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On Our Radar – What It Is Is Beautiful – Fourth Graders Take On LEGO

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:49 AM June 22, 2014
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Wisconsin elementary school students asked LEGO to “represent and celebrate more cultures.” Today, ending gender and cultural stereotyping is On Our Radar.

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Terry McAuliffe Is First Virginia Governor To Proclaim June As Pride Month

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:22 AM June 21, 2014
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Governor Terry McAuliffe became the first Virginia governor to recognize June as LGBT Pride Month when he issued an official proclamation this week.

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Watch: Outside NOM’s Gala, GetEQUAL Wishes Brian Brown A Happy ‘Retirement’

by David Badash ● 5:18 PM June 20, 2014
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GetEQUAL’s grassroots activists stood outside NOM’s gala last night and asked attendees to sign a “Happy Retirement” card for NOM president Brian Brown.

Marriage

Washington Times, Sponsor Of NOM’s March, And AP, Further Lower Attendance Numbers

by David Badash ● 3:06 PM June 20, 2014
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Even NOM’s media partner and supporter of their March for Marriage — an anti-gay hate rally — reports that few people attended the event in DC yesterday.

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Soldier Discharged For Being Lesbian Gets Honorable Discharge After 35 Years

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:51 PM June 20, 2014
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Thirty-five years after being discharged for being a lesbian, Lisa Weiszmiller has had her discharge status changed from “other than honorable” to “honorable”.

Bigotry Watch

Here’s What ‘10,000 People’  At NOM’s Anti-Gay Hate March Really Looks Like

by David Badash ● 12:15 PM June 20, 2014
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The National Organization For Marriage is claiming that 10,000 people attended their anti-gay hate march in Washington, D.C. yesterday. And they’re the only ones who said so.

Bigotry Watch

Mike Huckabee: Martin Luther King Would Have Opposed Gay Marriage Like He Opposed Hitler

by David Badash ● 10:08 AM June 20, 2014
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Mike Huckabee told attendees at NOM’s March for Marriage that Martin Luther King, Jr. would have opposed same-sex marriage and equal rights for LGBT people just as he opposed Hitler’s Germany and the Holocaust.

Civil Rights

Obama Extends More Federal Benefits To Same-Sex Couples — But The Rest Are Up To Congress

by David Badash ● 8:47 AM June 20, 2014
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President Obama today will extend more federal benefits to same-sex couples. But the administration is cautioning that this is the end of the road, and Congress must act.

Bigotry Watch

How Many People Showed Up For NOM’s ‘March For Marriage’ Hate Rally? Guess Who Didn’t.

by David Badash ● 7:33 PM June 19, 2014
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Despite months of emails, despite promises of huge attendance, and despite free busses to protectors of the faith from New York City, NOM’s anti-gay hate march today was largely ignored.

Bigotry Watch

Rick Santorum: Hating Gay Marriage Comes From Love (Video)

by David Badash ● 6:41 PM June 19, 2014
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“This is a movement,” Rick Santorum says, “that is based in love. This is a movement based in love for what is best for children and families in America.”

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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.

Bigotry Watch

North Dakota Congressman Is ‘Not Even Sure’ Discrimination Is A Problem

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:23 PM June 19, 2014
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A North Dakota Tea Party congressman says there’s no need for a workplace non-discrimination law, because he’s never heard about any discrimination.

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St. Petersburg, Russia, Repeals Its Gay Propaganda Law

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:03 PM June 19, 2014
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One of the first communities in Russia to pass a “don’t say gay” law has repealed it ahead of a European Court of Human Rights decision.

Discrimination

Look: One Picture At A Time, #FairnessMeans Calls For Non-Discrimination Laws

by J. Rudy Flesher ● 1:04 PM June 19, 2014
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Making the case for non-discrimination legislation one picture at a time, a diverse group of activists and advocacy groups has launched the #FairnessMeans campaign.