Politics: November 2014

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Slovakia Holding Referendum on Marriage Next Year

Filed by John M. Becker | November 30, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Legislative gay-bashing continues in Slovakia: the country's president announced last week that there will be a national voter referendum on same-sex marriage in February.Read More


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Finland Passes Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Marriage equality has arrived on Russia's doorstep: lawmakers in Finland passed a gender-neutral marriage bill this afternoon by a vote of 105-92.Read More


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Mississippi Will Appeal Pro-Marriage Equality Ruling

Filed by John M. Becker | November 26, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

The state of Mississippi filed notice today that it will appeal last night's pro-marriage equality federal court ruling to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Read More


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Mississippi Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | November 26, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Last night, just hours after a federal judge struck down marriage discrimination in Arkansas, another judge did the same in Mississippi.Read More


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Federal Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | November 25, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

A federal judge has struck down Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage. Her ruling is stayed pending appeal.Read More


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Wingnut Week in Review: Punk'd by the President

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 23, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Last week President Obama punk'd the GOP on immigration, leaving them caught between Latino voters and their wingnut base. And there's not much they can do about it.Read More


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New Anti-Gay Bill in the Works in Uganda

Filed by John M. Becker | November 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in Uganda may be preparing another "Christmas gift" to the people in the form of a disgusting new anti-gay law.Read More


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More NC Magistrates Resign Over Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 20, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

At least ten magistrates in North Carolina have now chosen to resign rather than comply with the law and perform civil marriages for same-sex couples.Read More


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BREAKING: SCOTUS Declines to Stop SC Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | November 20, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

The Supreme Court refused South Carolina's request for an emergency stay of a pro-marriage equality court ruling. Marriages officially begin at noon!Read More


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BREAKING: Marriage Equality Is Coming to Montana. Now.

Filed by John M. Becker | November 19, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

A federal judge has just struck down marriage discrimination in Montana. There is no stay, so couples can marry immediately.Read More


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GOP Congresswoman Opens Up About Transgender Son

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | November 19, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen opened up about her transgender son, whom she loves and supports. Hopefully her choice will begin to change the conversation legislatively.Read More


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Marriage Equality Coming to South Carolina on Thursday

Filed by John M. Becker | November 18, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has just cleared the way for same-sex marriages in South Carolina beginning on Thursday, unless SCOTUS intervenes.Read More


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Catholic Church: Showing Up in Court Violates Our Religious Freedom

Filed by John M. Becker | November 18, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

A Catholic diocese in Indiana is arguing that requiring them to even show up in court is an attack on their "religious liberty."Read More


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Marriage Equality Round-Up: Heartland Edition

Filed by John M. Becker | November 17, 2014 | 6:30 PM | comments

Is your head spinning from marriage equality news? Here's a round-up of all the news you need to know from Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee... and Ireland.Read More


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Michigan Claims Legal Same-Sex Marriages Are 'Void'

Filed by John M. Becker | November 17, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

Michigan's Republican leaders are trying to undo the approximately 300 legal same-sex marriages performed in that state in March.Read More


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LGBT Advocates Preparing for Marriage Push in Northern Ireland

Filed by John M. Becker | November 16, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

LGBT advocates in Northern Ireland - the only country in the United Kingdom that still practices marriage discrimination - are preparing a lawsuit that they hope will usher in equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.Read More


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White House Names New Liaison to LGBT Community

Filed by John M. Becker | November 16, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Aditi Hardikar is the new White House liaison to the LGBT community.Read More


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Wingnut Week in Review: Through the Looking Glass

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 16, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

If last week was a preview of what we're in for with the next Congress, get ready to step through the looking glass and into a world where executive actions are impeachable offenses.Read More


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Gay Group Wins Legal Recognition in Botswana

Filed by John M. Becker | November 14, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

A judge in Botswana overruled the government today and decided that an LGB group has a legal right to register and lobby.Read More


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BREAKING: SCOTUS Allows Marriage Equality in Kansas

Filed by John M. Becker | November 12, 2014 | 5:40 PM | comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex couples to begin marrying in Kansas.Read More


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BREAKING: South Carolina Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | November 12, 2014 | 10:15 AM | comments

A federal judge has just struck down South Carolina's 2006 marriage discrimination amendment. The ruling is stayed until November 20.Read More


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Justice Breyer Hints That SCOTUS May Take Marriage Case

Filed by John M. Becker | November 11, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Justice Stephen Breyer hinted Sunday that the Supreme Court may be preparing to take up the issue of marriage equality.Read More


