Politics: February 2015

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Marriage Equality on the Move in Mexico

Filed by John M. Becker | February 27, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

A freedom-to-marry revolution has been quietly brewing in Mexico over the past two years, where court rulings in over two-thirds of that country's 31 states have granted same-sex couples equal marriage rights. Read More

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Canada's Trans* Rights Bill Now Endorses Bathroom Bans

Filed by Mercedes Allen | February 27, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

A bill in Canada's parliament that is supposed to protect trans* people from discrimination was amended this week... in order to allow anti-trans discrimination in bathrooms and other gendered public spaces.Read More

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Arkansas 'License to Discriminate' Bill Fails

Filed by John M. Becker | February 26, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yesterday, the Arkansas Senate Judiciary Committee voted down a bill that would have made it legal for people and businesses to discriminate for religious reasons. But it may not be dead yet.Read More

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People-Powered Campaign Pushes Back Against 'Mayor 1%'

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 26, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel should be taking a victory lap right now. But a populist uprising forced him into a runoff - in a re-election campaign he was almost certain to win.Read More

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The GOP Can't Run from Giuliani's Hateful Rhetoric

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 25, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Republicans can't run from Rudy Giuliani's hateful rhetoric about President Obama's patriotism, because their base won't let them. This is who they are.Read More


In State Legislatures, Anti-LGBT Onslaught Continues

Filed by John M. Becker | February 25, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

From Arkansas to Wyoming, conservatives in state legislatures across the country are launching attacks on the basic civil rights of LGBT people.Read More


Arkansas Bans LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinances

Filed by John M. Becker | February 24, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

An Arkansas bill that effectively bans LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances became law at the end of the day Monday. Read More

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Wingnut Week in Review: American Jihad?

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 23, 2015 | 5:00 PM | comments

ISIS wants a holy war with America. Fox News and the wingnut brigade are aching to give them one. Will those who've learned nothing from history doom the rest of us to repeat it?Read More


An Open Letter to Rudy Giuliani on Obama, Patriotism

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 23, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

If Obama truly did not love America, why then would he have worked so diligently for the betterment of the nation?Read More


Negotiating for the Future of LGBT Iranians

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 20, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

During this potential thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations, President Obama should add LGBT rights to the list of concerns he's bringing to the negotiating table.Read More

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Finland's President Signs Marriage Equality Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

This morning, Finland's president signed marriage equality into law. Beginning on March 1, 2017, same-sex couples there will have the freedom to marry.Read More

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Opposing Marriage Equality Could Cost GOP Candidates

Filed by John M. Becker | February 20, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

A new poll from NBC News and Marist College finds that many GOP primary voters in three key early states say opposition to marriage equality is a deal-breaker for a 2016 presidential candidate.Read More

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As GOP Blocks 'Bomb Train' Oversight, One Explodes

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 19, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

While conservatives play to an anti-science base and allow corporate donors to put private profit above public safety, the rest of us are left to wonder: when and where will the next "bomb train" go off?Read More

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AL Judge: Destroy Marriage Rather Than Allow Same-Sex Weddings

Filed by John M. Becker | February 18, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

An Alabama Supreme Court justice suggests that if marriage equality continues in his state, he'd vote to destroy the institution of marriage entirely rather than allow same-sex couples to participate in it.Read More

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Appears on Rachel Maddow Show

Filed by John M. Becker | February 17, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last night, The Rachel Maddow Show aired a rare, exclusive interview with Supreme Court Justice (and cultural icon) Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leader of the court's liberal wing. Read More

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Anti-Gay AR Lawmaker's Brother Slams LGBT Rights Ban

Filed by John M. Becker | February 17, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

GOP Arkansas state representative Charlie Collins voted to support a bill that would block communities in that state from passing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinances. His gay brother Donald is calling him out.Read More


The Road to Havana

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | February 17, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

When President Obama announced his Cuban initiative in December, Cuban Americans in my parents' generation screamed bloody murder. But Obama is right: our frosty relationship with Cuba is a relic of the Cold War that needs to be overhauled.Read More

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Oregon Gets Nation's 1st Bisexual Governor This Week

Filed by John M. Becker | February 16, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Incoming Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who takes the oath of office this week, will be the first openly bisexual governor in the history of the United States.Read More

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Wingnut Week in Review: Standing in the Courthouse Door

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 15, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

After a federal judge struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage, "Ten Commandments" judge Roy Moore channeled governor George Wallace, and all the usual wingnuttery ensued.Read More

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Shame on Staples. Shame on the Republican House, Too.

