Monthly Archives: June 2016

SCOTUS Overturns Corruption Convictions Of Republican Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

Via Politico: The Supreme Court has overturned the corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. The justices ruled that prosecutors defined too broadly the kind of conduct that qualifies as an “official act” public officials are not permitted to trade for gifts or campaign donations. A jury convicted the Virginia Republican on 11 corruption-related felony counts in 2014, including ...

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BREAKING: SCOTUS Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law

A huge defeat for the right. NBC News reports: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down one of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortion, a Texas law that women’s groups said would have forced more than three-quarters of the state’s clinics to shut down. The decision was 5-3. Passed in 2013, the law said clinics providing abortion services must ...

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New ABC/WaPo Poll: Hillary +12 Points

From the Washington Post: Donald Trump returns to the campaign trail from Scotland this week contending with sweeping unease about his candidacy as a large majority of Americans register their disapproval and see the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee as discriminatory and unqualified, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Following a month of self-­inflicted controversies, the survey shows ...

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Jan Brewer: Stop Calling Us Racists And Bigots Just Because We Support Donald Trump [VIDEO]

Via Talking Points Memo: During a Sunday panel discussion on CNN’s “State of the Union,” former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) railed against President Obama and complained that Republicans are so frequently labeled bigots. Brewer was responding from comments Obama made on Friday warning against “charlatans” and “bigotry,” likely referring to Donald Trump. “President Obama just always comes tearing after ...

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SACRAMENTO: Multiple Stabbings As Neo-Nazi White Supremacists Clash With Counter-Protesters [VIDEO]

From Sacramento’s NBC affiliate: Ten people were injured during a clash between anti-fascists and white supremacists at the State Capitol Sunday, authorities said. Two people suffered life-threatening stab wounds were taken to area hospitals, officials said. Nine men and one woman, ages 19 to 58, were injured during the fight. At least three people were stabbed at the State Capitol ...

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Gay Against Guns Stage Die-In At NYC Pride

Bustle reports: LGBT activists who want stricter gun laws seized the day at New York City’s Pride March on Sunday, staging a “die in” on 5th Avenue to draw attention to anti-gay gun violence. But the ‘Gays Against Guns’ Pride demonstration was much more than a one-time thing. It was work of an entirely new advocacy group, founded in the ...

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Hillary Marches In NYC Pride Parade And Delivers Video Message On Orlando At The Pier Dance [VIDEO]

Hillary Clinton made a unannounced appearance yesterday afternoon at NYC Pride, marching about four blocks with Gov. Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio. From the New York Times: It is difficult to surprise at New York City’s pride parade — that pulsing kaleidoscope of pink unicorn horns and rainbow undergarments, bejeweled miniature dogs and glitter-specked revelers who seemed to have misplaced ...

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John Oliver On The Brexit Result [VIDEO]

The Daily Beast recaps: Last week, British satirist John Oliver spent a considerable portion of his late-night HBO program, Last Week Tonight, addressing the upcoming EU referendum, and urging his viewers that it would be “absolutely crazy” for Britain to leave the European Union, warning of “wide-ranging implications both for the U.K. and the world’s economy.” Well, it turns out ...

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Pope Francis: Christians Owe Gays An Apology

CNN reports: Pope Francis said Sunday that Christians owe apologies to gays and others who have been offended or exploited by the church, remarks that some Catholics hailed as a breakthrough in the church’s tone toward homosexuality. “I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and ...

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ISRAEL: Jerusalem Pride Killer Gets Life Sentence

The Times Of Israel reports: The Jerusalem District Court on Sunday sentenced to life behind bars Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man convicted of stabbing to death 16-year-old Shira Banki at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade last year. Schlissel was given another 30 years in prison for attempted murders of the six other people he injured in the attack, and ...

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FRC’s Pride Message: Love Only Wins When Christians Are Allowed To Discriminate Against LGBT Americans

The Family Research Council observed LGBT Pride this morning by tweeting out the above lavender-hued message in support of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), the bill which would bar the federal government from taking action against individuals or companies that discriminate against LGBT Americans on the basis of “religious belief or moral conviction.” FADA currently has 170 co-sponsors in ...

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George Will Bails On GOP: Trump Must Be Stopped

CNN reports: Conservative commentator and columnist George Will says he is leaving the Republican Party because of Donald Trump — and he’s advocating that others do the same. In a speech at a Federalist Society luncheon Friday, he told the audience, “This is not my party,” according to PJ Media, a conservative news website. Will, who worked on President Ronald ...

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Patsy & Edina Cut The Ribbon At London Pride [VIDEO]

The Sun reports: They are huge gay icons and with their very first feature film about to hit the big screen, who better to lead this year’s London Pride than Patsy and Eddy!Actresses Jennifer Saunders and Joanne Lumley arrived in character as PR guru Edina Monsoon and fashion magazine director Patsy Stone to opening the parade. The ladies cut the ...

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BRITAIN: Cops Get Engaged At London Pride

From the Independent: Two police officers made the most out of the Pride 2016 celebrations with a very public proposal. One officer held up the entire parade to propose to his other half, who he knew would be at the front to cheer him on as he passed. The Metropolitan Police LGBT Network shared two pictures of two officers popping ...

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MEXICO: 100,000 Celebrate Mexico City Pride [VIDEO]

From Reuters: On the streets of Mexico City, men and women celebrate Gay Pride. Amid the drag queens, and rainbow banners, there’s an undercurrent of anxiety. These festivities comes just two weeks after a gunman killed 49 people at gay nightclub in Orlando, three of them Mexican citizens. Said participant Alex, “Well we have already seen the recent events filled ...

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Gay Cuban Choir Launches First US Tour [VIDEO]

From the Associated Press: Gathered around a keyboard in Los Angeles, conductor Ernesto Lima Parets stopped his singers and told them to try again. The five men who make up the gay Cuban choir Mano a Mano performed Gloria Estefan’s “Mi Tierra” (“My Homeland”) with perfect harmony. But he wanted them to feel it. “You must imagine what it means ...

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Hillary Celebrates Obergefell Anniversary With Warning That Donald Trump Imperils LGBT Progress [VIDEO]

“One year ago today, we celebrated a watershed moment for equality in America. Thanks to the bravery of LGBT Americans like Jim Obergefell and Edie Windsor, and the determination and tireless organizing of the LGBT community and their allies, marriage equality became the law of the land in all 50 states. “Over the last year, more barriers to equality have ...

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The Foot Wore A Spiked Heel

It was 47 years ago this week that the queer community of New York City finally said “Enough!” As I’ve done for the last few years on this day, I’m reposting the story that the New York Daily News ran one week after the Stonewall Riots. Note how the story drips with condescension and ridicule. We’ve come a long, long ...

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HUMILIATION: Tens Turn Out For NOM’s Hate March

At this writing hate group leader Brian Brown is speaking to a crowd in the DOZENS for NOM’s fourth consecutive anti-gay marriage march. ThinkProgress reporter Zack Ford is tweeting out hilarious photos from the scene and some of those are embedded below. You may recall that last year’s march drew a paltry 3000 and that was before the Supreme Court ...

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Obama Celebrates Stonewall Monument [VIDEO]

Today President Obama celebrated the designation of the Stonewall National Monument in his weekly video address to the nation, comparing the Stonewall Inn to other historic sites like Independence Hall and Kitty Hawk. Watch below. The president went on to recap LGBT progress during his administration. An excerpt: Over the past seven years, we’ve seen achievements that would have been ...

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