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Wingnut Week In Review: Inmates Take Over the Asylum

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

Last week, I had a lot of fun poking at the nuttiest candidates on the ballot. But the day after Election Day I woke up to a mind-numbing reality: they all won.Read More


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All Four States' Marriage Cases From 6th Circuit Headed to SCOTUS

Filed by John M. Becker | November 07, 2014 | 3:55 PM | comments

Lawyers representing couples challenging discriminatory marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky say they'll yesterday's anti-equality 6th Circuit ruling directly to the Supreme Court.Read More


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BREAKING: U.S. Judge Strikes Down Missouri Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | November 07, 2014 | 11:55 AM | comments

A federal judge in Missouri has just struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional.Read More


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Protest of 6th Circuit Ruling Planned Today in Louisville

Filed by John M. Becker | November 07, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

LGBT civil rights advocates will rally today in downtown Louisville to protest yesterday's decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding discriminatory marriage laws in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Michigan.Read More


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Latvia's Foreign Minister Comes Out as Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | November 07, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

Edgars Rinkevics, the popular foreign minister of the socially conservative Eastern European country of Latvia, came out of the closet as a gay man yesterday on Twitter.Read More


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Patchwork of Marriage Laws Costs Businesses Over $1B Every Year

Filed by John M. Becker | November 06, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

A new report estimates that marriage discrimination costs businesses in the private sector $1.3 billion every year -- that's $3.5 million a day.Read More


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BREAKING: Sixth Circuit Reverses Pro-Equality Rulings

Filed by John M. Becker | November 06, 2014 | 4:25 PM | comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has just reversed pro-marriage equality district court rulings in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky, upholding marriage discrimination and creating a circuit split.Read More


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We the People Set the Fox to Guard the Henhouse

Filed by Guest Blogger | November 06, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

How many more environmental disasters and how much more climate fluctuation will it take for anti-science Republicans to put the health of the planet above corporate profits?Read More


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Minimum Wage Ballot Initiatives Deliver Victories

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 06, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

After efforts to raise the federal minimum wage stalled, voters went over the heads of their own elected officials and voted to raise wages themselves.Read More


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Look Who We Elected! The Six Worst Winners of 2014

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | November 06, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

In the aftermath of this week's elections, let's all take a moment to review what sorts of people were just swept into office.Read More


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BREAKING: Missouri Judge Rules for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 05, 2014 | 4:50 PM | comments

A state judge in Missouri has just struck down the Show-Me State's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional.Read More


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Well, That Was Brutal [Post-Election Open Thread]

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

Last night's elections were brutal for supporters of LGBT equality. What are your thoughts? Did your favorite candidates survive?Read More


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Russian Lawmaker: Ban Tim Cook Because Ebola

Filed by John M. Becker | November 04, 2014 | 5:00 PM | comments

The notoriously homophobic Russian politician who wrote St. Petersburg's law banning so-called "gay propaganda" wants to block newly-out Apple CEO Tim Cook from entering the country... because Ebola.Read More


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BREAKING: Judge Blocks Kansas Marriage Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | November 04, 2014 | 3:55 PM | comments

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has just blocked Kansas from enforcing its marriage discrimination amendment.Read More


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TX County Job Candidates Asked About Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 04, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

"I never thought I would have to hate a gay person to get an appointment to get a job. I never thought that would be an issue. But that's what this has turned out to be."Read More


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It's Election Day - Go Vote! [Open Thread]

Filed by John M. Becker | November 04, 2014 | 8:00 AM | comments

On this Election Day, get out and vote like your civil rights depend on it -- because they do.Read More


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SC Wingnut: Same-Sex Marriage Would Force Me To Stop Praising Jesus

Filed by John M. Becker | November 03, 2014 | 6:00 PM | comments

A South Carolina man is seeking to intervene in a federal marriage recognition case, claiming that marriage equality would force him to stop worshipping the Lord and devote himself full-time to protesting and crashing same-sex weddings.Read More


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Four More NC Magistrates Resign Over Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | November 03, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

At least four more magistrates in North Carolina have resigned rather than comply with the law and perform civil marriages for same-sex couples.Read More


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Wingnut Week In Review: The Nuttiest Candidates of 2014

Filed by Terrance Heath | November 03, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

Every election year, the GOP comes up with a new crop of wingnut candidates for office. This one is no exception. Meet the craziest ones here.Read More


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Supreme Court Muddies & Mends the Waters

Filed by Norm Kent | November 01, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Your constitutional right to marry shouldn't depend on your zip code or when a judge gets around to hearing your case.Read More