Politics: May 2014

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Godwin's Universal Law

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | May 30, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

There are many ways that we can express our opposition or contempt for someone without resorting to the N-bomb.Read More

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WI's Largest Counties Prepare for Possible Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | May 30, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Recent comments from Wisconsin's attorney general have officials in Madison and Milwaukee scrambling to prepare for what could be a flood of same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses.Read More

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Justice Kennedy Asks for Info in Oregon Marriage Case

Filed by John M. Becker | May 29, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Justice Anthony Kennedy wants more information before he makes a ruling on NOM's request that marriage equality be put on hold in Oregon while it appeals.Read More

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Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Dent Comes Out for Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | May 29, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Charlie Dent, a Republican congressman representing Pennsylvania's 15th House District, endorsed marriage equality yesterday. He's just the sixth congressional Republican to do so.Read More

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Houston Passes Equal Rights Ordinance

Filed by John M. Becker | May 28, 2014 | 9:30 PM | comments

Tonight the Houston City Council, led by lesbian mayor Annise Parker, passed a sweeping, LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance.Read More

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Luxembourg Moves Closer to Marriage, Adoption Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | May 28, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg took a big step closer to marriage and adoption equality today. A bill is expected to be approved next month.Read More

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BREAKING: Maine Fines NOM for Ethics Violations

Filed by John M. Becker | May 28, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

The Maine Ethics Commission has just voted unanimously to fine NOM for violating state campaign laws in 2009. NOM is reportedly refusing to obey the ruling.Read More

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Desperate NOM Asks SCOTUS to Stop Oregon Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | May 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Once again vainly attempting to stick its finger in the dike of history, the National Organization for Marriage is asking the Supreme Court to block marriage equality in Oregon.Read More

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Gay Pennsylvania Republican Wins Democratic Primary

Filed by Andrew Markle | May 27, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Gay Pennsylvania State Rep. Mike Fleck, who came out in 2012, lost his Republican primary but won the Democratic nomination on a write-in campaign.Read More

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Wingnut Week In Review: It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 25, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

This week saw a number of right-wingers being pulled up short in one way or another, including mega-wingnut Dinesh D'Souza. It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.Read More

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And Then There Was One: South Dakota Gets Marriage Suit

Filed by John M. Becker | May 22, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

A freedom-to-marry lawsuit was filed in South Dakota today, leaving only one non-marriage equality state - North Dakota - without one.Read More

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Marriage Is Safe in PA: Gov. Won't Appeal

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

Last hour, Pennsylvania's Republican governor announced that he will not appeal yesterday's ruling legalizing marriage equality in the Keystone State.Read More

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VA Grants Death Benefits to Lesbian Widow

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

In what's believed to be an historic first, the Department of Veterans Affairs is retroactively granting survivor benefits to Tracy Dice Johnson, whose wife Donna was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan in October 2012. Johnson, who fought with...Read More

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NOM Spanked Again in Bid to Conceal Donors' Names

Filed by John M. Becker | May 21, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Last night, the National Organization for Marriage lost its bid to retroactively force California to hide the names of donors to Proposition 8.Read More

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Who Will Reach the Rising American Electorate?

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 21, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The party that can reach the rising American electorate with a progressive, populist agenda that creates jobs, invests in people, and creates an economy that works for everyone may have a lot to celebrate after Election Day.Read More

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NY Times: Feds Worked Hard in 60s, 70s to Root Out Gays

Filed by John M. Becker | May 21, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

A fascinating and troubling New York Times article discusses the U.S. government's obsession in the 1960s and 1970s with rooting out and firing gays from federal jobs.Read More


UPDATED: Pennsylvania Marriage Ban Struck Down!

Filed by John M. Becker | May 20, 2014 | 2:28 PM | comments

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III has just struck down Pennsylvania's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional. He did not stay his ruling, so it takes effect immediately.Read More

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Sponsor of Peru's Civil Unions Bill Comes Out as Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | May 20, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

"Yes, I am gay and I am proud to belong to this group of people who are so valuable to PerĂº."Read More


Judge Orders Utah to Recognize its Own Same-Sex Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | May 19, 2014 | 5:15 PM | comments

This afternoon, a federal judge in Utah ordered the state to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples who wed during the brief window when it was legal there, before the U.S. Supreme Court stopped them pending appeal.Read More


BREAKING: Oregon Marriage Ban Falls

Filed by John M. Becker | May 19, 2014 | 3:08 PM | comments

A federal judge in Oregon has just struck down that state's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional.Read More

