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17 Biblical Rules for Marriage Kim Davis Should Really Take a Look At

Can zombies get married, according to the Bible?

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Tide To Go Ad Has a Little Clean Fun at Kim Davis’ Expense

Well, that was fast. Director Mark Nickelsburg has made mirth out of cultural conflict by spoofing the controversy over Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis’ recent refusal to issue gay marriage licenses.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Kim Davis Is Out of Jail—Now What?

The same Kentucky federal judge who sent Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to jail last week because of her refusal to let her office issue same-sex marriage licenses ordered her release Tuesday.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis Jailed in Standoff Over Same-Sex Marriage Licenses (Updated)

After drawing national attention and being found in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples seeking to wed in her area of Kentucky, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis could be on her way to professional martyrdom for mixing her religious beliefs with her job.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

The Real Reason Jeremy Corbyn Deserves to Be the Next U.K. Labour Party Leader

The U.K. socialist supports many progressive policies, but there’s one in particular that makes him worthy of heading the Labour Party; some TV shows can have a strong impact on our psychological tendencies; meanwhile, target shooters are destroying ancient rock art in Utah. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE

Reporter, Cameraman Shot and Killed in Virginia; Details Emerge About Gunman

Following Wednesday morning’s on-air shooting of two employees from WDBJ7 TV in Virginia, in which 24-year-old journalist Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward were killed, details from the back story about the gunman and his potential motives came to light.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

Colorado Court Says Baker Can’t Refuse to Make Cakes for Gay Couples (Updated)

Now that gays and lesbians have Supreme Court backing to get married, it’s getting harder for wedding-industry workers like Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, to refuse to do business with same-sex couples.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

The High School Valedictory Address You Weren’t Supposed to Hear

Evan Young was valedictorian of this year’s graduating class at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont, Colo. He’d planned to give his valedictory address at the graduation ceremony May 16. But Principal B.J. Buchmann didn’t give him the chance.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

Same-Sex Marriage: Will SCOTUS Make It Official?

The once-unthinkable is about to happen. Get ready.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE

Companies’ Pro-Equality Rhetoric Belied by Their Campaign Donations

Last week, corporate America appeared to take a rare stand on principle.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Supports Ban on ‘Conversion’ Therapies for LGBT Youths

Remember when President Obama wasn’t making the strongest case for securing the civil rights of LGBT Americans and wouldn’t, for example, come out in favor of gay marriage? Looks like things are a bit different for our 2015-edition POTUS.

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE

Hate Doesn’t Pay

Indiana certainly doesn’t want to be remembered for being a bastion of hatred. So why did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence legalize a new wave of intolerance by signing into law Indiana’s controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA)?

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart on Widespread Efforts to Limit Gay and Trans Rights in the United States

Whether it’s refusing to sell boutonnières for same-sex weddings or refusing to let transgender people use public bathrooms, an anti-LGBT backlash is underway in several U.S. states.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE

‘Modern Brides & Modern Grooms’: How Same-Sex Marriage Has Opened Doors for All of Us

The new paradigm explodes restrictive categories and in their place offers greater freedom for both gay and straight couples.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE

The Best of Larry’s List 2014

Here are some odds and ends that may have escaped you in the 2014 news cycle, as collected by our very own Larry Gross.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE

Gay Marriage Ban

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE

Pope Francis’ Synod: Change Is in the Air, but Not Yet on the Books

On Sunday, Pope Francis wrapped up the synod, or bishops meeting, he presided over for the last two weeks with a beatification service at the Vatican for Pope Paul VI but without significant progress made on hot-button topics such as homosexuality, divorce and contraception. 

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE

Escaping Discrimination

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE

Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup

Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE

Is Scalia Too Bigoted to Serve on the Next Gay Marriage Case?

In a string of judicial opinions and public appearances dating back at least to the mid-1990s, Antonin Scalia has demonstrated that he cannot evaluate questions of gay rights with the temperament and open-mindedness expected of a judge.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE

Dustin Lance Black Speaks: Pasadena City College Officials Created ‘Toxic and Dishonest’ Atmosphere

The president and board of trustees at Pasadena City College thrust their school into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently with a political and public relations debacle involving PCC alumnus and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE

GOP Easter Egg

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE

Mozilla Chief Steps Down Amid Proposition 8 Controversy

The chief of Firefox browser maker Mozilla is stepping down in the face of controversy stirred by his support of a California bill to ban gay marriage.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE

Anti-Gay Pastor Fred Phelps Sr. Dies at 84

Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church known for outrageous and hate-filled protests, has died.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE


Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE

Arizona Gay Laws

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE

Gay Marriage

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE

Poison Pen

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE

Religious Discrimination

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE

Ugandan Anti-Gay Law Sparks Newspaper Exposé, Backlash from U.S. Lawmakers

In the aftermath of the passage of Uganda’s new law sanctioning severe penalties, including life in prison, for homosexual acts, a local newspaper printed a list of the country’s “Top 200 Homosexuals.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE

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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.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE

Gay Putin

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE

LGBT Ugandans Face ‘Imprisonment for Life’ Thanks to New Law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni made homosexuality a crime Monday potentially punishable by life sentence.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE

World On Fire

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE

(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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?

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE

Scotland Makes Gay Marriage Official

Scotland has joined the growing global ranks of countries that have made gay marriage legal.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE

Robert Hruzek (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Rise in STDs Attributed Almost Entirely to Males

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found an 11 percent rise in syphilis and a 4 percent increase in gonorrhea cases in 2012 in the U.S. But what does the XY chromosome have to do with these sexually transmitted diseases?

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE

Joe Bielawa (CC BY 2.0)

Truthdigger of the Week: Chris Kluwe

The Minnesota Vikings punter was fired after he began speaking out in defense of the political rights of gays and lesbians during the 2012 NFL season.

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 READ MORE

Looney Tunes

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Gay Marriage

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A&E Worship

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE

Duck Dynasty Camouflage

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 READ MORE

Duck Dynasty

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE

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