Politics: January 2015

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Chile Gives Final Approval to Civil Unions Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | January 30, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Lawmakers in Chile gave final approval this week to a bill that will allow all couples, including same-sex couples, to enter into legally recognized civil unions.Read More


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Idaho Republicans Kill LGBT Rights Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | January 29, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

This morning, Republicans in the Idaho House's State Affairs Committee killed a bill that would have added the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the state's Human Rights Act.Read More


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AL Judge Clarifies: All Counties Must Issue Licenses

Filed by John M. Becker | January 28, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Alabama judge who struck down that state's marriage discrimination amendment twice in the past week clarified today that her ruling applies statewide, not just to the plaintiff couples.Read More


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Marriage in Alabama: A Heart Attack in the Heart of Dixie

Filed by Leslie Robinson | January 27, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

When U.S. District Judge Callie V. Granade struck down marriage discrimination in Alabama, there was a collective heart attack in the Heart of Dixie.Read More


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Wingnut Week in Review: 'No-Go Zone' on the Brain

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 26, 2015 | 5:00 PM | comments

From anti-choice bills in the House to threatened lawsuits over Muslim "no-go zones," last week showed that the wingnut brain is biggest "no-go zone" of them all.Read More


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Alabama Marriage Ruling Stayed for Two Weeks

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2015 | 9:30 AM | comments

There won't be any same-sex couples getting married in Alabama today - last night, the judge who struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment stayed her ruling for two weeks to give the state time to appeal to the 11th Circuit. Read More


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Jeb Bush Rips a Page Out of Catholic Church's Playbook

Filed by John M. Becker | January 25, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

When it comes to marriage equality, Jeb Bush is ripping a page out of the Catholic Church's playbook: holding on to anti-gay views, but talking about them less.Read More


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Alabama Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2015 | 7:10 PM | comments

A federal judge has struck down Alabama's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional, ruling that it violates the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantees of due process and equal protection.Read More


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Justice Thomas Embraces Anti-Gay Activists Ahead of Marriage Cases

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2015 | 3:30 PM | comments

As the Supreme Court prepares to decide the issue of marriage equality, Justice Clarence Thomas grabbed a photo with two of the nation's most prominent proponents of marriage discrimination.Read More


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Virginia Lawmakers Kill Bill Banning 'Ex-Gay' Torture

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Just days after a bill was introduced in Virginia that would outlaw discredited, debunked, and dangerous "ex-gay" torture therapy for minors, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled legislature killed it in committee.Read More


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Wingnuts and the State of the Union

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 22, 2015 | 3:00 PM | comments

President Obama's State of the Union Address, complete with a "mic drop" moment, couldn't have annoyed Republicans more if he'd entered to the theme from "Rocky" and exited to "How Ya Like Me Now."Read More


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Starkville Overrides Mayor's Veto, Repeals Pro-LGBT Measures

Filed by John M. Becker | January 22, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

The city council in Starkville, Mississippi voted Tuesday night to override the mayor's veto of a measure repealing the city's historic anti-discrimination resolution and ending domestic partner health insurance coverage for city employees.Read More


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Colin Farrell Passionately Backs Marriage in Ireland

Filed by John M. Becker | January 21, 2015 | 5:00 PM | comments

Actor Colin Farrell, who has a gay brother, is speaking out passionately in favor of marriage equality in his native Ireland.Read More


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Chile Advances, Macedonia Regresses on Relationship Rights

Filed by John M. Becker | January 21, 2015 | 11:00 AM | comments

A civil unions bill advances in Chile, but a marriage discrimination amendment moves forward in Macedonia.Read More


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Lawmakers in Two States Introduce 'Ex-Gay' Bans

Filed by John M. Becker | January 20, 2015 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in Virginia and Illinois have introduced bills that would ban the discredited and dangerous practice of "ex-gay" therapy from being offered to minors.Read More


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Trans Woman Picked as PA's New Physician General

Filed by John M. Becker | January 20, 2015 | 11:30 AM | comments

Pennsylvania governor-elect Tom Wolf has appointed Dr. Rachel Levine as the state's physician general. If confirmed by the state senate, Levine will be the first trans woman to hold that position.Read More


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Ireland's Health Minister Comes Out as Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | January 20, 2015 | 9:00 AM | comments

Ireland's Minister of Health, Leo Varadkar, came out as gay on Sunday. He is the country's first openly gay government minister.Read More


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Wingnut Week in Review: Benghazi to Beyoncé

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 18, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

From Benghazi and Beyoncé to the terrorist attack in Paris, this week was a smorgasbord of wingnuttery.Read More


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Holder: Feds Will Back Marriage Equality at SCOTUS

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2015 | 7:00 PM | comments

"We expect to file a 'friend of the court' brief... that will urge the Supreme Court to make marriage equality a reality for all Americans."Read More


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What if We Lose at the Supreme Court?

