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Category Archive: Equality

Apr 08 2014

Uganda Shuts Down HIV/AIDS Clinic

The horrors of that brutal new anti-gay law in Uganda are becoming more appalling by the day. The Ugandan police shut down one of the few clinics in that country that treated those with HIV and AIDS and arrested clinic staff for the “crime” of “promoting homosexuality.”

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Apr 08 2014

CEOs: Banning Discrimination Good for Business

A group of the top CEOs in the state of Michigan is telling the state that they should add sexual orientation to the list of prohibited bases for discrimination, arguing that it will be good for business by helping them attract the best employees.

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Apr 07 2014

Black Detroit Minister Comes Out as an Ally

After the court ruling striking down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage came out two weeks ago, a group of black ministers in the state put out a vile and inane statement against it. Now a very prominent black minister from Detroit is coming out as an ally of LGBT rights.

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Apr 06 2014

Michigan Republican Apologizes for Vote Against Marriage Equality

A former Republican legislator from Michigan named Chris Ward is apologizing for voting against marriage equality when he was in the state House in 2004. He’s asking his fellow Republicans to do the same, telling them that they’re on the wrong side of history and it’s time to stop the anti-gay crusade.

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Apr 04 2014

Genso Criticizes Opponent’s Take on Marriage Ruling

Longtime friend of the blog Jordan Genso is running for the state legislature here in Michigan and he is calling out his opponent, the mayor of the town of Howell, for his ignorant statement issued in response to a federal judge striking down the state’s law banning same-sex marriage two weeks ago.

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Apr 04 2014

What the World Vision Reaction Says About Fundamentalism

World Vision recently decided not to discriminate against gay people in their hiring, prompting a furious and appalling, though predictable reaction, from the anti-gay Christian right. They quickly reversed that decision in the face of the backlash, which has rightly angered Christian writer Rachel Held Evans.

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Apr 03 2014

A Gay Bashing Incident in Michigan

Two weekends ago more than 300 gay couples got married after a federal judge overturned Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. One of the women in one of those weddings has been assaulted and says that the three men who beat her up shouted bigoted epithets during the attack.

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Apr 02 2014

When a Republican Gets Gay Married

When the federal court ruling striking down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage came down, I happened to be in Lansing for the weekend. The county clerk there, Barb Byrum, opened up the next morning to issue licenses and perform weddings and Saturday afternoon word began circulating excitedly among my friends there that Doug Meeks and …

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Apr 01 2014

Despite Michigan Case, Regnerus Still Being Cited

When a federal judge struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage recently, he called out Mark Regnerus and his ridiculous study for being not just for having a faulty ideology, but for having one that was set up specifically to reach the desired result of the anti-gay groups that funded the study. That same study …

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Mar 31 2014

England and Wales Gets Marriage Equality

Marriage equality has come to the UK, led largely by the Conservative Party and Prime Minister David Cameron. The first same-sex marriages took place just the other day after the law recognizing those unions became official and several couples were married immediately.

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Mar 31 2014

Russia’s Anti-Gay Law and Population

Neil Munro seems to be rather unhappy that the Obama administration is pressuring Uganda, Russia and other countries to stop violating the human rights of LGBT people, dismissing it as “hard-edged effort to punish countries that disagree with its gay rights agenda.” I’ll take dishonest spin for $1000, Alex. And he offers this rather weird …

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Mar 30 2014

Bravo, Randal Rauser

Randal Rauser is a Christian apologist who has written a book with John Loftus in which he defends Christianity. But to his great credit, he has no desire to defend the warped priorities of so many fundamentalist Christians who are outraged about gay people but unconcerned about actual moral evils. Writing about the horrendous freakout …

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Mar 29 2014

HRC on Lively’s Bigoted Legacy

The Human Rights Campaign released a report about the history of Scott Lively’s anti-gay crusade this week, including both his advocacy of brutal anti-gay legislation around the world and his history of making the most bizarre accusations against gay people imaginable.

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Mar 28 2014

The Myth of Rich, Influential Gay People

One of the common beliefs about gay people in this country is that they tend to be wealthier than other demographic groups, giving them power and influence far out of proportion of their actual numbers. Nathan McDermott takes issue with that idea and calls it a myth.

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Mar 28 2014

White House Responds to Uganda Law

After dragging its feet for a few weeks, the Obama administration is preparing to follow the lead of our allies in Europe by cutting some aid and shifting recipients of other forms of aid to Uganda. Unfortunately, no steps will be taken to help potential victims of the law escape its grasp.

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