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Discrimination

Presbyterian Church Votes To Allow Clergy To Marry Same-Sex Couples

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:23 PM June 19, 2014
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The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. voted today to allow clergy to marry same-sex couples in any state it is legal to do so.

Asides

Mary Cheney Chooses Some Strange Bedfellows

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:55 PM June 19, 2014
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Mary Cheney has teamed up with some very Republican Republicans to launch Vox Pop Polling, including the woman who ran her sister Liz’ senate campaign PAC.

Families

Twelve-Year Old Transgender Boy Is First Canadian To Get New Birth Certificate

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:49 PM June 17, 2014
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In an historic first, a twelve-year-old Canadian transgender boy was awarded a birth certificate reflecting his gender.

Families

Read One Texas State Senator’s Father’s Day Letter To His Gay Daughter

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:39 PM June 16, 2014
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“You are my daughter — you deserve the same love and acceptance and to share in the same freedoms to marry the person you love.” – Texas State Senator Chuy Hinojosa

Families

Father’s Day On Our Radar – Roger and Steven Ham – Fathers of Fourteen

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:32 AM June 15, 2014
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They thought they’d see if anyone would let them adopt one child. Now they have fourteen. On this Father’s Day, Roger and Steven Ham are On Our Radar.

Families

Hallmark Offers Its First Father’s Day Card For Two Dads

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:08 PM June 12, 2014
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Hallmark has finally made its first ever Fathers Day card meant for two dad families.

Bigotry Watch

Honolulu Civil Beat Complains Anti-Gay State Lawmaker Is ‘Obsessed With Anuses’

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:48 PM June 10, 2014
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“Any talk of anal sex is instinctively repulsive for pre-pubescent children. Additionally, calling the anus a genital is just plain medically wrong,” – Rep. McDermott

Analysis

On Our Radar – Bowe Bergdahl – Our Imperfect American Son

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:13 PM June 8, 2014
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If a soldier becomes disillusioned and eats his gun, we’re full of sympathy, but if he walks away we disown him? Today, Bowe Bergdahl, our imperfect American son, is On Our Radar.

Equality Forum

13 Happy Photos From Wisconsin’s First Day Of Marriage Equality

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:16 AM June 7, 2014
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At least 128 couples married yesterday in Wisconsin. Have a look at some of the celebration.

families

Watch: Parents Support And Celebrate Their Transgender Sons At Pride Parade

by David Badash ● 10:12 AM June 6, 2014
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At San Francisco’s pride parade, Oprah’s OWN journalist Lisa Ling profiles parents and their transgender sons.

families

Gay Dads’ Brains Work Like Mom And Dad Combined

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 12:46 PM May 29, 2014
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To state it simply, fathers are emotionally and mentally capable of everything a mother is, and this is activated by acting as a primary care provider.

Actions

Oklahoma Group Announces First-Of-Its-Kind School For LGBTQ Kids

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 1:08 PM May 22, 2014
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A group concerned about the bullying that LGBTQ students endure in Oklahoma’s public schools will open the first private school in the state for LGBTQ students.

Civil Rights

Judge Threatens Utah Attorney General With Contempt Over Same-Sex Adoption

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:32 AM May 16, 2014
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A judge has ordered Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to appear before him and explain why he refuses to recognize a same-sex adoption as ordered by the court.

Families

Twelve-Year-Old Nevada School Shooter Left Suicide Note – Bullies Called Him Gay

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:10 PM May 15, 2014
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The Nevada seventh grader who killed a teacher and wounded two students before killing himself, was teased and called “gay” by school bullies.

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