Politics: February 2014

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New Documentary Profiles Fred Karger Campaign

Filed by John M. Becker | February 28, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

Check out the trailer for "Fred," a forthcoming documentary about Fred Karger's 2012 campaign for president. Karger is the first-ever gay presidential candidate.Read More


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World Bank Freezes Uganda Loan Over Anti-LGBT Law

Filed by John M. Becker | February 28, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

The World Bank put the brakes on a $90 million loan to Uganda yesterday over the country's new Anti-Homosexuality Law.Read More


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Mississippi Softens 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 27, 2014 | 7:45 PM | comments

After a bill to allow anti-LGBT discrimination on the basis of religion failed in Arizona, lawmakers in Mississippi softened a similar bill that could allow the same kind of segregation in that state.Read More


Kentucky Judge Finalizes Earlier Marriage Recognition Ruling

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

Today, a federal judge in Kentucky finalized an earlier ruling ordering the state to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.Read More


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Bachmann to Blitzer: Tolerate Evangelical Intolerance

Filed by John M. Becker | February 27, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer last night that measures like Arizona's now-dead "turn away the gays" bill are necessary in order to be "tolerant" of anti-LGBT religious people.Read More


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BREAKING: Brewer VETOES Arizona Hate Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 7:50 PM | comments

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has just announced that she has vetoed SB 1062, a bill that would have legalized anti-LGBT discrimination in the state.Read More


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Second Illinois County Starts Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Republican County Clerk of Champaign County, Illinois announced today that in light of a recent ruling in Cook County, his office would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Read More


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A Veto Won't Kill the 'Right to Discriminate' Campaign

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Challenges to antidiscrimination rules for women and LGBTs are not about religious freedom. Instead they are attempts to manipulate religious freedom protections into an affirmative license to discriminate. Read More


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New Documentary Explores Gay Rights, the Black Community

Filed by Viktor Kerney | February 26, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

A new documentary from award-winning filmmaker and journalist Yoruba Richen gives us a real look at gay rights, homophobia, and the black community.Read More


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LZ Granderson Destroys Ken Cuccinelli on Arizona

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

A must-watch: LZ Granderson slams Ken Cuccinelli on CNN last night for supporting "right to discriminate" laws: You're "wrapping your homophobia in the Bible".Read More


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Brewer Keeps Coy as Gingrich, Others Urge Veto

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

In the midst of national outcry, Jan Brewer kept coy yesterday about whether she'll veto an anti-LGBT "right to discriminate" bill, tweeting that she'll "do the right thing" for ArizonaRead More


Mitt Romney to Jan Brewer: Veto Anti-LGBT Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 25, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Former Massachusetts governor, failed GOP presidential candidate, and proud anti-gay man Mitt Romney added his voice to the chorus urging Jan Brewer to veto an anti-LGBT bill.Read More


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Norway, Denmark Withhold Millions in Uganda Aid

Filed by John M. Becker | February 25, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Norway and Denmark are joining the Netherlands in withholding aid to Uganda because of its Anti-Homosexuality Law. The country has lost approximately $26.6 million in assistance so far.Read More


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NBC, CNN: Brewer Likely to Veto AZ Gay Hate Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 25, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Sources close to Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer say she is likely to veto the state's proposed "turn away the gays bill," according to multiple reports.Read More


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Lobbyist Drafting Bill to Ban Gays From NFL

Filed by John M. Becker | February 25, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Jack Burkman, a high-powered GOP lobbyist, is drafting legislation to ban gay men from playing in the NFL. He clearly suffers from a chronic case of the Gay Hysteria, but thankfully, there's a cure.Read More


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The Top 5 Civil Rights Faux Pas in Arizona

Filed by Viktor Kerney | February 25, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Think Arizona's anti-LGBT "right to discriminate" bill is the state's first civil rights faux pas? Think again. Read More


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This Anti-Gay AZ Senator May Be America's Dumbest Politician

Filed by John M. Becker | February 25, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

CNN host Anderson Cooper may have found the dumbest politician in America: Arizona State Sen. Al Melvin, staunch defender of the state's proposed "turn away the gays" law.Read More


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BREAKING: California Anti-Trans Ballot Initiative Fails

Filed by John M. Becker | February 24, 2014 | 8:30 PM | comments

The effort to repeal California's landmark trans student bill has failed to qualify for a Prop 8-style voter referendum in November, according to the AP.Read More


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Uganda Reactions: White House, State Department, UK

Filed by John M. Becker | February 24, 2014 | 8:30 PM | comments

The White House, State Department, and the British Foreign Office condemned Uganda's new anti-LGBT law today, but there may not be much action behind those words.Read More


