Politics: August 2014

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South American LGBT Roundup: Chile, Colombia, Ecuador

Filed by John M. Becker | August 29, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

There's been some great LGBT-related news coming out of South America this week!Read More


Canada Mocks Russia on Twitter for Ukraine Invasion

Filed by John M. Becker | August 28, 2014 | 12:15 PM | comments

As Russia continues its incursion into Ukraine, Canada's NATO delegation has mocked them on Twitter by offering the Russians a geography lesson.Read More

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Florida Supremes Asked to Rule on Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | August 27, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

A Florida appeals court today asked the state's Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the Sunshine State's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More

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Voters in Tempe, Arizona Approve Discrimination Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | August 27, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Last night, voters in the city of Tempe overwhelmingly approved a measure amending their city charter to ban discrimination against LGBT city workers. It is the first city in Arizona to enact this kind of a ban.Read More

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Check Out This Pro-Equality Blog Post From Judge Posner

Filed by John M. Becker | August 27, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

"It seems that the only remaining basis for opposition to homosexual marriage [sic], or to legal equality between homosexuals and heterosexuals in general, is religious."Read More

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Marriage Bans Take a Beating at the Seventh Circuit

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

Same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin took a beating today at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. The judges appear poised to hand marriage equality advocates their first unanimous federal court win.Read More

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When Will Clinton Library Release DADT Papers?

Filed by Bil Browning | August 25, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

While the Clinton Presidential Library has slowly been releasing papers from the popular Democrat's administration, one major missing piece is the White House discussions around topics like Don't Ask Don't Tell.Read More


Tenth Circuit Extends Stay on Colorado Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | August 22, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Same-sex couples in Colorado will have to wait a little longer for the freedom to marry: yesterday, the 10th Circuit stayed a lower court ruling overturning the state's marriage ban.Read More

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Florida's Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | August 21, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

For the first time in federal court but the fifth time overall, Florida's marriage discrimination amendment has been struck down as unconstitutional.Read More

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Scott Lively Qualifies for MA Governor's Race

Filed by John M. Becker | August 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Notorious anti-LGBT activist Scott Lively has qualified for the November gubernatorial ballot in Massachusetts.Read More

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Mariela Castro Votes 'No' in Support of LGBT Rights

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

Cuban LGBT advocate Mariela Castro, daughter of president Raul Castro, cast what may be the first "no" vote since the Revolution on a workers' rights bill because it lacked gender identity protections.Read More


Wikipedia Bans U.S. House Computer After Anti-Trans Edits

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

A computer in the U.S. House of Representatives has been blocked by Wikipedia after someone made a series of transphobic edits to the site.Read More

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Blame the Gays, Vol. 548,781: Spain's National Debt

Filed by John M. Becker | August 21, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

A conservative Spanish senator is drawing widespread condemnation for remarks blaming the country's $1.3 trillion national debt on "subsidies offered to homosexuals."Read More

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BREAKING: No Weddings in Virginia Tomorrow

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

As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court has intervened to temporarily stop same-sex marriages from taking place in Virginia, pending appeal.Read More

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Anti-Gay Uganda Group Fires Staff After Losing U.S. Aid

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

An anti-gay, faith-based group in Uganda whose funding was cut off by the Obama administration had to fire all its paid staffers.Read More

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Labor Department Vows to Enforce Trans Protections

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

Yesterday, the Labor Department issued guidance announcing that federal contractors and subcontractors cannot discriminate in employment on the basis of gender identity and transgender status. Read More

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Fayetteville Adopts Fully Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Filed by John M. Becker | August 20, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

At 3:20 this morning, Fayetteville, Arkansas became the first city in that state to adopt an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance.Read More

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Marriage Discrimination Struck Down Again in Indiana

Filed by John M. Becker | August 19, 2014 | 6:45 PM | comments

U.S. District Judge Richard Young has ordered the state of Indiana to recognize the valid out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples. The ruling is stayed pending appeal.Read More