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NOM's Preemptive Attempt to Block Oregon Marriage Ruling Denied

Filed by John M. Becker | May 19, 2014 | 2:17 PM | comments

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just rejected NOM's attempt to block today's forthcoming ruling on marriage equality in Oregon.Read More


Maine Ethics Investigators Recommend Fining NOM $50K

Filed by John M. Becker | May 19, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Ethics investigators in Maine are recommending that the anti-equality group National Organization for Marriage be fined more than $50,000 for illegal campaign activities in the state.Read More


BREAKING: Arkansas Supremes Stop Marriages During Appeal

Filed by John M. Becker | May 16, 2014 | 5:35 PM | comments

Minutes ago, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay on Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza's ruling last week that struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment.Read More

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Putin Blames Ukraine Unrest on 'Gay Nazis'

Filed by John M. Becker | May 16, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

According to a leading Russia scholar, Russian president Vladimir Putin has taken to labeling protesters in Ukraine as "gay Nazis."Read More

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The White House Agrees: Review Trans Military Ban

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

Could the military's trans ban be the next barrier to fall for LGBT people in the American armed forces?Read More


BREAKING: Oregon Judge Will Issue Marriage Ruling Monday

Filed by John M. Becker | May 16, 2014 | 4:15 PM | comments

In just over 70 hours, Oregon may become the next marriage equality state.Read More

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Rainbow Flag Flies Over Costa Rica's Presidential Residence

Filed by John M. Becker | May 16, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Costa Rica's new president has barely been in office for a week, but he's already setting a wonderfully progressive tone on LGBT issues.Read More

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Porterville, CA Mayor to Bullied Kids: 'Grow a Pair'

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

The mayor of Porterville, California has some thoroughly appalling advice for children who are victims of bullying: just "grow a pair."Read More

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Marriage Watch: Go in Arkansas, Pause in Idaho

Filed by John M. Becker | May 15, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

The marriage equality roller coaster continues in Idaho and Arkansas.Read More

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Maryland Governor Signs Landmark Trans Rights Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | May 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

This morning, Maryland became the 18th state (plus D.C.) to pass basic protections for its transgender citizens.Read More

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Marriages Halt in Arkansas Amid Confusion

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

Yesterday's confusing ruling from the Arkansas Supreme Court has halted further same-sex marriages in the state, at least for now.Read More


Arkansas Supremes Reject Stay, Still Manage to Confuse

Filed by John M. Becker | May 14, 2014 | 7:10 PM | comments

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the state attorney general's request to stay a ruling striking down the state's marriage discrimination amendment. But they still managed to be confusing.Read More

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BREAKING: Fed. Judge Refuses to Stop Idaho Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | May 14, 2014 | 1:40 PM | comments

And in Oregon, a judge rejected NOM's attempt to intervene in a marriage case and defend the state's discriminatory amendment.Read More

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BREAKING: Idaho Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | May 13, 2014 | 8:30 PM | comments

Tonight, the promised "quick ruling" in the NCLR-led case challenging the constitutionality of Idaho's marriage discrimination amendment came -- and U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale has struck it down.Read More

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Gambian Dictator Threatens Gay Asylum-Seekers

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

Yahya Jammeh, the crackpot dictator of Gambia, warned LGBT Gambians that if they fled the country and claimed asylum on the basis of anti-LGBT persecution, he'd kill them.Read More

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An Excerpt from Hillary Clinton's New Book 'Hard Choices'

Filed by Bil Browning | May 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Former Secretary of State (and likely presidential candidate) Hillary Clinton will release a new book, "Hard Choices," in June.Read More

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Alaska Gets a Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Filed by John M. Becker | May 13, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Alaska is the latest U.S. state with an active marriage equality lawsuit. There are now just three without one.Read More

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NOM's Anti-Equality Rally in VA Looks Like a Snooze-Fest

Filed by John M. Becker | May 13, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

NOM is rallying this morning outside the federal courthouse in Virginia where a challenge to marriage discrimination will be heard. The rally looks like it's going to be a major fail.Read More

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BREAKING: Aiken's Primary Opponent Dies in Home Accident

Filed by John M. Becker | May 12, 2014 | 4:57 PM | comments

The AP is reporting that Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken's opponent in the North Carolina's District 2 congressional race, is dead.Read More

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All the News That's Fit to Guess

Filed by Leslie Robinson | May 11, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

Have you been paying attention to recent events in LGBT news? Time to find out!Read More

