Politics: July 2014

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North Carolina Drops Defense of Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | July 29, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

North Carolina's Democratic attorney general announced yesterday that in light of Virginia's marriage equality ruling, he will no longer defend the state's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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BREAKING: Virginia Marriage Ban Struck Down Again

Filed by John M. Becker | July 28, 2014 | 1:40 PM | comments

A federal appeals court has just upheld a lower court ruling striking down Virginia's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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French Mayor: Those Gays Are Unnatural, Except My Son

Filed by John M. Becker | July 27, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

A vociferously anti-gay French mayor is being called a hypocrite after he officiated at his son's wedding to a same-sex spouse.Read More


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BREAKING: Florida Marriage Ban Struck Down AGAIN

Filed by John M. Becker | July 25, 2014 | 6:15 PM | comments

For the second time in eight days, Florida's marriage discrimination amendment has been struck down in state court. The ruling is stayed, pending appeal.Read More


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Michele Bachmann: Gay Rights Leads to Child Rape

Filed by John M. Becker | July 25, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann dove back into the cesspool of anti-gay bigotry this week, claiming gays are pushing America towards "tyranny," "deviance," "transgender," and child rape.Read More


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Michele Bachmann Openly Considers 2016 Presidential Run

Filed by John M. Becker | July 25, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Michele Bachmann's been dropping hints about a 2016 presidential bid for months. This week, she flat-out admitted that she's considering it. Here's hoping she runs.Read More


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Conservatives and the Transgender Time Warp

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | July 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Social conservatives were caught off-guard by the transgender community's sudden increase in visibility - so to fight back, they're frantically rummaging through the junk drawer of anti-gay propaganda.Read More


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LGBTQ Communities Divided on Israel-Palestine Conflict

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 24, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Like the rest of the country, Boston's LGBTQ communities are deeply divided on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Read More


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Wisconsin AG: Marriage Equality is Just Like Abortion

Filed by John M. Becker | July 24, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Wisconsin's far-right attorney general argues in an appeals court brief that marriage equality is like abortion and that Wisconsin's tradition of discrimination is a perfectly rational basis for continuing to obstruct the freedom to marry.Read More


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BREAKING: Federal Judge Overturns Colorado Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | July 23, 2014 | 7:07 PM | comments

As expected, U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore has just overturned Colorado's marriage discrimination amendment. The ruling, released minutes ago, is stayed until August 25.Read More


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Judge Gives Idaho Protesters Light Sentences, Commendation

Filed by John M. Becker | July 23, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

A group of Idaho pro-equality protesters were sentenced Monday by a judge who gave them slaps on the wrist, and applause for their courage.Read More


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Colorado's Marriage Ban Likely to Be Overturned Today

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

A federal judge in Denver is expected to issue a ruling today overturning that state's marriage discrimination amendment. What's uncertain is whether he will stay his decision.Read More


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Maryland Will Now Provide Transition Care to Employees

Filed by John M. Becker | July 22, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

The state of Maryland has taken another major step forward in trans protections by agreeing to cover transition-related care for transgender state employees.Read More


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Another Republican Congressman Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | July 22, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

U.S. Representative David Jolly of Florida has become the eighth sitting Republican member of Congress to come out in support of marriage equality.Read More


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Wingnut Week In Review: Plane Paranoid

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 21, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine gave us a respite last week from the usual sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic rantings. A brief one, but a respite nonetheless.Read More


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America's Border Crisis of Conscience

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

This is not an immigration crisis. It is a refugee crisis - and a crisis of conscience. America cannot simply send these children back and still be the country we loudly and proudly claim to be.Read More


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Obama Signs Historic LGBT Workplace Executive Order

Filed by John M. Becker | July 21, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

This morning, President Obama signed an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people in the workplace. It was an honor to witness this pivotal moment in LGBT history.Read More


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Obama to Sign ENDA EO Tomorrow Without Exemptions

Filed by Bil Browning | July 20, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

While anti-gay religious leaders have been urging the White House to include exceptions that would allow them to discriminate based on "sincerely held religious beliefs," the administration says no exemptions would be included.Read More


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BREAKING: Oklahoma Marriage Ban Struck Down Again

Filed by John M. Becker | July 18, 2014 | 11:10 AM | comments

A federal appeals court has just affirmed a lower court ruling striking down Oklahoma's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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Author of Texas Ex-Gay Plank Tied to Sex Offender

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 17, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Texas Republican party plank endorsing ex-gay therapy was written by a man using a fake name with longstanding ties to a registered sex offender and a history of sexual compulsion and deceit.Read More


