Politics: May 2013


Will Illinois Pass Marriage Equality Today?

Filed by Bil Browning | May 31, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

While the rumor mill says that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn may call state legislators back to the Capitol for a special session, the push is on for the state House of Representatives to pass marriage equality today - the last day of the legislative session.Read More


It's Time to Advocate for ENDA

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 30, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Come to Washington, D.C. on June 17 and tell your U.S. Senators that it's time to move ENDA forward. Basic employment protections for trans people provide a crucial foundation for dignified, economically secure lives. And it should be a no-brainer.Read More


Michele Bachmann's List of Accomplishments

Filed by Bil Browning | May 30, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Now that Bachmann is leaving Congress, it's time for her victory lap - or the victory 100 meter dash in this case.Read More


Why Is Gov. Cuomo Ignoring the T in LGBT?

Filed by Drew Cordes | May 30, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Gov. Cuomo does not support the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). He nods and smiles at GENDA. He gives it lip service. He *does* nothing.Read More

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BREAKING: Michele Bachmann Will Not Run for Re-Election

Filed by John M. Becker | May 29, 2013 | 9:00 AM | comments

As the activist who exposed Marcus and Michele Bachmann's Minnesota clinic for offering discredited "pray away the gay" therapy, I will take great pleasure in watching the curtain close on this phase of Rep. Bachmann's political career.Read More


NY's Cardinal Dolan Pays for Birth Control, Abortion

Filed by John M. Becker | May 28, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

As far as New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan appears to be concerned, contraception coverage is acceptable on the local level but intolerable on the national level. Give me a break.Read More

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Can Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Cure the GOP's Homophobia?

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | May 26, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Homophobia is a cancer on the GOP. I hope Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen can be the cure.Read More


Anti-Gay Activist Commits Suicide in Notre Dame Cathedral: Updates, Analysis

Filed by John M. Becker | May 23, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

A far-right Catholic activist shot himself Tuesday in Notre Dame Cathedral to protest France's new marriage equality law. Bilerico Project Managing Editor John Becker joins progressive talk host David Pakman for discussion and analysis.Read More


Sequestering the Next Disaster

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 23, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

President Obama has promised Oklahoma "everything that it needs right away" to begin the process of recovering and rebuilding, but the debate in Washington is a reminder that we're all threatened by a masssive, man-made disaster called sequestration.Read More


Same-Sex Marriage Shouldn't Be the Focus of the Immigration Debate

Filed by Bil Browning | May 21, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Binational gay and lesbian couples have very real problems that need an immediate solution. Threatening to jeopardize relief for thousands of less fortunate queers isn't it. Read More


BREAKING: UK House of Commons Passes Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | May 21, 2013 | 2:15 PM | comments

Just now, the UK House of Commons gave final approval to a marriage equality bill by a vote of 366-161. It now moves on to the House of Lords.Read More


Minnesota Republicans Kill Anti-Bullying Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | May 21, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Minnesota's Republican and Catholic leaders are so incensed about losing the fight to preserve marriage discrimination that they're taking their anger out on bullied schoolchildren. I can't think of anything more disgraceful.Read More


Marriage Equality Round-Up: Illinois, UK

Filed by John M. Becker | May 20, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

After frustrating delays, it looks like marriage equality legislation may be able to finally move forward in Illinois and the U.K.Read More

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Courting Disaster: GOP Obstruction and the Courts

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 20, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Nowhere is Republican obstructionism more apparent than in our court system, where it may have far-reaching, disastrous consequences for public policy. And, again, that's just fine with Republicans.Read More


Failed Florida Mayoral Candidate: Voters Chose Lucifer Over Jesus

Filed by John M. Becker | May 16, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Anna Pierre, the failed Florida mayoral candidate who said her campaign was endorsed by Jesus Christ -- but couldn't muster even 1% of the vote in the actual election -- isn't taking her shellacking lying down.Read More


Running On Empty: GOP Obstruction & Government Vacancies

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 16, 2013 | 10:45 AM | comments

Republicans in Congress have a new tactic for shrinking government: making sure that nobody's there to run it.Read More


Candidate Endorsed by Jesus Comes in Last

Filed by John M. Becker | May 15, 2013 | 10:45 AM | comments

Out of 6,783 votes cast, Anna Pierre won just 56 -- 0.83% -- and came in dead last. I guess an endorsement from Jesus Christ doesn't get you very far these days.Read More


A History Lesson on Marriage Equality in Minnesota

Filed by Davina Kotulski | May 15, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Minnesota has been a key state in the marriage equality movement since the beginning of the movement.Read More


Jesus Endorses Candidate in Florida Mayoral Race

Filed by John M. Becker | May 14, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

When asked to specify the three signs she claims Jesus gave her indicating his endorsement of her mayoral bid, candidate Anna Pierre replied, "Well, I'm going to keep them private."Read More


NOM vs. George Takei?

