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ISRAEL: Knesset Rejects Civil Unions

Via the Jerusalem Post: The Knesset voted down two bills regarding civil unions and marriage on Wednesday with a majority vote of 50 to 39 for each bill. The first bill, proposed by Yesh Atid MK Aliza Lavie sought to create civil unions, an alternative for those who could not have their weddings officiated by the rabbinate or other religious ...

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FLORIDA: Rep. Alan Grayson Announces 2016 Senate Bid To Succeed Marco Rubio

Politico reports: Next year’s Florida Senate primary between Reps. Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy will test whether Sunshine State Democrats are ready to embrace a deep-blue liberal. The contrasts between the two are stark: Grayson is a progressive, hip-shooting firebrand beloved by hardcore liberals; Murphy is a cautious, scripted candidate favored by the Democratic establishment in Washington and Tallahassee. The ...

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Do Not Mess With Ms. Lupone

Broadway World reports: According to Broadway World’s astute message board posters, the trouble began at the show’s matinee performance, which Auggie 27 described as ‘Cell Phone Hell.’ The post reads: “The SECOND ACT of the “Shows for Days” matinee today was besieged with cell phone ringing, first one long unanswered call that threatened to ring for the rest of the ...

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Perfumania Dumps Trump

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OKLAHOMA: Gun Group Promotes Event With Rainbow Flag Shooting Target

Via Oklahoma City’s NBC affiliate: Organizers of an Oklahoma race are coming under fire for a picture they posted on their Facebook page. It appears they’re using the LGBT rainbow flag as a shooting target. The post angered many people who took it as a direct threat to the LGBT community. Event organizers say they did not expect the response ...

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Announces Full Federal Marriage Benefits Nationwide

“Following the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell that every couple has the same right to participate in the institution of marriage, whether the partners are of the same-sex or opposite sexes, I directed Justice Department staff to work with the agencies to ensure that the ruling be given full effect across the federal government. Thanks to their leadership and ...

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Sen. Marco Rubio Opposes Constitutional Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Via Bloomberg: Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Wednesday he would oppose a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same-sex marriage after the Supreme legalized it nationwide, even though he disagrees with the landmark 5-4 decision. “I don’t support a constitutional amendment. I don’t believe the federal government should be in the marriage regulation business,” the Florida senator told reporters ...

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Democrats Mock “Retrumplican Party”

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RNC Chair Reince Priebus Pleads With Donald Trump: You’re Hurting The GOP

Via the Washington Post: The head of the Republican National Committee, responding to demands from increasingly worried party leaders, spent nearly an hour Wednesday on the phone with Donald Trump, urging the presidential candidate to tone down his inflammatory comments about immigration that have infuriated a key election constituency. The call from Chairman Reince Priebus, described by donors and consultants ...

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HOUSTON: Christian Group To Deliver Signatures On Anti-Trans Referendum

Earlier this year a Houston jury ruled that a petition drive to repeal that city’s LGBT rights ordinance had too many invalid signatures to be placed on the ballot. Today the haters will try again. Another petition drive over Houston’s equal rights ordinance, or “HERO,” is hitting City Hall Thursday morning. They’re delivering 22,000 signatures on petitions to the city ...

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ARIZONA: Homocon Sheriff Paul Babeu Defends Trump’s Attacks On Mexicans

In March 2012 the Mexican ex-boyfriend of Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu sued him for $1M, alleging that Babeu had threatened to have him deported if the boyfriend were to out him. Babeu’s run for the US House fizzled shortly thereafter, but not before it was revealed that he had spoken at an event staged by a group that wants to ...

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ALABAMA: Liberty Counsel Advises State Supreme Court On Defying Obergefell

Via Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog: Asked by the Alabama Supreme Court for advice on what to do next on same-sex marriage, two conservative advocacy groups in the state have urged both direct and indirect resistance to the Supreme Court’s ruling mandating a constitutional right for gays and lesbians to wed. The state court, the groups argued, has the constitutional power ...

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Confederate Flag To Come Down After Lopsided House Vote

Via the Washington Post: The Confederate flag flying on South Carolina’s statehouse grounds is set to come down after the House voted 94-20 to remove it. The bill, passed early Thursday morning, now heads to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk and she is expected to sign it. After more than 13 hours of debate — which became increasingly contentious as ...

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TRAILER: White People

Judging by the highest-rated comments at YouTube, the wingnuts are very upset about this movie.

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KENTUCKY: 57 County Clerks Demand Special Legislative Session On Marriage

Via the Louisville Courier-Journal: A county clerk says nearly half of the county clerks in Kentucky have asked Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session of the legislature to address the issue of gay marriage licenses after same-sex marriage was legalized. Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe says a letter sent Wednesday by 57 clerks to Beshear explains that they ...

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California: Now More Latino Than White

Via the Los Angeles Times: The demographers agreed: At some point in 2014, Latinos would pass whites as the largest ethnic group in California. Determining when exactly that milestone would occur was more of a tricky question. Counting people isn’t like counting movie ticket receipts. The official confirmation had to wait until new population figures were released by the Census ...

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One Minute Time Machine

“Every time the beautiful Regina rejects his advances, James pushes a red button and tries again, all the while unaware of the reality and consequences of his actions. Directed by Devon Avery. Selected for the Sploid Short Film Festival, a celebration of coolest short films and the filmmakers that make them.” (Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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ARKANSAS: Another Renegade Clerk

After consulting with the Liberty Counsel, the county clerk of Van Buren County, Arkansas has distributed a memo which declares that her office will not be issuing same-sex marriage licenses.  Via the Arkansas Times: Pam Bradford, the Van Buren County clerk, circulated this memo to all county clerks today announcing her intention to defy the U.S. Supreme Court and have ...

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PUERTO RICO: First Circuit Finally Rules Marriage Ban To Be Unconstitutional

Earlier this year the First Circuit punted on the appeal of Puerto Rico’s marriage case, saying that it would wait until SCOTUS rules. Today we finally got that decision. Via Lambda Legal: Today’s decision provides further recognition of the dignity and equality of LGBT people in Puerto Rico. We applaud the First Circuit for recognizing that Puerto Rico’s marriage ban ...

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RUSSIA: Putin’s Ruling Party Mocks White House With “Heterosexual Pride” Flag

Russia has officially gone Manif Pour Tous. Via the Moscow Times: Russia’s ruling political party has designed a “heterosexual flag” to honor traditional family values, the Izvestia newspaper reported Wednesday. Copies of the flag, which feature the outlines of a man and a woman holding hands with three children, were shown to Izvestia by Andrei Lisovenko, deputy head of the ...

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