Politics: September 2013

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Prop 8 Dream Team Sues for Marriage in Virginia

Filed by John M. Becker | September 30, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Ted Olson and David Boies, the dream team that successfully fought Proposition 8, announced today that they're joining a marriage equality lawsuit in Virginia.Read More

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Jennifer Hudson Is Scandalous

Filed by Bil Browning | September 30, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

What if Jennifer Hudson played the lead in Scandal instead of Kerry Washington? And what if the show portrayed the real political intrigue currently embroiling DC?Read More

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Mike Rogers Outs Anti-Gay GOP Sen. John Barrasso

Filed by John M. Becker | September 30, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Mike Rogers, best known for outing closeted gay politicians who vote against LGBT equality, outed anti-gay Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso yesterday on Twitter.Read More

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Your Government Shutdown Analogy of the Day

Filed by Bil Browning | September 30, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Are you having problems understanding the current battle over Obamacare and the impending government shutdown Republicans are forcing on the country?Read More

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Beyond the Pale: Off-Color Talk Further Dooms the GOP

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 29, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

The quixotic quest against Obamacare, which holds significant benefits for African-Americans and Latinos, is just the latest example of Republicans' inability to change their policies.Read More

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Rest Easy, Russians: This Lamppost Is Not Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | September 29, 2013 | 9:15 AM | comments

Authorities in the west-central Russian city of Magnitogorsk reassured a concerned citizen this week that a rainbow-colored lamppost does not qualify as illegal "gay propaganda."Read More

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Vermont Charitable Giving Program Funds Anti-Gay Groups

Filed by John M. Becker | September 28, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

A controversy has erupted in Vermont after a newspaper revealed that the state's employee-directed charitable giving program approved two viciously anti-gay groups.Read More

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Crackpot African Dictator Calls Homosexuality 'Deadly'

Filed by John M. Becker | September 27, 2013 | 3:45 PM | comments

Gambia's whacky dictator (ahem, president), who thinks he can cure AIDS with bananas, told the UN today that homosexuality is deadlier than "all natural disasters put together."Read More

Tony Perkins Appointed to Louisiana State Commission

Filed by John M. Becker | September 27, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Hate group president Tony Perkins of the so-called "Family Research Council" has been appointed to help oversee law enforcement policy for an awfully anti-LGBT state.Read More

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George H. W. Bush Participates in Same-Sex Wedding

Filed by Bil Browning | September 26, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Looks like the Bush clan just found another supporter of same-sex marriage. Former President George H. W. Bush witnessed the marriage of two shopkeepers from Kennebunkport, Maine last weekend.Read More

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In Historic First, Bi Activists Gather at White House

Filed by John M. Becker | September 25, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

On Monday, bi activists from around the country converged in Washington, D.C. for the first-ever White House roundtable dedicated exclusively to bi issues.Read More

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Majority of Indiana Republicans Oppose Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | September 24, 2013 | 1:50 PM | comments

A recently released poll from Indiana shows that nearly two thirds of Hoosier voters oppose a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships.Read More

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Sean Eldridge Announces Bid for Congress

Filed by Bil Browning | September 23, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Former Freedom To Marry staffer Sean Eldridge, the husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, has been district shopping for a while but has settled on New York's 19th District. One thing stands out for its absence: same-sex marriage (including his own).Read More

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Does This Anti-Gay Federal Judge Have a Gay Porn Past?

Filed by John M. Becker | September 20, 2013 | 5:15 PM | comments

A virulently anti-gay federal judge in Alabama is in hot water over allegations that he appeared in a nude photograph posted to a gay porn site in the mid-1990s.Read More

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What Happens When White Is No Longer the Norm?

