Politics: September 2014

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Republican PR Campaign Takes Cue from LGBT Rights

Filed by Bil Browning | September 29, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Republicans have come out with a new PR campaign, proclaiming "Republicans are people too." In the spirit of coming out, the ad tries to cast conservatives as "every man."Read More


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Congress Plays With Political Fire... Again

Filed by Guest Blogger | September 28, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

With the threat of a third Iraq war and more military involvement in Middle Eastern affairs, Congress chose now to go on vacation. I wonder why the public rates them lower than kitchen mold in approval?Read More


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Wingnut Week In Review: Eric Holder Edition

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 28, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

This week the announcement of Eric Holder's resignation brought out the nuttiest of wingnuts. Obama saluted with a latte, setting off the usual calls for impeachment. Meanwhile, Kansas raised funds and generated buzz. You know, the usual.Read More


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Bachmann: Marriage Equality is 'Not An Issue Anymore'

Filed by John M. Becker | September 26, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Even Michele Bachmann, who literally built her career on scapegoating and demonizing gay people, now sees the writing on the wall on marriage equality.Read More


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BREAKING: UN Human Rights Council Votes for LGBT Rights

Filed by John M. Becker | September 26, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

The United Nations Human Rights Council - the UN's top human rights watchdog - today approved a resolution condemning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.Read More


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Live Right Now: #VVS14, FRC's Haterpalooza

Filed by John M. Becker | September 26, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Right now in Washington, D.C., a whole host of the country's ugliest conservative organizations and die-hard religious fanatics are gathering for the Values Voter Summit. Watch live here.Read More


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AG Eric Holder, LGBT Rights Hero, To Resign

Filed by John M. Becker | September 25, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Eric Holder, the most pro-LGBT Attorney General in United States history, will resign today after nearly six years of service to his country.Read More


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Nation of Chad Wants to Criminalize Homosexuality

Filed by John M. Becker | September 24, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The north-central African nation of Chad is hoping to become the 37th country on the continent to make homosexuality a crime.Read More


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Marriage Equality Could End in Iowa, Candidate Warns

Filed by John M. Becker | September 24, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The Democratic candidate for Iowa governor is warning that if Republicans sweep state elections this fall, the party will try to repeal marriage equality by constitutional amendment.Read More


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Anti-Gay Aussie PM to Little Girl: No Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Tony Abbott, the anti-LGBT prime minister of Australia, has responded to an eight-year-old girl who wrote asking him to support marriage equality.Read More


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Indonesia's Aceh Province May Punish Gay Sex With 100 Lashes

Filed by John M. Becker | September 23, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Officials in Indonesia's Aceh province are considering a law that would punish gay sex with 100 lashes of the cane. It is part of the province's slow implementation of sharia (Islamic) law.Read More


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Louisiana State Judge Strikes Down Marriage Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | September 22, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Less than three weeks after a federal judge upheld Louisiana's marriage discrimination amendment, a state judge has struck it down.Read More


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Former Aussie PM Admits Marriage Equality is Inevitable

Filed by John M. Becker | September 22, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Julia Gillard, the former prime minister of Australia and an opponent of marriage equality, now admits that it's coming to the Land Down Under and "most parts of the developed world."Read More


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Wingnut Week In Review: Return to the Appalachian Trail

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 22, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

In a rambling, 2,346-word Facebook rant, GOP congressman Mark Sanford broke up with his Appalachian Trail "soulmate" María Belén Chapur. That's just the tip of last week's wingnut iceberg.Read More


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The 2014 Elections: You Can Make a Difference

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | September 21, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Democratic and progressive voters - who are most likely to elect pro-LGBT candidates - usually stay away from the polls in midterm elections. It doesn't have to be this way.Read More


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Anti-Gay Indiana State Senator Given Anti-Gay Award

Filed by Andrew Markle | September 19, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

Delph has called the award "refreshing" following the grief he received this year over his opposition to marriage equality. Read More


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Ahead of Vote, Polls Show Ireland Supports Equal Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 18, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

Ahead of next year's marriage equality referendum in Ireland, polls show that a strong majority of the Irish people support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.Read More


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Mississippi GOP Governor: No Gay Divorce

Filed by John M. Becker | September 18, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Phil Bryant, the anti-LGBT Republican governor of Mississippi, is asking his state's supreme court to deny the appeal of a lesbian woman who is seeking recognition of her same-sex marriage so that she can get a divorce.Read More


