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James McDonald

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.

Actions

Free The Babies! 65 Same-Sex Couples Fight For Their Surrogate-Born Children

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:28 PM January 20, 2014
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The fate of sixty-five babies born to surrogate Thai mothers hired by Israeli same-sex couples is uncertain today, because Israel refuses to grant them citizenship.

Marriage

President Of Israel Now Supports Same-Sex Marriage

by David Badash ● 7:34 PM December 3, 2013
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On Sunday, the President of Israel, Shimon Peres, announced strong support for same-sex marriage as a civil right that should not be taken away.

International

Israel’s Bert And Ernie Adopt A Baby

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 3:30 PM October 17, 2013
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A pair of puppets often called Israel’s Bert and Ernie have adopted a baby. Now gay rights advocates want them to come out of the closet.

Civil Rights

Watch How Rand Paul And Ted Cruz Have Been Trying To Woo The Anti-Gay Religious Right

by David Badash ● 1:39 PM July 31, 2013
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Tea Party Republican Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are two of the greatest beneficiaries of financial, electoral, and spiritual support from the anti-gay Christian right. Watch how they’re wooing evangelical pastors.

News

America ‘Asking For Wrath Of Almighty God’ By Pursuing Middle East Peace Plan Says Pat Robertson

by David Badash ● 2:02 PM April 9, 2013
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Pat Robertson is warning Americans that we are “asking for the wrath of Almighty God,” “headed for disaster” and “should do everything we can to restrain our leaders” from pursuing a peace plan with the Middle East.

International

Israel To Award Obama, ‘Most Anti-Israel President’ Ever, With Presidential Medal

by David Badash ● 2:32 PM February 18, 2013
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Barack Obama, whom neocons and crazed conservative pundits call the “most anti-Israel president” ever, is about to be awarded Israel’s Presidential Medal of Distinction.

News

Romney Slams Obama For Not Visiting Israel. Add Bush, Reagan, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Eisenhower

by David Badash ● 2:09 PM October 23, 2012
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Last night Mitt Romney slammed President Barack Obama for not yet visiting Israel. But Romney will have to add 9 of the past 11 presidents to his list.

2012 Olympics: Who Are The LGBT Athletes?

10 Things To Watch For – And Dish About – At The Olympic Opening Ceremonies

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 7:30 PM July 26, 2012
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From rainbow scrunchies to Harry Potter, here are ten things that will make you the “go-to” commentator on the Olympic Opening Ceremonies!

Equality Forum

Equality Forum: ‘Pink Wash’ Of Human Rights Abuses Decried By Protesters At Israel Panel

by John Culhane ● 2:43 PM May 4, 2012
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Protesters at Equality Forum’s “Featured Nation: Israel” panel barged into the room and began shouting about Israel’s inhumane treatment of the Palestinians.

Bigotry Watch

Ron Paul Scrutinized For Anti-Gay, Anti-Israel, Racist Newsletters

by David Badash ● 2:39 PM December 20, 2011
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Ron Paul is being scrutinized for anti-gay, anti-Israel, racist newsletters that were published two decades ago when Paul was not a member of Congress, but was the head of a consulting firm that bore his name, as did the newsletters.

Analysis

Obama’s Middle East Speech — In Wordle

by David Badash ● 1:06 PM May 19, 2011
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Obama delivered a speech today on Middle East policy. See what it looks like with the most-often repeated words the largest, the least the smallest.