes virtually every aspect of LGBT public life.Read More


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Indiana GOP Forces Marriage Push; Candidate Quits

Filed by Bil Browning | January 21, 2014 | 4:10 PM | comments

After the Indiana House Judiciary Committee failed to advance a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, Republican Speaker Brian Bosma let it leak that he might take unprecedented measures to ensure the bill passed. Today, he did just that.Read More


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US Appeals Court: Sexual Orientation Gets Heightened Scrutiny

Filed by John M. Becker | January 21, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

A federal appeals court ruled that lawyers can't discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in jury selection - but the underlying rationale could have far broader implications.Read More


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ACLU Sues Utah for Not Recognizing its Own Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | January 21, 2014 | 2:15 PM | comments

The ACLU filed suit in Utah today, seeking to compel the state to recognize LGBT Utahns' valid marriage licenses.Read More


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Six Couples Sue to Overturn Florida Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | January 21, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

This morning, six Florida couples filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn state laws banning same-sex marriage.Read More


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Nigerian Trans Activist Pleads for Human Rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

This law is backward, and the harm it will do to so many people could be irreparable. To the LGBT community back home: change will come. Just please hold on.Read More


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Palin's MLK Day Message to Obama: Stop Playing the 'Race Card'

Filed by John M. Becker | January 20, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Yes, she seriously said this.Read More


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Putin: Russia Must 'Cleanse' Itself of Homosexuality

Filed by John M. Becker | January 20, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

In an interview this weekend with Russian and foreign TV stations, Putin said that Russia must "cleanse" itself of homosexuality in order to prop up its lagging birthrate.Read More


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UK Politician: Marriage Equality Causes Flooding

Filed by John M. Becker | January 20, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

A local elected official in the U.K. is causing quite a stir after he blamed the country's recent flooding on its legalization of same-sex marriage.Read More


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Indiana Religious Right's New Anti-Marriage Video

Filed by Bil Browning | January 19, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

I'm always amazed at the logical loops the religious right tie around themselves.Read More


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Did MLK Have an LGBTQ Dream, Too?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | January 19, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

As I learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.'s philandering, sexist attitude toward women and his tepid relationship with gay March on Washington organizer Bayard Rustin, I wonder if King would support LGBTQ rights?Read More


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Trans Woman Dares Bible-Thumping Pol to Stone Her

Filed by John M. Becker | January 18, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

WATCH: a trans woman in Shreveport, Louisiana saves a local nondiscrimination ordinance by presenting a rock to an anti-LGBT councilman and daring him to stone her to death.Read More


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HRC Demands Strong U.S. Response to Nigerian Law

Filed by John M. Becker | January 17, 2014 | 7:45 PM | comments

HRC's Chad Griffin called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to deliver a "strong and provocative American response" to anti-LGBT human rights violations in Nigeria.Read More


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Uganda Bill NOT Formally Blocked, May Still Become Law

Filed by John M. Becker | January 17, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Last night's report from Uganda's Daily Monitor (and picked up by news outlets worldwide) which said that President Museveni had "blocked" the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is false. The bill is still alive.Read More


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AZ Advances Religious 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | January 17, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

An Arizona senate committee has advanced a GOP bill that would create a special right to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of religion.Read More


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Putin Warns Gays: 'Leave Kids Alone' in Sochi

Filed by John M. Becker | January 17, 2014 | 12:15 PM | comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a sharp warning today to LGBT tourists: you'll be fine as long as you don't prey on children while you're here.Read More


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Unwanted: Do I Stay or Do I Go?

Filed by Bil Browning | January 17, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Freedom Indiana has released a new video for their fight against the state's proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. Read More


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BREAKING: Ugandan Pres. Blocks Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2014 | 9:15 PM | comments

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly blocked Uganda's notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill, saying homosexuality should be cured by jobs instead.Read More


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Chris Christie: The GOP's Celebrity Bully

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 16, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

In the long run, Chris Christie's bullying may hurt the GOP more than any of Christie's political enemies, real or perceived.Read More


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Notorious Bigot Sally Kern Slams OK Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2014 | 10:15 AM | comments

Kern, one of America's most notorious homophobes: "Homosexuality is not a civil right, it's a human wrong."Read More


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When Conservatism Fails, West Virginians Get Poisoned

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 15, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Little by little, a steady drip of deregulation erodes the capacity of government agencies to protect citizens from companies more concerned with profit than public health and safety.Read More


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UN Human Rights Chief Slams Nigeria's Anti-Gay Law

Filed by John M. Becker | January 15, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Navi Pillay, denounced Nigeria's anti-LGBT law as "draconian" and said it violates LGBT people's basic human rights.Read More


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'Ex-Gay' Therapy Bans Introduced in Three States

Filed by John M. Becker | January 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Lawmakers in Maryland, New York, and Minnesota have all recently introduced bills that propose to block dangerous "ex-gay" therapy from being offered to minors.Read More