'Put a Ring On It' Is Not an Anti-Poverty Program

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 18, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Marriage itself doesn't do much to alleviate poverty, Creating a family-friendly economy can do that, plus a whole lot more.Read More


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ACLU Sues to Force WI to Recognize Its Own Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

The ACLU is suing the state of Wisconsin in federal court, seeking to compel the state to recognize hundreds of legal same-sex marriages performed in June.Read More


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Polis Files ENDA Discharge Petition With Narrowed Exemption

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Today, openly gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) filed a discharge petition seeking to force a vote on a version of ENDA that contains a narrowed religious exemption.Read More


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WI GOP Candidate Drops Out After Anti-Gay, Racist Comments

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

Jacob Dorsey, a 19-year-old Republican state assembly candidate in Wisconsin who railed against 'fags' on Twitter, dropped out of the race yesterday after additional homophobic and racist comments surfaced.Read More


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Ginsburg: For Clues on Marriage Timing, Watch 6th Circuit

Filed by John M. Becker | September 17, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Justice Ginsburg told an audience in Minnesota last night to watch the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals for clues about how soon SCOTUS will take up marriage equality.Read More


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Poll: Majority of Scottish LGBTs Back Secession

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

A majority of Scottish LGBTs say they will vote to break away from Great Britain, according to a poll from PinkNews.Read More


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Wisconsin AG Asks for Extra Stay of Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

Even though there's a lower court stay in place, Wisconsin's anti-gay attorney general has requested an additional stay from the 7th Circuit to make doubly sure no same-sex couples can marry.Read More


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Bachmann: Youth Totally Don't Care About Marriage Equality Anymore

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

She's wrong, of course, but the fact that she'd rather change the subject than bash the gays shows that we're getting somewhere.Read More


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SCOTUSblog: Arizona Marriage Ban Likely to Fall

Filed by John M. Becker | September 16, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

Lyle Denniston, one of the legal eagles over at SCOTUSblog, says that a federal court ruling last week shows that the state's marriage discrimination amendment is likely to fall.Read More


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WI GOP Candidate Railed Against 'F*gs' on Twitter

Filed by John M. Becker | September 15, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

A young Republican candidate for the Wisconsin Assembly is apologizing for a tweet where he told "f*gs" to "leave [his] favorite state," Utah, alone.Read More


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Republican Candidates Rush to Be Pro-Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | September 15, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

With prominent national Republicans slowly testing the pro-gay waters, some candidates in this year's election are rushing to distance themselves from the anti-LGBT old guard. But just how sincere are the efforts?Read More


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7th Circuit Stays Indiana Marriage Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | September 15, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

This morning, as expected, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed its ruling overturning marriage discrimination in Indiana, pending final resolution by the Supreme Court.Read More


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Wingnut Week In Review: Blaming the Victim, Again

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 14, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

In the biggest elevator video since Beyonce and Jay-Z, the world saw Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knock his fiancé out cold. While the NFL dragged its feet on a response, right-wingers lost no time blaming the victim.Read More


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Federal Judge Orders AZ to Respect Gay Man's Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 12, 2014 | 3:55 PM | comments

A federal judge has ordered the state of Arizona to recognize the marriage of Fred McGuire to his late husband George Martinez, who died of cancer last month. Read More


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International Hate Conference Calls for More 'Gay Propaganda' Bans

Filed by John M. Becker | September 12, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

A worldwide gathering of anti-LGBT and anti-choice activists, including NOM's Brian Brown, wrapped up a meeting this week in Moscow by calling for Russian-style "gay propaganda" bans around the world.Read More


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IN Will Recognize Terminally Ill Lesbian's Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 12, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The state of Indiana has agreed to recognize a lesbian couple's legal out-of-state marriage, even as it continues to fight marriage equality in the federal courts.Read More


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Wingnut Week In Review: Orange Is the GOP's New Black

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 11, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

With so many convictions, indictments, and corruption investigations, it's beginning to look like orange may be the new black for the GOP.Read More


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House Republicans Torpedo Spousal Benefits for Gay Vets

Filed by John M. Becker | September 11, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

The next time you hear a Republican thumping their chest and blowing hot air about how much their party "supports the troops," call shenanigans.Read More


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BREAKING: Supreme Court Will Consider Marriage Cases This Month

Filed by John M. Becker | September 10, 2014 | 4:37 PM | comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has formally listed all marriage cases with cert petitions pending for consideration on September 29, at its very first conference after coming back from summer recess.Read More


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Indiana Dems Demand Marriage Fight Accounting

Filed by Bil Browning | September 10, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

