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Category Archive: Equality

Mar 10 2014

Attack of the Pro-Choice Gay People

A coalition of 50 LGBT and women’s rights groups have issued a statement opposing legislation that allow Christian-owned businesses to ignore laws they don’t like, including anti-discrimination laws. Naturally, the wingnuts are objecting to this unholy alliance:

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Mar 10 2014

Barber: Bigotry Losing Due to ‘Leftist Propaganda’

That new Washington Post/ABC News poll that found record support for marriage even in states that passed laws banning same-sex marriage after 2004 is a real problem for the bigots. They can’t admit that people are just becoming less like them, so it must be “leftist propaganda.”

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Mar 10 2014

Could ‘Right to Discriminate’ Laws Backfire on Christians?

Jonathan Merritt makes a very interesting argument in the Atlantic about all those “right to discriminate” laws being pushed in many states. The people pushing for more ability to discriminate against marginalized and despised groups also believe that Christian are increasingly becoming one of those groups.

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Mar 10 2014

Michigan Wraps Up Its Case Against Equality

The state of Michigan wrapped up its case on Thursday in the suit challenging our ban on same-sex marriage and second-parent adoption and it didn’t go very well for them. One of their witnesses was ruled out by the judge, one got pummeled on the witness stand and the last one got all religious.

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Mar 09 2014

Vast Majority Support Non-Discrimination

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds a record percentage of Americans supporting same-sex marriage and an overwhelming majority, better than 2-1 margin, that says businesses should not be allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

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Mar 07 2014

Equality Opponents Think They’re the Majority

One of the hallmarks of the right these days is how they convince themselves that everyone other than those liberal socialist communists agrees with them. But a new survey shows that those who oppose marriage equality vastly overestimate the degree to which others agree with them.

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Mar 07 2014

Regnerus Testimony Doesn’t Go Well

Mark Regnerus testified as an expert witness in a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and second parent adoption on Tuesday. It didn’t go well. On the same day he testified, his department at UTexas released a statement distancing themselves from his atrocious study. And it didn’t hold up well under cross examination.

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Mar 07 2014

KY Gov. to Hire Lawyers to Defend Marriage Ban

The attorney general of Kentucky is, like several others around the country, refusing to defend that state’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Now Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, is going to hire private attorneys to appeal the district court ruling striking it down.

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Mar 06 2014

Why Christianity Will Become Less Anti-Gay

While the battle rages over equality for LGBT people it may be difficult to see how much things will change over the next couple decades, but as Amanda Marcotte correctly points out, it is almost a certainty that Christianity will become less and less anti-gay as time goes by.

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Mar 06 2014

Cath. School Won’t March in Parade if Gay Veterans Can

A Catholic school marching band is withdrawing from the annual Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade because a group of gay military veterans have also been approved to march in it. Because apparently just walking down the same street with gay people can give you the cooties.

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Mar 06 2014

Steve King is Worried About Fake Gay People

Rep. Steve King, the dumbest man in Congress not named Louis Gohmert, is worried that if we don’t pass “right to discriminate” bill like the one in Arizona, people will pretend to be gay so they can sue businesses for discriminating against them. Because, of course, they choose to be gay.

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Mar 05 2014

How to Help LGBT People in Uganda

The civilized world is incensed over Uganda’s new law that puts gay people in prison for up to life, as well we should be. Jim Burroway reports on some of the steps being taken to punish the Ugandan government economically for passing that bill.

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Mar 04 2014

Lively: ‘Marxist’ Gay People to Blame for Divorce.

Scott Lively has been making the rounds of the right wing fever swamps lately talking about the Russian and Uganda anti-gay laws he loves so much, but he took a break and did an Irish radio show with a host who disagrees with him. He said that gay people are engaged in a Marxist plot …

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Mar 04 2014

Tammy Bruce. Ugh.

Tammy Bruce is a gay conservative woman who really ought to be ashamed of herself. In a column in the Moonie Times (owned by a man who openly advocated purging all gay people from the face of the earth), she attacks the “GAYstapo” (get it? How clever!) for wanting to violate religious freedom. And she’s …

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Mar 03 2014

The Irrelevance of ‘Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs’

A phrase we are hearing a great deal these days by those who demand religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws is “sincerely held religious beliefs.” The argument goes like this: it is tyranny for the government to force business owners to serve all customers in cases where doing so would violate their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” …

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