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Bigotry Watch

Breaking: Uganda President Signs Far-Reaching Anti-Gay Bill Into Law

by David Badash ● 8:32 AM February 24, 2014
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After years on controversy and pleas from many western governments — including the U.S. — for a veto, president Yoweri Museveni a few hours ago just signed Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) into law.

Bigotry Watch

Uganda President Will Sign Anti-Homosexuality Life-In-Jail Bill Into Law

by David Badash ● 1:28 PM February 14, 2014
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The president of Uganda, in an about face clearly tied to his upcoming re-election efforts, has decided to sign the highly-contested and highly-controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) into law.

Marriage

Breaking: Hawaii Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill Into Law (Video, Photos)

by David Badash ● 3:55 PM November 13, 2013
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Before 200 invited guests in an invitation-only ceremony, Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie signed historic legislation extending marriage to same-sex couples in the state of Hawaii.

2014 Winter Olympics

Sports Lawyer: Russia’s ‘Stalinist’ Anti-Gay Laws ‘In Hopeless Conflict’ With Olympic Charter

by David Badash ● 10:38 AM August 17, 2013
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A sports lawyer offers this insight into the legal relationship between Russia as an Olympic Games host country, Russia’s legal commitments to the International Olympics Committee, and the IOC charter itself.

News

Breaking: North Carolina GOP Governor To Sign Anti-Abortion Bill, Defying Campaign Promise

by David Badash ● 3:53 PM July 26, 2013
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Defying a campaign promise made last year, Republican Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina will sign an expansive anti-abortion bill, quietly passed last night, into law.

DOMA

Nan Hunter: DOMA Bites The Dust

by Guest Author ● 5:35 PM June 26, 2013
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In a decision by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court ruled this morning 5 to 4 that the federal government must honor the validity of same-sex marriages recognized under state law. Guest author and Georgetown University law professor Nan Hunter explains.

Marriage

French President Hollande Signs ‘Marriage For All’ Bill Into Law

by David Badash ● 1:17 PM May 18, 2013
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Saturday morning, President of France François Hollande signed his “marriage for all” bill into law, completing a campaign promise supported by the strong majority of the French people.

Marriage

LOOK: Minnesota Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill Into Law!

by David Badash ● 7:06 PM May 14, 2013
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Today at 5:00 PM local time, Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton signed same-sex marriage into law. Couples can begin marrying August 1.

Marriage

Look: Governor Announces He Will Sign Minnesota Marriage Equality Bill On Tuesday

by David Badash ● 5:56 PM May 13, 2013
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As expected, Minnesota Democratic governor Mark Dayton just announced, via Twitter, that he will sign the Senate’s just-passed same-sex marriage bill into law, tomorrow at 5:00 PM CDT.

Legal Issues

Politifact’s False Claim: Only ‘Half True’ You Can Be Fired For Being Gay In 29 States

by David Badash ● 3:28 PM May 8, 2013
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Politifact is falsely claiming the fact that you can be fired for being gay in 29 states is only “half true,” but being fired for being gay from a full-time job doesn’t give you a part-time job.

News

Breaking: Delaware Governor Has Just Signed Same-Sex Marriage Bill Into Law

by David Badash ● 5:40 PM May 7, 2013
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The Democratic governor of Delaware, Jack Markell, in a surprise move, wasted no time in signing a same-sex marriage bill the state senate passed minutes earlier.

Marriage

Look! Rhode Island Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Into Law!

by David Badash ● 6:52 PM May 2, 2013
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Following a 51-19 vote in the House and a 26-12 vote in the senate, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee stood on the steps of the General Assembly, delivered a speech, and signed his same-sex marriage bill into law.

News

Brownback Writes ‘JESUS + Mary’ On ‘Life Begins At Conception’ Anti-Abortion Bill

by David Badash ● 3:26 PM April 22, 2013
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Kansas Republican governor Sam Brownback on Friday signed into law a highly-controversial and likely unconstitutional anti-abortion bill, and at the top wrote his reason: “JESUS + Mary.”

families

Family Equality Council On FMLA: Protecting Our Families When They’re Most Vulnerable

by Guest Author ● 5:08 PM February 5, 2013
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Today, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the inclusion of same-sex headed families in this important law.