Politics: March 2015

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Religious Freedom Restoration Acts Restore Bigotry, Repression

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 31, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

We must work to rescind Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" because with it, no one is truly free. It only restores bigotry and repression.Read More


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Montana 'Religious Freedom' Bill Dies

Filed by John M. Becker | March 30, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

And Georgia's bill may be close behind.Read More


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The Truth About Indiana's RFRA Law & How to Fix It

Filed by Bil Browning | March 30, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Indiana Governor Mike Pence and supporters of the state's new "religious freedom" law keep spouting off a lot misinformation to try to justify their bigotry. What's the truth and how can it be fixed?Read More


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Indiana Gov. Desperately Attempts Damage Control

Filed by John M. Becker | March 29, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

Mike Pence, the far-right Republican governor of Indiana, appeared this morning on ABC to respond to the international backlash over the state's bigoted new "religious freedom" law.Read More


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Black Unemployment Report Shows Need for the People's Budget

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 27, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

This week, House Republicans passed a budget with no new funding for job creation. Now a new report on black unemployment shows the urgent need for investment in job creation.Read More


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Federal Judge Blocks Medical Leave for Same-Sex Couples

Filed by John M. Becker | March 27, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Last night, a conservative federal judge in north Texas temporarily blocked married same-sex couples in four states from receiving the protections of the Family & Medical Leave Act.Read More


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BREAKING: Indiana Gov. Signs Odious Anti-LGBT Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | March 26, 2015 | 10:30 AM | comments

Mike Pence, the far-right Republican governor of Indiana, has signed SB 101 - a so-called "religious freedom" measure that sanctions religion-based discrimination against LGBT people and other minority groups - into law less than an hour ago.Read More


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Five Ways the GOP Budget Will Harm American Families

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

The House GOP budget promises "a stronger economy, where families and businesses can have more confidence and certainty in the future." But for millions of families, it means a future filled with uncertainty and desperation.Read More


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Russia Fails to Block Same-Sex Couple Benefits at UN

Filed by John M. Becker | March 24, 2015 | 4:30 PM | comments

A Russian-led coalition failed in an attempt to block the United Nations budget committee from giving staff benefits to legally married same-sex couples.Read More


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Here's a List of Crazy Things Candidate Ted Cruz Believes

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 24, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

Ted Cruz's presidential campaign launch was an overt attempt to reach out to the craziest true believers among the GOP base. Cruz shouldn't have much trouble convincing them that he's one of them, given some of the crazy things he believes.Read More


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Immoral Choices in the House GOP Budget

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 23, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Republican-led House Budget Committee's FY2016 budget proposal, "A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America," is a document full of immoral choices that will have devastating impacts on the most vulnerable Americans.Read More


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Philly: The LGBT Path to the City Council

Filed by Mark Segal | March 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

The first hurdles for the two out LGBT candidates for City Council have now been cleared.Read More


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The Tea Party & Likud: A Symbiosis of Fear & Division

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 19, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Yes, this election is a "sweeping victory," but not for those of us "who value freedom and democracy around the world."Read More


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Caption This: Iowa Lawmaker's Sexy Time

Filed by Bil Browning | March 19, 2015 | 1:00 PM | comments

State legislatures are known to be the breeding ground for ridiculousness, but Iowa state representative Ross Paustian has taken things to a whole new level.Read More


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BREAKING: Rep. Aaron Schock Resigns

Filed by John M. Becker | March 17, 2015 | 2:30 PM | comments

Aaron Schock, the ethically challenged (and allegedly totally heterosexual) GOP U.S. Representative from Illinois, is resigning from Congress.Read More


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EU Parliament: Marriage Equality Is a Human Right

Filed by John M. Becker | March 13, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

The parliament of the European Union is officially calling on all member states to recognize civil unions and same-sex marriage as "a matter of civil and human rights."Read More


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Utah House Passes Contradictory LGBT Bills

Filed by John M. Becker | March 12, 2015 | 11:00 AM | comments

Yesterday the GOP-controlled Utah House passed a major, Mormon-endorsed LGBT civil rights bill and a "license to discriminate" measure that would allow people and businesses to refuse service to customers on religious grounds.Read More


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Republicans Ignore the Message of Selma

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 11, 2015 | 2:30 PM | comments

Despite rumors that House Republican leadership would skip the 50th anniversary of Selma, several Republicans showed up. But they missed the point so completely that they might as well have stayed home.Read More


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Oklahoma House Votes to Stop All Marriages Because Gays

Filed by John M. Becker | March 11, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that would stop the state from issuing marriage licenses altogether rather than allow same-gender couples to obtain them.Read More


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Texas Lawmaker Proposes Trans Bathroom Bounty Bill

Filed by John M. Becker | March 11, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

A bill pending in the Texas House would make it illegal for school districts to allow trans students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.Read More


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New Poll Shows Record Support for Marriage Equality

Filed by John M. Becker | March 10, 2015 | 3:00 PM | comments

Nearly six in ten Americans say they believe same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.Read More


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Wingnut Week in Review: The Selma Edition

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 08, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

Selma was yet another chance for Republican to tell African-American voters, "We care." Instead, the absence and silence of GOP leaders will let a far more powerful message stand.Read More


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Netanyahu's U.S. Speeches Are a Travesty

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 08, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Before your speech to Congress, Benjamin Netanyahu, you asserted that you would be speaking all Jews. Mr. Prime Minister, you certainly do not speak for this one.Read More


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President's Task Force Takes Baby Steps to Police Reform

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 08, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

Instead of bold strides towards real policing reforms, the President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing has mapped out baby steps. Read More


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Slovenia Legalizes Marriage, Adoption Equality

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

Lawmakers in the former Yugoslav nation of Slovenia legalized marriage and adoption equality this week, over the vociferous objections of anti-LGBT groups and the Catholic Church.Read More


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BREAKING: SCOTUS Sets Date for Marriage Arguments

Filed by John M. Becker | March 05, 2015 | 10:33 AM | comments

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Sixth Circuit marriage cases on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.Read More


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Equality Activists Arrested in Idaho

Filed by John M. Becker | March 03, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

A group of 23 LGBT equality advocates were arrested in the Idaho State Capitol building yesterday after protesting in support of anti-discrimination protections.Read More


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Christian Lawyer Proposes 'Kill the Gays' Law in CA

Filed by John M. Becker | March 03, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

A lawyer and radical Christian activist in California recently submitted a ballot initiative that calls for anyone engaging in sodomy to be put to death. He calls it the "Sodomite Suppression Act."Read More


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Charlotte Kills Pro-LGBT Ordinance Because Bathrooms

Filed by John M. Becker | March 03, 2015 | 8:00 AM | comments

Last night, the city council of Charlotte, North Carolina voted down an ordinance that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of groups protected from discrimination.Read More


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SCOTUS Spanks NOM on Donor Disclosure

Filed by John M. Becker | March 02, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

The National Organization for Marriage's years-long effort to hide the names of its donors was dealt another blow this morning, this time by the U.S. Supreme Court.Read More


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BREAKING: Nebraska Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | March 02, 2015 | 9:45 AM | comments

A federal judge has just struck down Nebraska's marriage discrimination amendment. Unless it is stayed, his ruling takes effect one week from today.Read More