Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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State Judge Strikes Down Kentucky’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage, But Decision Put On Hold

A Franklin Circuit Court judge on Thursday struck down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, although he immediately put his decision on hold because the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on that ban in less than two weeks.

April 17, 2015
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“Republicans Ain’t Done Nothin’ For Me” — A Tea Partier Confesses He Might Vote For Hillary

This “Commie-hating, Obama-hating, lead-spraying” gun enthusiast and stalwart Republican voter for 32 years decided he likes his Obamacare.

April 16, 2015
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White House Video Features LGBT Officials Against Conversion Therapy

“Conversion therapy can be called many things — we used to call things like this ‘brainwashing’ or ‘reprogramming,'” says Obama administration official Amanda Simpson.

April 10, 2015
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Companies’ Pro-Equality Rhetoric Belied By Their Campaign Donations

Many of the companies speaking out against religious freedom bills have donated cash to politicians who very publicly led the fight against LGBT rights.

April 10, 2015
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This Week In Crazy: Bring On The Second Civil War!

This week, “conservative” nut-jobs are trying to incite a second civil war — or warn us that we’re headed for one. Are they the same thing?

April 10, 2015
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Barack Obama Calls For End To Gay ‘Conversion’ Therapies

Obama derides conversion therapy, the unfounded method of reconditioning gay men back to ‘traditional masculine gender roles,’ and calls for a national ban.

April 9, 2015
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Obama Seeks Ban On ‘Conversion’ Therapy For Sexual Orientation

“The overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy, especially when it is practiced on young people, is neither medically nor ethically appropriate and can cause substantial harm.”

April 9, 2015
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‘The Culture War’ — A Battle The GOP Can’t Win

The argument is over and conservatives have lost. Some of them just don’t know it yet.

April 8, 2015
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59 Years Ago, Discrimination Law And Sports Intersected

Recent controversy over sports and discriminatory laws in Indiana, find a parallel in Louisiana circa 1956.

April 7, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: Jon Stewart’s Endorsement

Jon Stewart says that Trevor Noah will earn your trust — or not — just like Jon himself earned your trust — or didn’t.

April 7, 2015
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Good People Sometimes Back Bad Laws

Religious freedom legislation is widening the rift between liberals and social conservatives. Is it possible to reach out to the other side, and move forward?

April 7, 2015
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Toxic Law: How Corporate Power And ‘Religious Freedom’ Threaten Democracy

Corporations are valuable and useful vehicles for creating wealth. But they are not and never should be political and religious actors.

April 4, 2015
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This Week In Crazy: The Gays Are Coming! The Gays Are Coming!

Our reliable update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Today we bring you Indiana Freakout: The Gay Apocalypse!

April 3, 2015
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Indiana’s Fix To ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Draws Critics On Both Sides

“Critics of the law immediately said the changes do not go far enough in protecting against discrimination, while proponents said that Indianans’ religious liberties are still threatened.”

April 2, 2015
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Endorse This: No Straight Answers On Anti-Gay Bills

With the latest controversy over a “Religious Freedom” bill being proposed in Arkansas, the lead sponsor still seems to have trouble with the basic question here.

April 2, 2015
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Indiana Drafts Amended Religious Law To Protect Gays Against Discrimination

Hoosier lawmakers draft legislation to protect gays against discrimination in response to national furor.

April 2, 2015
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Calling All Hoosiers

Surely, somebody had to know that passing a bill that would defend a religion in no need of defending while empowering bigots was going to end badly.

April 2, 2015
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Three Factors That Make Indiana’s Religion Law Different From Other States’

Don’t believe the spin — Indiana’s law is worse than other ‘religious freedom’ statutes.

April 1, 2015
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Gay Rights Supporters Gird For Fight In Mississippi Beyond Marriage

Despite some social and legislative progress to “pry open the Southern closet,” some Tupelo residents want to criminalize homosexuality.

April 1, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: Indiana Isn’t Getting Any Break

The state of Indiana is still getting hammered on late night comedy.

April 1, 2015
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Uproar Over Indiana Religious Freedom Law Shows Shift In Gay Rights Fight

“Was I expecting this kind of backlash? Heavens no!” Indiana Governor Mike Pence told reporters Tuesday. He’s not alone.

April 1, 2015
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence Calls For Legislative Fix For Religious Freedom Law

Governor Mike Pence, who believes in the Golden Rule, clarifies that Indiana’s new religion law does not discriminate against him as it does against gays and lesbians.

March 31, 2015
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Late Night Roundup: ‘A Couple Things’ About Indiana

The state of Indiana got some more national attention that it might not want — from a late night comedy show.

March 31, 2015
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Indiana Religious Freedom Act: What’s Behind The Law And The Backlash

The issue of Indiana’s new law is a political window into the changing nature of gay rights.

March 31, 2015
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Endorse This: The Hoosier State Of Confusion

George Stephanopoulos asked Governor Mike Pence (R) whether the state’s new law allows discrimination against gay people — and then had to ask it again, and again, and again.

March 30, 2015