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 for a social justice think tank.

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

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The Religious Right’s campaign to strip all citizens of religious freedom

| Monday, June 2, 2014
Alex Brandon, AP
Turn on any cable news show and you'll hear conservatives, particularly the Religious Right, giving long tirades about religious freedom and how the Left is seeking to strip it away from good God-fearing Americans. But if you watch how the Religious Right works in court, you know that it's actually the other way around. Religious freedom has been a strongly held belief in America since the very beginning...

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

| Sunday, March 9, 2014
Scott Lively
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”).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

| Thursday, March 17, 2011
Newt Gingrich
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.

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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.

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

| Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Seth Walsh
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.

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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.

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