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James McDonald

Civil Rights

11 Years After Mandated By US Supreme Court, Alabama Court Strikes Down Anti-Sodomy Law

by James McDonald ● 11:58 AM June 17, 2014
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Last week, an Alabama appeals court ruled the state’s ban on consensual same-sex intercourse unconstitutional, after the Supreme Court did 11 years ago.

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Angelina Jolie Hosts Largest Ever Summit On Sexual Violence In War

by James McDonald ● 2:11 PM June 13, 2014
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Today sees the end of the four-day Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London and co-chaired by Angelina Jolie and William Hague, who estimates none of the 50,000 female victims of rape in the 1990s have received justice.

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Australian Prime Minister Responds To 11-Year-Old’s Heartfelt Marriage Equality Letter

by James McDonald ● 4:53 PM June 11, 2014
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Eleven-year-old Orlando Burcham of Newcastle, Australia wrote to Prime Minister Tony Abbott expressing his views on marriage equality – and he got a response!

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Golden Dawn Amps Up Nazi Rhetoric

by James McDonald ● 9:43 AM June 10, 2014
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The shocking victory for Greece’s ultra-right-wing fascist and neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, in the recent European parliamentary elections appears to have breathed new life into this hate-filled organization.

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Gay Britons Can Now Marry In Russia And 22 Other Countries Without Marriage Equality

by James McDonald ● 5:39 PM June 9, 2014
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As of Tuesday, June 3, British nationals living in 23 countries around the world where same-sex marriage is illegal will be able to marry in British Consulates.

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Although Not Legal, Justice Minister Officiates Same-Sex Wedding In Israel

by James McDonald ● 9:18 AM June 6, 2014
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This week, Tzipi Livni, Israel’s Justice Minister, officiated at the same-sex marriage of Tzach Saar and Guy Arad – a marriage that does not enjoy legal status within the country.

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Neo-Nazi, Racist, and Homophobic Politicians Elected to European Parliament

by James McDonald ● 3:03 PM June 2, 2014
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Concerns mount as Europeans elect a considerable number of neo-Nazi, anti-Islam, homophobic, and racist politicians to the European Parliament.

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Thousands Turnout For First-Ever Gay Pride Parade In Cyprus (Photos)

by James McDonald ● 1:29 PM May 31, 2014
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Today, members of Cyprus’ LGBT community are marching through their nation’s capital of Nicosia in the nation’s first ever pride parade, and turnout has been huge.

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Laverne Cox On The Cover Of TIME Magazine — Why This Is Big

by James McDonald ● 8:44 AM May 30, 2014
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Laverne Cox, star of “Orange Is The New Black,” graces Time’s cover with the title “The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s next civil rights frontier.” The impact of a transgender woman on the cover of such a mainstream magazine will surely reverberate throughout the world, but an important message permeates the entire issue.