Politics: April 2014

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Sharia Law Starts Tomorrow in Brunei

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

The implementation of Brunei's barbaric new Sharia-based penal code, which was postponed last week after a global outcry, begins tomorrow by order of the Sultan.Read More


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Rea Carey Arrested at Immigration Protest

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

Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, was arrested today in Washington while protesting the U.S. House's inaction on fair immigration reform.Read More


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Northern Ireland Again Rejects Marriage Equality

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

Lawmakers in Northern Ireland blocked a marriage equality bill yesterday. It was the third such vote in 18 months.Read More


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Ohio's Marriage Ban Gets First Direct Challenge

Filed by John M. Becker | April 30, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Today, equality advocates in the Buckeye State filed the first direct constitutional challenge to Ohio's 2004 marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Congressman Alan Grayson: My Wife Is a Bigamist

Filed by Bil Browning | April 30, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Just when you thought Congressman Alan Grayson's divorce proceedings couldn't get any nastier or shocking, the breakup has become even more ugly.Read More


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Is Transphobia Rearing its Ugly Head in New Hampshire?

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 29, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Just when we thought we were making progress bringing the LGBT community together, state senator David Pierce of New Hampshire has allowed his apparent transphobia to rear its ugly head and drive T's further away from the LGB's.Read More


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Cosmos: (Un?)-Popular Science

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | April 27, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

The popular Fox TV show "Cosmos" holds the scientific view that the universe is billions of years old. Creationist critics are pushing back - and unfortunately, many Americans agree with them.Read More


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WI's Largest County Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Protections

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

On Thursday the board of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin overcame anti-trans fear-mongering and added sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the county's non-discrimination ordinance.Read More


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Alaska Supremes: State Tax Code is Anti-Gay

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

Today, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state's denial of property tax exemptions to same-sex couples is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Read More


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Why Conservatives Let People Like Charlene Dill Die

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 25, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

In a show of political opportunism and depraved indifference towards the poor, Republican governors and legislatures in 19 states opted out of the Medicaid expansion. People are dying as a result.Read More


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Surprisingly Strident Anti-LGBT Laws Still In Force in America

Filed by Guest Blogger | April 25, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Putin's Russia takes a lot of heat for its regressive, homophobic laws, but anti-gay laws similar to those in Russia remain in force in many American states.Read More


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Group of LGBTs, Allies Argues for 'Tolerance' of Homophobia

Filed by John M. Becker | April 23, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

A group of prominent LGBT people and allies, including John Corvino and Andrew Sullivan, are calling for homophobia to be "debated" rather than stigmatized.Read More


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Undefended Oregon Marriage Ban Goes to Court Today

Filed by John M. Becker | April 23, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Today, a federal judge will hear oral arguments challenging Oregon's marriage discrimination amendment - and there will be no one in court to defend it.Read More


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Marriage Opposition Plummeting in the GOP

Filed by John M. Becker | April 23, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The sea change on LGBT rights is happening across all demographic groups, including the group most stubbornly resistant to embracing equality: Republicans.Read More


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Brunei Postpones Stone-the-Gays Sharia Law

Filed by John M. Becker | April 23, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

The implementation of Brunei's revised Sharia (Islamic) penal code, which punishes homosexuality with death by stoning, has been postponed.Read More


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Corporate Profit Trumps LGBT Equality & HIV/AIDS Care

Filed by Jerame Davis | April 22, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS care take a backseat to corporate profits in the Obama administration's "pivot to Asia."Read More


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India Supremes Grant Rehearing of Anti-Sodomy Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | April 22, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Today, the India Supreme Court announced that it will grant LGBT advocates' request to reconsider a December ruling that reinstated the country's colonial-era sodomy ban.Read More


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Colorado's New Marriage Equality TV Ad

Filed by Bil Browning | April 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Why Marriage Matters Colorado has released a new television ad featuring soldiers making the case for same-sex marriage.Read More


