Politics: March 2014


Anti-LGBT Group Seeks to Intervene in AL Marriage Case

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 31, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The mother of a deceased gay Alabama man has hired an anti-LGBT legal organization to try and block his husband from being recognized as her son's next of kin.Read More

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Uganda Celebrates Anti-Gay Law With 'Thanksgiving' Rally

Filed by John M. Becker | March 31, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Thousands of people, led by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Pastor Martin "Eat Da Poo-Poo" Ssempa, celebrated "Uganda Pride" today, giving thanks for the country's newly-passed "Jail the Gays" Law.Read More

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Kenyan MP: Homosexuality 'As Serious as Terrorism"

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

A top Kenyan MP charged with investigating the country's non-enforcement of its sodomy law told colleagues Wednesday that homosexuality is as bad a problem as terrorism.Read More

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Kyrgyzstan Lawmakers to Debate 'Gay Propaganda' Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | March 30, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan will soon consider a Russian-style law punishing the spread of "gay propaganda" by up to one year in jail.Read More

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March Madness Obama Style

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 28, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Pieces of Ukraine are falling apart and the health care plan's a mess. But we finally have a president who really knows basketball, and for the next three weeks that's all that matters. Thank goodness for distractions.Read More

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Who Is Ayn Rand Paul Ryan?

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 28, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Like the perennial question, "Who is John Galt," reflective of the heroic character of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged, similarly we may ask "Who is Ayn Rand Paul Ryan?"Read More

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BREAKING: U.S. Will Recognize Michigan Marriages

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

The DOJ has just announced that the U.S. government will recognize all legal same-sex marriages performed in Michigan on March 22.Read More

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Guv Candidate Passes Kidney Stone During LGBT Debate

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Talk about dedication to the cause! I don't know whether or not Grossman stands a chance of winning the gubernatorial race, but as far as I'm concerned, he definitely won the debate.Read More

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Maryland Passes Landmark Trans Rights Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | March 27, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

The Maryland House passed a landmark trans discrimination ban today, sending it to Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk for his expected signature. Maryland will become the 18th state (plus D.C.) with such a ban.Read More

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Politics of the Mind and the Heart

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | March 27, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

For progressives, primary elections often present a difficult question: do we vote with the mind - and give our support to the candidate who'll be strongest in the general election - or with the heart, and approve one whose values better mirror our own?Read More


'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ban Advances in Illinois

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

Yesterday, the Illinois House Human Services committee advanced a bill that would ban the discredited and dangerous junk science practice of "ex-gay" therapy from being offered to minors.Read More

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Michigan GOP Gov 'Suspends' Same-Sex Couples' Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | March 27, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Rick Snyder, Michigan's Republican governor, announced yesterday that while the 322 same-gender marriages from March 22 are legal and valid, he's decided to "suspend" the state's recognition of them -- and the rights that go along with them.Read More

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Lesbian Couple Files Puerto Rico's First Marriage Suit

Filed by John M. Becker | March 27, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

A married lesbian attorney in Puerto Rico filed a federal lawsuit this week challenging the commonwealth's discriminatory marriage laws. It is the island territory's first such lawsuit.Read More

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Judge Rejects WI's Effort to Delay Marriage Equality Suit

Filed by John M. Becker | March 27, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

A federal judge this week smacked down the state of Wisconsin's attempt to delay an ACLU marriage equality lawsuit.Read More

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New Poll: Wisconsin Flips for Marriage Equality

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

Less than eight years after 59% of Wisconsin's voters approved a constitutional marriage discrimination amendment, a new poll shows that the state has completely flipped.Read More


HIV Testing Bill in Florida Has Bipartisan Support

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | March 26, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Florida's House Committee on Health Quality unanimously approved a measure making it easier for patients to receive HIV testing during routine doctor visits.Read More

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Court Halts Further Michigan Marriages During Appeal

Filed by John M. Becker | March 25, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

There will be no further same-gender marriages in Michigan while a challenge to the state's marriage discrimination amendment works its way through the appeals process, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this afternoon.Read More

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Republican Joni Ernst's Campaign Ad Is Nuts

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

Dear God. There is no words. Just. Castration. Pigs. Nuts.Read More

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Here's Why You Should Be Worried About What Went Down at SCOTUS Today

