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Category Archive: Equality

Jul 31 2014

Schlafly Still Thinks They’re Gonna Win on Marriage

One of the most amusing things to me is watching the Christian right try to convince themselves and others that they’re not losing the fight on same-sex marriage. Phyllis Schlafly does so by citing polling data only of Republicans as if they represent everyone.

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Jul 31 2014

Yet Another ‘Ex-Gay’ Leader Leaves It Behind

We’ve already seen several of the most prominent “ex-gay” leaders, including John Paulk and Alan Chambers, walk away from the movement and admit that they’re still gay despite years of pretending otherwise. Now yet another prominent leader of that movement, Yvette Cantu Schneider, writes on the GLAAD website that she’s still gay, just as she …

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Jul 30 2014

4th Circuit Upholds Overturning of VA’s Marriage Ban

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling overturning Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. It was a 2-1 ruling with two judges appointed by George W. Bush in the majority and one appointed by Ronald Reagan in dissent. The ruling applies to Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and North and South Carolina. From …

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Jul 30 2014

Dreher: ‘Traditional Christianity’ All About Sex

Rod Dreher, a conservative whose views I typically respect and take seriously, wonders what we mean when we say that “traditional Christianity” is on its way from being a majority religion to a minority one in this country (as he agrees that it is). And he thinks it’s all about sex.

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Jul 29 2014

Morse Not Worried About History

Jennifer Roback Morse of the National Organization for Marriage-affiliated Ruth Institute was interviewed on a Christian radio show recently and was asked whether she was concerned about being judged by history as being on the side of bigotry and discrimination. She put on a brave face:

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Jul 27 2014

Defending My Recent Reasonable Doubts Appearance

A couple weeks ago I was interviewed by my good friends who do the Reasonable Doubts podcast, just a few days after the Hobby Lobby ruling came down. I said then much the same thing that I said here, that I think it’s a very bad ruling but not nearly as far-reaching as some have …

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Jul 24 2014

A New Face for the ‘Ex-Gay’ Movement

Candace Chellew-Hodge writes at Religion Dispatches about David Kyle Foster, the new face of the “ex-gay” movement. They need a new face, of course, because so many of the old faces have abandoned that ruse and admitted to, or been caught, still being gay despite having sold the ex-gay con for decades.

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Jul 24 2014

Florida Same-Sex Marriage Ban Overturned

Last week, a state judge in Florida overturned that state’s ban on same-sex marriage and the reaction from the Christian right was exactly what you would expect. The judge’s jurisdiction includes the Florida Keys, which seems entirely appropriate.

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Jul 23 2014

Kluwe Vindicated, Vikings Playing CYA

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken gay rights activist, accused the Vikings’ special teams coach of saying that gay people should be killed during a meeting and he has now been entirely vindicated in that accusation. But the Vikings are playing a furious game of cover-your-ass and pretending that everything’s fine.

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Jul 22 2014

No Religious Exemption in Obama Anti-Discrimination Order

President Obama is set to release a new executive order forbidding discrimination against LGBT people for companies that get federal contracts and the White House announced that it will not contain any exemptions for religious beliefs by the company’s owners.

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Jul 22 2014

Farah Just Can’t Understand a Civil Rights Movement

Joseph Farah is confused. Pointing to a recent CDC survey that found about 3% of Americans identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual, he demands to know why gay people get so much attention these days because he simply doesn’t understand why they don’t only get 3% of the attention.

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Jul 18 2014

Quakers Form Underground Railroad for Gay Ugandans

Bravo to a group of Quakers in Olympia, Washington who have established a new underground railroad to get gay Ugandans out of that country to escape the brutal persecution there after the passage of a new law that includes life in prison just for being gay.

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Jul 14 2014

SCOTUS and Marriage Equality, Round 2

The state of Utah is asking the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a district court ruling that overturned their ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Lyle Denniston explains the situation:

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Jul 12 2014

ENDA and the Hobby Lobby Decision

I recorded an interview for the Reasonable Doubts podcast Wednesday evening and they asked me about the decision by several gay rights groups to withdraw support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I had seen headlines all day about it but hadn’t actually read the articles so I wasn’t clear on why they did so and …

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Jul 11 2014

Richwine: Regnerus Victim of ‘Witch Hunt’

Jason Richwine, whose terrible research on immigration has prompted a great deal of entirely warranted criticism, wonders whether sociologists will study whether gay marriages are more likely to end in divorce than straight marriages. And he begins with this absurd claim:

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