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December 23 2013

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On Sarah Palin's Impressively Incoherent 'Duck Dynasty' Comments

Rolling Stone - By Matt Taibbi - Dec. 23 (News Analysis) - Palin's mind is amazing. Slavery was purely a private-enterprise abomination. It had nothing to do with being subservient to the government. It was the opposite of that, actually. She was also wrong in the sense that the health care program isn't "free stuff" (even those who will receive subsidized care will be paying in one form or another for their policies). So she pulled off a Friedman-esque anatomical impossibility there, getting three feet in her mouth at the same time.

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December 12 2013

08:00

Court in India criminalizes homosexuality

Washington Post - By Annie Gowen, Rama Lakshmi - Dec. 12 (News) - NEW DELHI — India’s Supreme Court Wednesday set aside a historic 2009 lower court decision that had decriminalized homosexuality — effectively making gay acts illegal in this still-traditional country of more than a billion people. ...

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November 19 2013

08:00

Cheney clash over gay marriage reflects broader divided within GOP

Washington Post - By Matea Gold, Sean Sullivan - Nov. 19 (News Analysis) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne on Monday jumped into a bitter public clash between their two daughters over gay marriage, an anguished personal fight that reflects a broader debate within the Republican Party over allowing same-sex couples to marry. ...

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November 07 2013

08:00

Spinning ENDA

FactCheck - By Robert Farley - Nov. 07 (Fact Check) - House Speaker John Boehner announced his opposition to a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity with a statement from his spokesman saying the bill “will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.”

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October 22 2013

07:00

For Transgender Patients, a Growing Fight Over Health Coverage

ProPublica - By Nina Martin - Oct. 22 (Investigative Report) - Last spring, Jennifer Blair, a 62-year-old aspiring therapist who lives in Denver, noticed the kind of changes in her breast tissue — rapid, abnormal growth on one side of her chest — that would frighten any woman and alarm any physician.

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September 19 2013

07:00

Pope Francis rejects Church's relentless focus on gays, abortion | Al Jazeera America

aljazeera.com - Sep. 19 (News) - In the first extensive interview of his papacy, Pope Francis says the Catholic Church cannot "interfere spiritually" with the lives of gays and lesbians, and that the church has become "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage and contraception.

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September 04 2013

07:00

This One Man Is Destroying Pennsylvania's Gay Marriage Ban

Mother Jones - By Dana Liebelson - Sep. 04 (Special Report) - Gay marriages are illegal in Pennsylvania. But if you go to D. Bruce Hanes, you can get one anyway. Hanes is an Army veteran and Democratic county clerk in Montgomery County, outside Philadelphia. In July, he started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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July 09 2013

07:00

Foiled in the United States, Anti-Gay Evangelicals Spread Hate in Africa

Mother Jones - By Jeremy Lybarger - Jul. 09 (Opinion) - The Supreme Court's recent decisions on same-sex marriage were a sound rebuke to religious conservatives who have sought to demonize gay Americans and prevent them from sharing rights that their fellow citizens take for granted. But American evangelical groups, undaunted by their losses in America's culture wars, have been taking their messages—good and bad—to the multitudes of Africa.

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March 31 2013

07:00

McManus: SCOTUS-induced chaos on gay marriage?

Los Angeles Times - Mar. 31 () - If there is a narrow ruling against Prop. 8 and DOMA is struck down, expect a legal and political mess.If the Supreme Court decides the two gay marriage cases it heard last week the way most court watchers believe it will, expect legal and political chaos.

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March 30 2013

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March 26 2013

07:00

A historic moment for same-sex marriage arrives before Supreme Court

Washington Post - By Robert Barnes - Mar. 26 (News Report) - A four-year legal battle to extend the right of marriage to same-sex couples no matter where they live gets its moment before the Supreme Court on Tuesday in historic oral arguments difficult to imagine even a decade ago. ...

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07:00

As the Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage cases, here's a primer

PolitiFact - By Louis Jacobson - Mar. 26 (Fact Check) - This week will be pivotal for the future of marriage in the United States.   On March 26, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on a challenge to California's Proposition 8, a voter-passed initiative that defines marriage in California as only between a man and a woman.   The next day, the justices will hear arguments on a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman for the purposes of federal law. DOMA, as it is commonly known, also allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages ... >>More

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August 28 2012

07:00

6 Right-Wing Zealots and the Crazy Ideas Behind the Most Outrageous Republican Platform Ever

AlterNet - By Peter Montgomery - Aug. 28 (News Analysis) - If moderates have any influence in today’s Republican Party, you wouldn’t know it by reading the platform.

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August 04 2012

07:00

Chick-fil-A 'kiss-in' draws peaceful protests

Yahoo! News - By Dylan Stableford - Aug. 04 (Comment) - Scores of same-sex couples celebrated "National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A" by kissing each other outside some of the fast-food chain's 1,600 stores on Friday night in protest of Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's controversial public comments against same-sex marriage.

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07:00

U.S. to weigh gay relationships in deportation cases

Yahoo! News - By Amy Taxin, Lisa L - Aug. 04 (News Report) - Amid pressure from lawmakers, Homeland Security officials are reiterating that a foreigner's longstanding same-sex relationship with a U.S. citizen could help stave off the threat of deportation.

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August 01 2012

07:00

First Soldier Tried in Hazing Death of Pvt. Danny Chen Gets 30-Day Term, Evades Homicide Conviction

Democracy Now - By Nermeen Shaikh, Amy Goodman - Aug. 01 (News Report) - Army Pvt. Danny Chen allegedly took his own life in Afghanistan after he was abused by his fellow soldiers and superiors on an almost daily basis in what has been described as racial hazing. On Tuesday, Chen's sergeant, Adam Holcomb, was found not guilty of negligent homicide, but sentenced to 30 days in a military jail for lesser charges. Holcomb was the first of eight soldiers court martialed in Chen's death. We're joined by two guests who have just returned from watching Sgt. Holcomb's court martial: Elizabeth OuYang, a Chen family spokesperson, president of the civil rights organization OCA-New York and advocate for victims of hate crimes and fair media representation of Asian Americans; and Julia Chung, a Vassar college senior volunteering for the group, Justice for Private Danny Chen. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]

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May 10 2012

07:00

Obama: Gay couples should be able to marry

ABC News - By Rick Klein - May. 10 (News Report) - President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.

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Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal

New York Times - By Jackie Calmes, Peter Baker - May. 10 (News Report) - President Obama on Wednesday ended nearly two years of “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage by publicly endorsing it in a television interview, taking a definitive stand on one of the most contentious and politically charged social issues of the day.

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May 09 2012

07:00

Obama, Gay Marriage, and the American Equality Quilt

Esquire - By Charles P. Pierce - May. 09 (Opinion) - This was no happy accident. Just look at how he wove his endorsement into the fabric of everything else he'd done for the cause of equality since he's been president.

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February 07 2012

08:00

Prop. 8: Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, court rules

Los Angeles Times - By LA Times Staff - Feb. 07 (Breaking News) - A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage as early as next year.

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