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Republicans Say No to Workers, Women, Gays and Mine Safety All in One Day

Claiming to stand for “working families,” Republicans in Congress voted down measures that would increase the minimum wage, protect gays and lesbians from workplace discrimination, broaden equal pay guarantees for women, and finally do something about mine safety four years after the Upper Big Branch disaster. How was your Wednesday?

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OKCupid Boycotts Firefox for the Gays

The new CEO of Mozilla, the company that makes the Web’s most popular nonprofit browser, is under fire for having written a $1,000 check backing California’s (now-defunct) ban on same-sex marriage.

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Another Gay Marriage Ban Bites the Dust

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman on Friday tossed Michigan’s ban on same-sex unions and, more importantly, did not stay or postpone his decision pending appeal.

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Thank You, Fred Phelps, for Everything

Now that the godfather of the hyper-homophobic Westboro Baptist Church is dead, it’s time to thank him for his years of service to the gay rights movement.

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Threats Abroad Make Gays Less Safe in the West

Eleanor Margolis, writing in New Statesman, argues that “every piece of homophobic legislation enacted by a foreign government has a knock-on effect on ours.”

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Homophobia: Africa’s Hottest Trend

It’s not just Uganda. The Democratic Republic of the Congo could become the 38th African country to ban homosexuality. A politician in Kenya, meanwhile, is demanding enforcement of a colonial law that criminalizes gay sex.

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The Anti-Gay Law in Uganda and the Miracle of Denial

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Sex, Gender, and the Familiar Fight Over Religious Exemptions

The conflict between religious freedom and gender/sexual equality has become “the most important civil rights issue of this time.”

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How the West Was Wrong: Misunderstanding Uganda’s Gay Rights Crisis Makes It Worse

Uganda is one of the worst places to be gay, thanks to a law made more popular by well-intentioned activists who triggered fears of cultural imperialism and conversion.

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Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The CodePink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

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Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Code Pink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

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The Fight Against Religious Bigotry Continues

Don’t be misled by pundits proclaiming victory in the battle against religious bigotry after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of her state’s gay discrimination bill. The battle rages on, both in a host of similar measures proposed in states across the country and in a set of potentially landmark cases pending before the Supreme Court.

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‘Gobbledygook’ Papers Flood Academia to Prove a Point

Three MIT students set out to expose how much crud gets accepted to scientific conferences; Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni was swayed by so-called science to sign an anti-gay bill; meanwhile, Bitcoin may have some value beyond that of an online currency. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Who Favors Gay Newlywed Discrimination? Most Republicans, Old People, Southerners, Evangelicals

A new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute sheds light on the divisions in the U.S. over gay marriage.

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How Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill Would Have Hurt the Religious

Social and religious conservatives should have been the first to oppose the Arizona Legislature’s effort to allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.

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How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

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How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

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Arizona Gay Laws

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Gay Marriage

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Arizona Governor Vetoes Gay Discrimination Bill

Gov. Jan Brewer defied conservatives in and out of her state to veto a measure that would have made it legal for businesses to refuse to serve gay customers.

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Texans Will Have to Wait for Gay Marriage

Federal Judge Orlando L. Garcia threw out Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, writing, “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution.” But gay Texans will have to remain patient for now.

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Religious Discrimination

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Arizona Governor Expected to Veto Gay Jim Crow

Gov. Jan Brewer is a tea party darling, but she doesn’t want to lose the Super Bowl or Apple’s business.

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Uganda’s Draconian Anti-Gay Law Spurs International Reactions

People around the world responded to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s new law that could impose life sentences on those who engage in gay sex. Click to the jump for a list of reactions.

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AZ Anti-Gay

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The NFL Proves Why America Needs to Update Its Civil Rights Laws

If ever there was a perfect example of how employment discrimination against gay people operates on a day-to-day basis—and why Congress needs to outlaw such discrimination—the National Football League just provided it.

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More Homophobia in Africa, This Week in Gambia

Gambia’s president calls gays “vermin” to be fought like malaria-carrying mosquitoes; demographics alone won’t beat the tea party, contrary to Democrats’ beliefs; meanwhile, journalist Glenn Greenwald laments the state of society and discusses his new media venture. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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What Does Math Have in Common With Art and Music?

Neurobiological studies show that mathematical formulas stimulate the same parts of the brain as music and art do; a writer questions our surveillance nightmares; meanwhile, gay youth find solace on the Internet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Openly Gay Football Player Michael Sam Gets a Standing Ovation From Missouri Fans

At halftime during a basketball game Saturday, Mizzou students and spectators gave a rousing ovation to their star footballer Michael Sam, who is widely expected to become the first openly gay NFL player when he is inevitably drafted in May.

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Dorothy, Don’t Go Home! Kansas Could Be Worse Than Russia for LGBT Folk

The Kansas House of Representatives passed an anti-gay segregation bill this week; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could start a revolution if he ran as a Green Party presidential candidate; meanwhile, a new “Medici” is funding a journalistic endeavor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Dear GOP: Top 5 Biblical Marriage Moments Far Worse Than Gay Marriage

David Edwards at Raw Story quotes Mitt Romney on “Meet the Press” as saying, “But I think marriage should be defined in the way that it has been defined for several thousand years ... ” implying, by the Bible.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Michael Sam

The NFL hopeful could be another nail in the coffin of sexual hate in professional sports.

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Should One Company Own This Much Internet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

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A Gay Jackie Robinson? Not So Fast

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

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The Big Tent

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Out of the Closet

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Stephen Colbert Spent All Weekend Watching the Sochi Olympics, and Here Are His Only Complaints

The murky (and possibly deadly) hotel water and the U.S. bobsledder who had to break out of his bathroom are not worthy of the pundit’s attention.

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Breaking NFL Barriers

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Will the NFL Make Way for Its First Openly Gay Player?

University of Missouri’s All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam is set to be picked in the early rounds of the National Football League’s May draft. But is the league, known for its “machismo and violence,” ready for an involuntary change in image?

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Ban Ki-moon Condemns Persecution of Homosexuals in Russia

In a speech ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the U.N. secretary-general condemned attacks on Russia’s LGBT community, amid growing criticism of the country’s “gay propaganda” laws.

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The Sochi Olympics, From Putin and the Plutocrats to Pussy Riot

The Sochi Olympic Games are rightly highlighting the constellation of abuses that have become standard in Russia under Vladimir Putin.

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‘American Idol’ Star Clay Aiken Shoots for Congress

It’s kind of appropriate, given how American politics and reality television are looking more than ever like the same beast, but here’s the latest sign of the coming celebpocalypse: Onetime “American Idol” cherub Clay Aiken is now running for public office in his home state of North Carolina.

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