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NOM's Brian Brown Joins International Anti-Gay Group

Filed by John M. Becker | January 15, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

From the looks of things, Brian Brown wants to keep hurting LGBT families around the planet for a long, long time. Read More


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Gay Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney Announces Engagement

Filed by John M. Becker | January 14, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Wedding bells will soon be ringing for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and his fiancé, Randy Florke. The couple announced their engagement this week.Read More


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New VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe Restores LGBT Protections

Filed by John M. Becker | January 13, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

For his first official action as Governor of Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order protecting LGBT state employees from workplace discrimination.Read More


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Chris Christie Vetoes Trans Birth Certificate Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | January 13, 2014 | 2:45 PM | comments

Today, Chris Christie vetoed measure that would have allowed trans New Jerseyans the right to correct their birth certificates to reflect their accurate gender.Read More


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Nigerian President Signs Appalling Anti-Gay Law

Filed by John M. Becker | January 13, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

The Nigerian government confirmed today that President Goodluck Jonathan has signed a sweeping anti-gay bill into law that effectively criminalizes everything gay.Read More


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Utah Op-Ed: 'Marriage' Amendments Motivated by Animus

Filed by John M. Becker | January 13, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Utah's marriage discrimination amendment "has always been about demeaning the lives and denying legal status to the families of LGBT citizens."Read More


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NYT Calls On Obama to Sign ENDA Executive Order

Filed by John M. Becker | January 13, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

The editorial board of the New York Times calls President Obama's refusal to sign an ENDA executive order "baffling."Read More


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Russian Orthodox Leader: Bring Sodomy Law Back

Filed by John M. Becker | January 10, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church said today that a ballot measure recriminalizing gay sex should be put before the Russian people.Read More


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BREAKING: U.S. Will Recognize Utah Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | January 10, 2014 | 12:05 PM | comments

The U.S. government has just announced that it will recognize all legal same-sex marriages performed in Utah, despite the state's refusal to do so.Read More


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Luxembourg Poised To Pass Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | January 10, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The tiny nation of Luxembourg is poised to become the eleventh European country to pass marriage equality, officials announced this week.Read More


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Indiana Anti-Marriage Amendment Introduced

Filed by Bil Browning | January 09, 2014 | 12:45 PM | comments

While Republicans have repeatedly claimed that the amendment is not a priority for them this session, it will be one of the first bills heard during the new session that started this week.Read More


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How to Move Foward in the War on Poverty

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 09, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Contrary to conventional wisdom, American hasn't lost the war on poverty. We stopped fighting it.Read More


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Indiana Marriage Battle Hits Airwaves & Statehouse

Filed by Bil Browning | January 08, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Things are heating up in Indiana over the state's proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.Read More


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Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill: What the West Should Know

Filed by Guest Blogger | January 08, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The homophobia and transphobia that exist in Uganda today stem from the same oppressive systems that have been in place since the colonial era.Read More


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Pittsburgh City Council Elects First Openly Gay Prez

Filed by Sue Kerr | January 07, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, in a significant milestone, the Pittsburgh city council elected its first openly gay president, Bruce Kraus.Read More


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BREAKING: Supreme Court Halts Marriages In Utah

Filed by John M. Becker | January 06, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The U.S. Supreme Court granted Utah's request for an emergency stay on District Judge Robert Shelby's ruling, temporarily halting same-sex marriages in the state.Read More


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Janet Napolitano Comes Out (for Marriage Equality)

Filed by Bil Browning | January 06, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Long rumored to be a lesbian, when Napolitano was named as a delegate to Sochi along with prominent gay and lesbian athletes, many thought she'd pull a Brian Boitano and come out of the closet.Read More


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Liz Cheney Dropping Out Of Wyoming Senate Race

Filed by John M. Becker | January 06, 2014 | 8:15 AM | comments

Liz Cheney, who threw her married lesbian sister under the bus in her quest for a U.S. Senate seat, announced today that she's ending her campaign.Read More


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Desperate Utahns Want 'Uprising' Against Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | January 05, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

At least 200 Utahns packed a meeting yesterday calling for an "uprising" against same-sex marriage in the Beehive State.Read More


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Crist: I'm Sorry for Supporting Marriage Ban After I Opposed It

Filed by John M. Becker | January 03, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist is courting the LGBT community as he runs again. If he thought he'd avoid explaining his past opposition to marriage equality, he was sorely mistaken.Read More


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Clay Aiken, Congressional Candidate?

Filed by John M. Becker | January 03, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Washington Blade reports that singer and "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken is "actively considering" a run for Congress in North Carolina.Read More


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Desperate Utahn Vows To Starve Self Until Gays Can No Longer Marry

Filed by John M. Becker | January 03, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

A 35-year-old Utah man says he's not eating until Utah illegally nullifies a federal judge's ruling and returns marriage discrimination to the state.Read More