Filed by John M. Becker | March 25, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Lambda Legal Senior Counsel Jennifer C. Pizer: "There now is every reason to fear proliferating challenges to laws preventing firing of unwed mothers, requiring benefits for same-sex spouses, and forbidding sex discrimination generally."Read More

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An Authentic Leader: Nan Rich for Florida Governor

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | March 25, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Our dream of electing an equality-minded Governor is possible. It cannot be accomplished without the backing of the LGBT community, and here is why we must Stand with Nan for Governor.Read More

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Scary: GOP Has 60% Chance of Retaking Senate, Nate Silver Predicts

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

Nate Silver, who accurately predicted every state in the 2012 presidential election, says the Republicans have a 60% chance of retaking the Senate this fall.Read More

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Report: U.S. Further Curtailing Uganda Aid

Filed by John M. Becker | March 24, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

The U.S. will take four additional steps in response to Uganda's draconian Anti-Homosexuality Law, including shifting money away from a Ugandan anti-LGBT religious group that been receiving federal HIV/AIDS grants.Read More


Michigan GOP Gov: State Will Ignore Legal Same-Sex Marriages

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

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder doesn't get to unilaterally pick and choose which legal Michigan marriages the state will actually recognize.Read More

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Israeli Lawmakers Ban Discrimination Against LGBT Students

Filed by John M. Becker | March 23, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Last week, the Israeli parliament passed a law prohibiting discrimination in schools on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It is the country's first trans-inclusive non-discrimination law.Read More


Fred Karger Deposed by 'Discombobulated' NOM

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 23, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

LGBT advocate Fred Karger was deposed this month by NOM. The entire session was a grueling waste of time, which Karger believes was NOM's point all along.Read More

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Biden Talks Global LGBT Rights, ENDA at HRC Dinner

Filed by John M. Becker | March 23, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Biden: "I've traveled to most countries in the world. And I can tell you, they're looking to us as an example, as a champion of LGBT rights everywhere."Read More

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BREAKING: Judge Strikes Down Michigan Marriage Ban, Rips Regnerus

Filed by John M. Becker | March 21, 2014 | 5:11 PM | comments

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman has struck down the state of Michigan's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional. He didn't stay the ruling, so Michigan is state #18.Read More

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Bill Donohue Wants to March in Pride

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 21, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Donohue's stupid comment is one that homophobes make among themselves all the time. They really (want to) think that being pro-gay means being anti-straight so that they can find some reason for their hate. Read More

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Kentucky Judge Places Hold on Marriage Equality Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | March 19, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

A Kentucky judge who partially invalidated the state's marriage ban put a stay on his own ruling today.Read More

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World LGBT Round-Up: Australia, Ethiopia, Peru, Romania

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

Here's a round-up of the latest in LGBT news from Australia, Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Romania.Read More

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'Gays Cause Tornadoes & Autism' Candidate Advances

Filed by John M. Becker | March 19, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Susanne Atanus, the Chicago Republican who says God sends tornadoes, autism, and dementia as punishment for LGBT rights, won her primary last night.Read More

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Anti-Gay Fail: Pro-Equality IL Repubs Win Primaries

Filed by John M. Becker | March 19, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Despite threats and attacks from anti-LGBT groups, three Illinois Republicans who voted for marriage equality won their primaries last night.Read More

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Watch: GOP's Latest Pathetic Attempt at Youth Outreach

Filed by John M. Becker | March 19, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

The GOP is having a hard time selling their galactically out-of-touch, retrograde, stunningly outdated policies to America's youth. So they're enlisting a hipster to do it for them.Read More

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Pro-Equality Protesters Surround Idaho Statehouse

Filed by John M. Becker | March 18, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Hundreds of equality-minded Idahoans surrounded the state capitol in Boise yesterday demanding LGBT-inclusive workplace and housing protections. Read More

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Kerry: Ugandan Pres Will Discuss Homosexuality With U.S. Scientists

Filed by John M. Becker | March 18, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Secretary of State John Kerry says that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will meet with American scientists to discuss the origins of homosexuality.Read More

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Uganda's First Lady: Gays Don't Exist Because Cows

