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Not all the same: Christian Right’s Hobby Lobbyization of RFRAs hits the fan

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Indiana governor Mike Pence (seated) at a private ceremony to sign a religious freedom bill into law, Thursday, March 26, 2015.
It is revealing how important it was to conservatives that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act not be seen as discriminatory – using false claims about the federal and other state level RFRAs as a cover. [...]

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Growing Mormon-Catholic Alliance: Quiet partners behind the Christian Right’s religious discrimination agenda

Sunday, April 26, 2015
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One of the primary drivers of the movement to corrupt and redefine religious freedom isn’t someone in a shouting match on cable news, but a decades-long alliance of top Mormons and Catholics. [...]

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The overlooked Indiana outcomes that could haunt the Christian Right

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.
There is something about recent events in Indiana that may not be immediately obvious. The national outcry in the wake of the signing of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) by Governor Mike Pence (R) was not only an important moment in the struggle against LGBTQ non-discrimination, but it [...]

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Put a ring on it: Why marriage matters

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Russ and Kergan's wedding.
While the LGBT community continues to battle discriminatory legislation in states across the country, it gives me some measure of comfort to know that this month the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the long-raging debate over same gender marriage. [...]

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The campaign to undermine pro-LGBTQ churches

Sunday, March 29, 2015
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You may have noticed that Christian Right organizations are promoting the idea that people are leaving pro-LGBTQ churches because of their support for equal rights, and for rejecting the Right’s corrupt and redefined version of religious freedom. [...]

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Twenty years ago today…

Saturday, March 21, 2015
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It is astounding how our body holds and stores memories, filing them away, only to open their drawer unexpectedly to remind us of their presence. I had planned on sleeping in late this morning, but on my first deep inhale to restore sleep, though, I immediately woke fully: today [...]

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A gay dad’s open letter to Dolce and Gabbana

Monday, March 16, 2015
Domenico Dolce (right) and Stefano Gabbana
Dolce and Gabbana are not Ben and Jerry. Ben and Jerry make ice cream fashionable, Dolce and Gabbana make icy fashions. Ben and Jerry are sweetly pro-LGBT and marriage equality. Dolce and Gabbana are rancid in their attacks on gay and lesbian families. [...]

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Coming soon to Salt Lake City: An international festival of bigotry

Sunday, March 15, 2015
A protestor outside a World Congress of Families gathering in Australia in 2014.
An international network of some of the world’s most vitriolic Religious Right activists and self-proclaimed orthodox religious leaders is holding its ninth global conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in October 2015. [...]

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Utah’s LGBT rights bill is a trojan horse for the religious right’s agenda

Friday, March 13, 2015
The Mormon-church-backed anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT Utah residents and religious rights received final approval at the state's Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday, and was signed Thursday evening by Gov. Gary Herbert.
There were both cheers and tears as many in the Utah LGBTQ community celebrated the passage of a workplace and housing nondiscrimination law, but behind closed doors, I suspect it’s actually the leaders of the Religious Right who are cheering the hardest. [...]

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An open letter to the homophobic doctor and florist who humiliate LGBT families

Thursday, March 12, 2015
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God did not bring these couples to you so you could judge them. His intention was for you to experience your humanity by serving them. His intention was to enrich you. He failed. [...]

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