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Category Archive: Equality

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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Jul 10 2014

FRC: Regnerus Study the ‘Gold Standard’

The new study out of Australia that finds the children of gay parents do at least as well as the children of straight parents (better, by some measures) has the anti-gay bigots in this country scrambling. The Family Research Council made this lame attempt to refute it by citing the ridiculous Regnerus study as the …

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Jul 08 2014

Study: Same-Sex Couples Raise Healthy Children

The largest study ever conducted of families headed by same-sex couples has concluded that the children raised in such families are as psychologically and physically healthy as children from more traditional families, indeed slightly more so. The study, published in BMC Public Health, looked at 500 children from 390 families in Australia headed by gay …

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Jul 05 2014

Principal Cancels Play, Claims No Gay People Exist There

The principal of a school in Pennsylvania forced the drama department to cancel a production of Monty Python’s Spamalot because two of the characters in it are gay and, she claimed, there are no gay people in their small town so it would be inappropriate.

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Jul 03 2014

Fischer Predicts Backlash Against Pro-Equality Companies

As the cultural tide turns steadily toward equality for LGBT Americans, more and more companies are showing themselves to be gay friendly in their advertisements. Bryan Fischer is just sure this is going to cause a huge backlash against them…annnnnny minute now.

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Jul 03 2014

Kentucky the Latest Anti-Marriage Law to Fall

Judge John G. Heyburn II, a federal district court judge appointed by the first President Bush, struck down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage on 14th Amendment equal protection grounds. He minced few words in rejecting the absurd arguments offered in defense of the law:

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Jul 02 2014

Poll Shows Support for Equality, Opposition to Discrimination

A new poll by the First Amendment Center finds that a majority of Americans not only support marriage equality, they also support non-discrimination laws for businesses that provide marriage services and reject the idea that religious beliefs can justify such discrimination.

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