The Indiana Democratic Party has asked the Attorney General's office for a detailed accounting of all expenses and employee hours related to the state's defense of their laws against same-sex marriage.Read More


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Gambia Passes 'Jail the Gays' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | September 09, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

The tiny west African nation of Gambia has passed a Uganda-style "Jail the Gays" bill that punishes so-called "aggravated homosexuality" with life imprisonment.Read More


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Indiana, Wisconsin AGs Take Marriage Fight to SCOTUS

Filed by John M. Becker | September 09, 2014 | 1:15 PM | comments

Republican Attorneys General in Wisconsin and Indiana have formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse pro-equality federal court rulings. There are now 5 state marriage cases on the Court's doorstep.Read More


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Walker Takes the Coward's Way Out on Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 09, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

In fighting marriage equality, Scott Walker is throwing Wisconsin's LGBT community under the bus in service of his presidential ambitions. He's just too much of a coward to admit it.Read More


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Marriage Equality Has Another Great Day in Appeals Court

Filed by John M. Becker | September 09, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday, marriage discrimination laws in Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii had their day in federal appeals court, and as expected, it did not go well for opponents of the freedom to marry. Read More


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WATCH LIVE: Marriage Equality at the Ninth Circuit

Filed by John M. Becker | September 08, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Today's the day when the Ninth Circuit hears oral arguments in marriage equality cases from Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii. Listen live here at 4:00 P.M. Eastern.Read More


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Corporations, Religious Groups File Dueling SCOTUS Briefs on Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 07, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

A group of thirty major corporations and a coalition of conservative religious groups have filed opposing briefs with the Supreme Court, asking the justices to settle the issue of marriage equality this next term.Read More


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Beyond Ferguson: Sanders To Propose Youth Jobs Bill

Filed by Terrance Heath | September 07, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

At Michael Brown's funeral, Rev. Al Sharpton lamented that America has "money to give military equipment to police forces," but not to train and employ youth. Bernie Sanders is trying to fix that.Read More


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Chad Griffin Apologies to Trans Community on Behalf of HRC

Filed by John M. Becker | September 05, 2014 | 2:20 PM | comments

In a keynote speech this afternoon to the Southern Comfort Conference, Chad Griffin formally apologized for HRC's turbulent relationship with and past mistreatment of the transgender community, and pledged to do better. Read More


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Gay Groups Go Back & Forth Over Gov Rick Scott

Filed by Bil Browning | September 05, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

As Florida struggles through the judicial battles over marriage equality, gay groups are split on whether or not Governor Rick Scott is worthy of shame or support.Read More


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Senior GOP Spokesman Comes Out

Filed by John M. Becker | September 05, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

"[T]he potential reward of convincing even one dubious neighbor is greater than the assumed risk of a diminished social orbit."Read More


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Florida Appeals Federal Pro-Marriage Equality Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | September 05, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Officials in Florida announced yesterday that they have appealed a federal court ruling striking down that state's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional.Read More


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32 States Ask SCOTUS to Rule on Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | September 05, 2014 | 9:30 AM | comments

Yesterday, attorneys general from 32 states filed two separate briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to rule on same-sex marriage.Read More


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BREAKING: 7th Circuit Upholds Pro-Equality Rulings in WI, IN

Filed by John M. Becker | September 04, 2014 | 3:12 PM | comments

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has just unanimously affirmed that marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional.Read More


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NYC Councilman Praises Uganda's Anti-Gay Laws

Filed by John M. Becker | September 04, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Shocking video has emerged of New York City councilman and state senate candidate Fernando Cabrera praising Uganda's "jail the gays" law.Read More


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BREAKING: Federal Judge UPHOLDS Louisiana Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | September 03, 2014 | 12:35 PM | comments

For the first time since Windsor, a federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of a state marriage discrimination amendment. Read More


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Crimean Prime Minister: Gays 'Have No Chance' Here

Filed by John M. Becker | September 02, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Sergey Aksyonov, the most senior lawmaker in Crimea and the region's de facto prime minister, announced today that gays, lesbians, and other sexual minorities "have no chance" on the peninsula.Read More


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Mexican State of Coahuila Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Filed by John M. Becker | September 02, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Mexican state of Coahuila has legalized marriage equality. This is the first time the freedom to marry has been enacted legislatively in that country.Read More


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Marriage Supporters Win the Lottery at Ninth Circuit

Filed by John M. Becker | September 02, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced the judges that will hear oral arguments in marriage cases from Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii. And from the looks of things, equality supporters have won the lottery... again.Read More