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Florida Judge Strikes Down State Marriage Ban

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

This afternoon, a Republican-appointed circuit court judge in the Florida Keys struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional. The ruling applies to Monroe County; marriages will begin on Tuesday.Read More


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Marriage Equality in Indiana Could Be Legal Once More

Filed by Andrew Markle | July 17, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

There were multiple cases filed in federal court against the state's unconstitutional marriage laws. In the case of Bowling, Bowling and Bruner v. Pence et al., if it is found unconstitutional again and a stay is not immediately issued, same-sex marriage would become legal again. Read More


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Justice Dept: HIV Criminal Law Should Reflect Science Facts

Filed by Bil Browning | July 16, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

The Justice Department announced yesterday that it has released a "Best Practices Guide to Reform HIV-Specific Criminal Laws to Align with Scientifically-Supported Factors."Read More


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Why the CDC & Census Numbers Are Flawed

Filed by Andrew Markle | July 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Data is data, but people are people and that is the unpredictable variable in this entire equation. Read More


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The GOP's Borderline Personality Disorder

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 13, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Here's the best of the worst in Wingnuttia this week.Read More


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Shocker: Millionaire CEO Lies About Minimum Wage Increase

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 12, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Fast food CEO Andy Puzder says that raising the minimum wage will harm workers and kill job growth. A new study of the 13 states that have tried it says otherwise.Read More


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Your 'Michelle Obama Is a Tranny' Moment of Derp

Filed by Bil Browning | July 11, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Get ready to smack yourself in the face over this because a regular old face-palm just won't do.Read More


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From Stonewall to the White House

Filed by Mark Segal | July 11, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

It was the last day of June, Gay Pride month, and it was magic.Read More


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Even Nixon Acknowledged That Gays are 'Born That Way'

Filed by John M. Becker | July 10, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Newly-restored tapes dating from the Nixon White House reveal that even anti-gay Republican President Richard M. Nixon understood that gay people are "born that way" -- more than forty years ago.Read More


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Wisconsin AG Appeals Marriage Equality Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | July 10, 2014 | 4:15 PM | comments

As expected, J.B. Van Hollen - Wisconsin's far-right Republican attorney general, today appealed a federal court ruling striking down marriage discrimination in the Badger State.Read More


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BREAKING: Boulder Marriages Continue; Denver Issues Licenses

Filed by John M. Becker | July 10, 2014 | 2:40 PM | comments

A state court judge in Colorado has refused to stop the Boulder County Clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Denver County is now issuing licenses as well. Read More


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IN Clerk Gives LGBT Youth Group 10k From Marriage Fees

Filed by Bil Browning | July 10, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Beth White, the Indiana County Clerk who immediately started issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples after the state's law banning same-sex marriage was deemed unconstitutional, gave a local LGBT youth group a check for $9,808 yesterday.Read More


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Religious Exemptions: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Filed by John M. Becker | July 10, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Think religious exemptions in the post-Hobby Lobby world are bad? Just wait until you see how far the anti-gay, anti-choice Religious Right wants to go.Read More


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Prepare for a Tsunami of Marriage Equality Decisions

Filed by John M. Becker | July 10, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

AFER's Matt Baume expects a torrent of decisions in marriage equality court cases over the next few weeks. Which states are at stake? Click through to find out.Read More


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BREAKING: Colorado Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | July 09, 2014 | 6:20 PM | comments

Eat your heart out, Focus on the Family: Colorado's marriage discrimination amendment has just been struck down in state court. The ruling is stayed pending appeal.Read More


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Utah Marriage Case is Now on Supreme Court's Doorstep

Filed by John M. Becker | July 09, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Kitchen v. Herbert, the federal court challenge to Utah's marriage discrimination amendment, is now on the doorstep of the United States Supreme Court, state attorney general Sean Reyes announced today.Read More


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Chad Griffin: HRC Supports ENDA, But More is Needed

Filed by John M. Becker | July 09, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

After the LGBT coalition supporting the current version of ENDA all but collapsed overnight, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin wrote an op-ed this afternoon explaining why his group still supports the measure.Read More


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Out & Equal Withdraws Support for ENDA

Filed by John M. Becker | July 09, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates is the latest pro-equality group to drop its support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act over its troubling and unprecedented religious exemption.Read More


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Confusion Reigns in Indiana Over Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by Andrew Markle | July 09, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

