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Jean Ann Esselink

Families

We Are Family: Two Dads Adopt Twelve Kids

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:00 PM April 17, 2014
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VIDEO: How do two gay men end up the fathers of a dozen kids? “We had to fight to get them,” says Roger. “We had to fight to get them all,” says Steven.

Civil Rights

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.”

Actions

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.

Actions

President Obama Surprises Gay Bishop With An Invitation To Lead A Prayer

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:50 AM April 15, 2014
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President Obama surprised openly gay bishop Gene Robinson by inviting him to close the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast with an off-the-cuff prayer.

Civil Rights

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.

Farce

On Our Radar – Olivia McConnell Meets A Modern Day Dinosaur

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:42 AM April 13, 2014
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Eight-year-old Olivia McConnell had a terrific idea to name the woolly mammoth the state fossil. She had no idea a state fossil would try to stop her. Today, she is On Our Radar.

Actions

Pope Francis Apologizes For Pedophile Priests

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:49 AM April 11, 2014
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This morning, while meeting with officials from the International Catholic Child Bureau, Pope Francis surprised the group by apologizing for the sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests on children.

Actions

Keep Your Word Alabama State Representative Alvin Holmes! Pay The $100,000

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:11 AM April 11, 2014
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Alvin Holmes bet $100,000 no one could show him a “whole bunch” of white parents who adopted black kids. Faces of Families did. Now he needs to pay up.

Actions

Pay It Forward – An Ad You Won’t Soon Forget

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:00 PM April 10, 2014
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This video will haunt you with it’s lesson of empathy. If only we could get congress to watch it.

Bigotry Watch

South Carolina Lawmaker Deranged By LGBT Diversity On Campus?

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:55 PM April 10, 2014
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“The promotion at USC is a glorification of same sex orientation.” “It’s just not normal!” – South Carolina State Senator Mike Fair

Elections

Senate Candidate Says Congress Is Afraid Of Obama Because He Is Black

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:42 PM April 10, 2014
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Senate candidate Sam Clovis of Iowa says the only reason President Obama hasn’t been impeached is because he’s black.

Actions

Ohio State Rep’s Homophobia Reaches Critical Mass

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:39 AM April 9, 2014
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Look out LGBTQ Ohio. A Republican state representative has resorted to the political equivalent of pitchforks and torches.

Celebrities

Bonny Prince George Has A Play Date With Gay Dads’ Daughter

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:24 AM April 8, 2014
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Isabella, daughter of gay dads Jared and Ryan Mullen, has a play date with Prince George tomorrow, while hers dads exchange parenting tips with the royals.

Coming Out

Proud Mom Posts Announcement Introducing Her Transgender Son

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:23 PM April 7, 2014
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How does a good parent support her transgender child? With her whole heart. See how one loving mother proudly made the announcement.