Civil Rights

ALASKA: Anchorage Assembly Approves LGBT Rights Bill In 9-2 Vote, Haters Vow Repeal Referendum

Big news this morning out of Anchorage. The Alaska Dispatch News reports: In a 9-2 vote, the Anchorage Assembly late Tuesday night made it illegal in the city to discriminate over sexual orientation or gender identity. The new local civil rights ordinance, the first of its kind in Alaska, will take effect as soon as it is signed by Assembly …

Read More »

NEW YORK CITY: Irish LGBT Contingent To March In St. Patrick’s Day Parade For First Time Ever

Bill Donohue is going to have Catholic kittens! Via the Irish Queers: We are happy and relieved to announce that, after 25 years of struggle, we have won! The NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade has dropped its bigoted ban: an Irish LGBTQ contingent will finally march with its own banner in the parade next March 17th. From the beginning, our …

Read More »

NEW YORK CITY: President Obama Embraces Jim Obergefell At DNC’s Glittery Annual LGBT Gala

Last night the Democratic National Committee held its annual LGBT gala at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall, where President Obama warmly embraced SCOTUS champion Jim Obergefell. Over 500 donors attended the event, paying from $1200 to the Federal Election Commission maximum of $33,400 per ticket. CNN reports on Obama’s remarks to the crowd: “One of their leading candidates argued that going to …

Read More »

Tweet Of The Week: Jim Obergefell

BOOM! Obergefell’s tweet links to today’s batshittery in Tennessee, where two of God’s Own Lawmakers have vowed to void the Supreme Court with a bill just like all the dozens already struck down. This time it will WORK, people! Bryan Fischer is ecstatic: “Two Tennessee lawmakers are showing the rest of the United States the way to strike a lethal …

Read More »

KENTUCKY: ACLU Expresses Concerns About Validity Of Altered Rowan County Marriage Licenses

The Associated Press reports: Attorneys representing the couples who sued clerk Kim Davis over her refusal to issue marriage licenses are concerned that the altered forms Davis’ deputies issued could be invalid. Davis, on her first day back at work after a five-day stint in jail, announced Monday that she would not block her deputies from issuing licenses. But she …

Read More »

MISSISSIPPI: Governor & Attorney General Continue To Defend Ban On Gay Adoption

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood have filed a federal court motion which declares that their state’s ban on adoption by gay couples is constitutional. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: Hood, a Democrat, states that the same-sex couples who brought the lawsuit challenging the Mississippi provision banning them from adopting children together “are not likely to succeed” …

Read More »

ARKANSAS: Activists Celebrate As Fayetteville Voters Reject Duggar Family And Approve LGBT Rights Bill

Late last year the voters of Fayetteville, Arkansas repealed a city council-approved and comprehensive LGBT rights bill after a vicious campaign spearheaded by the Duggar family. Today Fayetteville voters rejected hate and by a 53-47 margin approved an imperfect new LGBT rights bill. The Democrat-Gazette reports: In a reversal of a similar special election last year, Fayetteville voters resoundingly ratified …

Read More »

ALABAMA: State Prepares To Close 45 Of 49 DMV Offices, Shutting Out Poor Despite Strict Voter ID Law

Alabama is set to close 45 of its 49 driver’s license bureaus despite a strict voter ID law. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said budget cuts will result in closing driver’s license offices across the state. The agency said the cut will be in phases, with 33 offices closed during the first wave. In January 2016, a further 12 offices …

Read More »

Biden/Warren 2016? [VIDEO]

Vice President Joe Biden had a private meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren this weekend, reportedly to discuss a joint run for the White House. Via Politico: Two days after huddling with advisers about plans for a presidential run at his home in Delaware, Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday made a short unannounced trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with …

Read More »

Todd Starnes Has The Colorado Sadz

“Jack will be required by the government to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples. If he denies anyone service, he will be required to explain why. He is also expected to retrain his staff in the state’s anti-discrimination policies – including his 88-year-old mother. It sounds like the government wants to round up Phillips and his staff and haul them …

Read More »

Matt Baume: Do Protests Have To Be Disruptive? [VIDEO]

From the clip recap: “Sometimes political protests can be really inconvenient. And sometimes they target powerful people who already agree with the protestors! What’s the point of that?” I think we know who he’s talking about.

Read More »

Charlotte Pride Forecasts 100,000 Attendance

Every year anti-gay activist Michael Brown and hundreds of his red-shirted supporters wade into Charlotte Pride to scream damnation. This year they can expect a massive crowd. Via the Charlotte Observer: One of the largest LGBT events in the South will take over uptown Charlotte this weekend, bringing in a predicted 100,000 people. Among the expected highlights is a Sunday …

Read More »

FERGUSON: Heavily Armed “Oath Keepers” Show Up Under Guise Of Protecting Crackpot Reporter

They are supposedly there to protect a representative of Info Wars. Reuters reports: Four civilians carrying automatic rifles and sidearms patrolled a riot-torn street in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday, saying they were there to protect a media organization but drawing swift criticism from police and protesters alike. The appearance of the four men, all white, quickly drew stares in the …

Read More »