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Two Years Ago Today, Obama Evolved on Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | May 09, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Two years ago today, President Obama spoke words that millions of LGBT Americans wanted to hear: "...it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."Read More

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Why the Lawlessness at Bundy's Ranch Must Not Stand

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 08, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

The rule of law is essential ingredient of democracy. Without it, we risk devolving from "a government of laws, not men," to government by the men with the most guns.Read More

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Lockhart Gives Hope to Indiana's LGBT Community

Filed by Andrew Markle | May 08, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Patrick Lockhart, a 21-year-old Democrat from Indianapolis, would be a refreshing addition to the Indiana House of Representatives.Read More

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Election Watch: Clay Aiken Holds Slim Lead, Mona Sinclair Breaks a Heel

Filed by John M. Becker | May 07, 2014 | 7:30 AM | comments

Openly gay singer Clay Aiken holds a slim lead in his North Carolina congressional primary, but anti-gay former drag queen Steve Wiles (a.k.a. Mona Sinclair) lost decisively.Read More

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Gay Sex is Like Taking a Dump in Your Bed, Says Lawmaker

Filed by John M. Becker | May 06, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Steve Hickey, a GOP state representative from South Dakota, is again making headlines for obscene comments about anal sex.Read More

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Lambda Legal Knocks Chris Christie for Politicizing the Courts

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

Lambda Legal and other New Jersey groups are calling out Chris Christie for his attacks on judicial independence.Read More

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Ros-Lehtinen Hypocritically Refuses to Sign ENDA Petition

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

Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who's allegedly the LGBT community's biggest ally in the GOP caucus, refuses to sign a discharge petition to force a vote on ENDA.Read More


Supreme Court Upholds Government-Sponsored Prayer

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

The Roberts Court's all-out assault on the U.S. Constitution continues. Read More


CA May Remove Exclusionary Language from Marriage Law

Filed by John M. Becker | May 05, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Lawmakers in the California Senate approved a bill last week that would remove an exclusionary, heterosexist definition of marriage from the state's family law code.Read More

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Bundy's 'Militia' is Lawlessness of a Different Color

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 04, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

If Cliven Bundy and his supporters were black or Latino and wore hoodies instead of cowboy hats, they wouldn't be called a "militia," but a gang of armed "thugs."Read More

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Anti-Gay North Carolina GOP Candidate is Former Drag Queen

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

Steve Wiles is a conservative, anti-gay Republican candidate for the North Carolina senate. He's also a former drag queen named Mona Sinclair.Read More

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Rick Weiland: America's Campiest Political Candidate

Filed by Bil Browning | May 04, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Weiland is tapped into what makes the LGBT community such a potent political force - the ability to be a little campy while fighting for justice for all people. Read More

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When All Else Fails, Go Back to Benghazi

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 03, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

It's time for the Wingnut Week In Review. This week, wingnuts weren't just beating a dead horse. They were almost making glue.Read More

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Georgia's Orthodox Church Tries to Block Anti-Discrimination Law

Filed by John M. Becker | May 02, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

The nation of Georgia is moving forward with an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination law because it wants to join the EU. But the Orthodox Church is still trying to block it.Read More

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Uganda: It Gets Worse

Filed by John M. Becker | May 02, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

Just months after enacting a draconian "jail the gays" bill, Uganda is preparing to clamp down further on LGBT rights.Read More

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Marriage Equality Round-Up: AR, GA, ID, IN, NC

Filed by John M. Becker | May 02, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Marriage equality lawsuits are pressing forward at lightning speed. Here are updates from Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, and North Carolina - as well as Indiana, where marriage equality goes to court today.Read More

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SD Republican: Gay Sex is a 'One Way Alley for the Garbage Truck'

Filed by John M. Becker | May 02, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

A Republican state representative in South Dakota calls anal sex "a one way alley for the garbage truck" in a letter to the editor he's trying to get published in his local paper.Read More

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Idaho Vet Offers to Donate Burial Plot to Lesbian Couple

Filed by John M. Becker | May 01, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

After the state of Idaho refused to allow a 74-year-old Navy veteran to share her burial plot with her deceased wife, a retired army colonel offered to donate his so the couple can be buried together.Read More

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Can Conservatives Stop Defending Slavery?

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 01, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

Are conservatives ready to stop defending slavery, if only for the sake of their political future?Read More

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Louisiana Thinks Housing Discrimination is A-OK

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

Louisiana legislators rejected a measure on Monday that would have made it illegal to refuse sell or rent property to people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.Read More