Eric Ethington

Eric Ethington

Eric Ethington has been specializing in political messaging, communications strategy, and public relations for more than a decade. Originally hailing from Salt Lake City, he now works in Boston as Communications Director for Political Research Associates.

Eric’s writing, advocacy work, and research have been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, the New York Times, The Telegraph, and The Public Eye magazine. He’s worked as a radio host, pundit, blogger, activist and electoral campaign strategist.

Eric was the founder of PRIDEinUtah, the Queer Quorum, and Utah Political Capitol.

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Scott Lively

The PR campaign to whitewash the right’s anti-gay Uganda history

Sunday, March 9, 2014
As a communications person myself, I can really appreciate a good PR campaign, and the best I’ve seen in a long time is the new effort by U.S. right-wing evangelicals to completely whitewash their own history of involvement with Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality law. For the last five years, human rights advocates around the world been discussing how U.S. conservative figures were integrally involved in the creation of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (originally called the “Kill the Gays Bill”). [ Read more → ]

Gay Mormon, excommunicated from his church, commits suicide

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Bryan Michael Egnew, 40, spent the last decades of his life building up the courage to come out to his family and Mormon church. Once he did his life, family and religion were stripped away from him, and he committed suicide within a matter of weeks. [ Read more → ]

Colorado state Senate passes civil unions bill in first of two votes

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Colorado State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill legalizing Civil Unions for gay couples. This is one of two votes required by the Senate, and if it passes again, the bill will go on to the House before being signed into law. [ Read more → ]

Indiana Senate committee advances amendment to ban same-sex marriage

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The Indiana state Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 -- along party lines -- this week to advance a constitutional amendment which bans both gay marriage as well as civil unions. [ Read more → ]

West Virginia House fails to pass non-discrimination bill — again

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
For the third time, the West Virginia state House has failed to take up the bills outlawing housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, despite heavy support in the state Senate. [ Read more → ]
Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich funneled $350,000 into anti-gay hate groups

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Former House Speaker, and likely presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich has been caught funneling over $350,000 into anti-gay hate groups in the past year. [ Read more → ]

New report highlights discrimination against bisexuals by both gays and straights

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
A new report released by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission highlights the demonization of bisexuals from both the lesbian and gay community, as well as the straight community. [ Read more → ]
Seth Walsh

California lawmaker proposes anti-bullying law named for gay suicide victim

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
An openly gay California state Assemblyman is proposing a new anti-bullying law design to reduce bullying of LGBT teens. The bill is named in honor of Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old gay teen who committed suicide last year. [ Read more → ]

GWU attacker charged with ‘hate crime’ on straight man he thought was gay

Friday, March 11, 2011
A heterosexual student at George Washington University was beaten to within inches of his life earlier this week, after another heterosexual student mistook him for being gay. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Pat Steadman

Colorado civil unions bill passes second Senate committee

Friday, March 11, 2011
DENVER -- A second state Senate committee approved the Colorado civil unions bill on Thursday evening. The Senate Finance Committee approved the measure 5-4, and as expected, the vote was down the party lines. [ Read more → ]

Washington state House approves bill to recognize out-of-state gay unions

Monday, March 7, 2011
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Lawmakers in the Washington state House of Representatives have passed a bill which would allow same sex marriages performed in other states to now be recognized. [ Read more → ]
Sam Arora

Maryland delegates flip and flop over support for marriage equality bill

Friday, March 4, 2011
What the hell is in the water in Maryland? Democratic Delegate Sam Arora announced Friday he is once again supporting Maryland’s marriage equality bill. Arora spent the last 24 hours backtracking on his support for the bill [...] [ Read more → ]

Maryland delegates ready to vote on gay marriage bill; NOM mailers spread fear

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Two Maryland delegates holding out on a gay marriage vote are now back on board, but the 48 hour delay has opened a window for gay marriage opponents to launch a new campaign aimed at weakening other Democrats from supporting the bill. [ Read more → ]

Bill banning recognition of gay unions rejected in Wyoming Senate

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Wyoming Senate late Wednesday voted to reject House Bill 74, which would have banned out-of-state gay marriage from being recognized. The bill is now dead for the remainder of this year's legislative session. [ Read more → ]

Wyoming House committee passes bill to invalidate out-of-state gay marriages

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
In the final minutes of the day, a House committee voted 4-2 on Tuesday to approve a bill which would invalidate same-sex marriages performed out-of-state. The bill has until Thursday to pass both the House and the Senate. [ Read more → ]

Justice Department still defending now-repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
On the same day that the Obama administration announced that the Justice Department would stop defending portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court, we learn that the DOJ is still defending “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in court [...] [ Read more → ]

AG Holder sends letter to Speaker Boehner explaining DOMA decision

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to House Speaker Boehner on Wednesday explaining in further detail why he and President Barack Obama have made the decision to stop defending the Defense Of Marriage Act in court. Full text [...] [ Read more → ]

High school newspaper editorial condemns homosexuality, same-sex dating

Thursday, February 17, 2011
A Wichita high school newspaper has published an editorial by one of their student reporters calling for a ban on same-sex dating, calling homosexuality a disruption and that it should be kept out of school. [ Read more → ]
James Brochin

NOM testimony against Maryland marriage equality has unintended effect

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland's Senate Judicial Proceedings committee heard 7 hours of testimony on Tuesday on whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage, and testimony from at least one marriage equality opponent has had an unintended consequence. [ Read more → ]

‘Living Social’ commercial: Were transgenders the butt of the joke?

Monday, February 7, 2011
My Facebook page blew up last night after I posted about a Superbowl commercial by “Living Social” which used Transgender people as a punchline. Watch the video and discuss! Did you find it offensive, why or why not? [ Read more → ]

NOM attacks Rhode Island governor over marriage equality

Sunday, February 6, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Governor Lincoln Chafee’s support of marriage equality for same-sex couples isn’t sitting well with the National Organization For Marriage (NOM). They’re spending thousands more on a new ad attacking the Governor. [ Read more → ]
LaVar Christensen

Utah state rep’s third anti-gay bill would allow discrimination based on religion

Thursday, February 3, 2011
In his third anti-gay bill of the 2011 Utah legislative session, extremist Republican LaVar Christensen has introduced legislation that would exempt anyone from local non-discrimination laws if they do it on religious grounds. [ Read more → ]
Allan Kittleman

Maryland GOP leader announces support for marriage equality bill

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
ANNAPOLIS -- Well here’s a twist. A Maryland Republican State Senator (and until recently Minority Leader), Allan Kittleman, has announced he will support the pending marriage equality legislation, “because of my firm belief in equal rights.” [ Read more → ]
LaVar Christensen

Utah state representative introduces anti-gay ‘Family Policy’ bill

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY -- Extremist and anti-gay Utah state Representative LaVar Christensen has introduced House Bill 270, called the “Family Policy” bill. [ Read more → ]
Fred Karger

Presidential hopeful Fred Karger takes on NOM’s anti-gay marriage campaign

Sunday, January 30, 2011
Gay activist and Presidential hopeful Fred Karger has released a 60 second TV spot that has already started running in New Hampshire taking on the National Organization For Marriage and their lies. [ Read more → ]
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