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  • The Rogue Way: How Sarah Palin Made Herself Indispensable While Destroying the GOP

    The more she is attacked, the more the Republican base adores her. As she sets out on her book tour, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune only propel her forward. Her influence on a party largely devoid of leadership is expanding. If she doesn't pr...
  • Birthers and Birchers: Hiding Behind Stars and Stripes

    What unites the “birthers” and the Birchers on a single trajectory is well worth understanding. Progressives should not ignore the people who share this particular worldview: it’s easy to dismiss them as nutters and whackos enlarging the far right. ...
  • RNC Employee Health Insurance Plan Covers Abortion

    Last week, 176 House Republicans joined with 64 Democrats in voting for the so-called Stupak amendment, which could “could effectively stop many employer-provided health insurance plans from covering abortions for tens of millions of Americans” and re...
  • Marriage Equality and the Myth of "Gay Apartheid"

    Last week's successful repeal of Maine's same-sex marriage laws was a painful reminder that the United States remains far from a "perfect  union". Yet as disappointing as the Maine defeat was, the real disappointment actually resulted from the reaction...
  • Catholic Church Threatens To Stop D.C. Services For Needy If Gay Marriage Passes

    The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of peop...
  • Barney Frank: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Gone Next Year

    US House Rep. Barney Frank, who is only the second openly gay member of the House of Representatives, told Advocate.com that repealing DADT as part of a military spending bill was always the plan for approaching the issue....
  • What the Gay Boycott of the DNC Can Do

    There is a gay boycott of the Democratic Party afoot, and it has the potential to turn into something that leads to real change in American politics. I'm not selling hope here, but I can't help but feel it when I see the momentum gathering behind AMERICAb...
  • Gays Organize DNC Boycott

    Frustration among gay Democrats at the White House's unwillingness to make their issues a first-year priority -- or even, in some cases, to acknowledge them -- is boiling over today in the form of a move to boycott Democratic National Committee fundraisin...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Organizes Homophobic Anti-Obama Protest Outside Sasha And Malia’s School

    Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church is a hate group that goes around the country staging anti-gay rallies at some of the most inappropriate places (e.g. the funerals of former White House press secretary Tony Snow, victims of the Minneapolis bridge col...
  • Conservative Group Links Gay-Rights Movement To Islamic Terrorism

    A prominent social-conservative activist group is using comments made by readers on a gay-rights Web site as "evidence" that the LGBT movement is mulling using "organized terrorism" against Christians. The Liberty Counsel released a statement on Monday li...
  • The Dangers Of Voting On Civil Rights

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said in 1958, “When any society says that I cannot marry a certain person, that society has cut off a segment of my freedom.” Sometimes a nation is more liberal and sometimes it is more conservative. But if it eve...
  • A Quiet Voice For Gay Marriage

    Legalization could avert doomed relationships, straight ex-spouses sayIf anyone could have talked himself out of being gay, Kimberly Brooks said, it was her husband. He wanted to be straight; she wanted him to be straight. She once followed his gaze acros...
  • The Kids Are Alright: Some Thoughts About Same-Sex Marriage

    With each passing year, as macabre as it may seem to consider, a group of voters hostile to the issue of marriage equality are going to be replaced by voters who are substantially more likely to support the cause. The following, hard as it might be to bel...
  • Stonewall 2.0

    Before November 2008, Tanner Efinger was just another 24-year-old working at a bar in the city of West Hollywood, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) center of Los Angeles. "I was really not a political person, even a little bit," he says. "...
  • Gay Apartheid Outs the Other Side of an Otherwise Great Nation

    Now we have the hard evidence. Those of us who are members of the GLBT community have known at least as long as we have known our sexual orientation, that we live in a highly discriminatory country, which practices bigotry with self-righteous authority.We...
  • Want Marriage Equality? Show Me the Money!

    Revenue and jobs. This is the bottom line that gay and lesbian activists need to be pushing. Forget arguments around love, forget arguments on legal contractual rights given to married couples – follow the money. Lead with the money. Never stop talking ...
  • Same-Sex Marriage and the Meaning of Words

    Those who think gays and lesbians should have "all the rights of married people" but want to deny them the word "marriage" must understand that the distinction is untenable. It is demeaning and insulting to gays and lesbians in the same way any system of ...
  • Gay Leaders Blame Obama, TV Ads For Loss In Maine

    Stunned and angry, national gay rights leaders Wednesday blamed scare-mongering ads – and President Barack Obama's lack of engagement – for a bitter election setback in Maine that could alter the dynamics for both sides in the gay-marriage debate. Con...
  • The Power of Fear and the Obligation to Hope

    I was not expecting the news to look like that this morning! Yes, it was not surprising to learn that New Jersey and Virginia both elected Republican Governors - though it is deeply saddening. But I could not have predicted a loss in the tiny, liberal, ...
  • During D.C. Hearing On Same-Sex Marriage, Witness Interrupts By Proposing To His Partner

    The D.C. City Council held a hearing yesterday on a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in the nation’s capital. However, the hearing was briefly interrupted when witness Andy Hertzberg stopped to propose to his partner. “I would like to take a h...