Filed by John M. Becker | March 18, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Janet Museveni, first lady of Uganda, said in a recent speech that she doesn't think that homosexuality in humans exists at all... because cows.Read More

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WY Lawmaker: Gays Purposely Gave AIDS to Straight Women

Filed by John M. Becker | March 18, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

T.R. Mader, Wyoming's newest state lawmaker, is standing by a book he wrote in 1987 where he claimed that gay people use AIDS as a weapon against straight people.Read More

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Obama Sanctions Author of Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Ban

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

Among the 11 Russian officials sanctioned by the U.S. and E.U. today is Yelena Mizulina, the author of Russia's infamous "gay propaganda" ban.Read More

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New Jersey's Bridgegate & the Trans Connection

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 17, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Was the real reason for the order to close lanes on the world's busiest bridge a move against Christie's longtime political nemesis, State Senator Loretta Weinberg, a 78-year-old Jewish grandmother considered the state transgender community's political godmother?Read More

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Politics Is Such a Drag (Queen)

Filed by Bil Browning | March 15, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Artist Saint Hoax has come up with a unique and interesting look at modern politics and world leaders. Since politics is such a drag, why not gay it up?Read More

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Green Eggs & Sham: Obamacare Does What They Won't

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 15, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Here are a few things Obamacare can do, has done, and will do, that conservatives can't and never will.Read More

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Stuart Varney is Outraged That States Still Feed the Poor

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 14, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Only a conservative like Stuart Varney -- and possibly Paul Ryan -- could be outraged that poor people aren't starving in the streets, for the sake of the national debt. Read More


Panel to Obama: Lift Ban on Trans Military Service

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

A commission convened by the Palm Center, co-chaired by former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders concluded yesterday that there is no compelling reason for the U.S. military to continue excluding transgender persons from serving openly.Read More

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Challenger Calls Lindsey Graham 'Ambiguously Gay'

Filed by John M. Becker | March 14, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

An obscure primary challenger to the famously (allegedly) closeted South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham "ambiguously gay."Read More

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U.S. Partially Suspends Uganda Aid

Filed by John M. Becker | March 14, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

The United States is suspending a portion of its aid to Uganda in response to the country's draconian Anti-Homosexuality Law.Read More

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Here's Mark Regnerus's Anti-Equality Testimony in MI

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

Want to know what Mark Regnerus, the discredited but dangerous anti-gay "researcher," said on the stand last week in Michigan's marriage equality trial? You've come to the right place.Read More

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Lambda Legal Sues for Marriage in Indiana

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Less than a week after a Kentucky law firm launched a controversial federal lawsuit for marriage equality in Indiana, Lambda Legal has announced that it's doing the same.Read More


Queen Elizabeth II Makes Marriage Equality the Law in Scotland

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Today, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted her Royal Assent to the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill. Marriage equality is now the law of the land in Scotland! Read More


Homophobia on the Rise in Kenya

Filed by John M. Becker | March 12, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

A group of Kenyan politicians are demanding to know why the country's colonial-era anti-sodomy law isn't being enforced, and a national political leader is investigating.Read More


The Fox Effect: Marriage Opponents Don't Know They've Lost

Filed by John M. Becker | March 12, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

New surveys show that most marriage equality opponents don't know they're in the minority. This could have negative consequences for the Republican Party.Read More

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Will Democratic Republic of the Congo Be the Next Uganda?

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

A homophobic lawmaker in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is hoping his country will follow the lead of Uganda and Nigeria and outlaw LGBT people.Read More

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Brewer's Staff Helped Write Anti-LGBT Bill She Vetoed

Filed by John M. Becker | March 11, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Jan Brewer vetoed a "right to discriminate" bill last month, claiming it was unnecessary and broadly worded. What she conveniently omitted is that members of her staff helped with that wording.Read More


U.S. Hate Group Makes Trouble in Ukraine, Blames Gays

Filed by John M. Becker | March 11, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The World Congress of Families, an anti-LGBT hate group, has been using homosexuality to drive anti-EU sentiment in Ukraine, while blaming the conflict on homosexuality.Read More

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President Obama Goes Between Two Ferns

