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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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A letter to the ‘Christian’ mom wishing death for her disabled lesbian daughter

Sunday, October 5, 2014
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Public disapproval over who could marry whom was an issue for Kelly’s family early on. Her father is black, and her mother is white. Kelly and her brother were bullied frequently in the small town in Alabama. They were the only mixed race kids in town. [...]

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The Catholic Church’s gay obsession

Saturday, October 4, 2014
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"The blunt truth of the matter is that during a period when the legalization of gay marriage has spread rapidly in this country, from just six states in 2011 to more than three times that number today, Catholic officials here have elected to focus on this one issue and on [...]

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