Politics: December 2013

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Would Today's GOP Welcome Jesus? [Open Thread]

Filed by John M. Becker | December 24, 2013 | 9:00 AM | comments

If Jesus were born today, would Fox News and the GOP welcome him, or label him a dangerous Middle Eastern socialist?Read More

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Will the GOP Embrace Duck Dynasty Conservatism?

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 23, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Conservatives have rushed to defend Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson. But why?Read More

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Holiday Sing-Along: The 12 Days of Congress

Filed by John M. Becker | December 22, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Enjoy a version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," with the lyrics re-worked to poke fun at House Republicans.Read More

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Nigeria Poised To Enact Draconian Anti-Gay Law

Filed by John M. Becker | December 20, 2013 | 11:15 AM | comments

Lawmakers in the west African nation of Nigeria -- the world's 7th-most populated country -- passed a bill this week that essentially criminalizes all things gay.Read More

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Uganda Passes Barbaric Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | December 20, 2013 | 8:00 AM | comments

Uganda's notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill has cleared Parliament, one year after the Speaker promised to deliver it as a "Christmas gift" to the Ugandan people.Read More

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Indian Politician Wants Gay US Diplomats' Partners Jailed

Filed by John M. Becker | December 18, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

A powerful politician in India suggested arresting and prosecuting the partners of gay U.S. diplomats in retaliation for the arrest of an Indian consular official in Manhattan.Read More

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Obama, Biden, Top Officials Skipping Sochi Olympics

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

The White House has just announced that neither President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, nor any top U.S. officials will attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.Read More

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The LGBT Community Should Rise Above Party Politics

Filed by Mark Segal | December 17, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

If we do not have people who support our goal of equality in office, we'll never gain equality.Read More

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If Paul Ryan & Aaron Schock Had a Fling...

Filed by John M. Becker | December 16, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

"But Aaron knew there was at least one other man who worked as hard at his fitness as he did. His was the body that Aaron really wanted."Read More

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2013: A Roller-Coaster Year For LGBT Rights Worldwide

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | December 16, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

The India Supreme Court's ruling recriminalizing gay sex capped a roller-coaster year of victories and defeats for the worldwide LGBT community.Read More

Obama Admin. Announces Progress On Military Benefits, College Loans

Filed by John M. Becker | December 13, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Obama administration announced progress today on equal benefits for same-sex couples in the National Guard and federal student aid applications.Read More


Outrage in India Over Resurrected Sodomy Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | December 13, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

By stripping basic rights from India's LGBT community, the Supreme Court may have awakened a sleeping giant.Read More

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How the Right Missed the Point at Mandela's Memorial

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 13, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

While conservatives obsessed over "selfies," handshakes, and pseudo-symbolic statements, President Obama honored the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and underscored how relevant and urgently needed it is today.Read More

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Australia High Court Strikes Down Marriage Equality Law

Filed by John M. Becker | December 12, 2013 | 9:00 AM | comments

Australia's High Court struck down the Australian Capital Territory's marriage equality law today and invalidated at least 30 couples' marriages.Read More

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Michigan GOP Leader: Gays Use AIDS For Free Healthcare

Filed by John M. Becker | December 10, 2013 | 1:15 PM | comments

Dave Agema, a top-ranking Michigan Republican and member of the Republican National Committee, is once again in hot water after making incredibly nasty comments about gay people.Read More

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The 8 Worst Conservative Responses to Mandela's Death

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 10, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Conservatives have turned Nelson Mandela's death in to another reminder of how firmly Republicans stood, and still stand, on the wrong side of history. Read More

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Racism Is Not Over & the GOP Is Not Off the Hook

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 09, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Besides black people, nobody wants racism to be "over" more than white conservatives.Read More

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Putin Creates News Agency Headed By Bigoted Anchor

Filed by John M. Becker | December 09, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

In a sweeping decree announced today, Vladimir Putin closed Russia's state-owned news agency and put another one in its place, headed by one of the country's vilest homophobes.Read More

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Unemployment & the GOP's 'War on Christmas'

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 08, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

If there's a "war on Christmas" going on, it's being waged by congressional Republicans who are willing to let emergency unemployment benefits expire; just like they let emergency food stamp spending expire.Read More

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Jared Polis Loses His Temper on House Floor

Filed by Bil Browning | December 06, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Gay Congressman Jared Polis lost his cool yesterday morning on the House floor after the Republican Madame House Speaker tried to cut him off for addressing a gallery full of spectators.Read More

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O'Reilly: Mandela's a Nice Guy, But He Was a Communist

Filed by John M. Becker | December 06, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, as the world mourned the death of Nelson Mandela, Bill O'Reilly took to the airwaves to claim that the anti-apartheid icon "was a communist."Read More

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MN State Rep. To Introduce "Ex-Gay" Therapy Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | December 04, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

A Minnesota lawmaker is considering a bill that would ban dangerous and discredited "ex-gay" therapy like the kind practiced at Marcus Bachmann's clinic.Read More


Reagan's Press Secretary Repeatedly Laughed At AIDS

Filed by John M. Becker | December 03, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

How many more lives could have been saved if Ronald Reagan's administration spent the first years of the AIDS epidemic working on it instead of laughing about it?Read More

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Tea Party Leader: Gay "Thugs" Taking Over FL GOP

Filed by John M. Becker | December 02, 2013 | 7:00 PM | comments

According to Fort Lauderdale Tea Party co-founder Danita Kilcullen, Log Cabin Republican "thugs" are infiltrating the local GOP.Read More

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Croatian Voters Approve Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | December 02, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

More than 65 percent of voters in the former Yugoslav republic of Croatia approved a referendum enshrining marriage discrimination into the country's constitution. Read More