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Pressure Mounts on Brewer to Veto Arizona Hate Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 24, 2014 | 7:30 PM | comments

Dozens of companies, politicians, and business organizations are urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a proposed bill that would legalize anti-LGBT discrimination.Read More


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Georgia Considers 'Right to Discriminate' Bills

Filed by John M. Becker | February 24, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Apparently unfazed by the resounding nationwide backlash against legislative attempts to create special rights for anti-LGBT discrimination, lawmakers in Georgia are advancing hate-protection bills of their own.Read More


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Report: Netherlands Partially Suspends Aid to Uganda

Filed by John M. Becker | February 24, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

According to reports from the Dutch media, the Netherlands has partially suspended aid to the Ugandan government in response to the passage of a draconian anti-homosexuality law.Read More


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Open Letter to Gov. Brewer On Arizona's Anti-Gay Law

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 24, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Governor Jan, if you sign this bill, you will be contributing to the further decline in Arizona's already wretched reputation.Read More


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Ugandan President Signs 'Jail the Gays' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 24, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Today, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the country's notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. Read More


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Special 'Rights' to Discriminate? This Means War.

Filed by Rebecca Juro | February 23, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Arizona's proposed "Turn Away the Gays" bill passing the legislature means that this is no longer about fighting for what we don't have. We now must defend what we already have from those who want to take it away.Read More


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Finnish MP Breaks Down in Equal Marriage Debate

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

During a marriage equality debate, a Finnish MP broke down in tears as she remembered her gay brother who committed suicide because he didn't feel accepted for who he was.Read More


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BREAKING: AZ House Approves Anti-LGBT Segregation

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 | 7:08 PM | comments

In the latest dispatch from America's creeping theocracy, the Arizona House has just passed in a 33-27 vote a GOP-sponsored bill legalizing anti-gay segregation in that state.Read More


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U.S. Anti-Gay Group Fighting Marriage Equality in Italy

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

The Alliance Defending Freedom is a major player in the obstruction of LGBT rights in the U.S., and now it's exporting its hateful bigotry abroad.Read More


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Parliament of Finland Debates Marriage Equality Today

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

By popular demand, lawmakers in Finland are debating whether or not to allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry.Read More


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Oregon AG Won't Defend Anti-Marriage Amendment

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

The attorney general of Oregon said today that she will no longer defend her state's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment in court.Read More


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Maine House Rejects 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Maine House has just voted to reject a measure that would have sanctioned anti-LGBT discrimination by creating a broad faith-based carve-out in state law.Read More


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HRC to Kerry: Recall U.S. Ambassadors to Nigeria, Uganda

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

HRC is calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to recall the American ambassadors to Uganda and Nigeria in response to both countries' brutal anti-LGBT human rights violations.Read More


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Maine House Takes Up 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

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

This hour, the Maine House of Representatives will take up a "religious freedom" bill bill that would allow people to violate others' civil rights on the basis of their religious beliefs... because Jesus.Read More


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Sec. Kerry Condemns Gambian President's Anti-LGBT Speech

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

"Human rights and fundamental freedoms belong to all individuals. The United States stands by you no matter where you are and no matter who you love."Read More


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BREAKING: AZ Senate Passes 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

The state of Arizona took one big step towards legalizing anti-LGBT discrimination today when the GOP-controlled Senate passed a "Turn Away the Gays" bill on a party-line vote.Read More


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Now Going Viral: 'I Am a Ukrainian'

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

This video, an emotional plea for help from Ukrainian anti-government protesters, is going viral on the Internet today.Read More


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Mean People Still Suck

Filed by Kate Clinton | February 19, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

As Congress cut food stamps and debated extending unemployment insurance, I found myself shaking my head and asking, "How kin people be so mean?"Read More


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South Dakota Kills 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Another one bites the dust: lawmakers in South Dakota deep-sixed a GOP-sponsored "right to discriminate" bill yesterday.Read More


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Idaho Lawmaker Drops 'Turn Away the Gays' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

After a bill granting special discrimination rights to anti-LGBT Christians generated a tremendous backlash, an Idaho Republican is withdrawing the bill.Read More


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NOM to Indiana: Put Marriage on the Ballot Or We'll Sue

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The so-called National Organization for Marriage is hinting that it may try and sue to force marriage discrimination onto the ballot in Indiana this fall.Read More


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TN 'Right to Discriminate' Bill Killed in Committee

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

A proposed bill that would have given people and businesses in Tennessee the "right" to refuse service to same-sex couples was pulled from committee yesterday.Read More


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Gambian Pres: We Will Fight LGBTs Like We Fight Malaria

Filed by John M. Becker | February 19, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

