Politics: October 2013

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Marriage Opponents Scramble for Special Rights in Hawaii

Filed by John M. Becker | October 31, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Opponents of marriage equality in Hawaii want a special right to discriminate against LGBT people in the public square. They just might get it.Read More

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ENDA on the Move: Now With Full Democratic Support

Filed by Bil Browning | October 30, 2013 | 5:45 PM | comments

Democratic Senators Mark Pryor (Arkansas) and Joe Manchin (West Virginia) announced today they would vote in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. All Democratic Senators have now said they will support the bill.Read More


'Researcher' Paul Cameron Addresses Russian Duma

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

Paul Cameron, a crackpot "researcher" who was kicked out of the APA and the ASA for lying about gay people, testified before the Russian Duma as an "expert" on homosexuality.Read More


Florida Democrats: Time For an LGBT-Led Revival

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | October 30, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

While many parts of the Sunshine State are LGBT-friendly, our state government is very conservative and LGBT-unfriendly. Young gay Democrats are poised to lead a Democratic revival.Read More


No Student Should Be Afraid To Go To School

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 30, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, let's finally make SNDA a reality. Thousands of vulnerable students are counting on it. Read More

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Portrait of Female Supreme Court Justices Revealed

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

A new life-sized portrait of the Supreme Court's four female justices by famed artist Nelson Shanks was unveiled yesterday at the National Portrait Gallery.Read More

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Senator Bill Nelson Becomes ENDA Co-Sponsor

Filed by Bil Browning | October 29, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

While it seems likely that ENDA will pass in the Senate (where the bill has usually languished), there is no chance it will pass the Republican controlled House of Representatives.Read More

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Senate Will Take Up ENDA Before Thanksgiving

Filed by John M. Becker | October 28, 2013 | 1:20 PM | comments

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office said today that the Nevada Democrat will bring ENDA to the floor before Thanksgiving.Read More

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Charlie Crist Speaks on HIV/AIDS and Marriage Equality

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | October 28, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist recorded an exclusive video message about HIV/AIDS and LGBT equality.Read More

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FL School Board Refuses to Discipline Anti-Gay Member

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | October 25, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

The Broward County School Board has refused to discipline a viciously anti-LGBT vice chair of the Diversity Committee.Read More

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Anti-Gay Hawaii Pols Fly In Regnerus As Marriage 'Expert'

Filed by John M. Becker | October 24, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Opponents of marriage equality in Hawaii are enlisting the help of Mark Regnerus, the disgraced scientist who claimed gays and lesbians make bad parents, to spread misinformation about same-sex relationships.Read More

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Texas Judge Denounces, Leaves Republican Party

Filed by John M. Becker | October 24, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

Carlo Key, a county judge in Bexar County, Texas, switched parties from Republican to Democratic this week. Key listed the GOP's homophobia and racism as two major reasons for the switch.Read More

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The GOP: Still Letting Them Die

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 23, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

The problem for Republicans is that they don't have an answer that most Americans want to hear, because it hasn't changed much since that GOP candidates debate in 2011: Let them die.Read More

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WI Supremes Hearing Challenge to Domestic Partnerships

Filed by John M. Becker | October 23, 2013 | 12:45 PM | comments

The 43 basic rights afforded to same-sex domestic partners in Wisconsin are under the microscope today as the state's Supreme Court considers a lawsuit brought by a viciously anti-gay group.Read More

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How Will Cory Booker's Election Affect ENDA?

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 22, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Elections have consequences and the election of Cory Booker in New Jersey to fill the unexpired term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg brings us a loud and definitive vote in favor of the fully inclusive LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Act.Read More

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Indy Chamber of Commerce Rejects Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | October 22, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

"The Indy Chamber is in the business of strengthening our economy and attracting top talent to our region. The proposed marriage amendment does nothing to help show the nation that Indiana is a place that welcomes all, not just some."Read More

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Booker Spanks Fundie Heckler at Midnight NJ Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | October 21, 2013 | 11:45 AM | comments

An anti-gay Christian heckler disrupted the first same-sex wedding ceremony at Newark City Hall. Mayor and senator-elect Cory Booker brilliantly spanked the man.Read More

