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  • Love and Dignity Carries the Day at the Supreme Court
    "They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed." And just like that, marriage equality is the law of the land.Today is a day millions of our citizens--both gay and straight--will never forget.
  • Six Reasons Why 2014 Was a Great Year for Democrats
    2014 was a great year for liberals. Marriage equality is sweeping across the nation, the federal courts now have a majority of liberal jurists, America's foreign policy is being reshaped in Obama's image, and both red and blue states voted to choose if they wanted to legalize a plant. Democrats may have lost the Senate, but their priorities surely won in 2014.
  • Three Reasons The Midterm Elections Should be a Referendum on President Obama
    We have seen this story play out in countless midterm elections before. Members of the party the President belongs to run as far away from him as possible and members of the opposition try to tie members of the President's party to him at every turn.
  • And In This Corner, Gov Rick Scott: The Master of Doublespeak And Nonsense
    "Governor Scott... I'm not sure I got an answer to the question.." That was a remark from one of the moderators at the gubernatorial debate between incumbent Florida Governor Rick Scott and his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist. Rick Scott was asked a very straight forward question on discrimination with gay marriage: "Governor Scott, you say you are against discrimination.
  • The End is in Sight For Nationwide Marriage Equality
    When is it time to throw in the towel and accept that the tide has turned? Napoleon must have asked himself this very question after being humiliated in the Battle of Waterloo and summarily exiled for the remainder of his life. It's also the same question many anti-gay marriage activists must be asking themselves after the Supreme Court refused to wade back into the gay marriage debate.
  • Win the Senate, Win the Courts For a Generation
    Republicans fall in line, Democrats fall in love. This cheesy and juvenile saying drives me crazy, but it's one that I've unfortunately come to accept as one hundred percent accurate. Despite Barack Obama's presidency being a resounding success, he's sitting at a forty percent approval rating and he might very well lose the senate.
  • Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Arizona's "religious liberty" bill last evening, putting the brakes on what could have been one of the most discriminatory laws in the country had she given it her approval.
  • In early 2015, a team of 56 volunteers knocked on the doors of conservative voters in Miami, Florida to talk about transgender rights. Local officials had recently passed a law that protected transgender people from discrimination, but LGBT organizations were concerned about backlash, repeals, and counter-legislation (of the kind recently seen in North Carolina).
  • In most states, it is legal for an employer to fire someone, a landlord to evict someone, and a business owner to deny service to someone — all because the person in question is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Most Americans aren't okay with that. A new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that a majority of Americans in all 50 states think anti-LGBTQ discrimination should be illegal in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations (places that serve the public, such as restaurants and hotels):
  • Vice President Joe Biden got visibly heated while discussing the importance of LGBT rights on Wednesday. Speaking at an LGBT rights roundtable at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Veep lamented that openly gay and transgender people are still treated like second class citizens around the world.
  • Pope Francis' meeting last week with an American woman at the center of a row over gay marriage was not something he had sought and should not be seen as an endorsement of her views, the Vatican said on Friday. One Vatican official said there was "a sense of regret" that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail in September for refusing to honor a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses.
  • A Kentucky county clerk who had been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples secretly met Pope Francis in a move that disappointed many liberal Catholics and encouraged officials who support her stance. The meeting with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, and comments by the pope on Monday, may spur action by local officials across the United States who have refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples since the U.S. Supreme Court's June decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
  • Kim Davis, America’s most famous county clerk, returned to work in Kentucky Monday morning, and she announced—well, it wasn’t entirely clear what she was saying. Earlier this month, a federal judge had jailed her for contempt of court because she refused to provide marriage licenses for same-sex couples, who had the right to wed thanks to the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, in June. The judge released her after four days, on the understanding that she would no longer prevent certification of these marriages. On Monday, Davis said that she wouldn’t stop her deputies from granting licenses, but she also suggested that marriages certified by mere deputies might not be legally valid.
  • Kim Davis returned to work Monday for the first time since she was jailed for defying a federal court and announced that she would no longer block her deputies from Kim Davis returned to work Monday for the first time since she was jailed for defying a federal court and announced that she would no longer block her deputies from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Standing at the courthouse door, the Kentucky county clerk read from a handwritten statement and explained in a quivering voice that she had been faced with a "seemingly impossible choice" between following her conscience and losing her freedom. marriage licenses to same-sex…
  • After Obergefell came down, Kim Davis wasn’t the only clerk who objected to same-sex marriage. She was just the only one who refused either to perform her job, or quit it. In Texas, Rusk County Clerk Joyce Lewis-Kugle stepped down, as did Live Oak County Clerk Karen Irving. Cleburn County, Arkansas, lost its clerk, as did Grenada County, Mississippi; the clerks office in Decatur County, Tennessee, lost its entire staff.
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  • Earl Bullard, the mayor of a small South Carolina town, fired the town police chief after he wrote her up seven times in one day and she refused to sign any of the reprimands. Bullard is being accused of being openly hostile towards Bullard because she is a lesbian and is even recorded on tape saying he would rather have a drunk take care of his children over "somebody whose lifestyle is questionable." Bullard insists he had full legal authority to fire the police chief, but many council members disagree with him and insist he doesn't have the authority to fire the police chief without a majority of the city councils approval.
  • Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a vaguely worded 'religious liberty' bill which he says is meant to protect religious freedoms, but opponents claim is just another backdoor way to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the name of religious freedom. Right wing Christian organizations are cheering the move by saying the new law will 'prevent the Government from discriminating against religious exercise.'
  • The Arizona State Senate voted along party lines on a bill that would sanction a private individuals and businesses the right to refuse service to any customer that violates their religious beliefs. The bill, which is widely viewed as giving legal permission for people to refuse service to gay and lesbian individuals, was quickly passed by the State House and now heads to Governor Jan Brewer. vetoed a similar piece of legislation last year.
  • Phil Robertson, the star of the A&E show "Duck Dynasty," has been suspended indefinitely after equating homosexuality and bestiality in a recent interview with GQ. Robertson, an unabashed christian conservative, claimed that homosexuality is just not "logical" and that once homosexuality is accepted the next thing we will have to accept is "bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
  • Former Vice President Dick Cheney waded in to the public spat between his two daughters over gay marriage by siding with Liz Cheney, who is against gay marriage rights, in the feud. Cheney and his wife released a statement supporting Liz and that she has always been a proponent of the "traditional definition of marriage." Mary Cheney and he wife claimed that Liz was on the wrong side of history.

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