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The Last Thing America Needs: The KKK Forms A Neighborhood Watch Group

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:13 PM April 23, 2014
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Members of a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Fairview Township, Pennsylvania, have begun what they are calling a “neighborhood watch”.

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Signed By 58 Prominent People, The Plea For ‘Tolerable Discourse’ No One Is Talking About

by David Badash ● 9:38 AM April 23, 2014
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58 prominent people supposedly from across varying ideologies have chosen to become the founding signatories of a letter written by an unnamed person that chastises those who supported the firing of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich.

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Louisiana’s Next Move After Keeping Gay Sex Illegal? Killing State ENDA Bill.

by David Badash ● 3:28 PM April 22, 2014
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After voting to keep an unconstitutional law on the books, one that makes sodomy illegal, Louisiana lawmakers today elected to not move forward with an LGBT employment non-discrimination bill.

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You Can Now Pre-Order Harvey Milk Stamps Online

by David Badash ● 2:01 PM April 21, 2014
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The US Postal Service just announced that the Harvey Milk stamp is available for pre-order.

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On Our Radar – A Marriage Mayday! Georgia Gays Ask For Help

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:36 AM April 20, 2014
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The May Day Georgia Marriage Equality Campaign is seeking same-sex Georgia couples who want to marry. Today, who should answer their May Day call is On Our Radar.

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Arkansas Judge Calls Marriage Case An ‘Interesting Adventure’

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:35 PM April 18, 2014
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After an emotional day of arguments, an Arkansas judge promised a ruling on marriage equality in the next two weeks.

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Federal Court Strikes Down ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Restriction

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:43 AM April 17, 2014
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Judge Daniel Hovland calls North Dakota’s ban on abortion at six weeks “a blatant violation of the constitutional guarantees afforded to all women.”

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Southern Poverty Law Center Defends Gay Widower From His Mother-In-Law

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:24 PM April 16, 2014
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A gay widower trying to have his marriage recognized by the state of Alabama is facing resistance from his deceased partner’s 75-year-old mother, who has enlisted right-wing legal help.

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Christian High School Bans Student’s Transgender Boyfriend From Senior Prom (Video)

by David Badash ● 11:19 AM April 16, 2014
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A New York City private Christian high school has banned one student’s boyfriend from accompanying her to the senior prom because he is transgender.

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Virginia Attorney General Submits Brief In Support Of Marriage Equality

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 4:05 PM April 14, 2014
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Mark Herring, who replaced the uber-homophobic Ken Cuccinelli as Virginia’s attorney general, has filed a brief comparing same-sex unions to interracial marriage.

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10th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Utah Marriage Case — Appears To Lean Toward Equality

by Eric Ethington ● 2:30 PM April 10, 2014
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The 10th Circuit Court today heard oral arguments in the Utah Amendment 3 case. The judges are being asked to decide whether to uphold a lower court’s ruling which struck down Utah’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriages and civil unions. From all indications, it looks like Marriage Equality will see another court win.

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Breaking: Utah Quietly Seeking ‘Emergency Relief’ To Halt Existing LGBT Adoptions

by Eric Ethington ● 4:56 PM April 9, 2014
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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes (R) has quietly filed a Petition For Emergency Extraordinary Relief with the Utah Supreme Court to allow the state to halt adoptions by LGBT parents already in motion.

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GOP Governor About To Strip Due Process Rights From Teachers — LGBT Protections Most At-Risk

by David Badash ● 5:48 PM April 7, 2014
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If a principal or administrator doesn’t like gay people, and Gov. Brownback signs the bill into law, any LGBT teacher could be without a job, and not given a reason, or a chance to appeal.

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Watch: Melissa Harris-Perry Slams Mississippi Gov. For Signing Anti-Gay Law

by David Badash ● 9:32 AM April 7, 2014
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Here’s Melissa Harris-Perry’s letter to Mississippi’s Governor Phil Bryant, who last week was all too quick to sign an anti-LGBT, pro-discrimination bill into law.