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Georgia Gets a Marriage Equality Lawsuit Today

Filed by John M. Becker | April 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today, Georgia becomes the latest U.S. state to have an active marriage equality lawsuit. There are now just four non-equality states without one.Read More


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LGBT Rights Demonstrators Target Ugandan Embassy

Filed by John M. Becker | April 21, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Pro-equality protesters covered the wrought-iron fence in front of Uganda's Washington, D.C. embassy with large posters denouncing the country's draconian crackdown on LGBT rights.Read More


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BREAKING: Houston Mayor Introduces Equal Rights Ordinance

Filed by John M. Becker | April 21, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

This afternoon, Houston Mayor Annise Parker introduced a sweeping, trans-inclusive equal rights ordinance that would protect Houstonians from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.Read More


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Will Pennsylvania be the Next Marriage State?

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

According to the ACLU, "both sides agree" that a marriage equality trial scheduled for June is not necessary as the state will not call in any "expert" witnesses to defend discrimination.Read More


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More Texans Support Marriage Equality Than Oppose It

Filed by John M. Becker | April 21, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

A new independent poll from Texas reveals that for the first time in history, more Texans support marriage equality than oppose it.Read More


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Think the U.S. is a Democracy? Think Again

Filed by John M. Becker | April 17, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

A major new study of the American political system from Princeton and Northwestern Universities finds that the U.S. government doesn't work for the many, but a wealthy few.Read More


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Today in Court: AR, OK, Becker v. UCF Decision Day

Filed by John M. Becker | April 17, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Today in LGBT legal news, marriage equality cases from Arkansas and Oklahoma will be heard in state and federal court, respectively. It's also decision day in Becker v. UCF, the Florida open records case.Read More


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Losing Track of Marriage Lawsuits? Let Lambda Legal Help

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Lambda Legal has assembled a comprehensive list of every marriage case currently pending in the United States. Read More


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Malta Passes Civil Unions, Adds Trans Rights to Constitution

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Lawmakers in the heavily Catholic nation of Malta made history this week, approving civil unions and adding gender identity protections to their constitution.Read More


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Ethiopian Government Scraps Planned Anti-Gay Protest

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Ethiopian government scrapped a major anti-gay rally planned for later this month and pulled a bill cracking down further on gay people, claiming the current legal penalties are "enough."Read More


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Ohio Judge Issues Stay Limiting Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

U.S. Judge Timothy Black, who ruled this week that Ohio must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, issued a stay today limiting it to the four plaintiff couples.Read More


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Dan Savage to LA Lawmakers: 'Have You Ever Given or Received a Blow Job?'

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Dan Savage is having none of Louisiana lawmakers' hypocrisy on sodomy. He's asking his Twitter followers to blow up their feed with questions about oral sex.Read More


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Russian Bill: Mandatory Fingerprinting for People With HIV

Filed by John M. Becker | April 16, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

In Russia, a proposed new law would force people with infectious diseases like HIV to undergo mandatory fingerprinting and create a national database to house the information.Read More


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Louisiana House Overwhelmingly Votes to Retain Sodomy Law

Filed by John M. Becker | April 15, 2014 | 7:15 PM | comments

Today, by a vote of 66-27, the Louisiana House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have repealed the state's unconstitutional sodomy law.Read More


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Gays Will Be Stoned Under Brunei's New Sharia Law Code

Filed by John M. Becker | April 15, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

New Sharia (Islamic) laws in the Asian country of Brunei call for the death penalty for a variety of offenses, including sodomy. They take effect next week.Read More


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India Supremes Recognize Trans People as Third Gender

Filed by John M. Becker | April 15, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

In a landmark ruling today, the India Supreme Court has officially recognized trans people as a third gender.Read More


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ACLU Sues Michigan for Not Recognizing its Own Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | April 14, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

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


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Malta Expected to Pass Civil Unions

Filed by John M. Becker | April 14, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Today, the parliament of the tiny European republic of Malta is expected to pass a bill legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples. Read More


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Ohio Judge Strikes Down State's Marriage Recognition Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | April 14, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

A federal judge has ordered the state of Ohio to recognize all legal same-gender marriages performed elsewhere.Read More


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The Ryan Budget Shows What GOP Wants to Do to America

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 12, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Ryan/GOP budget goes against what Americans want, on issue after issue. But Republicans will try to make sure it's what we get if they get half a chance.Read More


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Where Are Gay-Friendly Prop 8 Supporters Hiding?

