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01/12/2015

Former 'ex-gay' leader Randy Thomas: 'I am gay. I am ok with who I am.'

For eleven years (2002–2013), Randy Thomas was one of the most visible leaders at the now defunct Exodus International, appearing in ad campaigns opposed to pro-gay legislation and even scoring an invite to the Bush White House to press for...

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01/11/2015

Frank Bruni nails the 'religious freedom' rebuttal

In full. Read it, learn it, and recite Frank Bruni's column in full: We’re at an interesting crossroads, brought about by the rapid advance of same-sex marriage. It’s now legal in 36 states, including, as of last week, Florida. Equality...

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01/09/2015

Don't be fooled: GOP's 2016 contenders *love* the way marriage equality is playing out

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) grabbed a couple of headlines this week when he expressed a bit of outrage over the Florida judges who rightly joined countless other judges in nothing that civil rights are not a popularity contest. Rubio said...

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Reporters bring positive news from #5thCircuit marriage hearing

Only the Louisiana portion has been argued (TX and MS left to go), but reporters from today's marriage hearing at the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit are predicting good things. Buzzfeed, MSNBC, and the Washington Blade: These...

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01/08/2015

Don't you think it might be time for some new lines, Tony Perkins?

Courts, from lowest all the way up to the US Supreme Court, of course have every right to consider ballot initiatives and other laws (like DOMA) that serve to strip away the deserved rights of a minority population. But even...

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VIdeo: 'Times-Picayune' profiles pro-equality, pro-inequality parents

One adoptive family just wants to protect their child and get on with their lives together. One adoptive family wants to impose their religion onto those who they believe "struggle with homosexuality": The pro-discrimination couple is right that they're not...

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Throwback Thursday: The Democrat who banned marriage equality in Florida

In interviews, he said his bill was meant to tell gay Floridians, "we are tired of you and wish you would go back in the closet." As we celebrate the historic adoption of marriage equality in the Sunshine State, let's...

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01/07/2015

Shocking audio: Conservative radio host Erick Erickson equates gay activists w/ Paris terrorists

At the start of tonight's show, proudly anti-gay radio host Erick Erickson (who is also a Fox News contributor) began his show by making it sound like he was leading with the tragic incident in Paris, as any political radio...

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NOM now crowdsourcing its one and only job

The National Organization For Marriage is in business for one reason and one reason only: to make the case for limiting civil marriage rights to only man and woman. But they've got nothing. Clearly So NOM's answer? Let supporters do...

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Why you won't see me covering some of the usual suspects going forward

Regular readers know that I have always covered just about anyone who fights against LGBT rights. When I started this site ten years (and far fewer grey hairs) ago, there was good reason for this. Back then there was very...

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Straight Baby Boomers are destroying the sanctity of marriage

Careful, heterosexual baby boomers. You know that when policy conservatives like Tony Perkins start believing that you are destroying marriage, they tend to get antsy and then start dreaming up wacky ideas like changing the US Constitution so that it...

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Miami Archbishop: Take US Catholics' majority position, lose your job

Even well before we had so many states proving how benign and peaceful the notion of civil marriage equality really is, a sizable majority of US Catholics stood in support of the freedom. Sadly, that hasn't stopped the leadership from...

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01/06/2015

The 114th: First U.S. Congress to be sworn in with majority of seats residing in marriage equality states

As U.S. Congress is sworn in for its one hundred fourteenth time, we should note a big of history. In the United States House of Representatives, 298 of the 435 will now be held by members who hail from marriage...

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You guys, Brian Brown is *DEMANDING* SCOTUS finally do him a solid

Brian Brown, National Organization For Marriage president, will never get it. Or more accurately, he likely does get it, he just knows he has to mislead whatever supporters he has left: "It is simply illegitimate for the opinion of a...

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Polls and referenda and strategizing now for naught, Maggie Gallagher looks to God

Maggie Gallagher, the person who is most likely to serve as the face of the 21st Century's marriage inequality movement, has long balked at the idea that anything, including marriage equality, is inevitable. But now that it marriage equality, in...

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01/05/2015

Let's just let history decide who showed respect and who didn't

I'm going to be somewhat charitable. I'm going to say that I can see how someone who has so fully bought into the idea that his movement is simply out to "protect" rather that discriminate could believe now, at a...

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In which Liberty Counsel's Harry Mihet defames equality activists everywhere

As you've surely heard, some clerks in Florida have chosen to stop performing marriages altogether so that they won't have to marry same-sex couples. Which is perfect, according to the Liberty Counsel's Harry Mihet, who has been actively fighting for...

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Friends of Dorothy (Zbornak), you can now marry in Miami

Hooray: Breaking: State Judge Lifts Stay – Miami, Florida Same-Sex Couples Can Now Marry [New Civil Rights Movement] Hit it, Rose:

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HRC prez: As of this week, 70% of Americans will live in a marriage equality state

Human Rights Campaign head Chad Griffin brings us this talking-point-worthy stat: [HRC president Chad Griffin] Game, set, and soon enough—match. There is no way that percentage can go anyway but up without their being a heretofore unseen national outcry. It's...

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Video: Texas police officers support colleague's freedom to marry, call for backup

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It's not the early aughts of your brother, Mr. Bush; time to update your discrimination justification

With his home state of Florida poised to begin offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples as soon as today in some counties, former governor and likely candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, Jeb Bush, is offering more of his...

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01/02/2015

Video: Gay couple of thirty-one years eager to have same right as straight couple of thirty-one minutes

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NOM fails at year-end fundraising

Frankly, I always have trouble believing the graphs that purport to show their fundraising progress, since the upticks are often jerky and seemingly inorganic. But when even their own graph admits that they came up over $60k short in their...

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Florida: Otherwise optionless anti-gay group delivers last ditch load of B.S.

On January 1, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle clarified that the constitution requires all Florida clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couple beginning on January 6. The Florida Clerks Association, which had previously warned clerks about issuing licenses,...

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