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SCOTUS Wraps Up: 5 Takeaways From the Supreme Court’s Current Term

The end of the U.S. Supreme Court’s term has brought some big surprises for sure, but should either end of the political/social spectrum get excited about what the major decisions might mean?

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The Truth Behind the Turkish Police Attack on Istanbul’s Gay Pride Parade

Did the heavy-handed police action signal a new culture war, or was it a form of revenge over the recent election results in which President Erdogan got less power than he’d expected?

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VIDEO: John Oliver: Get on the Right Side of History and Support Transgender Rights

“We know how this thing ends,” explains the “Last Week Tonight” host. “If you take the anti-civil rights side, and deny people access to something they’re entitled to, history is not going to be kind to you.”

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No, GOP, Biblical Marriage Was Not Between One Man and One Woman

The freakout by the Republican presidential candidates over the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage provokes me to revise and reprise the following points.

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Chelsea Manning: SCOTUS’ Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Doesn’t Rule Out Need for LGBT Movement

In an essay published in The Guardian after the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, Chelsea Manning traced the arc of progress on the issue of LGBT rights, starting from the moment California’s controversial Proposition 8 was passed in 2008 to Friday’s stunning SCOTUS victory.

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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.

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Why Ireland’s ‘Yes’ Vote Matters So Much

There is much more to be done before Ireland can make wider claims to equality, but the long-time-coming sexual rights revolution is finally changing the nation’s landscape of Catholic morality.

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Ireland on Its Way to Becoming First Country to Legalize Gay Marriage by Popular Vote

Saturday vote counts of the Irish referendum on gay marriage show that the once “Roman Catholic stronghold” seems ready to embrace same-sex marriage with open arms.

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A New Model in the Fight for Abortion Rights

The dramatic reversals this month of anti-gay laws in Indiana and Arkansas may offer a path for the pro-abortion-rights movement. The lesson from the LGBT community is clear: Find new allies and make noise. Lots more noise.

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Indiana’s Last Dinner

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Arkansas Defies Widespread Outrage by Passing Its Own ‘Religious Freedom’ Act

Arkansas, following Indiana’s lead, has adopted a hugely controversial, “anti-gay” Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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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.

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‘The Imitation Game’ Screenwriter Gives Moving Oscar Speech on Feeling Like an Outsider

Screenwriter Graham Moore revealed a surprising fact about himself during his Oscar acceptance speech on Sunday night, paid tribute to computer science pioneer Alan Turing and offered encouragement to “that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different.”

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Alabama Survives the Homopocalypse

You may have heard that gay marriage is legal, for now, deep in the heart of Dixie. Redneck News’ own Jeremy Todd Addaway reports that, outside of the squirrel population, Alabama is pretty much the same.

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Now They Tell Us? There May Have Been No Big Bang!

A new equation may have just proved that the universe had no “beginning” but rather has always existed; Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly may have covered up a war crime in El Salvador; and evidence has come to light that Obama was lying when he said he opposed gay marriage. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Flame of Intolerance Still Flickers in Alabama

This week, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore released an order that no same-sex marriage licenses be granted in the state.

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Alabama’s 10 Commandments Judge Defies Supreme Court on Gay Marriage

The rebels in Alabama are at it again, defying an order from the highest court in America to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

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If Rick Santorum Runs Again, He’ll Try to Be Less ‘Crazy’ and ‘Dumb’

Former Pennsylvania senator and tea party favorite Rick Santorum told NBC News he’s not sure if he’ll run for president in 2016, but if he does he’ll try to be more palatable.

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China Partners With Gay Hookup App to Spread AIDS Awareness

China decriminalized gay sex only in 1997, and stigmas remain, but a doubling of HIV infections among young urbanites has made for some unlikely bedfellows.

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More Than 100 Gay Athletes Came Out in 2014

From amateurs to professionals to Olympians, 2014 was the year of the gay athlete.

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What’s the Problem With Gay Public Displays of Affection?

Apparently some people just can’t deal with gay PDAs, and, surprisingly, it’s not just heterosexuals who get uncomfortable; a former Israeli intelligence leader expresses his fears about the future of Zionism; meanwhile, Winnie the Pooh has been banned from a small town in Poland for being a “hermaphrodite” who “exposes himself in public.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Glass Ceilings and Class Consciousness

If Tim Cook and I ever had a political conversation—unlikely—we might well begin from some shared premises, but would certainly reach different conclusions.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Apple CEO Tim Cook

Tim Cook’s statement that he is gay, and considers the fact a gift, is an important event in a line that leads back to Harvey Milk.

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Catholic Church More Open to Gays Than Contraception

An interesting document emerged Monday from a gathering of Catholic Bishops, signaling a possible change in manners if not policy.

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SCOTUS Peep

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Marriage Equality: Surrender to the Inevitable

By deciding not to decide, the Supreme Court may have decided: If history is a guide, same-sex marriage will soon be the law of the land.

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How 11 States Got Marriage Equality in 1 Day

By refusing to hear appeals from lower courts Monday, the Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, plus six more that hadn’t even filed suit.

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Hillary Clinton’s Spat With NPR and the Looming Gay Trouble

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The perennial presidential favorite has difficulty dropping her anti-gay baggage, Michael Sam has a team, activists upstage the U.N. climate summit and a subprime car loan bubble gets fueled. Plus: Who are the Net neutrality 1 percenters?

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Hillary Clinton’s Spat With NPR and the Looming Gay Trouble

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The perennial presidential favorite has difficulty dropping her anti-gay baggage, Michael Sam has a team, activists upstage the U.N. climate summit, and a subprime car loan bubble gets fueled. Plus: Who are the Net neutrality 1 percenters?

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Federal Judge Martin Feldman Says Gay Marriage Is the Gateway Drug to Incest and Polygamy

A U.S. district judge in New Orleans on Wednesday decided to buck the trend and stick it to same-sex couples.

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People Just Love John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a Couple

The new independent film “Love Is Strange” by director Ira Sachs is getting rave reviews.

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ACLU, Gay Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA

It is currently legal in the majority of states to fire an employee for being gay. A bill meant to change that lost key allies Tuesday, including the ACLU, Lambda Legal and GLAD.

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Gays in the Military

A new photo book puts a face to the struggles of homosexual men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

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If There’s An Argument Against Gay Marriage, Kentucky Didn’t Make It

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II all but laughed the commonwealth’s case against same-sex marriage out of court. “These arguments are not those of serious people,” he wrote.

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John Oliver: Americans Are Largely to Blame for Anti-Gay Brutality in Uganda

Even though marriage equality is sweeping the nation, the “Last Week Tonight” host reminds us we shouldn’t be patting ourselves too hard on the back quite yet.

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