Category Archive: Equality

Jun 10 2014

Equality Opponents Put Bigotry on the Back Burner

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that opponents of marriage equality are losing their will to fight. Not only are their numbers dwindling, but their zeal for the fight is waning as well. When asked if a candidate’s position on the subject matter when deciding who to vote for, most said not very important.

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Jun 09 2014

Say Goodnight, National Organization for Marriage

The National Organization for Marriage has fallen on hard times. Once powerful and effective in preventing equality for LGBT people, it’s now facing serious financial problems and on a huge losing streak in both legislatures and courts. Mark Joseph Stern thinks he hears a funeral dirge starting to play:

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Jun 08 2014

The Growing Diversity of the Atheist Movement

Chris Hall has a great article at Alternet about the growing diversity within atheism, both in terms of demographics and in terms of where we focus our attention. I really love some of the quotes in the article from my friends, especially Greta Christina and Jamila Bey.

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Jun 06 2014

Same Stupid Arguments, Different State

Just like the coalition of Christian ministers in Michigan that has been spouting nonsensical arguments against same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania has its own group saying the same stupid things. They held a press conference at the PA state capitol to condemn Judge Jones and his ruling striking down their ban on same-sex marriage.

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Jun 05 2014

Higgins: Gay Marriage Wrong Just Like Banning Interracial Marriage

Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute is one of the lesser-known members of the bigotsphere, but she’s making a case for a bigger role with her ability to make transparently silly arguments and bold declarations of vigilance. In her latest jeremiad, she goes all William Wallace:

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Jun 04 2014

LaBarbera: The Gay Will Destroy America!

Peter LaBarbera and the American Family Association’s “news” outlet, OneNewsNow, are quite upset about a National Park Service plan to make national landmarks out of a few sites that played a big historical role in the fight for LGBT equality. In fact, they think it’s going to destroy America. Of course.

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Jun 03 2014

Pam Bondi’s Screeching Hypocrisy

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is something of a rising star in the Republican party and she is defending her state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a legal challenge in federal court. She’s also a massive hypocrite, as proven by her recent filings in the case.

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Jun 03 2014

Bigoted Texas Restaurant Now Popular Gay Bar

Remember that Texas restaurant that threw a gay couple out because they “don’t serve fags here”? According to many people on Yelp, they are now the most popular gay bar in the area. That’s what activists have done in retaliation for the owner’s vile bigotry.

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Jun 03 2014

Focusing on Children a Bad Move For Anti-Equality Lawyers

Jeffrey Toobin has a short profile of Austin Nimocks, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom who has been representing some states defending their bans on same-sex marriage and filing briefs in other cases. Toobin points out that he’s making a rather glaring strategic mistake:

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Jun 02 2014

NOM Hit With Fine in Maine

Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices has hit the National Organization for Marriage with a big fine (not huge, but apparently the biggest they’ve ever given in that state) for concealing its role in a 2009 fight over same-sex marriage.

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Jun 01 2014

Gay Couple Kicked Out of Texas Restaurant

Here’s a story that serves as a perfect reminder of what the Christian right is currently fighting for, the “right” to refuse to serve gay people in their businesses because of their “religious freedom.” A gay couple was tossed out of a Texas restaurant after being called bigoted slurs.

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May 30 2014

Amusing New Brief Filed in Michigan Marriage Case

A new amicus brief has been filed in DeBoer v Snyder, the case that overturned Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage, now being heard by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. It’s on behalf of several organizations, including Eugene DelGaudio’s one-man scam shop and the openly theocratic Institute on the Constitution. Some of the arguments are …

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May 26 2014

Wingnuts and the Art of Hyperbole

I often wonder if there isn’t some secret competition going on among the wingnuts to see who can come up with the most hyperbolic and ridiculous statement, especially about LGBT equality. Don Boys, a former Indiana legislator turned pundit, gives it his best shot while throwing a fit about the Michael Sam kiss.

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May 25 2014

How Court Victories Drive Social Progress

As the court rulings in favor of equality continue to pile up in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Windsor — so far, every federal court since then has struck down state laws banning same-sex marriage when challenged — Scott Lemieux argues that such rulings can help drive public opinion.

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May 23 2014

Pennsylvania Won’t Appeal Marriage Ruling

Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania has decided not to appeal the federal court ruling, written by Judge John. E. Jones of Dover trial fame, striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. In his statement, he said he didn’t think the state was likely to win an appeal:

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