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2015 | 6:30 PM | comments

Marriage equality advocates are optimistic about our chances in front of the Supreme Court this spring. But it never hurts to ask: what happens if we lose? Lambda Legal's Jon Davidson has an answer.Read More


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BREAKING: SCOTUS GRANTS REVIEW in Marriage Cases

Filed by John M. Becker | January 16, 2015 | 3:32 PM | comments

This just in: the U.S. Supreme Court has just agreed to hear the Sixth Circuit marriage cases, meaning we're likely to get a decision on nationwide marriage equality by June.Read More


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Judge Orders Michigan to Recognize 300 Legal Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | January 15, 2015 | 11:15 AM | comments

A federal judge ruled today that Michigan must recognize the approximately 300 legal same-sex marriages performed in the state in March. The ruling has been stayed.Read More


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Russia Backs Away from Trans Driving Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | January 15, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Transgender Russians will not be forced to give up their driving privileges after all, according to reports.Read More


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BREAKING: South Dakota Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | January 12, 2015 | 3:45 PM | comments

A federal judge has just struck down South Dakota's marriage discrimination amendment. The ruling has been stayed.Read More


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BREAKING: SCOTUS Takes No Action on 6th Circuit Marriage Cases

Filed by John M. Becker | January 12, 2015 | 9:40 AM | comments

The U.S. Supreme Court did not include any of the 6th Circuit marriage equality cases on its orders list this morning, so the wait continues to see whether or not the justices will take up a freedom-to-marry case this term.Read More


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Starkville Mayor Vetoes Anti-LGBT Repeal Vote

Filed by John M. Becker | January 11, 2015 | 6:00 PM | comments

Parker Wiseman, the mayor of the eastern Mississippi city of Starkville, vetoed the city council's attempt to repeal Starkville's historic anti-discrimination resolution and end domestic partner health insurance coverage for city employees.Read More


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Starkville, MS Quietly Repeals Pro-LGBT Measures

Filed by John M. Becker | January 09, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in Starkville, Mississippi quietly repealed a pro-LGBT resolution and ended domestic partner health coverage this week in a closed-door session.Read More


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LISTEN: 5th Circuit Seems Poised to Rule for Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | January 09, 2015 | 3:00 PM | comments

Oral arguments at the Fifth Circuit are over, and observers predict the panel is likely to rule 2-1 in favor of marriage equality. The U.S. Supreme Court took no action today.Read More


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Russia Bans Transgender People from Driving

Filed by John M. Becker | January 09, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Russian government has decreed that people who are transgender are unfit to drive.Read More


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Big Day for Marriage Equality Today

Filed by John M. Becker | January 09, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today is a big day in the push for nationwide marriage equality, in the Fifth Circuit and at the U.S. Supreme Court.Read More


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Bush 45? No Way.

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | January 08, 2015 | 11:30 AM | comments

Many have interpreted Jeb Bush's latest statement about marriage equality to mean that he's a "moderate" on social issues. In fact, his views have not changed at all.Read More


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Mitch McConnell's Scary Problem

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 07, 2015 | 5:00 PM | comments

Mitch McConnell's goal for the new Republican-led Congress is simple: Don't scare voters away from a GOP presidential candidate in 2016. Recent events suggest that will be an uphill battle.Read More


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14 FL Counties Stop Weddings to Avoid Serving Gays

Filed by John M. Becker | January 05, 2015 | 3:30 PM | comments

In Florida, a number of county clerks - mostly in the state's conservative panhandle - are choosing to stop holding courthouse marriage ceremonies altogether rather than holding them for gay couples.Read More


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BREAKING: Marriage Comes Early to Miami-Dade County

Filed by John M. Becker | January 05, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

A state judge in Florida has lifted her stay on a pro-marriage equality ruling, meaning that same-sex couples in Miami-Dade County will be able to start marrying half a day earlier than the rest of the Sunshine State.Read More