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SOUTH CAROLINA: Gov. Nikki Haley To Call For Removal Of Confederate Battle Flag

The flag’s removal will require a two-thirds majority from the state legislature, where Republicans outnumber Democrats 106-64.

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Circuit Party Leaves Fire Island Pines, Joins Boycott Of Manhattan Hoteliers

Edge Media reports: The drama in Fire Island Pines now officially spans two continents. The Ascension Party, a staple of the circuit scene for nine years, is packing up and leaving Fire Island Pines and traveling to Mykonos this August, citing the recent boycott against OUTpost Fire Island Pines properties as the impetus for the move. The announcement marks the ...

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Fox News Rants About Obama’s N-Word

“If he talks like that in public — I can only imagine what he says in private. It does not appear that the president’s remarks were off-the-cuff. Based on my interpretation of the podcast, he was cool, calm and measured in his use of the n-word. It was disappointing to say the least to hear such a vulgarity come out ...

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Fame Or Shame: A Short Documentary About Harlem Hate Pastor James Manning

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Janet Jackson – No Sleeep

E! Online reports: It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Janet Jackson debuted her highly anticipated new single “No Sleeep” to much fanfare Monday morning. The 49-year-old singer, who is recording her first album in seven years and will kick off a world tour later this year, worked with veteran producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on the laid-back ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

“We’re down to the last few days before the Supreme Court rules on marriage. In the mean time, the National Organization for Marriage is asking all of the GOP presidential candidates to sign an anti-equality pledge. Let’s take a look at just how crazy this pledge gets.”

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No SCOTUS Ruling On Marriage Today

It’s likely that the Court will schedule another decision day for Thursday. UPDATE: Thursday has been added.

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Obama Uses N-Word In Racism Interview

CNN reports: President Barack Obama used the n-word to make a point about the reality of racism in America during an interview released Monday with comedian Marc Maron. Obama weighed in for the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” on the national debate on race relations and gun control that has been reignited after the Charleston shooting at the Emanuel African ...

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Jeb Bush: The Battle Against Same-Sex Marriage Won’t Be Over After SCOTUS

Via the New York Times: Jeb Bush told a gathering of religious conservatives here on Friday that the debate over same-sex marriage should continue “irrespective of what the courts say,” signaling that he would not consider a Supreme Court decision favorable to gay rights as the last word on the subject. Many in the Republican Party have hinted that they ...

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Oreo Celebrates Gay Pride

You may recall that a boycott campaign was launched against Oreo in 2012 after the brand tweeted out an image of a rainbow version of the cookie. Oreo is made by the Nabisco division of Mondelez International, which has also supported LGBT rights with a series of beautiful Honey Maid commercials. Mondelez is ranked at #91 on the Fortune 500 ...

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Duran Duran – Pressure Off

Billboard reports: Duran Duran has dropped the first single from its upcoming album, Paper Gods, which arrives Sept. 18 in the United States. The new funky song — titled “Pressure Off” — features vocals by Janelle Monae. Paper Gods is the Duran Duran’s 14th studio effort and first for Warner Bros. Records. (The band signed with the label in March.) ...

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Ted Cruz To Return Donations From Leader Of Council Of Conservative Citizens

Via the Guardian: The leader of a rightwing group that Dylann Roof allegedly credits with helping to radicalise him against black people before the Charleston church massacre has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republicans such as presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum. Earl Holt has given $65,000 to Republican campaign funds in recent years while ...

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Jim Obergefell Is At The Supreme Court

Another morning of holding our breath. SCOTUSblog will begin its live-blog at 9AM and today’s rulings are due at 10AM.

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Billy Graham’s Grandson Resigns From Megachurch After Admitting Affair

Via the Washington Post: Billy Graham’s grandson Tullian Tchividjian has resigned from his pulpit at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, a high-profile church in south Florida, after admitting he had an affair. Tchividjian, 42, has been married to his wife, Kim, since 1994 and they have three children. Many have considered Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) a rising star in evangelicalism, especially in Reformed ...

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John Oliver On Online Harassment

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Quote Of The Day – Maggie Gallagher

“By some mysterious providence, three things happened in the past few weeks: Rachel Dolezal was outed as a white woman. Bruce Jenner was lauded as a white woman. And in a New Jersey consumer-fraud case against JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), the Southern Poverty Law Center has spent millions to deprive any future New Jerseyans of the basic ...

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ITALY: Hundreds Of Thousands Rally In Rome Against Same-Sex Marriage

Breitbart celebrates: Hundreds of thousands of people travelled from all over Italy and Europe yesterday to protest against the proposed legalisation of gay marriage, and the teaching of ‘gender theories’ in schools. Gathering in the San Giovanni Square in Rome, with estimates of participants running from 300,000 to a million people, the protest put the ‘anti-Austerity’ protests held in London ...

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Southern Baptist Leader Russell Moore: Take Down The Confederate Battle Flag

“The Confederate Battle Flag may mean many things, but with those things it represents a defiance against abolition and against civil rights. The symbol was used to enslave the little brothers and sisters of Jesus, to bomb little girls in church buildings, to terrorize preachers of the gospel and their families with burning crosses on front lawns by night. That ...

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HomoQuotable – Frank Bruni

“Now we stand nervously and hopefully on the brink of a milestone. Before the end of June, a month associated with wedding bells and wedding cake, the Supreme Court will issue a major decision about the right of two men or two women to exchange vows in a manner honored by the government. It may well extend same-sex marriage to ...

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Rick Scarborough: I’m Ready To Burn To Death To Stop Same-Sex Marriage

Via the Independent: Move over, couple who promised to get a divorce if gay marriage was legalised, because one Texas pastor has taken his opposition to marriage equality one step further. Rick Scarborough, a Baptist pastor and Christian political activist, has said he would be willing to be burned to death in his fight against gay rights. He made the ...

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