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 15, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

The president is right. Staples is cutting workers' hours (and paychecks) to avoid providing health insurance. But that's only half the story.Read More


We Must Not Let Greece Go It Alone

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 13, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Sen. Bernie Sanders is asking Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to explain the Fed's silence on Greece's anti-austerity stand. The stakes are too high for us to let Greece go it alone.Read More


BREAKING: Judge Orders Alabama Official to Issue Marriage Licenses

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2015 | 4:45 PM | comments

U.S. Judge Callie V.S. Granade has just ordered Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis to follow her earlier ruling and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Read More


Arkansas Poised to Pass Law Protecting Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2015 | 3:00 PM | comments

Arkansas lawmakers are poised to approve a measure that would make it illegal for cities and counties to pass LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinances. But wait, there's more.Read More

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The Case for EqualityGOP

Filed by Guest Blogger | February 12, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's clear that a majority of Americans support full LGBT equality but also prefer limited government, low taxes with equitable tax policies. These United States are center-right -- always have been, always will be.Read More

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Justice Ginsburg: America Is Ready for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | February 12, 2015 | 9:30 AM | comments

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says that it "would not take a large adjustment" from the American public to a Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality nationwide.Read More

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Italy's Top Court Rejects Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | February 11, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

The Supreme Court of Cassation - Italy's highest court of appeals - rejected same-sex marriage on Monday.Read More

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Kansas Gov. Removes Protections for LGBT State Workers

Filed by John M. Becker | February 10, 2015 | 5:15 PM | comments

Failed Republican Kansas Governor (and notorious anti-gay bigot) Sam Brownback signed an executive order today rescinding employment protections for LGBT state workers.Read More

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Anti-Science, Anti-Social Conservatism Makes Us Sick

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 10, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

America is in the middle of a measles outbreak, and conservatives are rushing to embrace the anti-vaccine movement. Their anti-science, anti-social position is in line with conservatism's rejection of responsibility to the greater community.Read More

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SD House Advances Bill Attacking Trans Students

Filed by John M. Becker | February 09, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Today, lawmakers in South Dakota advanced a GOP-led bill that would overturn a South Dakota High School Activities Association policy allowing students to participate in high school sports in a manner consistent with their gender identity and/or expression.Read More

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On Marriage Equality, It's All Over But the Shouting

Filed by John M. Becker | February 09, 2015 | 3:15 PM | comments

By refusing to stop same-sex marriages in Alabama, the Justices appear to have tipped their hands on how they intend to ultimately resolve the constitutional question of marriage equality.Read More

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Alabama Becomes a Marriage Equality State

Filed by John M. Becker | February 09, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Same-sex couples are now marrying in Alabama, despite a desperate move to block marriage equality by the state's grandstanding wingnut Chief Justice, Roy Moore.Read More

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WI Governor Scott Walker Is an Ageist Lug Nut

Filed by Mark Segal | February 08, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Young politicians tell senior voters that they want to hear in an attempt to get their votes. But Scott Walker's anti-labor, women's health, LGBT and immigration positions would take us back to 1950.Read More

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Pope Francis Endorses Marriage Discrimination in Slovakia

Filed by John M. Becker | February 05, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Pope Francis is publicly endorsing a voter referendum Saturday in the central European nation of Slovakia that would ban marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.Read More

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Greece Proves Populist Movements Can Fight and Win

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 05, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Last month, Greek citizens voted to throw off five years of crushing austerity. Their victory should inspire Americans to resist GOP-imposed austerity here at home.Read More


11th Circuit Denies Stay in Alabama Marriage Cases

Filed by John M. Becker | February 03, 2015 | 11:30 AM | comments

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex couples in Alabama will be able to marry on February 9 -- and possibly sooner.Read More

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Petition to Ban Conversion Therapy Goes to White House

Filed by Garrard Conley | February 02, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

A White House petition for 'Leelah's Law,' a bill to end LGBTQ conversion therapy, crossed the 100,000-signature mark last week and will now receive a formal response from the Obama administration.Read More

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Tensions Emerge Between Marriage Attorneys, LGBT Groups

Filed by John M. Becker | February 02, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Marriage equality is going back to the U.S. Supreme Court, and tensions between national LGBT/civil rights groups and private lawyers challenging state marriage bans are reportedly breaking out in the open again.Read More

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Wingnut Week in Review: From Rogue to Reject

Filed by Terrance Heath | February 01, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Last week we saw the beginning of the end of conservatives' love affair with Sarah Palin (maybe), and said farewell (but probably not goodbye) to one of our regulars.Read More

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Oklahoma's Conversion Therapy Bill: A Call to Action

Filed by Garrard Conley | February 01, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern's "Freedom to Obtain Conversion Therapy Act" is the first bill ever to protect harmful "ex-gay" therapy for minors without their consent and "without any interference from the state."Read More