Politics: December 2014


Indiana Will Consider 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | December 30, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

A bill that would create a special "right" to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of religion is coming to the new marriage equality state of Indiana, courtesy of that state's Republican Party.Read More

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WATCH: Michele Bachmann's Crazy Congressional Career

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

Here's a collection of video tributes to retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and her many gaffes, flubs, and blunders.Read More

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Wingnut Year in Review: We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 30, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

It's time to say goodbye to 2014 and wrap up the first year of "Wingnut Week In Review." But first, let's trudge down memory lane and recall the best of the worst in wingnuttia this year.Read More


South Florida Clerks Are 'Shallow and Gutless'

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 29, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

It's shameful and embarrassing that county clerks in progressive South Florida have thus far refused to agree to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples once the stay is lifted.Read More


Taking Money from Obamacare Won't Cure What Ails Kansas

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 26, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Taking $55 million from Obamacare is like putting a Band-Aid on a severed artery. It won't cure the conservative failure that ails Kansas.Read More

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When the President Became a Princess

Filed by Bil Browning | December 26, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

Obama + tiara = right-wing nutjob meltdownRead More

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A Glimmer of Hope for Transgender Service Members

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 23, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Service members like SGM Jennifer Long - who won a Bronze Star for combat valor while beginning her medical transition - show that transgender soldiers are "capable of accomplishing the job."Read More


Marijuana and Marriage: A Tale of GOP Hypocrisy

Filed by John M. Becker | December 21, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

The GOP loves to whine about the "will of the people" when it comes to marriage discrimination, yet they just blocked a voter-approved marijuana legalization law in Washington, D.C.Read More

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Wingnut Week in Review: Santa Cruz Comes to Town

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 21, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Santa Cruz came to town this week with an early holiday gift for President Obama and the Democrats, and wingnuts predictably lost it when the president effectively called an end to the Cold War.Read More

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BREAKING: SCOTUS Declines to Stop Florida Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | December 19, 2014 | 7:00 PM | comments

The Supreme Court has just denied Florida's request for a stay of a lower pro-marriage equality court ruling. Same-sex couples in the Sunshine State should be able to marry beginning January 6.Read More

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Michele Bachmann: I Outsmarted, 'Defeated' Progressives

Filed by John M. Becker | December 19, 2014 | 11:30 AM | comments

"That's the best way to defeat [liberals]... Defeat them with evidence and defeat them with their false premises and I did that."Read More

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DOJ: Title VII Prohibits Anti-Trans Discrimination

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

AG Holder announced today that the DOJ will adopt the position that Title VII's prohibition of sex discrimination covers discrimination on the basis of gender identity, including transgender status.Read More

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SCOTUS Will Consider Taking Louisiana Marriage Case

Filed by John M. Becker | December 18, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

In its meeting on January 9, the Supreme Court will consider whether or not to review Louisiana's marriage equality case.Read More


Marriage Equality Comes to Scotland

Filed by John M. Becker | December 16, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Scotland's marriage equality law, which was passed by that country's parliament in February and approved by Queen Elizabeth II in March, took effect today. Read More

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Victorious WI Marriage Lawyers to State: Pay Up

Filed by John M. Becker | December 15, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

The legal team that won marriage equality in the Badger State has a message for Wisconsin's anti-gay Republican governor Scott Walker and attorney general J.B. Van Hollen: pay up.Read More

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A Tortured Response to the Torture Report

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 13, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Only the worst kind of wingnut could conclude that America is "awesome" in spite of -- or because of -- "forced anal feeding and rehydration" of detainees. But that's what we heard this week.Read More

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An Open Letter to Pastor Stacy Swimp

Filed by Viktor Kerney | December 10, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

I'm sure you're proud of yourself for derailing LGBT civil rights in Michigan, but your entire argument against them is based on nonsense.Read More


What We Learned from Michigan's LGBT Rights Fiasco

Filed by Brynn Tannehill | December 10, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

LGBT groups are refusing to abandon the transgender community, but conservatives are exploiting this unity for their own nefarious purposes.Read More


Fayetteville, Arkansas Repeals LGBT Rights Ordinance

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

Last night, the people of Fayetteville, Arkansas narrowly voted to repeal the city's historic LGBT-inclusive civil rights ordinance.Read More


Michigan House Passes 'Right to Discriminate' Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | December 08, 2014 | 5:30 PM | comments

The Republican-controlled Michigan House of Representatives passed a GOP-sponsored bill that would create a special "right" to discriminate on the basis of religion.Read More

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Here's Michele Bachmann Singing Macklemore

Filed by John M. Becker | December 05, 2014 | 3:30 PM | comments

Because it's Friday. You're welcome.Read More

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Lutheran Finns Resign in Droves Over Bishop's Support for Equal Marriage

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

Finland's Lutheran archbishop praised last week's marriage equality vote. His pro-LGBT comments led nearly 7,800 people to resign from the church in protest.Read More


House Republicans Kill ENDA

Filed by John M. Becker | December 04, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

Late yesterday, a GOP-controlled House committee shot down an attempt to attach a version of the ENDA to a defense bill, effectively killing the measure for this session.Read More


Modest Proposals Won't Prevent Another Ferguson

Filed by Terrance Heath | December 04, 2014 | 10:30 AM | comments

No amount of body cameras or weapons distribution program oversight will solve the problems uncovered by Ferguson. Only fundamental national change can do that.Read More

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BREAKING: 11th Circuit Declines to Stay FL Marriages

Filed by John M. Becker | December 03, 2014 | 3:15 PM | comments

Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, the stay expires at the end of the day on January 5, 2015.Read More


D.C. Bans Dangerous, Discredited 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Filed by John M. Becker | December 03, 2014 | 9:00 AM | comments

Yesterday, the Washington, D.C. city council unanimously voted to ban so-called "conversion therapy" - a dangerous and discredited form of psychological abuse that falsely claims to change people from gay to straight - from being performed on minors.Read More

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Yes, Sports Are Political

Filed by Guest Blogger | December 02, 2014 | 2:30 PM | comments

From the raised fist at the 1968 Olympics to the St. Louis Rams putting their hands up in 2014, from Billie Jean King to Michael Sam -- sport is political.Read More


Reagan's Press Secretary Repeatedly Laughed at AIDS

Filed by John M. Becker | December 01, 2014 | 5:00 PM | 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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Marriage News Watch: AR, FL, MS, WY

Filed by John M. Becker | December 01, 2014 | 4:00 PM | comments

Matt Baume of the American Foundation of Equal Rights recaps the latest marriage equality news in a handy video round-up.Read More


Gambia: We'd Rather Persecute Gays Than Accept Aid

Filed by John M. Becker | December 01, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Gambia's foreign minister said this week that his country will continue persecuting gay people, regardless of any aid cuts from Western nations.Read More