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Dear Matt Barber: Calling yourself a Christian does not make it so

| Monday, July 21, 2014
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Calling yourself a Christian does not give you special privileges in this country. Calling yourself a Christian does not make you a better American than me. And calling yourself a Christian does not absolve you from rights and responsibilities that all Americans have. This is not, nor has it ever been, a Christian nation, and the rest of us who don’t practice your beliefs do not exist here for your will and pleasure.

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Boies, Olson: ‘We’re trying to bring marriage equality to every state in the Union’

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- David Boies and Ted Olson, the legal team who helped take down California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, were on hand for the the kick-off Tuesday of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas.

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NBA Hall of Famer says gay athletes face same question black athletes once faced

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell says the fight for equality for gay athletes reminds him of the civil rights movement of African-Americans in the 1960s.

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LBJ daughters talk gay marriage: Bigotry is ‘just one more expression of hate’

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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In a new interview to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the daughters of former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson discuss marriage equality for same-sex couples, and reflect on what their father might think of same-sex marriage.

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Jimmy Carter speaking at Civil Rights Summit in Texas

| Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

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Obama eulogizes Mandela: ‘You can make his life’s work your own’

| Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Matt Dunham, APPresident Barack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination.

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Obama says LGBT and human rights activists are strengthening Russia

| Friday, September 6, 2013
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APPresident Barack Obama gestures while speaking during a "Civil Society Roundtable" with LGBT and human rights activists on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- President Barack Obama is telling gay rights activists and other Russian civil leaders that they are strengthening their country.

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MLK’s dream inspires a new march, and a president

| Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama led civil rights pioneers Wednesday in a ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech roused the 250,000 people who rallied there decades ago for racial equality.

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Marching for King’s dream: ‘The task is not done, the journey is not complete’

| Saturday, August 24, 2013
Carolyn Kaster, APParticipants gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington.
WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.

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Civil rights evolution expands to LGBTs in the 50 years since MLK’s march

| Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Eddie Adams, APIn this Aug. 1, 1963 photo, Bayard Rustin, leader of the "March on Washington" speaks at the National Headquarters. Months before Martin Luther King Jr. declared “I Have a Dream” to galvanize a crowd of thousands, Rustin was planning all the essential details to make the 1963 March on Washington a success. Rustin, who died in 1987, is sometimes forgotten in civil rights history.
WASHINGTON — Months before Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" declaration galvanized a quarter-million people at the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was planning all the essential details to keep the crowd orderly and engaged.

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