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Christie Drops Marriage Equality Appeal

Filed by Bil Browning | October 21, 2013 | 10:05 AM | comments

Governor Chris Christie, who vetoed a marriage equality bill passed by the legislature and appealed a ruling from a state judge that said the state had to allow same-sex marriage, he dropped his appeal to the state Supreme Court.Read More


Russian MP Withdraws Law Targeting Gay Parents

Filed by John M. Becker | October 20, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

A Russian MP has temporarily withdrawn a bill that would deny gay and lesbian parents custody of their own children.Read More

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Fake PAC Targets Gay New Orleans Traffic Judge Candidate

Filed by Bil Browning | October 18, 2013 | 6:15 PM | comments

An openly gay New Orleans traffic court judge candidate was hit with a homophobic mailer featuring a photo of him in his swimsuit and the message, "Before you even consider voting for this individual for judge, think about it long and hard."Read More

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It's All Over (Until Next Time)

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 18, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

If you're planning to just sit back and enjoy the GOP's circular firing squad, don't get too comfortable. There are signs that Republicans haven't learned anything from the shutdown debacle and plan on doing further damage to the economy.Read More

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New Jersey: Same-Sex Marriage Starts Monday

Filed by Bil Browning | October 18, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

The New Jersey Supreme Court announced today that while they will hear the Governor's challenge to a lower court ruling allowing same-sex marriage, they will not stay the judge's deadline of October 21 for the state to start performing marriages.Read More


Next Week, Help Win Marriage Equality in Hawaii

Filed by Guest Blogger | October 18, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

With your help, we can make marriage equality a reality in Hawaii.Read More

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France: No Special Opt-Out Rights For Anti-Gay Mayors

Filed by John M. Becker | October 18, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

France's highest court smacked down seven mayors who argued that they should be exempt from performing same-sex civil marriages because such unions violate their conscience.Read More

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Christie: If My Kid Was Gay I'd Oppose Their Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | October 17, 2013 | 6:45 PM | comments

PFLAG National's Jody Huckaby commends Christie for saying he'd love a gay child, but asks him to also love the Constitution's guarantee of liberty and justice for all.Read More

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Marriage Suits in MI, 18 Other States. Where's WI?

Filed by John M. Becker | October 16, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Michigan might get marriage equality today, Illinois is on its way, and 17 other states in the country have lawsuits pending. What's the hold-up in Wisconsin?Read More


GOP Debt Ceiling Crisis: One Day More

Filed by John M. Becker | October 16, 2013 | 7:45 AM | comments

Tomorrow, thanks to the GOP-engineered debt crisis, there will be no guarantee that the United States will be able to pay its bills on time and in full.Read More


Racists, Homophobes, & the GOP All Love Special Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | October 15, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

What do racists, homophobes, the proponents of Proposition 8, and today's Republican Party all have in common? They all love special rights.Read More

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Shutdown: Conservative Revenge Against the '47 Percent'

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 15, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Republicans can say all they want that they're doing what's best for the country, but feels a lot like revenge. Polls show that Americans are not fooled by Republicans saying otherwise.Read More

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Tea Party Delusion in Full View at Values Voter Summit

Filed by John M. Becker | October 15, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Laughing at gay Holocaust victims? Yup, that happened at this year's Values Voter Summit.Read More

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Bachmann: We Are in the 'End Times' Because Obama

Filed by John M. Becker | October 09, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Michele Bachmann falsely claimed that President Obama gave arms to terrorists. But she thinks that's just fine, because it means Jesus is coming soon.Read More

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GOP Endgame: Impeaching Obama?

