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Discrimination

Supreme Court Spanks Ken Cuccinelli Over His Obsession With Sodomy

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:12 PM October 7, 2013
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This morning the Supreme Court put an end to Ken Cuccinelli’s dream of reviving the nation’s arcane sodomy laws.

Civil Rights

What Did Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Say About Baton Rouge Illegal Arrests Of Gay Men?

by David Badash ● 11:33 AM July 30, 2013
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What does Louisiana Republican governor Bobby Jindal, a hard-right religious conservative, have to say about the illegal arrests of 12 gay men under a law deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court a decade ago?

Civil Rights

Baton Rouge Sheriff: We’ll Try To Get Unconstitutional ‘Crimes Against Nature’ Law Off Books

by David Badash ● 6:50 PM July 29, 2013
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“I want to apologize on behalf of our agency that the way these park investigations were handled made it appear that we were targeting the gay community,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says, apologizing for the arrests of a dozen gay men over the past two years.

Civil Rights

Baton Rouge Cops: ‘Our Intent Was Honorable’ In Illegal Sting Arrests Of 12 Gay Men

by David Badash ● 11:57 AM July 29, 2013
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The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s department has responsed to a firestorm of criticism after a local paper’s investigation found they had illegally arrested at least 12 gay men over a two year period, merely for having sex.

News

Scalia: US Nearing Nazi Germany, Supreme Court Unqualified To Rule On ‘Homosexual Sodomy’

by David Badash ● 9:06 AM July 22, 2013
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Scalia declared over the weekend the Supreme Court was unqualified to decide on “homosexual sodomy,” but his suggestion, essentially invoking Godwin’s Law, that the U.S. is approaching Nazi Germany, was shocking.

News

Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s Son Was Chaplain At Catholic ‘Ex-Gay’ Ministry

by David Badash ● 7:26 PM December 13, 2012
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The son of Justice Scalia was a chaplain at an “ex-gay” Catholic ministry, and Justice Scalia, it turns out, doesn’t believe in gay people, only gay behavior.

Celebrities

George Takei: Scalia Should Recuse Himself From Marriage Cases For ‘Repugnant’ Comments

by David Badash ● 4:57 PM December 12, 2012
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George Takei says Justice Scalia should consider recusing himself from the two same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear this term because of his “clearly biased.”

Legal Issues

Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s Seven Worst Anti-Gay Statements

by David Badash ● 10:16 AM December 12, 2012
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Justice Antonin Scalia has been talking recently about the issue of same-sex marriage, even days after the Court announced it will hear two marriage cases this term.

Bigotry Watch

Justice Scalia Forced To Defend Anti-Gay Opinion To Gay Princeton Freshman

by David Badash ● 2:22 AM December 11, 2012
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Justice Antonin Scalia got schooled on marriage, equality, and anti-gay bigotry by a college freshman while delivering a lecture at Princeton yesterday afternoon.

News

Vote As If Your Life Depends Upon It: Because It Very Well May.

by Stuart Wilber ● 7:00 AM October 24, 2012
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2012 may be the most important presidential election of your lifetime. Rarely has either campaign spoken the three most important words: The Supreme Court.

DOMA

DOMA: NY Times Op-Ed Predicts Supreme Court Will Strike Down Anti-Gay Law

by David Badash ● 12:09 PM October 12, 2012
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A Harvard constitutional law professor writing in the New York Times predicts the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down DOMA, if the court takes the case this term.

News

Pat Robertson Fires Top Attorney After Gay Relationships Accusations

by David Badash ● 3:48 PM October 9, 2012
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Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law And Justice has reportedly fired a senior attorney after several blogs reported the married father of eight was engaged in romantic relationships with several young men.

Legal Issues

Scalia Says ‘Easy’ To Outlaw Gay Marriage, AKA ‘Homosexual Sodomy’

by David Badash ● 1:53 PM October 5, 2012
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Antonin Scalia, possibly the most extreme conservative Supreme Court justice, says it is “easy” to outlaw same-sex marriage — which he calls “homosexual sodomy.”

Bigotry Watch

GOP Lawmaker: Being Gay ‘Cuts About 20 Years Off Your Life’

by David Badash ● 12:19 AM May 26, 2012
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Virginia House Republican lawmaker, Del. Robert G. Marshall, told a Tea Party audience on Thursday that being gay “cuts your life by about 20 years,” which absolutely is a false statement.