Filed by Bil Browning | March 11, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Sign up for Obamacare before the March 31 deadline, or you'll be forced to watch The Hangover movies until you do.Read More

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Bachmann: Gay Bullies Are Taking Away My Freedom

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

"[T]he gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that... they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere."Read More

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker Reveals the 'Gay Agenda'

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

Even though it's supposed to be a super huge top secret, Houston Mayor Annise Parker revealed the Gay Agenda last weekend in an address to the California Democratic Party.Read More

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Uruguay President: Same-Sex Marriage Is Nothing New

Filed by John M. Becker | March 10, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

"[Same-gender marriage is] older than all of us. It is a matter of objective reality. For us, not to legalize it would torture some people unnecessarily." Read More

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Conservatives Offer Empty Stomachs & Empty Rhetoric

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 09, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

Paul Ryan says that "the left" is offering Americans "a full stomach and an empty soul." The truth is that conservatives like Paul Ryan are offering Americans empty stomachs and empty rhetoric. The American people want more than that.Read More

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Paul Ryan Gets It Backwards on Families & Poverty

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 09, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Representative Paul Ryan identifies the "breakdown of the family" as the key cause of poverty. It's poverty that causes the "breakdown" of many families, not the other way around.Read More

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Indiana Marriage Lawsuit Is Carpetbagger's Game

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 08, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Indiana's new marriage equality lawsuit sounds great and wonderful, but don't be fooled. It is incredibly ill-timed and could have significant unintended consequences that could have - should have - been avoided.Read More

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Indiana Couples Sue for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | March 07, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

A Kentucky-based law firm sued the Governor of Indiana in federal court today on behalf of four same-gender couples seeking the freedom to marry.Read More

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Arrests, Protests Give Former Idahoan Reason to Hope

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 07, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

It's hard to come back to a place like Idaho, with leaders who make it clear they don't want people like me to exist. But thanks to the tremendous work of Idaho's LGBT activists, I have hope.Read More

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ENDA Protests Return to Utah State Capitol

Filed by John M. Becker | March 06, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Pro-equality demonstrators again converged on the Utah state capitol yesterday to demand state-level workplace and housing non-discrimination protections for LGBT people.Read More

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Virginia Finally Repeals Ban on Oral, Anal Sex

Filed by John M. Becker | March 06, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Virginia is for lovers once again.Read More

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Colonized Minds: Anti-Gay Laws in Arizona, Uganda & Beyond

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 06, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

It's not gay people or their acceptance of and incorporation into society and culture, but anti-gay laws like the one passed in Uganda and the one vetoed in Arizona that are outside the norm - and the product of colonized minds.Read More

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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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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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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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Rep. Steve King: No Rights for 'Self-Professed Behaviors'

Filed by John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Steve King, the nutty Republican congressman from Iowa, thinks homosexuality is a "self-professed behavior" that cannot be "independently verified" but can be "willfully changed."Read More

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Green Bay City Council Trying Again for LGBT Protections

Filed by John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Green Bay City Council is voting tonight on whether to allow all city workers to protect their partners with health insurance, regardless of sexual orientation. They need your help to do the right thing.Read More

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Arrests Mount in Idaho as Pro-LGBT Protests Continue

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

For several weeks, pro-equality demonstrators in Idaho have protested the state's inaction on LGBT discrimination protections. Today they took their protests to the governor's office.Read More

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Trans Rights Bill Passes Maryland Senate

Filed by John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Maryland Senate has just passed a bill that would protect trans people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.Read More

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Kentucky AG Won't Defend State Marriage Ban; Gov. Hires Outside Counsel

Filed by John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Kentucky AG Jack Conway announced this morning that the state will not appeal a ruling requiring same-sex marriage recognition, then the governor said the state will hire outside attorneys to do so.Read More

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Regnerus Testifies in Michigan; University Distances Itself

Filed by John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, as disgraced "researcher" Mark Regnerus gave anti-LGBT testimony in Michigan, his own colleagues distanced themselves from his junk-science "study."Read More

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Homophobia as Nationalism

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 01, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Vladimir Putin sees homophobia as an ideological support for his nationalist ideas and particularly his expansionist nation-building in Asia and Europe.Read More