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  • Obama Hug Haunts Charlie Crist

    Republican Gov. Charlie Crist probably wasn't worried that literally embracing President Barack Obama back in February and strongly supporting the $787 billion federal stimulus package would hurt his U.S. Senate campaign. Sure, the hardcore party base wa...
  • US Senate Passes Byrd-Shepard Hate Crimes Act, Awaits Presidential Signature

    The United States Senate passed landmark legislation yesterday that expands the coverage and protection of federal hate crime laws to now include sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability. While a 1994 federal law technically covered gay...
  • WWII Veteran Makes Impassioned Case For Gay Marriage

    Philip Spooner is a lifetime Republican, World War II veteran and, to everyone's surprise, a gay marriage supporter. The 86-year-old gave a heartfelt speech in support of gay marriage to Maine's Judiciary Committee back in April, and the video has just no...
  • Refuting the Latest Arguments Against Gay Troops

    In a recent Weekly Standard article, James Bowman argues that the U.S. should not lift the ban on openly gay service in the military because it would undercut notions of masculine honor that ensure combat motivation and cohesion. Bowman is a scholar at th...
  • LGBTQ Homeless Youth and the Black Church

    After teaching them that the Black Church is their family, their home, our churches are failing our children in their time of need. More than 42 percent of the country's homeless youth identify as LGBT, and approximately 90 percent of that group are of co...
  • Re-Imaging Marriage as an Institution

    Marriage is a complex interplay between private choice and public practice. Marriage is never exclusively about loving attachment and commitment among consenting adults. It is also about state recognition of and ability to confer a specific bundle of priv...
  • 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Try to Survive Crushing Stones

    When the Taliban controlled Kabul in the late 1990s, the only permissible mode of mass entertainment was stadium day. People accused of crimes were trucked into Kabul Stadium and maimed or executed in front of large crowds. Among the capital crimes: homos...
  • Maddow Responds to Bush Sr. - And 9 of 10 Republicans Fear Her

    On Friday, the former President said Maddow and MSNBC host Keith Olbermann were "sick puppies" who dished out "horrible" treatment to their ideological opponents -- and to George W. Bush. "When our son was president, they just hammered him mercilessly and...
  • Lesbian High School Student, Told She Can't Wear Tuxedo In Yearbook

    Everyone at Wesson Attendance Center knows 17-year-old Ceara Sturgis is gay because she's never tried to hide it.  But when Sturgis – an honor student, trumpet player and goalie on the school's soccer team – wanted her senior photograph in a tu...
  • Maddow Calls Out Americans for Prosperity President: ‘Parasite Who Gets Fat On Americans’ Fears’

    In May, the Wonk Room first reported on the sordid history of Republican operative Tim Phillips — who now heads the front group Americans for Prosperity (AFP) — with respect to his long history of orchestrating “grassroots” lobbying efforts for ne...
  • The Barney Frank Story

    When Barney Frank discussed his sexual orientation with the Boston Globe in May 1987, he entered history as the first member of Congress—among dozens of same-sexers in the House and Senate—to voluntarily disclose that he was gay. Frank’s politically...
  • Lt. Choi Won’t Lie for His Country

    Lt. Dan Choi doesn’t want to lie. Choi, an Iraq war veteran and a graduate of West Point, declared last March 19 on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “I am gay.” Under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” regulations, those three words are e...
  • Gay Activists Split on Obama

    Many LGBT Americans are furious, or at least deeply frustrated, with Obama's record on gay rights. On four key reforms, the administration's support has been mixed at best. Though he pledged his support for many of the items in the LGBT agenda, the presid...
  • Equality March Shows What Grassroots Can Do

    Without even one cable news outlet promoting the event and even without Glenn Beck--even without corporate lobbyists sending in activists by the thousands, and corporate advertisers publicizing it--the National Equality March on the D.C. mall on October 1...
  • A Marriage Protection Act Gays Can Appreciate

    A new movement is in the works to protect the institution of marriage in the Golden State from the unholy scourge of ... divorce. The drive is on for the 2010 California Marriage Protection Act, and this group—which actually intends to poke fun at the ...
  • LGBT Activists Criticize Obama's Speech for What Wasn't There, But Miss a Very Big Thing That Was

    If you needed evidence that the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is not monolithic in its politics, reaction to President Obama's speech to the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner offered plenty....
  • As Hate Bill Passes, One Mother's Work (and Ours) Continues

    The House of Representatives approved of federal legislation, first introduced by Ted Kennedy, that would close loopholes in existing federal hate crime law and expand coverage to also include crimes committed because of the actual or perceived sexual ori...
  • Why Gays Can't Wait - Gay Rights Are Civil Rights

    Gay rights are civil rights. To be clear, President Obama did not exactly use those words. But about five minutes into his roughly 20-minute address, Obama echoed the sentiment at the black-tie, star-studded fundraising event hosted by the Human Rights Ca...
  • The National Equality March in Washington, DC on October 11, 2009

    Watch four inspiring YouTube Videos from the march after the fold....
  • Antonin Scalia: Cross is Symbol of All Religions

    Christians do not get a special claim on the cross as the symbol of Christ having been crucified for our sins, not if Antonin Scalia’s interpretation has any bearing. Scalia claimed in the Supreme Court that the cross is not a special symbol to honor Ch...