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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.

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Following Leader’s Suicide, LGBT Community Begins ‘Love is Love’ Photo Project

by Casey Michel ● 1:04 PM April 5, 2014
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Isa Sahmarli’s suicide earlier this year struck a major blow for the LGBT community in the post-Soviet sphere. Now his community has created a project, begun on Valentine’s Day, that carries a simple, straightforward title: “Love is Love.”

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Change Of Heart? OkCupid Drops Block On Firefox

by David Badash ● 2:58 PM April 2, 2014
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OkCupid, the online dating website that is still making headlines over its blocking of the Firefox browser to its more than five million monthly visitors, has apparently now dropped that block.

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Mississippi Passes Discriminatory ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill — Will Governor Sign?

by David Badash ● 8:19 AM April 2, 2014
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The Mississippi GOP last night without notice rammed through a highly-controversial anti-gay bill providing residents with a “license to discriminate” under the guise of religious freedom.

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After 8 Years Of Trying, Maryland Passes Trans Protections

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:33 AM March 28, 2014
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Republicans predictably supplied the histrionics, including bible readings, and mildly pornographic bathroom fantasies during the final debate.

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Forward Progress In Louisiana Same-Sex Marriage Case

by Derek Penton ● 9:00 AM March 23, 2014
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After a long and stale month in the case, I am happy bring the good news of progress!

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Perkins: Putin Annexed Crimea And US Economy Will Fail Because Obama Let Gays Into Military

by David Badash ● 12:53 PM March 19, 2014
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Let’s take a fun look at Tony Perkins’ theory on the intersection of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the fall of the U.S. economy, and Vladimir Putin marching into Crimea.