"As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis," said Yahya Jammeh, president/dictator of Gambia.Read More


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Hundreds Swarm Idaho Capitol Demanding LGBT Protections

Filed by John M. Becker | February 18, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Hundreds of equality advocates swarmed the Idaho state capitol yesterday to demand that LGBT people be added to the state's Human Rights Act.Read More


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Kansas Bill Would Allow Teachers to Leave Welts on Kids' Backsides

Filed by John M. Becker | February 18, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

A Kansas Democrat is proposing a bill that would allow parents, teachers, and childcare providers to spank children so hard it leaves welts and bruises.Read More


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Uganda Cracks Down Further on Gays, Women

Filed by John M. Becker | February 18, 2014 | 4:45 PM | comments

Uganda intends to crack down further on gays with a proposal that would deny bail to anyone accused of homosexuality. The country also just criminalized miniskirts.Read More


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IN Legislature Passes Amendment But Loses Battle

Filed by Bil Browning | February 17, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Today's vote in the Indiana legislature to pass a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage may not seem like a cause for celebration. If you look a little closer, you'll see the vote heralds the end of attempts to write queer couples out of state constitutions.Read More


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Florida Officials Ignore National Condom Week

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | February 17, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

This week is National Condom Week, but you wouldn't know it if you lived in Florida -- Governor Scott and his appointees have been shamefully silent about it.Read More


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Who's Your Favorite President? [Open Thread]

Filed by John M. Becker | February 17, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

On this President's Day, who is your favorite president and why?Read More


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Kansans Protest 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 17, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday, hundreds of Kansans converged on the statehouse in Topeka to protest a "right to discriminate" bill.Read More


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Ugandan Pres. Declares War on 'Homosexual Lobby'; Crowd Cheers

Filed by John M. Becker | February 17, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

A shocking, ugly new video has emerged out of Uganda of a crowd of lawmakers cheering President Yoweri Museveni's announcement that he will sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.Read More


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President Obama Denounces Uganda's Anti-LGBT Law

Filed by John M. Becker | February 16, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

In a statement from the White House Press Office today, President Obama slammed Uganda's notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which will shortly become law.Read More


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WI Dems Introduce Bill to End Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | February 15, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

At a packed press conference on Thursday, two LGBT Democratic Wisconsin state lawmakers introduced legislation to repeal the state's 2006 constitutional marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Kansas Senate Backpedals on 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

In the face of widespread outrage, Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle (R) announced that she will not bring the House's "right to discriminate" bill to the Senate floor in its current form.Read More


Desperate Tea Partiers Try to Unmarry Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Tea Party Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) are so angry about marriage equality that they want to force the federal government to un-recognize married couples in non-marriage states.Read More


Breaking: Ugandan Pres. to Sign Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will sign into law a bill that puts gay people in jail for life for the "crime" of "aggravated homosexuality.Read More


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Look: President Obama Thanks Edie Windsor

Filed by John M. Becker | February 14, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

President Obama received marriage equality hero Edie Windsor in the Oval Office this week so he could thank her in person for her historic victory at the Supreme Court.Read More


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BREAKING: Virginia Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 10:30 PM | comments

A federal judge has just struck down Virginia's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment. Her decision has been stayed pending appeal.Read More


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Indiana Anti-Marriage Amendment Dead For 2014

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Indiana Senate failed to offer any amendments to HJR-3, meaning that marriage discrimination will not be on the ballot in the Hoosier State this year.Read More


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SPLC Sues for Marriage Equality in Alabama

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a venerable civil rights organization, announced today that it's suing for marriage equality in Alabama.Read More


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'Turn Away the Gays' Bill Introduced in Idaho

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

An Idaho Republican is teaming up with the state's Focus on the Family affiliate to push a bill that would prevent professionals from losing their licenses for refusing to serve or employ LGBT people.Read More


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Substantially Similar: IN & KY Marriage Amendments

Filed by Bil Browning | February 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Part of Kentucky's anti-marriage equality amendment was struck down yesterday by a conservative federal judge appointed by George Bush. So how could this affect Indiana's amendment battle?Read More


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Russia Doubles Down on Gay Adoption Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | February 13, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree yesterday doubling down on Russia's gay adoption ban, which passed last year.Read More


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IN: Astroturf Youth Group Opposes Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | February 12, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

They claim they met organizing on social media like Facebook, but the astroturf group's page was established yesterday afternoon and uses graphics also used by the religious right groups pushing for the amendment.Read More


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'Right to Discriminate' Bill Sails Through Kansas House

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

This afternoon the GOP-dominated Kansas House of Representatives gave resounding final approval to a bill that would create a special "right" to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of religion.Read More


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Mark Regnerus Watch: Utah, Michigan