New Poll: GOP Warming Up to Gay Candidates, Hostile Towards Gays

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

Republicans are warming up to gay political candidates, but they're still decidedly cool towards gay people overall -- particularly within their own families.Read More

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Profiles in Courage: Vermont's Marion Milne

Filed by Michael Knaapen | August 19, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Marion Milne was a legislator from a small state, but her great act of courage deserves to be remembered. Read More

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Pro-Gay GOP Super PAC Plans Major Push

Filed by John M. Becker | August 18, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Paul Singer's pro-marriage equality super PAC is pledging to spend at least $2 million this fall on Republican candidates who support gay rights.Read More

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Wingnut Week in Review: Speaking Ill of the Dead

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Two tragic events this week gave right-wingers an opportunity to show some humanity and decency. As usual, instead of rising to the occasion, wingnuts sank to new lows.Read More

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Blink & You'll Miss the Latest 'Libertarian Moment'

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The latest "Libertarian Moment" is upon us, and will expire once it runs headlong into its own inherent shortcomings and the reality of a populist majority. Blink, and you'll miss it.Read More


Facebook Donates $10K to Utah's Hardcore Anti-Gay AG

Filed by John M. Becker | August 15, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Facebook made a $10,000 donation in May to the campaign of Sean Reyes, the virulently anti-gay Republican attorney general of Utah who's aggressively fighting marriage equality in the Beehive State.Read More

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Bisexual Ex-Wife Puts Texas Antigay Activist in a Bind

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 14, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

As vicious details of Jonathan Saenz's divorce become public, voters won't take kindly to a politician who directs anti-gay vitriol at his ex-wife and family.Read More

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Anti-Discrimination Measures Pass in Orlando, Fail in Baton Rouge

Filed by John M. Becker | August 14, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Baton Rouge became the third city in a week to reject an LGBT rights ordinance, while the city council in Orlando, Florida made their local non-discrimination law trans-inclusive.Read More

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BREAKING: Stay Denied in VA Ruling; Marriages May Start Next Week

Filed by John M. Becker | August 13, 2014 | 12:10 PM | comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has refused to stay its ruling striking down Virginia's marriage discrimination amendment. Marriages begin next week unless the Supreme Court stops them.Read More

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Billings, Montana Kills Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Filed by John M. Becker | August 12, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Another local LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance has gone down in flames, this time in Billings, Montana. The city's mayor cast the deciding vote against the measure.Read More

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Marriage Equality Finally Loses One in Court

Filed by John M. Becker | August 12, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

It's finally happened: for the first time since Windsor, a judge has ruled in favor of a state's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More

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Aussie Girl Wraps Up Marriage Letter-Writing Campaign

Filed by John M. Becker | August 11, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

Last week an eight-year-old Aussie girl launched a weeklong letter-writing campaign asking the prime minister to help pass marriage equality. Here are the rest of her notes.Read More

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India Moves to Block Same-Sex Couples from Adopting

Filed by John M. Becker | August 11, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

In the latest government-sanctioned attack on LGBT people, India's cabinet has blocked same-sex couples from adopting children.Read More

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Lawmakers in Kenya Propose 'Kill the Gays' Law

Filed by John M. Becker | August 11, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in Kenya are discussing a bill that would impose harsh jail sentences for homosexuality and stoning for so-called "aggravated homosexuality."Read More

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Wingnut Week in Review: Rand on the Run

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 10, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Republicans have given up on the Latino vote, whether they realize it or not. Their immigration policies range from incoherent, to downright offensive, to good old-fashioned paranoid xenophobia.Read More

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Tennessee Homophobes Campfield, Jackson Lose

Filed by John M. Becker | August 08, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

The news out of Tennessee this morning isn't all bad: Stacey "Don't Say Gay" Campfield and SNL alum Victoria Jackson both lost their elections last night.Read More

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Chattanooga Equal Benefits Ordinance Goes Down in Flames

Filed by John M. Becker | August 08, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

The citizens of Chattanooga, Tennessee voted 63%-37% last night to repeal a city ordinance granting equal benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. Read More

