Politics: February 2013

Top Republicans Sign Onto Brief Opposing Prop 8

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 27, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

Ken Mehlmann is leading the charge for moderate Republicans to come out in support of marriage equality. Here's the growing list of GOP supporters of the freedom to marry.Read More


What Will the Sequester Do to Your State?

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 26, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

For folks in Washington, sequestration is kind of like gambling with someone else's money. Read More


GENDA & New York: A Bellwether Battle

Filed by Drew Cordes | February 26, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

April 30 will be the day LGBT voices reach full throat literally within earshot of New York legislators. The clock is ticking. Let's queer the Capitol.Read More


The GOP Is Losing the Sequester Blame Game

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 25, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Republicans are running out the clock, either out of plain ol' meanness and anger, or because of some misguided gamble that obstruction will work this time and Americans will blame the president for bringing the economy to a screeching halt.Read More

Supreme Court

DOJ Brief to SCOTUS Says DOMA Unconstitutional

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 25, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

On Friday afternoon, the Department of Justice filed a brief saying Section 3 of DOMA should be struck down because it "inflicts a vast array of...severe harms" on married same sex couples.Read More


What the Hell is Sequestration & Why Is Shirking Accountability the New Norm?

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 21, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

The sequester was supposed to be a tactic so harsh, it would force lawmakers then facing the "fiscal cliff" to stop kicking the economic can down the road and reach a bipartisan deal on how to move forward with the debt and a still weak recovery.Read More


CA State Senator Ricardo Lara & EQCA Take On the Boy Scouts

Filed by Karen Ocamb | February 20, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

For a brief shining week at the end of January and into February, it appeared that the Boy Scouts of America might relent, acknowledge the progress made in ending discrimination against LGBT people, and lift its ban on gays scouts or scout leaders.Read More


The Three Faces of the GOP

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 14, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Watching the various Republican responses -- official and otherwise -- to President Obama's state of the Union address was a bit like watching a right-wing remake of The Three Faces of Eve.Read More


Texas GOP Rep Invites Ted Nugent to State of the Union Address

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The phrase "unworthy of the honor" doesn't even begin to describe how truly disgusting Representative Stockman's invitation to Ted Nugent is. It does say a lot about the gutter in which today's GOP lives, though.Read More


Amendments Submitted to Canadian Trans Human Rights Bill C-279

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 08, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Now it's a waiting game to see whether the amendments will be made. Which is unfortunate, as this time would be better spent actively lobbying for an inclusive bill.Read More


[Part 4] The GOP & Obama's Second Term: Rage of an Unprivileged Class

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 07, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

From the moment he was sworn in as president, what's bothered many conservatives most about Barack Obama was that he was a Black man who seemed pathologically incapable of "knowing his place."Read More


Catholic Bishops Won't Support Immigration Reform If It's LGBT-Inclusive

Filed by John M. Becker | February 07, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Catholic Church is willing to throw the eleven million undocumented immigrants in this country under the bus unless the Obama administration is willing to degrade and exclude binational LGBT families.Read More


Why Eric Cantor Can't Rescue the GOP's 'Lost' Message

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 06, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Eric Cantor is working hard to rescue the GOP's "Lost" message. You can't blame him for trying. There are, of course, several problems.Read More


[Part 3] The GOP & Obama's Second Term: Rage of an Unprivileged Class

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 04, 2013 | 6:30 PM | comments

The Lone Ranger and Tonto are watching a horde of Indian braves bear down on them in full battle fury. "Looks like we're in trouble, Tonto," says the Lone Ranger to his pal. "What you mean 'we,' white man?," Tonto responds. Read More


The Kids Are Alright, But the GOP May Not Be

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 01, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Young voters seem to have been forgotten amid the Republican party's flailing to shore up its demographic deficits, but they're an important electoral demographic. And a new survey shows that young voters lean very progressive.Read More