Monthly Archives: April 2016

NORTH CAROLINA: Pro-LGBT Groups Urge AG Loretta Lynch To Threaten School Funding Over Hate Law

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: The country’s top LGBT legal organizations urged federal officials on Thursday to make it clear that passing anti-LGBT laws like one in North Carolina will jeopardize their federal education funding. In their letter to White House counsel Neil Eggleston and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the five groups write, “This administration must make definitively clear ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Senate Rules Chair Tom Apodaca Refers HB2 Repeal Bill To Committee That Never Meets

From the Raleigh News & Observer: State Senate Democrats’ proposal to repeal House Bill 2 appears to be dead just a day after it was filed. On Wednesday, senators Terry Van Duyn of Asheville, Jeff Jackson of Charlotte and Mike Woodard of Durham filed Senate Bill 784, which would repeal the controversial LGBT law in its entirety. The bill is ...

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CALIFORNIA: Chaos At Trump Rally [VIDEO]

From the Los Angeles Times: Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate. Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. ...

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COLOMBIA: Constitutional Court Finalizes Marriage Ruling, Weddings To Commence Soon [VIDEO]

The Perchy Bird reports: On April 7th, Colombia’s Constitutional Court defeated a proposal from one of its conservative magistrates that would have barred same-sex couples from marrying on a vote of 6-3. The LGBT community and many supporters around the country rejoiced, but a successful counter-opinion from another magistrate in favor of expanding the right to marry was needed to ...

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NOM: We’re So Successful, We’re Out Of Money

Just in from Brian Brown: I’m writing to ask for your immediate help with an urgent problem — we have been so successful in mobilizing Americans to stand up for marriage and protect the religious liberty rights of Americans who believe as you and I do that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and now we ...

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TRAILER: Snowden

From the Daily Beast: The trailer for the forthcoming Oliver Stone movie Snowden has been viewed over two million times less than 24 hours after it was posted on Youtube, suggesting huge interest in the story of one of America’s most polarizing heroes/traitors, ahead of the film’s release in September this year. After the clip was posted, the real Edward ...

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Beyonce Flips Off Haters, Sells Own Boycott Merch, Breitbart Calls It “Slap In The Face Of Law Enforcement”

From the Atlantic: Beyoncé is selling t-shirts and phone cases that say “BOYCOTT BEYONCÉ” at her current tour, which kicked off last night in Miami. The slogan’s swiped from calls by some law-enforcement organizations to shun her after her “Formation” video and Super Bowl performance. Now, for $45, you can confuse all who encounter you as to whether you’re a ...

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LOUISIANA: Senate Committee Advances LGBT Anti-Discrimination Employment Bill In 4-3 Vote

Two weeks ago Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order banning employment discrimination against LGBT state employees. Today the chance for wider protections advanced. Via the Associated Press: Senators advanced a proposal to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, moments after an initial vote appeared to stall the measure in committee. Sen. Regina Barrow, ...

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NYC To Get Pop-Up Robot Confessional

There’s a scene in the 1971 George Lucas film THX 1138 in which Robert Duvall visits a confessional where he reveals his shortcomings to a government computer who then grants him the “blessings of the state.” New York City is getting something similar next week, minus the blessings. The Verge reports: Have you ever wanted to confess your crimes, bear ...

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OREGON: Anti-Gay Bakers File 615-Page Appeal Claiming Violation Of Their First Amendment Rights

But their right to rake in about $650,000 in donations? It’s what White Jesus would want. The Oregonian reports: The Gresham bakers who made national headlines after refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding are fighting back against Oregon regulators. In a brief filed in the Oregon Court of Appeals this week, Aaron and Melissa Klein say the ...

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Peter King: Ted Cruz Gives Lucifer A Bad Name [VIDEO]

The #CruzLucifer meme is getting legs: Peter King really hates Ted Cruz, so much so that he suggested John Boehner gave the devil a bad name by comparing him to the Texas senator. In an interview with CNN, the New York Republican congressman told Wolf Blitzer he agreed with the former House speaker, who called Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh” ...

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Nutbag Cruz Supporter Steve Deace Melts Down On CNN, Screams That Everybody Is Lying [VIDEO]

The Hill sets up the clip below: A prominent Ted Cruz supporter lit into a Donald Trump surrogate Thursday during a heated CNN segment. “Kayleigh, I don’t know you. Seriously, do you have any integrity at all?” Iowa radio host Steve Deace said to Trump backer Kayleigh McEnany as CNN host Brooke Baldwin shook her head. Baldwin interjected to ask ...

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Pastor Rick Wiles: Those Nazi Freaks At Target Are Going To Get Us All Killed In A Nuclear War [AUDIO]

Miranda Blue reports at Right Wing Watch: Far-right radio host Rick Wiles devoted the first half of his “Trunews” program on Monday to railing against Target’s policy of allowing transgender people to use the restroom that matches their gender identity, warning that the retail chain’s bathroom policy has helped turn America into Sodom and Gomorrah, which God will now destroy ...

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Ralph Nader: Why Should Bernie Sanders Drop Out?

“Why should Bernie Sanders drop out? There could be a scandal with Hillary Clinton. Those transcripts and closed door meetings with the big bankers and other corporations could be released. He made a good point, Bernie, when he said he wants to go all the way to the convention so everyone — ending up in California, every voter can have ...

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Senate Dems Introduce Bill To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

From the National Center for Lesbian Rights: Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, a companion bill to HR 2450, introduced in the House of Representatives by Ted Lieu in 2015. The bill would define the provision of conversion therapy for profit as consumer fraud and, additionally, take Rep. Lieu’s bill ...

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Politico: 86% Of Reporters Think Hillary Will Win

Politico polled dozens of journalists about various aspects of the presidential race. The bottom line: When it comes to actually voting, 61 percent of our respondents said they think reporters should vote in elections they cover, but just under half said they’re not registered with a party. Asked whom they’ll vote for, the largest group said they either don’t know ...

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JAPAN: US Embassy Tweets Marriage Equality Message From Evan Wolfson To Promote Rainbow Week [VIDEO]

Less than a month after last year’s landmark ruling from the Supreme Court, Freedom To Marry held its “going out of business” gala and has since closed its offices. But founder Evan Wolfson is far from retired from fighting for LGBT equality. From the US Embassy in Tokyo: “To mark the beginning of Tokyo Rainbow Week starting tomorrow, here’s a ...

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Liberal Redneck On The Target Boycott [VIDEO]

YouTube’s viral Liberal Redneck (a real-life comedian named Trae Crowder) is back with his take on the American Family Association’s boycott of Target. As like last time, I won’t give away the best lines with a recap. Just watch below.

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Donald Trump On Nuking ISIS: I’ll Never Rule It Out

Politico reports: When it comes to using nuclear weapons against the Islamic State, Donald Trump said Thursday that he would be the last person to do so. But that does not mean he would completely remove the option, remarking in an interview that he would “never, ever” keep it off the table. “I don’t want to rule out anything. I ...

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George Takei To Bernie Backers: End This “Family Squabble” And Unite Behind Hillary Clinton [VIDEO]

Raw Story recaps the clip below: Actor and activist George Takei released a video on Wednesday on his Facebook page urging fellow supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to unite behind fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “Ultimately, we Democrats know that a bit of a tussle isn’t a bad thing — it makes us stronger. Keeps us sharp,” he ...

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