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West Virginia Governor Vetoes Twenty-Week Abortion Bill

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:55 AM April 1, 2014
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Calling the restriction “unconstitutional”, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed a bill to restrict abortions to the first 20 weeks.

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And At The Buzzer, It’s Chuck Hagel – 6, Homophobic States – 0

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:52 AM December 14, 2013
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When the Pentagon ordered the military extend benefits to same-sex married couples, six states refused. Now, under pressure, all six have agreed to comply.

Marriage

Same-Sex Marriage In West Virginia? Three Couples Suing To Say ‘I Do’

by David Badash ● 10:49 AM October 1, 2013
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Can same-sex marriage come to West Virginia? With the help of Lambda Legal three couples are hoping the answer is yes, and are suing in federal court to make it happen.

Bigotry Watch

14-Year Old Talk Show Host: ‘President Obama Is Making Kids Gay’ (Video)

by David Badash ● 6:42 PM June 5, 2012
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Caiden Cowger, a 14-year old who hosts a popular conservative radio talk show in West Virginia claims that “President Obama is making kids gay,” which he says is “sickening.”

Bigotry Watch

Senate GOP Candidate: No Smoking Laws ‘Same Thing’ As Hitler’s Jewish Star

by David Badash ● 9:10 AM April 19, 2012
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West Virginia Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate John Raese told an audience that no-smoking laws are the “same thing” as Adolph Hitler’s Jewish star mandate.

Don't Ask Don't Tell

BREAKING: Brown Is On-Board DADT Repeal. So’s Snowe, Collins, Murkowski…

by David Badash ● 11:09 AM December 16, 2010

With six you get eggroll, and with Republican Senators Brown, Snowe, Collins, and Murkowski you get sixty-one votes to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” That doesn’t even count in Blanche Lincoln (D-AK), who said last week her dentist kept her from voting, and she would have voted “yes.” But then there’s the newly-minted freshman Democratic [...]

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Gay DADT-Discharged Vet Delivers Petition To Only Dem Senator Who Voted To Keep DADT

by David Badash ● 6:50 PM December 15, 2010
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You remember newly-minted West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, the only Democratic Senator who voted against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal? Manchin, after the vote, claimed he just didn’t know what to do, how to vote, because he had only been in office a short time. “As a Senator of just three weeks, I have not [...]

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Only Democrat To Vote Against DADT Repeal: I Didn’t Know What To Do

by David Badash ● 9:31 AM December 10, 2010
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Unacceptable! Newly-minted and former-Governor Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the ONLY Democrat to have voted against the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal bill yesterday. His reason? “As a Senator of just three weeks, I have not had the opportunity to visit and hear the full range of viewpoints from the citizens of West Virginia.” Are you [...]

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Unemployed Because You’re Gay? Want To Go Talk To Congress?

by David Badash ● 12:10 PM March 5, 2010
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Bil Browning, founder of The Bilerico Project (I write for them as well) is working to get unemployed members of the LGBTQ community to go lobby Congress to pass ENDA — The Employee Non-Discrimination Act. You’ll be hearing a lot more about it in the coming days and weeks. But if you live in one [...]