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Almost everything you’ve been told about the Idaho wedding chapel story is a lie

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
The religious right is spewing hate and lies, claiming that two ministers are being forced to marry same-sex couples -- even claiming the ministers have been arrested. How is this possible? Two ministers, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, own a for-profit wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, but say they cannot marry same-sex couples because of their faith...

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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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For Matthew Shepard and countless others, the work to erase hate continues

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Matthew Shepard, in a family photo carried in his father’s wallet.
Sixteen years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old college freshman at the University of Wyoming, from a bar in Laramie. He was kidnapped, robbed, brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left die on the cold Wyoming prairie. Matthew was discovered 18 hours later, and for the next five days, the world held vigil while Matthew lay in a coma in a hospital in Colorado. And on this day in 1998, at 12:53 a.m., Matthew died — his family by his side.

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Coming Out – Yes, it still does matter

Saturday, October 11, 2014
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I didn’t come out until I was 50. In those 50 years I lied, cheated on a husband, denied who I was and tried desperately to be the daughter, sister, wife, cousin, friend that I was expected to be. It didn’t work – it never works. And those who believe that to be gay is a choice we make, well, they will never, ever understand the struggle that takes place within most of our souls....

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The memory and meaning of Matthew Shepard, 16 years later

Monday, October 6, 2014
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On October 7, 1998, Aaron Kreifels was riding his bike through a field in Wyoming. He wasn’t expecting that day to be different from any other beautiful sunny afternoon in the vast plains surrounding Laramie, but that day would change many lives. Aaron spotted what he initially thought was a scarecrow next to a fence. Then he noticed a glisten of blood...

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