Filed by Alex Blaze | April 11, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Perhaps there are people who oppose same-sex marriage without being homophobic. If there are, then this group is so vanishingly small that even pundits desperately trying to prove it exists can't find a single example. Read More


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Mike Huckabee Thinks He's Not a Homophobe

Filed by Andrew Markle | April 10, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

In a speech on Tuesday, noted anti-LGBT extremist Mike Huckabee claimed that despite consistently opposing marriage equality, he's not a homophobe, but rather on 'the right side of the Bible.'Read More


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Judge Rules IN Must Recognize Same-Sex Couple's Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | April 10, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

A federal judge this afternoon required the state of Indiana to immediately recognize the legal marriage of Niki Quasney, a terminally ill woman, to wife Amy Sandler. The ruling only applies to the couple.Read More


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Utah Dumps Regnerus

Filed by John M. Becker | April 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Yesterday, less than 24 hours before today's oral arguments in Utah's marriage equality case, the state filed a last-minute letter distancing itself from Mark Regnerus's discredited junk science "study" on same-sex parenting.Read More


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The Obamacare Truthers

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 08, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

There should be a new rule for political debate, along the lines of Godwin's Law and its corollaries: The arrival of "truthers" effectively ends the debate, and the side that resorts to "trutherism" first loses.Read More


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Kuwaiti Lawmaker Calls For Gays to be 'Rehabilitated'

Filed by John M. Becker | April 08, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

A lawmaker in Kuwait is calling on gays to come forward and have their "physiological and psychological issues... treated appropriately."Read More


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WATCH: Melissa Harris-Perry Rebukes Mississippi Gov.

Filed by John M. Becker | April 07, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on his state's new "right to discriminate" law: "[Y]ou gave bigots yet another avenue to dehumanize their LGBT neighbors."Read More


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LBJ's Daughters Support Marriage Equality, Say Dad Probably Would Have Too

Filed by John M. Becker | April 07, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Luci Baines Johnson: "I think my father felt very strongly that when there was bigotry anywhere, prejudice anywhere, all of us lose out."Read More


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That Time Sen. Dan Coats Made Hoosiers Proud

Filed by Bil Browning | April 07, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Indiana Republican Senator Dan Coats is one of the legislature's biggest jokes.Read More


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Supreme Court Declines Anti-Gay NM Photographer's Appeal

Filed by John M. Becker | April 07, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Supreme Court today turned down a case from a New Mexico couple who claimed they had a right to refuse to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony.Read More


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Russian Anti-LGBT Lawmaker Calls for 'Morality Police'

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

The author of St. Petersburg's "gay propaganda" ban - which inspired Vladimir Putin's national law - is is calling for the creation of a "morality police" force that would fine people for homosexuality and other violations of "traditional values."Read More


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UPDATED: Judge Will Strike Down Part of Ohio's Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | April 04, 2014 | 12:45 PM | comments

A U.S. District Court Judge says he will partially strike down the state of Ohio's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment on April 14.Read More


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MS Governor Signs 'Right to Discriminate' Bill Into Law

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

As promised, this afternoon Mississippi's Republican Governor Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that creates the "right" for people and businesses to discriminate against LGBT people and other minorities, as long as they claim they're doing so for religious reasons.Read More


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In GOP's 'ConservaCare,' the Bugs Are Actually Features

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 03, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The "features" of the Republican alternatives to Obamacare are actually the bugs voters have repeatedly squashed at the polls because they'd leave millions vulnerable.Read More


