Politics: June 2013


Citing Windsor, Michigan Judge Strikes Down Anti-Gay Law

Filed by John M. Becker | June 30, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Citing the Supreme Court's DOMA decision, a federal judge in Michigan struck down a state law forbidding school districts and local governments from offering health benefits to domestic partners of public employees.Read More


St. Petersburg Busts Up Pride Parade

Filed by John M. Becker | June 29, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

On a weekend where many in the U.S. are celebrating Pride, we can't forget that many LGBT people face violence, prison, and even death just for being who they are.Read More


The Hollingsworth v. Perry Decision Explained

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 27, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Supreme Court really didn't want to have to decide the issues raised in Hollingsworth v Perry, and had to engage in some serious mental gymnastics to find a way to kick it out of court.Read More


The Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decisions Explained

Filed by Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 26, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

The Court held that DOMA deprived same-sex couples of the liberty due them under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and violates the prohibition against denying to any person the equal protection of the laws.Read More

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C'mon, SCOTUS, Do Us Proud!

Filed by Davina Kotulski | June 26, 2013 | 8:30 AM | comments

Imagine what it will be like for all the young LGBT people who get to just grow up with the option to marry their beloved and don't have to carry picket signs and petitions for years to get that right.Read More


Finishing the March: African-Americans & the Jobs Deficit

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 25, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Progress on civil rights, such as voting rights and laws against discrimination in employment, have fulfilled much of the March's "Freedom" agenda, but its goal to transform the economic lives of African-Americans remains largely unachieved.Read More

Supreme Court: No Marriage Decisions Today

Filed by Bil Browning | June 25, 2013 | 10:15 AM | comments

Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.Read More

No SCOTUS Decisions on Marriage Today

Filed by Bil Browning | June 24, 2013 | 10:32 AM | comments

Once again, the wait continues...Read More

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How E.W. Jackson & Pals Damage Black Families

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 22, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

In a speech earlier this week, black conservative and Virginia's Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson, claimed that government social programs have done more harm to black families than slavery.Read More


VIDEO: Florida Rep's Evolution on Marriage

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | June 21, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Florida State Representative Darryl Rouson speaks up about his evolution from anti-gay politician to marriage equality supporter.Read More

Breaking Down Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 20, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

While we won't know the outcomes of the cases until late June, one thing is clear: momentum for equality is on our side.Read More

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FL School Board Official Decries 'Homosexual Agenda'

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | June 20, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Conspiracy theorist and Broward County School Board Diversity Committee Vice Chair, Tom Lauder, is convinced there is "a homosexual agenda"Read More

No Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Today

Filed by Bil Browning | June 20, 2013 | 10:15 AM | comments

The Supreme Court has announced their decisions for the day. The wait continues.Read More

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Republican Sen Murkowski Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | June 19, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski has become the third member of the GOP to endorse marriage equality.Read More


How Do We Gain Asian American Support for Marriage?

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 19, 2013 | 9:30 AM | comments

Asian Americans are the nation's fastest growing minority group, but an exit poll by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund revealed a lack of support, if not outright opposition, to same-sex marriage.Read More

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Twitterbomb Marco Rubio at 3pm Today

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | June 18, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Join Equality Florida's Twitterbomb targeting Marco Rubio, the junior United States Senator from Florida, over his recent homophobic remarks.Read More


Masturbating Fetuses for Rubio?

Filed by John M. Becker | June 18, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Despite the lack of progress among women, African Americans, Latinos, and LGBTs, the GOP is making inroads with one crucial demographic group: frisky fetuses.Read More

From the Beginning: The Prop 8 Supreme Court Case

Filed by Bil Browning | June 17, 2013 | 10:15 AM | comments

As the LGBT community waits on pins and needles for word about the Supreme Court's decision on two landmark marriage equality cases, AFER has released a video showing the road they took to get here with the Prop 8 case.Read More


Breadwinning Women, Surrogacy & the Single Dad

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 16, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Americans aren't any more comfortable with stay-at-home dads than they are with working moms, and men who take on a fairer share of childcare get no respect at work.Read More


Obama at Pride Reception: "We're Not Done Yet"

Filed by John M. Becker | June 13, 2013 | 9:30 PM | comments

At a White House Pride Month reception, President Obama listed his administration's accomplishments and future priorities, reiterating his commitment to ENDA but not mentioning an executive order forbidding federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.Read More

GetEqual Protests at Speaker Boehner's Office Over ENDA

Filed by Bil Browning | June 13, 2013 | 4:45 PM | comments

GetEqual protesters went to the Capital today and stumbled over the Republican Party.Read More


How the Few Have Chosen Inequality for the Many

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 13, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

By now we know this is not a good economy. It's a "Truman Show" economy, in which "good news" about economic gains are really smoke and mirrors intended hide the reality that ours is an economy in which the few have chosen inequality for the many.Read More