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Dozens of TX Republicans Say Marriage Equality = Incest

Filed by John M. Becker | August 07, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

A group of 63 Texas Republicans have signed onto an astonishingly bigoted legal brief linking marriage equality with "bigamy, incest, pedophilia, and group marriage."Read More

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Marriage Equality Oral Arguments: Audio, Analysis

Filed by John M. Becker | August 06, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

The oral arguments at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals have concluded. (Listen to audio here!) Analysts are predicting a 2-1 ruling - they're just not sure which side will win.Read More

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Anti-Trans Trial Balloon Turns Into a Lead Zeppelin

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | August 06, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

People got 99 problems, but maurauding hordes of transgender people in bathrooms just ain't one of them.Read More

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Obama Welcomes Ugandan President to White House

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

As Ugandan lawmakers discuss reintroducing the defunct "Jail the Gays" law, President Obama welcomed Yoweri Museveni, who initially signed the measure, to the White House.Read More

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All Eyes on Ohio: Marriage Equality Goes to Court

Filed by John M. Becker | August 06, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

All eyes are on Cincinnati, Ohio, where arguments will take place in federal appeals court today in marriage equality cases from four states.Read More

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Australia's Parliament Will Vote on Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

After several years of mounting public pressure, it's looking likely that lawmakers in Australia will finally be able to vote on marriage equality.Read More

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Fourth Florida Judge Strikes Down State Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 | 5:20 PM | comments

A state judge in Palm Beach County has ruled that the state's marriage discrimination amendment is unconstitutional. This is the fourth such ruling in as many weeks.Read More

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Heckler to Lesbian City Councilwoman: 'You're Filth'

Filed by John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Jovanka Beckles, a lesbian councilwoman in the San Francisco Bay city of Richmond, has endured a relentless onslaught hate speech from members of the public and even some of her colleagues.Read More

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Two More Marriage Cases Now On Supremes' Doorstep

Filed by John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Two more marriage equality cases (Oklahoma and Virginia) are now on the doorstep of the United States Supreme Court, with another six potentially on the way.Read More

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Ohio AG Has Troubling Ties to Anti-Gay Extremists

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 05, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Republican Mike DeWine, Ohio's anti-gay attorney general, is pledging to "work actively" to revoke laws and ordinances that upset people's religious beliefs if he's re-elected.Read More

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Attempt to Force Vote on Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Fails

Filed by John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Opponents of Houston's new equal rights ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a referendum, but they plan to challenge the process in court.Read More

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U.S. Used HIV Workshop to Undermine Cuban Government

Filed by John M. Becker | August 05, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

The Obama administration reportedly used an HIV-prevention workshop as a front for efforts to undermine the Cuban government.Read More

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Florida Marriage Ban Struck Down for the Third Time

Filed by John M. Becker | August 04, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

For the third time in as many weeks, a state judge in Florida has ruled the state's marriage discrimination amendment unconstitutional. The ruling has been stayed pending appeal.Read More

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Nate Silver: 60-40 Chance of GOP Senate Takeover

Filed by John M. Becker | August 04, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Lauded statistician Nate Silver predicts that the GOP has a roughly 60% chance of taking back the Senate.Read More

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Wingnut Week in Review: Nutso?

Filed by Terrance Heath | August 03, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

John Boehner called Harry Reid's idea for passing immigration reform "nutso." Maybe Boehner hasn't taken a good look at his own party. Then again, who can blame him?Read More

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Nepal Regressing Dangerously on LGBT Rights

Filed by John M. Becker | August 03, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

The mountainous south Asian nation of Nepal is at risk of a dangerous backslide on LGBT rights, the country's first openly gay politician warns.Read More

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Hey Pam Bondi, Stop Defending Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | August 03, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has chosen to pander to the anti-LGBT base of the Republican Party rather than obey the United States Constitution.Read More


Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | August 01, 2014 | 8:30 AM | comments

A court in Uganda has struck down the country's infamous and draconian Anti-Homosexuality Law today on a technicality.Read More