March 5, 2014

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Marriage Equality Comes to Illinois, Three Months Early

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Yesterday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan told county clerks across the state that they can and should begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately.Read More

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Santa Fe Elects First Gay Mayor; AZ Senator Comes Out

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 5:15 PM | comments

Two southwestern lawmakers made LGBT news in the last 24 hours: a Santa Fe Democrat was elected the city's first gay mayor, and an Arizona state senator came out of the closet.Read More

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Green Bay Fumbles on LGBT Employee Health Coverage

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

Last night, the City Council of Green Bay, Wisconsin again failed its LGBT workers by killing a proposal to allow city employees to purchase health coverage for their same-sex partner.Read More


'Right to Discriminate' Bills Still Alive in AZ, MS, Elsewhere

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's veto last week of a "right to discriminate" bill isn't the last word on the subject. Similar measures are pending in that state, Mississippi, and five other states.Read More

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Francis and Civil Unions: PR Stunt or the Real Deal? [Open Thread]

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Do you think Pope Francis actually supports civil unions for same-sex couples, or is this just another case of the media overreacting to his comments?Read More

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Lebanon's Sodomy Law Scrapped in Landmark Ruling

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

In what's being hailed as a landmark ruling, a judge in the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon has struck down the country's sodomy law and moved the conversation on trans issues forward.Read More

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Colorado Governor Endorses Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

John Hickenlooper, the Democratic Colorado governor who was instrumental in passing civil unions there last year, quietly came out for full marriage equality this week.Read More

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Human Rights Report: LGBT Highlights, Part 2

Filed by Michael Knaapen | March 05, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Even in the darkest corners of the world, there are some brave lights shining against injustice, emanating a glow of hope. This is how good things begin to grow. Read More

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Sweden Partially Cuts Uganda Aid Over Anti-LGBT Law

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Sweden is the latest country to suspend or redirect aid to Uganda following the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Law, a foreign ministry spokesman confirmed today.Read More

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Puddles the Sad Clown Is Back & Still Awesome

Filed by Bil Browning | March 05, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Remember Puddles the Sad Clown? He took the internet by storm with his cover of Lorde's "Royals," and he's back with a new tune. This time he's covering her song, "Team."Read More

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Colbert: Send Proof of Gayness to Rep. Steve King

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Still smarting over Jan Brewer's veto of a "right to discriminate" bill, Stephen Colbert expressed support for GOP Rep. Steve King, who says homosexuality can't be "independently verified."Read More

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Half of Americans Say Marriage Equality Guaranteed in Constitution

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

According to a new poll released today, a full 50% of Americans believe the right of same-sex couples to marry is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.Read More


Judge Won't Block WI Ban While Lawsuit Proceeds

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Today a judge declined the ACLU's request to lift Wisconsin's harmful marriage discrimination amendment while a federal lawsuit challenging its constitutionality proceeds.Read More


Bachmann to Perkins: American Jews 'Sold Out Israel'

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

"...the Jewish community gave [Obama] their votes, their support, their financial support... This is clearly against Israel's best interest."Read More