Tag Archives: feds

Cain: No Federal Money For College

“I do not believe that it is the responsibility of the federal government to help fund a college education because herein, our resources are limited and I believe that the best solution is the one closest to the problem. The people within the state, the people within the communities, ultimately, I believe, are the ones who have that responsibility. If ...

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Gillibrand Pushes Federal Adoption Bill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is throwing her weight behind a federal bill granting adoption rights to all LGBT couples nationwide. “This legislation would open thousands of new foster and adoptive homes to children ensuring they are raised in loving families,” Gillibrand said of her “Every Child Deserves a Family Act.” New York, particularly New York City, has led the nation ...

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SLDN To Sue Over DOMA

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network will file a federal lawsuit on behalf of married gay military members impacted by DOMA. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network will argue that the federal Defense of Marriage Act violates the Fifth Amendment right to due process, in what the group says will be the first case of its kind. “That has never been done ...

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WASHINGTON: Federal Court Orders Release Of Referendum 71 Names

Much to the anguish of the anti-gay hate industry, today a federal judge ordered the release of the names on Referendum 71, the 2009 petition attempt to repeal Washington state’s domestic partners law. U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle said in a ruling Monday that it was unlikely that signers would face threats or harassment. Opponents of the law that expanded ...

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Out Lesbian Confirmed As Federal Judge Despite Strong GOP Opposition

Without a single vote from any Republican, today the U.S. Senate narrowly approved the nomination of Alison Nathan to the federal bench. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly: Nathan, an out lesbian, will be the second out lesbian federal judge with lifetime tenure in the country, joining U.S. District Court Judge Deborah Batts on the bench of the Southern District ...

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ADAP: Beyond The Numbers

From the National Minority AIDS Council: The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) has released a new video highlighting the crisis facing our nation’s AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. Currently, more than 7,400 individuals in 10 states who have been placed on ADAP wait lists, while another 17 states and Puerto Rico have instituted various cost containment measures, including reduced formularies and ...

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Smithsonian Remembers Frank Kameny

Today the official blog of the Smithsonian remembers late gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny and provides a link farm to his donated items and his papers on file at the Library of Congress.

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Disabled Sailor Sues Over DOMA

Yet another anti-DOMA lawsuit, but this one’s from a new angle. The former sailor, Carmen Cardona of Norwich, married her partner in Connecticut last year. But when she applied for an increase in her monthly disability compensation because she was newly married, the Department of Veterans Affairs regional office in Hartford rejected her application, citing a federal statute that defines ...

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CALIFORNIA: Feds Order Closure Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The federal government is sending letters to California’s legal pot dispensaries ordering them to close within 45 days. The state’s four U.S. attorneys sent letters Wednesday and Thursday notifying at least 16 pot shops or their landlords that they are violating federal drug laws, even though medical marijuana is legal in California. The attorneys are to announce their coordinated crackdown ...

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Federal Court To NOM: Get Lost

NOM has lost yet another attempt to evade Maine’s campaign finance law after a federal appeals court refused to hear their case. The appeal came after a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston a month ago rejected the National Organization for Marriage’s challenge to Maine’s political action committee laws, and upheld Maine’s law requiring disclosure of independent expenditures ...

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Department Of Interior – It Gets Better

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Hate Groups Sue Feds Over DOMA

The anti-gay Judicial Watch and the Family Research Council have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, demanding that the DOJ release all internal documents and emails relating to the decision to stop defending DOMA. Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton: “You know, they made this decision, and based on the timing of certain court filings it looks like it ...

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Feds Block Merger Of Cell Phone Giants

The Department of Justice today filed suit to block the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, saying that if the companies were to join, millions of consumers would suffer with higher prices and fewer choices. “AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile would eliminate a company that has been a disruptive force through low pricing and innovation by competing aggressively in the mobile wireless ...

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Gay Couple Loses Deportation Fight

Despite a number of recent wins on this issue.

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Budget Deficits For Dummies

This is a clear explanation, actually.

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate DOMA Debate

UPDATE: The live stream has concluded.

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Another Penis Size Study

A 2009 NIH study of penis size and gay men is just now getting publicity. The study reveals little unknown to most of you, I’m betting. This particular research resulted in a 2009 report titled, “The Association Between Penis Size and Sexual Health Among Men Who Have Sex with Men.” The study reported, among its findings, that gay men with ...

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Massachusetts Town To Pay Married Gay Employees To Offset Tax

Marriage gay city employees of Cambridge, Massachusetts will become the first in the nation to be paid a small stipend to cover a federal tax that their heterosexual colleagues don’t have to pay. Like many people, these 22 school and city workers chose to put their spouses on their employer-provided health insurance. Because they’re in a homosexual relationship, the value ...

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Betty Ford Dies At 93

The New York Times has posted a wonderful tribute. An excerpt: Few first ladies have been as popular as Betty Ford, and it was her frankness and lack of pretense that made her so. She spoke often in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, endorsed legalized abortion, discussed premarital sex and revealed that she intended to share a bed with ...

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Tony Perkins Takes Credit For The End Of Kevin Jennings’ Department

“It took 18 months of protest, but FRC can finally celebrate a major victory at the Office of Safe and Drug-free Schools. The agency, which (until two weeks ago), was headed by radical homosexual activist Kevin Jennings, has been eliminated. Starting this summer, its duties will be absorbed by another program–knocking the Office’s LGBT indoctrination campaign down several rungs on ...

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