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 20, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Republicans have painted themselves into a corner through decades of appealing to racial fears and stoking the racial resentments of their base. Staying in that corner is a one-way ticket to political irrelevance. Getting out of it is going to be messy.Read More

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Lesbian Seattle Council President Betrays LGBT Russians

Filed by John M. Becker | September 19, 2013 | 8:00 PM | comments

The president of the Seattle City Council, an out lesbian, is refusing to pass a resolution supporting Russian LGBTs for political reasons. A noted Russian activist calls it a "betrayal."Read More

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McCain Publishes OpEd in Wrong Russian 'Pravda'

Filed by Bil Browning | September 19, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

John McCain was so pissed off at Russian President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in the New York Times, he wrote his own for Pravda. Unfortunately, he sent it to the wrong media outlet. Remember, this guy was almost President of the United States.Read More

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Tell Congress to Stop Playing Games With Food Stamps

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 19, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Enough. Food stamps are not a "moral hazard." Hunger is not a game.Read More


Michigan Bans Same-Sex Marriage To Regulate Sex

Filed by John M. Becker | September 18, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

The state of Michigan is claiming that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is essential so the state can "regulate sexual relationships between men and women."Read More

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The Most Adorable Political Ad Of All Time

Filed by John M. Becker | September 18, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

In his newly-released ad, gay Democratic congressional candidate Carl Sciortino comes out to his Tea Party father, but not in the way you might think.Read More

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Mormon Church Entering Hawaii Marriage Fight?

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2013 | 5:45 PM | comments

Just months after reporters declared that the Mormon Church was dropping its crusade against marriage equality, the church is preparing to fight LGBT rights again -- this time in Hawaii.Read More

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Freedom to Marry Hopes To Light Up the Map for Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Freedom to Marry is launching a new campaign to light up the map of the U.S. with mayors supporting marriage equality in every state.Read More

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Biden: Marriage Equality Is Civil Rights Issue of Today

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Of his spontaneous endorsement of marriage equality last year, Vice President Joe Biden said, "I could not remain silent any longer."Read More


Met Opera Must Dedicate Opening Night to Russian LGBTs

Filed by John M. Becker | September 15, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

By staying silent on opening night in the face of Russia's egregious anti-LGBT human rights violations and uncritically giving the stage to two die-hard Putinites, the Metropolitan Opera is acting with cowardice. Shame.Read More

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Will the GOP Fade to White?

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 15, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Can the GOP craft an economic message that keeps white working-class voters in the fold and attracts voters of color, while staying true to its principles? The future of the Republican party may depend on it.Read More

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Quinn Loses But Other Gay Candidates Win NYC Vote

Filed by Bil Browning | September 11, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

It was a win-loss situation yesterday in New York City for LGBT candidates - but, for the most part, our community fared well in the primary election.Read More


Trans Inclusion at the DNC: A History

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 11, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

The Democratic Party has come a long way since 2000, when Minnesota's Jane Fee became the first out trans delegate to the DNC. How times have changed!Read More

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In NYC? Vote for Corey Johnson Today

Filed by Bil Browning | September 10, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

If you live in New York City's Chelsea area, today is your day to get off your butt and cast a vote for Corey Johnson to be your next City Councilor. Why? Because he's Corey F--king Johnson and that should be enough.Read More

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Keith Olbermann Rips Russia, Sochi Olympics

Filed by John M. Becker | September 10, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Keith Olbermann opened his ESPN2 sports show last night with a brilliant nine-minute explanation of Russia's gay problem. It's must-see TV.Read More

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Frank Schubert's Next Target: CA's Trans Student Bill

Filed by Karen Ocamb | September 09, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

Frank Schubert's anti-trans referendum could become the stealth initiative of 2014, drawing conservative Republican money to try to leverage and regain power in California.Read More

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President Obama Meets With Russian LGBT Activists

Filed by John M. Becker | September 06, 2013 | 2:15 PM | comments

In a major show of solidarity with Russia's LGBT community, President Obama met with leaders of that nation's LGBT movement in St. Petersburg today.Read More

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Aussie PM Goes All Jed Bartlet on Anti-Gay Pastor

Filed by John M. Becker | September 04, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

An anti-gay Christian pastor challenged Australia's prime minister on live TV about his support for marriage equality. You won't believe the spanking he got in return.Read More

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Nikolai Alekseev is an Anti-Semitic Disgrace

Filed by John M. Becker | September 03, 2013 | 4:45 PM | comments

Russia's Nikolai Alekseev has definitively revealed himself to be what many have long suspected he is: a disgraceful anti-Semitic bigot, unfit to be a civil rights leader in the 21st century.Read More