If an Indiana same-sex couple is denied the free legal name changes afforded by their recorded marriage at their local Social Security Office, the couple should file a gender discrimination complaint with the regional SSA office in Chicago.Read More


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Mississippi's 'Turn Away the Gays' Law Now in Effect

Filed by John M. Becker | July 09, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Mississippi's "turn away the gays" law, which creates a special "right" for people and businesses to discriminate against LGBT people and other minority groups as long as they blame it on Jesus, is now in effect.Read More


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Pride at Work Drops ENDA Support

Filed by John M. Becker | July 08, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

The exodus from ENDA and its gaping religious exemption continues.Read More


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Stand Up and Be Counted

Filed by Norm Kent | July 08, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

America's LGBT communities are growing exponentially in number and size, in power and strength. We are out and proud of who we are. But we should never be comfortable breathing air in a world that is not universally free.Read More


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BREAKING: ACLU, Lambda Legal Drop Support for ENDA

Filed by John M. Becker | July 08, 2014 | 4:15 PM | comments

The exemption-riddled Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has just been dealt another body blow, with three more major national organizations announcing this afternoon that they are dropping their support for the bill.Read More


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CA Removes Gender-Specific Language from Marriage Law

Filed by John M. Becker | July 08, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill replacing the words "husband" and "wife" with gender-neutral terms like "spouse" and "married person" in the state's family law code.Read More


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Pro-LGBT Faith Leaders to Obama: No Religious Exemption

Filed by John M. Becker | July 08, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

A group of more than 100 pro-LGBT faith leaders sent an eloquently-worded letter to President Obama today urging him not to include broad religious exemptions in his forthcoming executive order on anti-LGBT employment discrimination.Read More


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BREAKING: Task Force Withdraws Support for ENDA

Filed by John M. Becker | July 08, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force - the nation's oldest LGBT civil rights organization, and a leader in the fight for ENDA for more than two decades - announced that it has decided to drop its support for the measure. Read More


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Santorum-Produced Film Likens LGBT Rights to Nazis Persecuting Jews

Filed by Karen Ocamb | July 07, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Rick Santorum's film company is making a documentary that likens the current alleged attacks on "religious liberty" to the Nazi persecution of Jews.Read More


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Wingnut Week In Review: Hobby Lobby & 'Beyoncé Voters'

Filed by Terrance Heath | July 06, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Just in time for midterm election campaigning, the Supreme Court handed conservatives the perfect opportunity to remind Americans of their #1 obsession: policing women's sex lives by any means necessary.Read More


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Hobby Lobby Ruling Doesn't Apply to LGBT Discrimination

Filed by Guest Blogger | July 03, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Opponents of LGBT workplace equality claim that Hobby Lobby justifies religion-based anti-LGBT discrimination. The truth is exactly the opposite. Read More


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WATCH LIVE: Florida Marriage Equality Trial

Filed by John M. Becker | July 02, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Right now, Judge Sarah Zabel of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in Miami, Florida is hearing oral arguments in a case challenging the state's laws banning same-sex marriage. Watch live.Read More


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PA Lesbian Couple: Ending Domestic Partner Benefits is 'Unbearable Crisis'

Filed by Sue Kerr | July 02, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Eileen Halloran and her partner, who live in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, are facing what they say is a county mandate to get married, or else.Read More


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After Hobby Lobby, Faith Leaders Press Obama for EO Religious Exemption

Filed by John M. Becker | July 02, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Just one day after the Hobby Lobby ruling, a group of faith leaders friendly to the Obama administration is pressing for broad exemptions to the forthcoming ENDA executive order. They have a good chance of succeeding.Read More


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Indiana Again Ordered to Recognize Lesbian Couple's Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | July 01, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

For the second time, the state of Indiana has been ordered to recognize the legal, out-of-state marriage of Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney. Quasney is dying of ovarian cancer, and the couple wants their marriage recognized on her death certificate.Read More


BREAKING: Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | July 01, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

A federal judge has just struck down Kentucky's marriage discrimination amendment. The ruling is stayed pending appeal, but the string of post-Windsor victories continues!Read More


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Silvio Berlusconi Comes Out for Gay Rights

Filed by John M. Becker | July 01, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Silvio Berlusconi, the controversial and notoriously corrupt media tycoon and former Italian prime minister, made a rare show of support for gay equality on Sunday.Read More


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Labor Department: Anti-Trans Discrimination is Illegal

Filed by John M. Becker | July 01, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

In another groundbreaking announcement from the Obama administration, Labor Secretary Tom Perez announced new guidance explicitly extending federal non-discrimination protections to trans people.Read More