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Discredited "researcher" Mark Regnerus, author of a widely-debunked "study" claiming same-sex couples make inferior parents, is still peddling his junk science across the country.Read More


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Kansas House Poised to Pass 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

Lawmakers in the Kansas House gave overwhelming preliminary approval to a GOP-sponsored bill that would sanction religion-based discrimination against LGBT people. A final vote is expected today.Read More


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Marriage Suits Move Forward in LA, MO, OH, TX

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Here's an update on four marriage equality-related lawsuits in Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Texas.Read More


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How You Can Help: Indiana's Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | February 11, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

As John reported yesterday, Indiana's anti-marriage amendment has passed through a state senate committee and is being sent to the floor for a full vote this week. The amendment is expected to pass, but Hoosiers need your help to keep it off the ballot this fall.Read More


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Nevada Drops Defense of Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | February 11, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

Last night, Nevada's Democratic attorney general and Republican governor dropped the state's defense of its voter-approved constitutional marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Anti-Marriage Measure Advances in Indiana Senate

Filed by John M. Becker | February 10, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Indiana's GOP-controlled Senate Rules Committee has just voted 8-4 to advance HJR-3, a proposed marriage discrimination amendment, to the full Senate.Read More


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NCAA Opposes Indiana Amendment

Filed by John M. Becker | February 10, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Indianapolis-based NCAA came out today in opposition to HJR-3, a proposed state constitutional marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Activists Arrested in Utah for Demanding State-Level ENDA

Filed by John M. Becker | February 10, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Today, a group of equality advocates in Utah were arrested for blocking government offices demanding action on an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination bill.Read More


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'Scientific' Ugandan Study: Homosexuality Can Be Cured

Filed by John M. Becker | February 10, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Ugandan "scientists" studying homosexuality for President Yoweri Museveni claim to have found "evidence" that homosexuality is a choice and can be changed.Read More


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Will Joe Scarborough Run for President in 2016?

Filed by Bil Browning | February 10, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Is conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough mulling a bid for the presidency in 2016? Republican operatives and network executives seem to the think he is.Read More


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'Right to Discriminate' Bills Introduced in Tennessee

Filed by John M. Becker | February 09, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Last week, Tennessee joined Arizona, Kansas, and South Dakota as states where Republican legislators are trying to create a special "right" to discriminate against same-sex couples on the basis of religion.Read More


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Holder to Announce Sweeping Pro-Gay DOJ Changes

Filed by Bil Browning | February 08, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

The changes at DOJ will bring the rights of same-sex couples in line with the same rights married straight couples are given.Read More


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Obama: I Sent Out LGBT Athletes to Sochi On Purpose

Filed by John M. Becker | February 07, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

In an interview last night with NBC, President Obama confirmed what we already knew: the appointment of openly LGBT athletes to the Presidential Delegations in Sochi was done on purpose.Read More


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Roy Moore Picks Desperate Federal Marriage Fight

Filed by John M. Becker | February 07, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Wingnut Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is desperately pushing for a federal marriage discrimination amendment. Curiously, the state Democratic Party has yet to denounce him.Read More


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Kansas 'Right to Discriminate' Bill Advances

Filed by John M. Becker | February 06, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in Kansas advanced a Republican-sponsored bill that would create a special "right" for people and businesses to refuse to serve LGBT people on the basis of religion.Read More


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VIDEO: Clay Aiken Running for Congress

Filed by John M. Becker | February 05, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

After weeks of speculation, Clay Aiken made it official today: he's running for Congress in North Carolina.Read More


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NYC Mayor Boycotting St. Patrick's Day Parade to Show Support for LGBTs

Filed by John M. Becker | February 04, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

New York City's new mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that he will skip the city's renowned St. Patrick's Day Parade because of its longstanding exclusion of openly LGBT people.Read More


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Scotland Passes Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | February 04, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Scottish parliament gave final and overwhelming approval to a marriage equality bill today, putting same-sex weddings on track to begin by autumn.Read More


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Senegalese Judge Jails Gay Couple for Having Sex

Filed by John M. Becker | February 03, 2014 | 7:30 PM | comments

Two gay men in Senegal who were arrested for the "crime" of having consensual sex were sentenced Friday to six months in jail.Read More


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Dozens of LGBT Activists Arrested in Idaho Protest

Filed by John M. Becker | February 03, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Dozens of activists protesting Idaho's years-long refusal to protect LGBT people from workplace and housing discrimination were arrested in Boise today.Read More


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The Wingnut Week in Review

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 02, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Nothing drives conservatives around the bend like a speech by Barack Obama. So, thanks to the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday, there's no shortage of wingnuttery this week.Read More