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How Fox News is trying to kill Houston’s LGBT equal rights ordinance

Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Fox News helped turn a bogus story about subpoenas sent to a handful of Houston pastors into a national rallying cry for religious liberty. Now the network is helping promote an event that will pit some of the country's most extreme anti-LGBT voices against the city's nondiscrimination ordinance. In May, the city of Houston made history by enacting the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure that prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and several other categories...

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A survival guide for Christians who have been fighting against marriage equality

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Members of the Family Foundation and traditional marriage, Barbara Kerns, of Midlothain, Va., left, and Linda Gagliardo, of Chester Va., pray outside the Federal Appeals Court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 as the court considered the constitutionality of Virginia's gay marriage ban.
Many of us have been in the Marriage Equality war for a long, long time. I remember a drag queen host taking the microphone at San Jose Pride about a dozen years ago. She saw a group with “Freedom to Marry” t-shirts, and with a twinge of sadness remarked, “Oh honeys, they are NEVER going to let us get married, ever. You may as well give that one up right now.” She was wrong. As in all wars, there is a foe. In the United States, the foes tend to call themselves “Christians” ...

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Christian right undermines marriage equality with religious supremacism

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” That vision of history’s progression has been well illustrated by the past year’s landslide of advances for marriage equality.  And as we move closer to a more just society, the nature of the opposition is revealed in the nature of the backlash. The Christian Right has been operating on multiple fronts to stop -- or at least limit -- the scope of the advance of marriage equality...

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Intersex Awareness Day calls attention to an often ignored, misunderstood community

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Today is Intersex Awareness Day, an internationally observed civil awareness day designed to highlight the challenges faced by intersex people. It is often the case that the intersex community gets ignored, mis-categorized, or simply misunderstood. Worse still, intersex people are often denied even the basic right to self-definition, information, and knowledge and are sometimes forced to undergo medical and psychological procedures that damage and traumatize them for life.

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Path to financial stability, long-term care for aging LGBT individuals starts now

Sunday, October 19, 2014
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The lack of clarity on what the future may hold is compounded by the fact that unlike their heterosexual peers, LGBT seniors often lack traditional family support systems, which heightens their need to create long-term plans for their future… Most of these individuals will derive no benefit from the new marriage equality rules, as many do not have a legal spouse present to execute their end-of-life plans....

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Roll over, Jesse: Gay marriage ushers in new era in the state of ‘Senator Hate’

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Jesse Helms
During his stellar career of hate politics, the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), in a televised interview brought up his favorite subject: homosexuals. They were his favorite subject because he enjoyed insulting them in the crudest terms. He often boasted if disliking homosexuals made him a bigot, so be it. He was proud of it. Helms was a unique politician. He stood alone in his public pride for his bigotry against LGBT people, and invoked similar bigotry in others...

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No, the city of Houston isn’t bullying anti-gay pastors – this is basic lawyering

Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Conservative media outlets, led by Fox News, are attacking the city of Houston for subpoenaing a number of local pastors who were part of the right-wing opposition to the city's LGBT non-discrimination ordinance that is suing the city now that the anti-discrimination law is in effect. But their claims that religious liberty should keep the pastors' public addresses secret ignores the fact that subpoenas of parties relevant to a lawsuit are a typical part of the legal discovery process.

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Marriage equality: Let freedom, and wedding bells, ring

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Michelle Giorgi and Karen Madrone share a lighter moment with the Rev. Julie Peebles as she officiates in their wedding at the Guilford County Register of Deeds office on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Greensboro, N.C.
The thing that is surprising is why it has taken so many decades to arrive at marriage equality. The lesbian moms and gay dads and their children of the 1960s were the leaders in same-sex marriage and family issues. History largely does not remember them. From the 1960s to the 1990s, the gay community, as a whole, was more interested in sexual liberation in dark alleys and other dangerous and unhealthy places than in marriage equality...

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One man’s quest to undermine his cousin’s marriage to a transgender man

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Nick and Jessica
Once upon a time there were two cousins, Jessica and Robby. They grew up together in the warm and wet Mississippi back lands. They swam, they fished and Jessica loved and respected her cousin. He gave her the sense of understanding family and loyalty. That sense of family and loyalty was upended completely recently when Robby recently ran to the American Family Association — an entity defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “hate” organization — to get their help in humiliating and attacking Jessica’s marriage. Robby has never met Jessica’s husband.

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Real Religious Liberty is not Oppression

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Alex Brandon, AP
Religious liberty is one of the defining issues of our time — offering distinct challenges and historic opportunities for LGBTQ people and everyone who is struggling to create a more just society. As the Christian Right continues to use the term to frame their issues, we must not concede the definition of religious liberty to interlopers. Religious liberty is a progressive and liberatory value, over which theocratic factions, and the politicians who pander to them, have no claim...

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