French Mayor Refuses to Obey Marriage Equality Law, Faces Jail

Filed by John M. Becker | June 12, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

The mayor of a southwestern French city announced his refusal to follow the country's new marriage equality law, risking heavy fines and jail time in the process.Read More


Police in Greece Victimizing Trans Persons

Filed by John M. Becker | June 12, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Alarming reports are emerging from Greece's second-largest city that trans people are being harassed, arrested, and detained by police.Read More


Why I'm Voting for Cory Booker in the NJ Senate Primary

Filed by Rebecca Juro | June 12, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

The New Jersey Senate primary presents an abundance of well-qualified candidates. Here's why I think Cory Booker stands above the rest.Read More


Russian State Duma Unanimously Passes Anti-Gay Law

Filed by John M. Becker | June 11, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Russian State Duma has just unanimously passed a draconian law banning so-called "gay propaganda." It would make even claiming that gay and straight relationships are equal a criminal offense.Read More


Gay Firefighter and 9/11 First Responder Dies

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

Firefighter Phillip Curtis McKee III died of injuries sustained on 9/11 when he responded to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Virginia views him and his husband as legal strangers.Read More


Middle East Gay Pride and LGBT Safety Exist Only in Israel

Filed by Guest Blogger | June 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

It's astounding that Israel's liberal society could survive in a Middle East so violently contrary to its democratic values. Yet it is Israel that is consistently singled out for excoriation by ostensibly well-meaning individuals.Read More


Marriage at the Supreme Court: What Will It Mean?

Filed by Bil Browning | June 10, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

So when do you think the Supreme Court will rule? There's only three days to pick from now - Thursday the 13th, Monday the 17th, and Monday the 24th. And what will it mean when they do?Read More

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Juan Ahonen-Jover and the Gay Agenda

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | June 10, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Entrepreneur Juan Ahonen-Jover has released the 2013 installment of his book, The Gay Agenda, outlining what he views as the most important items on the agenda for LGBT people this year and concrete actions we can take to accomplish them.Read More

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Superhero Cory Booker Enters NJ Senate Race

Filed by Bil Browning | June 09, 2013 | 12:45 PM | comments

Newark Mayor Cory Booker formally announced that he would seek the New Jersey open Senate seat following the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg.Read More

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Bachmann: I May Run for President in 2016

Filed by John M. Becker | June 07, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

Everyone's favorite batty congresswoman, Rep. Michele Bachmann, told Sean Hannity last night that she wouldn't take a 2016 presidential run off the table. On behalf of journalists, political commentators, comedians, and progressives everywhere, I offer this response.Read More


Mr. President, It's Time to Sign

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

President Obama: evolve already on LGBT workplace protections!Read More


Church of England Drops Opposition to Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Church of England, which had previously threatened to disestablish itself from the state over same-sex marriage, has abruptly dropped its opposition.Read More

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German High Court Grants Tax Equality to Gay Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | June 06, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Today's ruling is a step forward for LGBT rights in Germany and a setback for anti-gay Chancellor Angela Merkel, but the nation still lags well behind other European powers on LGBT relationship recognition.Read More

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Young Republicans: Another Reason to Keep Talking About Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | June 05, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Since talking about marriage equality apparently works like some kind of magic Republican youth repellent, our community needs to talk until we're blue in the face.Read More


One Step Closer to Equal Marriage in the UK

Filed by John M. Becker | June 05, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Having passed its second reading yesterday in the House of Lords by such an overwhelming margin, the United Kingdom's marriage equality bill is nearly certain to become law.Read More


Ugandan Minister: Gay Sex Wrong; Men Raping Girls 'Natural'

Filed by John M. Becker | June 03, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

When asked why he's worried about gay sex while his country is facing a child rape epidemic, Uganda's Minister of Ethics and Integrity said that male-female child rape was "the right kind."Read More

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Anti-Gay MN Group Very Upset About Fake News Story

Filed by John M. Becker | June 03, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

The leader of a Minnesota anti-gay group is apparently so blinded by anti-gay animus that he doesn't find it necessary to check his facts before posting news stories. So he got punk'd.Read More

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Full Court Press: Obama Dares Republicans to Filibuster Nominees

Filed by Terrance Heath | June 03, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

While the rest of us will be sweating through another Washington summer, Republican senators will be sweating in their well air-conditioned offices, now that President Obama has turned up the heat on GOP obstruction, with three nominees to the U.S. District Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit.Read More


Marriage Equality Stalls in Illinois

Filed by Waymon Hudson | June 02, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Same-sex couples in Illinois will have to wait even longer for equal rights. In a move that shocked many community members and advocates, the Illinois House ended its current session without calling a vote on the Marriage Equality Bill.Read More