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Arizona Senator to Newly Out Colleague: 'Act More Gay'

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

Olivia Cajero Bedford, a Democratic Arizona state senator, shocked colleagues this week when she demanded a newly-out state senator "act more gay."Read More


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India Supreme Court May Reconsider Anti-Gay Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

The India Supreme Court has agreed to consider a petition by LGBT advocates to overturn their decision late last year that reinstated the country's colonial-era sodomy ban.Read More


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BREAKING: Married Same-Sex Couples Now Qualify for Medicare

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 11:55 AM | comments

Huge news for married LGBT seniors: Obama administration has just announced that married same-sex couples now qualify for Medicare hospital and physician benefits.Read More


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AL House Demands Federal Anti-Marriage Amendment

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Alabama House of Representatives, who apparently woke up yesterday morning in 1994 rather than 2014, passed a resolution calling for a constitutional convention to add a marriage discrimination amendment to the United States Constitution.Read More


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Mississippi Governor Will Sign 'Turn Away the Gays' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | April 03, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Phil Bryant, Mississippi's far-right Republican governor, announced that he plans to sign an Arizona-style "right to discriminate" bill that would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to serve LGBT people and others in the name of "religious freedom."Read More


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Appleton Elects Wisconsin's First Openly Trans Official

Filed by John M. Becker | April 02, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

Last night, voters in the northeast Wisconsin city of Appleton made history by electing Gypsy Vered Meltzer, the state's first openly trans official, to the city council.Read More


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Gay Men Attacked in Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania

Filed by John M. Becker | April 02, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Gay men have been physically attacked in Uganda and South Africa, and are about to be legislatively attacked in Tanzania.Read More


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Republican House Candidate Is a Sexy Vampire?

Filed by Bil Browning | April 02, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

A conservative Christian Republican candidate for Congress has been exposed as a role-playing gamer neck deep into his role as a member of a group of goth-punks who dress up as vampires and werewolves for adult play.Read More


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Mississippi Passes 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | April 02, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Last night, lawmakers in Mississippi passed an Arizona-style "right to discriminate" bill that would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to serve people or groups if they claim that their religion requires them to.Read More


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Obama to Military Leaders: Accept DADT Repeal or Get Lost

Filed by John M. Becker | April 01, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

According to the retiring Commandant of the Coast Guard, President Obama gathered military leaders in the Oval Office in 2010 and told them they had two choices: get on board with DADT repeal or take a hike.Read More


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India Nonprofit Launches Last-Ditch Effort to Repeal Anti-Gay Verdict

Filed by John M. Becker | April 01, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

An HIV/AIDS and sexual health organization in India is launching a last-ditch effort to overturn a Supreme Court decision that recriminalized gay sex by reinstating the country's colonial-era sodomy ban.Read More


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Lively: Jail Gays Who Refuse 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Filed by John M. Becker | April 01, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Scott Lively has been on a tear in the media lately, advocating for mandatory "ex-gay" therapy and prison for those who don't comply, accusing President Obama of being gay, and calling for a Christian anti-gay "revolution."Read More


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Anti-Gay IN Senator: Pro-LGBT Groups 'Don't Fight Fair'

Filed by Andrew Markle | April 01, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Indiana Republican State Senator Mike Delph frequently comments about how his Creator has provided inalienable rights for man -- but not the gay man.Read More


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The 'Billionaire's Primary': Meet America's New Bosses

Filed by Terrance Heath | April 01, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Billionaires like Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers are accountable to no one, but the lawmakers on their payrolls are more accountable to them than to the rest of the American electorate.Read More


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Nutty MN Lawmaker Claims That Sweat Spreads HIV

Filed by John M. Becker | April 01, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

A Minnesota group founded by a virulently anti-gay state lawmaker produced an ugly propaganda video designed to spread lies about the LGBT community and block a proposed anti-bullying bill.Read More