Matt Baume

Matt Baume, based in West Hollywood, Calif., is a Research and Communications Manager for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) in Los Angeles.

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Matt Baume: Are gay leaders a threat to Boy Scouts?

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Why did the Boy Scouts of America ban LGBT adults in the first place? Matt Baume debunks the flimsy lies that kept the discriminatory policy in place. ...

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Banning drag at Glasgow’s Free Pride: Have organizers gone too far?

Glasgow's Free Pride has banned drag queens from performing . And not everyone is pleased.
Free Pride Glasgow claims to be an "anti-commercialist" alternative. But why are they suddenly anti-drag, too? ...

Marriage equality: From fighting to achieve to something we’re actually living

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The story of marriage is changing from something we're fighting to achieve to something we're actually living. That's why as of this week I'm wrapping up Marriage News Watch. ...

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‘Our darkest hour:’ The worst reactions to marriage equality

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Same-sex couples are getting married, and somehow the world has not yet ended. But some politicians seem to think that we're just moments away from the collapse of civilization. Here are some of the dumbest -- and most dangerous -- ...

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How the conversation on marriage equality changed over the past two decades

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Public opinion on marriage equality has completely flipped since the 1990s, faster than just about any other social change in the last century. So what happened? ...

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1. The president doesn’t get to veto Supreme Court rulings. 2. Rick Santorum will never be president.

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With the Supreme Court due to rule on marriage any day now, Presidential "candidate" Rick Santorum says he would fight back against a pro-equality ruling. So do couples need to worry about the possibility that Santorum could stop them ...

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Will North Carolina be the next state to ‘turn away the gays?’

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A bill to allow North Carolina officials to refuse to serve any couple they don't like is several steps closer to passing, even after the governor vetoed it. ...

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Marriage News Watch: May 18, 2015

Texas state capitol in Austin.
Texas is setting itself up for a showdown with the Supreme Court. A bill to defy the court's rulings died in the House last week, but anti-gay politicians could find a sneaky way to revive it. ...

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Marriage News Watch: May 11, 2015

Todd, left, and Jeff Delmay, celebrate as they leave the courthouse after having attended a hearing in which a Miami-Dade Circuit Judge cleared the way for gay and lesbian couples to marry, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Miami.
Texas lawmakers vote this week on whether the state should officially defy the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage, while Alabama and Minnesota are debating bills to undermine marriage equality. ...

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Marriage News Watch: May 4, 2015

Demonstrators gather at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., on March 30, 2015, to protest against a bill that opponents say allows discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Oral arguments are done, and now we can make a few predictions about how the U.S. Supreme Court might rule in June. ...

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