Filed by John M. Becker | May 14, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

The paradoxically named and increasingly irrelevant National Organization for Marriage is notorious for desperate attention-seeking behavior, picking fights it can't win, and stirring up phony outrage. Their latest target is actor, author, and social media megastar George Takei.Read More


Gay Candidate Faces Voter Fraud Allegations in LA Council Race

Filed by Karen Ocamb | May 14, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

On May 1, Stephen J. Kaufman, attorney for 13th C.D. candidate John Choi, filed an official complaint with the Public Integrity Division of the L.A. County District Attorney's office alleging "illegal electioneering and vote tampering by Mitch O'Farrell campaign workers."Read More


BREAKING: Minnesota Senate Passes Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | May 13, 2013 | 5:19 PM | comments

Just now, in a vote of 37-30, the Minnesota State Senate passed marriage equality. Pro-equality Democratic Governor Mark Dayton will sign the bill into law tomorrow at 5 p.m. Central Time.Read More


Today: Minnesota Senate Poised to Pass Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | May 13, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Marriage equality is expected to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and pro-equality Governor Mark Dayton has pledged to sign the bill into law tomorrow. Minnesota will become the 12th marriage equality state.Read More


Pittsburgh 7-Eleven Franchise Owner: Meet and Discuss Trans Slur Incident

Filed by Sue Kerr | May 10, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

An employee at a Pittsburgh 7-Eleven used a transphobic slur, and the owner's response has been insufficient. It is important that business owners take steps to ensure everyone feels safe and welcome in their establishment.Read More


Catholic Bishops Becoming Increasingly Hysterical in Opposition to Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | May 10, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

In an insert that will be placed in parish bulletins across the country, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is warning that a broad pro-equality Supreme Court ruling would be "the 'Roe v. Wade' of marriage."Read More


Safer Schools: My First Experience in Legislative Advocacy

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 10, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Overcoming many obstacles, a small, ad hoc, diverse group of advocates -- working together under our wide trans umbrella -- got transgender-specific language inserted into the New Jersey anti-bullying bill.Read More


BREAKING: Minnesota House Passes Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | May 09, 2013 | 4:05 PM | comments

The Minnesota House just passed marriage equality in a 75-59 vote.Read More


"Progressive" Jim Wallis Throws LGBTs Under the Bus in Immigration Reform

Filed by John M. Becker | May 09, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Self-proclaimed prophet and so-called Christian progressive Jim Wallis chose to throw binational LGBT families under the bus on immigration reform. Shame on him.Read More


PolitiFact's Rating System is a Lie

Filed by Guest Blogger | May 09, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Politifact rated the claim by Martina Navratilova that "In 29 states in this country you can still get fired for not just being gay, but if your employer thinks you are gay" as being half true. An analysis of their reasoning reveals deep flaws in their methodology.Read More


Let's Talk About "Key Priorities"

Filed by Jerame Davis | May 09, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

President Obama has more than enough of a challenge in choosing his key players without our grousing about whether or not one of them is openly LGBT. It is far more important that the President choose the best Secretaries for his Cabinet than for our community to mark another box on our checklist of firsts.Read More


NOM's Latest Faux Outrage: Marriage Equality Will Make Society More Equal

Filed by John M. Becker | May 08, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Brian Brown is begging members to send him money so that NOM can continue exposing the "terrible lie" that marriage equality makes Americans more equal.Read More

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Some Privilege Tantrums for Your Morning Commute

Filed by John M. Becker | May 08, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

I can't think of a more vivid illustration of just how desperate right-wingers have become.Read More


Delaware Passes Marriage Equality; Minnesota May Be Next

Filed by John M. Becker | May 07, 2013 | 7:00 PM | comments

Just minutes after the Delaware Senate gave final approval to marriage equality, Gov. Jack Markell signed it into law, telling the crowd, "I do not intend to make any of you wait one minute longer."Read More

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The GOP Wages 'Class Warfare' on Working Families

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 07, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

House Republicans have introduced a bill to make sure we have even less. It's called the "Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013? (H.R. 1406), and it's as Orwellian as it sounds.Read More


Sequestering Mental Health Care Is Insanity

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 05, 2013 | 3:17 PM | comments

Adam Lanza. James Holmes. Jared Lee Loughner. Seung-Hui Cho. These names instantly bring to mind some of the worst mass shooting massacres of the last decade or so. But they have something else in common.Read More

Sequestration: Austerity By Another Name

Filed by Terrance Heath | May 01, 2013 | 12:19 PM | comments

Sequestration, which is basically austerity by another name, could finally push the economy over the cliff, taking millions of American families with it. The latest evidence of the impact of "de facto" austerity is a widening wealth gap between races.Read More