Filed by John M. Becker | October 08, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Impeaching Barack Obama has been a right-wing wet dream for years. What better way to do it than forcing him into a constitutional crisis of their own creation, then prosecuting him for fixing it?Read More

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Miley Cyrus Twerking as Bachmann Is SNL Gold

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 07, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

When the girl who was in the news just a few weeks ago for twerking on MTV with Robin Thicke and pink teddy bears can credibly mock you, how much lower can you go?Read More

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Scalia: I Don't Know Any Gays, and Get Off My Lawn

Filed by John M. Becker | October 07, 2013 | 12:15 PM | comments

In Antonin Scalia's most recent interview, the curmudgeonly Supreme Court justice sounded off about homosexuality, ladies cussing on TV, "friending" people on Facebook, and much more.Read More

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Catholic Group to UN: Stop Treating Vatican as a State

Filed by John M. Becker | October 05, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Should the Catholic Church get a downgrade at the United Nations?Read More


Russia to Debate New Anti-Gay Law During Olympics Month

Filed by John M. Becker | October 04, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The same month that Russia hosts the Winter Olympics, the country's parliament will debate a bill that would deny gay and lesbian parents custody of their own children.Read More

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Brian Brown Worked With Russians on Gay Adoption Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | October 03, 2013 | 5:55 PM | comments

Brian Brown, president of the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage, secretly traveled to Russia in June to lobby for a gay adoption ban.Read More

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Biden Cancels HRC Gala Dinner Speech

Filed by Bil Browning | October 03, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Vice President Joe Biden has canceled a scheduled appearance at the HRC gala dinner on Saturday citing the government shutdown.Read More

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Kids & Politics: If You Can't Win, Change the Rules

Filed by Terrance Heath | October 03, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

With two kids, sharing and taking turns is mandatory in our house. But it's not always easy. When there's trouble, it often involves the television.Read More

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Michele Bachmann Shows Just How Deranged Today's GOP Is

Filed by John M. Becker | October 03, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

The Republican Party has a loaded gun to America's head, threatening to destroy government and the economy. How does this make them feel? According to Michele Bachmann, ecstatic.Read More

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The Government is Shut Down, So Let's Talk about ENDA?

Filed by Jerame Davis | October 03, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Just because Congress has lost its collective mind doesn't mean our organizations need to follow suit. Read More

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Marriage Equality Bill Comes to PA Today

Filed by John M. Becker | October 03, 2013 | 9:55 AM | comments

Two Democratic state representatives are introducing a marriage equality bill in Pennsylvania today.Read More

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Aussie Politician Demands Gay US Ambassador Resign

Filed by Bil Browning | October 02, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

When the gay US Ambassador to Australia released a YouTube video last month to introduce himself to the nation, he referred to his "spouse." Peter Maddern, a far right Aussie politician from the Family First party, took to Twitter in response.Read More

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Stop Calling It Obamacare

Filed by Davina Kotulski | October 02, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

I just got another email from a progressive mailing list talking about Obamacare. Please stop calling it Obamacare! It's called the Affordable Care Act.Read More

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Scenes From a Shutdown

Filed by John M. Becker | October 02, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

Here's what the GOP shutdown of the federal government looks like in D.C. What does it look like in your part of the country?Read More

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Moderate Republicans: The Shutdown

Filed by Kergan Edwards-Stout | October 01, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

I've had many friends who would describe themselves as "politically moderate." They stood with the GOP for financial reasons, not "moral" issues - or so they claimed. Well, that politically moderate bus has left the Republican station. Read More

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Rachel Maddow & Jon Stewart React to GOP Shutdown

Filed by John M. Becker | October 01, 2013 | 1:45 PM | comments

As one might imagine, the late-night pundits had a field day yesterday evening as the countdown clock ticked towards a GOP-sponsored government shutdown. Watch.Read More

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Decisions: Obamacare vs the Affordable Care Act

Filed by Bil Browning | October 01, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Jimmy Kimmel did another one of his "man on the street" interviews last night and, once again, the results are ridiculously hilarious. After all, Amuricans are stoopid.Read More


Elizabeth Warren Brilliantly Spanks House Republicans

Filed by John M. Becker | October 01, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

"For this right-wing minority, hostage-taking is all they have left -- a last gasp of those who cannot cope with the realities of our democracy."Read More

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GOP Shutdown, Day One

Filed by John M. Becker | October 01, 2013 | 9:00 AM | comments

The government is shut down today. If you think both parties are responsible for that, congratulations: you're part of the problem.Read More