Politics: November 2013

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For Obamacare, Nothing Succeeds Like Success

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 29, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Despite a flawed rollout, most Americans are willing to give health care reform time to succeed. That's good news for Obamacare, because it's already succeeding in states that have fully adopted it. And the success stories are starting to spread.Read More

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How to Handle Your Republican Uncle This Thanksgiving

Filed by John M. Becker | November 27, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

Dreading the awkward political conversations with your Fox News-watching relatives this Thanksgiving? Never fear: a new website puts fact-based rebuttals at your fingertips.Read More

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The Least Mary Cheney Can Do to Help

Filed by Bil Browning | November 27, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

Mary Cheney will be headlining a fundraising dinner in Indiana in December to help the fight against a constitutional amendment. While I've consistently praised Freedom Indiana for their work and bold leadership, this is one decision I just can't support.Read More

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No More Delayed Justice: It's Time For Immigration Reform

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 27, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Too many undocumented LGBTQ immigrants like me are forced in two closets, one because of their sexual orientation and the other because of their immigration status.Read More

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Taking From the Poor to Give to the Pentagon

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 25, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

House Republicans want to take away $20 billion budgeted for the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion and use it to cover defense cuts. This is who they are.Read More

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Cut Corporate America's Free Lunch, Not Food Stamps

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 22, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

If Congress is serious about "fiscal responsibility," they should cut corporate America's "free lunch," instead of voting for even more painful cuts to food stamps.Read More

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Obama Links Gettysburg Address to Gay Rights

Filed by John M. Becker | November 20, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, President Obama penned an essay linking Abraham Lincoln's historic words to the modern-day struggles for racial, gender, workplace, and LGBT equality.Read More

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IN Republicans: Marriage Amendment Not a Priority

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

Republicans have a super majority in both chambers, but party leaders have announced that the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages and civil unions will not be a priority in this session.Read More

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A Growing International Commitment to LGBT Rights

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 19, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

While a recent study by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reveals a grim picture for the global LGBT community, major progress is being made.Read More

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Bernie Sanders 2016? Probably Not But Maybe Kinda

Filed by Bil Browning | November 18, 2013 | 6:00 PM | comments

Will independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders run for president in 2016? Maybe. He says he's willing to throw his hat in the ring if no one with strong progressive values joins the race. But he'd rather not. Maybe.Read More

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Blame the Gays, Vol. 548,778: Meteor Strikes

Filed by John M. Becker | November 18, 2013 | 4:45 PM | comments

Gays cause exploding meteorites? A prominent Russian TV anchor thinks so.Read More

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Religious Freedom: Indiana Clergy Oppose Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | November 18, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

In a surprise twist on the usual religious right's justification for openly advocating discrimination against a minority group, these ministers say that the amendment would restrict their religious freedom and could set a dangerous precedent.Read More


Cheney Sisters Duke It Out Over Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 18, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Liz Cheney says she believes in the "traditional definition of marriage;" her lesbian sister Mary says she's "on the wrong side of history."Read More

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Regnerus Testifying Against Marriage Equality in Michigan

Filed by John M. Becker | November 17, 2013 | 5:30 PM | comments

The state of Michigan intends to call discredited anti-gay researcher Mark Regnerus as an "expert witness" as it makes the case for marriage discrimination.Read More

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Cardinal George Whines About Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 16, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

The state of Illinois may have passed marriage equality, but that doesn't mean that Chicago Catholic Cardinal Francis George is done throwing a temper tantrum about it.Read More

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Boehner Thwarts Senator Who Blocked Anti-Gay Hearing

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 15, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

House Speaker John Boehner intervened to secure space on Capitol Hill for anti-gay groups to hold a hearing after Sen. Mark Kirk blocked them from a Senate building.Read More

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Indy City Council Condemns Anti-Marriage Amendment

Filed by Bil Browning | November 12, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Indiana's proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions was dealt another blow last night after the Indianapolis City-County Council passed a resolution denouncing the proposed bill with overwhelming bipartisan support.Read More

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Frank Schubert's Anti-Trans Attack Moves Forward in CA

Filed by John M. Becker | November 12, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Gird your loins, Californians: your state may once again become Ground Zero in the battle against basic LGBT human rights.Read More

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Russian Man Nails Scrotum To Red Square in Protest

Filed by John M. Becker | November 11, 2013 | 1:15 PM | comments

Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to the ground between in Moscow's Red Square to protest that country's crackdown on political rights.Read More

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The Senate Passed ENDA: What's Next?

