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LIVE VIDEO: Obama Announces AG Pick

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Obama To Nominate NYC Prosecutor Loretta Lynch To Replace Holder As AG

Via Reuters: President Barack Obama will nominate Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace the retiring Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general and if confirmed, she would become the first black woman to serve in the post, the White House said on Friday. The 55-year-old North Carolina native and Harvard-trained lawyer has deep experience in both civil rights and corporate ...

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Feds Fine Online Dating Company For Scamming Money Via Fake Profiles

Via The Hill: England-based company JDI Dating and its owner, Mark Thomas, were the target of the $616,165 fines. The settlement forbids the company from misrepresenting facts about the service or its cancellation policy in the future. “JDI Dating used fake profiles to make people think they were hearing from real love interests and to trick them into upgrading to ...

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Eric Holder: Federal Government Now Recognizes Married Gays In 32 States

Via White House press release: In the latest development following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Last week, the Attorney ...

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Lambda Legal Sues Social Security Adminstration On Behalf Of Texas Widow

Via press release: Today Lambda Legal filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee), arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate ...

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Court To NOM: No, You Don’t Even Get Legal Fees For Your Failed IRS Lawsuit

Back in June a federal court declared that NOM had not “produced a shred of proof” that their donor information had been deliberated leaked to the Human Rights Campaign. The government did agree to pay NOM $50K for the “unintentional disclosure” of that information, prompting chairman John Eastman to hit Fox News and every teabagger site to declare victory – ...

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HOUSTON: City Subpoenas Sermons Of Anti-Gay Pastors Over Campaign To Repeal Recently Passed LGBT Rights Ordinance

Teabagistan has been in an utter uproar for the last 24 hours after the city of Houston subpoenaed anti-gay pastors with a demand for copies of recent sermons in order to determine whether they were advocating for the repeal of the city’s recently approved LGBT rights ordinances. Opponents of the equal rights ordinance are hoping to force a repeal referendum ...

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Headline Of The Day

RedState founder and Fox News commentator Erick Erickson yesterday declared that since the NIH recently studied obesity in lesbians, that ate up all the money to find a cure for ebola. Seriously. The NIH has annual budget of over $30B. The lesbian study cost $1.5M, which is about 0.005% of the NIH’s annual budget. 

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NEW YORK CITY: Feds Grant $50K To Document LGBT Historic Sites

Via White House press release: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced $500,000 in matching grants to help fund 13 projects across the country to increase the number of listings in the National Register of Historic Places (National Register) associated with Latinos and other underrepresented communities including African Americans, Asian Americans and ...

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CDC Announces First US Case Of Ebola

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Feds Sue Over Anti-Trans Discrimination

Chris Geidner has the scoop at Buzzfeed: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Thursday against two companies accused of discriminating against transgender employees, the first time the federal government has brought suit under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect transgender workers. The two complaints, filed in federal courts in Florida and Michigan, are the latest — and ...

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Feds: Married Gays Are Now “Families”

Via the Charlotte Observer: New census data released Thursday made a simple but substantial change in categorizing same-sex married couples: They now are considered families. In prior years, the U.S. Census Bureau counted such couples as “unmarried partners,” even if they were legally married. But now, starting with the new annual American Community Survey, they are in among the family ...

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Department Of Labor Vows To Enforce Transgender Anti-Discrimination Rules

From Patricia Shiu, director of the Office Of Federal Contract Compliance Programs: The federal government holds contracts with about 200,000 establishments, and these contractors and subcontractors play an important role in making our country work. They provide food, clothing, energy, transportation, medical treatment and thousands of essential services all around the country. As the director of the Office of Federal ...

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DOJ: Losing Losers At NOM Deserve No Legal Fees For Their Losing Lawsuit

The Department of Justice has issued a blisteringly scornful response to NOM’s demand for nearly $700K in attorneys’ fees for their lawsuit over the accidental release of their tax return. Enjoy: Despite losing all the significant issues in this case and settling a damages claim of hundreds of thousands of dollars for $50,000, the National Organization for Marriage, Inc. (“NOM”) ...

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New York Times On The Sixth Circuit Court

The New York Times reports: In three hours of back-and-forth questioning, it appeared that neither side could take victory for granted in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where the cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee were heard by two judges appointed by President George W. Bush and one by President Bill Clinton. Judge Jeffrey ...

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WEDNESDAY: Sixth Circuit Court To Hear Marriage Cases From OH, MI, KY, & TN

In two days the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in five marriage equality cases out of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Via the Columbus Dispatch: A same-sex marriage showdown happens in Cincinnati on Wednesday as three federal appeals judges, including two Ohioans, hear marriage cases from Ohio and three neighboring states. It will be the single-largest legal ...

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Activists Dispute Federal LGB Count

As you surely know, anti-gay hate groups and Christian organizations have been doing cartwheels over the recently released CDC survey which reports that just over 2% of Americans collectively self-identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. (The survey questions did not touch upon gender identity.) The Washington Post today notes that activists are calling out the CDC. “The truth is, numbers ...

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MICHIGAN: Christian Radio Host John Balyo Confesses To Rape Of Second Child

Cornerstone University radio host John Balyo was arrested last month after federal investigators connected him to the rape of an 11 year-old boy. Today Balyo confessed to a second rape. Via the Detroit Free Press: Former WCSG radio host John Richard Balyo admitted today that he and a second man handcuffed a 12-year-old boy to a motel bed, sexually abused ...

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GOP Mum On LGBT Executive Order

Anti-gay and Christian groups have been screaming their heads off about President Obama’s signing of the executive order protecting the LGBT employees of federal contractors from workplace discrimination. But the GOP hasn’t uttered an official peep. Perhaps nobody better illustrated this point than House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). HuffPost asked him Thursday if he had any reaction to Obama’s LGBT ...

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TEXAS: ExxonMobil Agrees To Comply With LGBT Employment Executive Order

After many years of refusing to include LGBT employees in their anti-discrimination policies, ExxonMobil, the world’s largest energy corporation, has announced that it will comply with the executive order signed by President Obama just 48 hours ago. Via the Associated Press: Exxon, which according to government records won more than $480 million in federal contracts in 2013 and more than ...

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