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 09, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

It's not outside the realm of possibility that ENDA will become law, but it will take time and effort. Here's what needs to happen next.Read More

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BREAKING: Hawaii House Approves Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 09, 2013 | 3:07 AM | comments

The Hawaii House of Representatives has just approved marriage equality in a 30-19 vote, putting Hawaii on track to become the 16th U.S. state with the freedom to marry.Read More

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Wendy Davis Redefines 'Pro-Life'

Filed by Bil Browning | November 08, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

Texas Democrat Wendy Davis has thrown her hat into the ring to be the state's next Governor and while she's famous for her filibuster over abortion rights, she's also decidedly pro-life.Read More

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Profiles in Courage & Cowardice: A Tale of Two Legislators

Filed by John M. Becker | November 07, 2013 | 5:15 PM | comments

An Illinois lawmaker left her dying son's bedside to vote for marriage equality. A lesbian legislator in Hawaii, on the other hand, voted against it.Read More

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The Craziest Things Conservatives Have Said About ENDA

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 07, 2013 | 4:30 PM | comments

Senate Republicans have mostly kept quiet about their reasons for opposing the bill. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of their fellow Republicans and conservatives.Read More

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Senate Passes Inclusive ENDA

Filed by Bil Browning | November 07, 2013 | 2:23 PM | comments

The United States Senate has passed employment non-discrimination protections for LGBT people in a bipartisan vote.Read More

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Job Discrimination Is Not 'Frivolous'

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 07, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

House Speaker John Boehner says he opposes the Employment Nondiscrimination Act because it will lead to "frivolous lawsuits" against employers. For the people who live with it every day, workplace discrimination is anything but frivolous.Read More

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Illinois: What Happened & Why It's Important

Filed by Waymon Hudson | November 06, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

I have been with my husband for 12 years. This will be the first time in all of those years that we will finally live in a state that recognizes our marriage, our commitment, and our love.Read More

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BREAKING: Illinois House Passes Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 05, 2013 | 5:06 PM | comments

It's a great day for equality: the Illinois House has finally approved a marriage equality bill, all but assuring that Illinois will become the 15th marriage equality state.Read More

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Reiterate Opposition to ENDA

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

Yet again, the Catholic Church proves that its anti-LGBT crusade extends far beyond the obstruction of equal marriage rights. Read More


BREAKING: Senate Advances ENDA

Filed by John M. Becker | November 04, 2013 | 6:55 PM | comments

Minutes ago, the U.S. Senate advanced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act by a bipartisan vote of 61-30. Next: up to 30 hours of debate before a final vote Wednesday.Read More

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Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME) Comes Out

Filed by Bil Browning | November 04, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Michaud is leading in the polls and hints that has made his opponent, Republican Governor Paul LePage, desperate to cut Michaud's lead in any way possible.Read More

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47 Million Americans Are Going Over the Hunger Cliff

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 01, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

While Congress negotiates even more cuts, millions of Americans will face negotiating where their next meal will come from. It wasn't supposed to be this way.Read More

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Indiana Isn't Denying Same-Sex National Guard Benefits

Filed by Bil Browning | November 01, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

While Indiana was listed as a non-complying state, the Indiana National Guard is pushing back and the Department of Defense is acknowledging its mistake.Read More


Hagel Spanks Anti-Gay States On Military Spousal Benefits

Filed by John M. Becker | November 01, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced last night that he's ordering the National Guard to issue military IDs to same-sex spouses in nine states that have refused to do so.Read More