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  • December 3, 2009 12:02 am | By Stacey Gates

    Stop the ‘Stupak Attack’

    Today, several hundred pro-choice activists from across the country descended on Capitol Hill to tell members of Congress, “Stop Stupak,” and oppose language in the health care reform bill which would cause millions of women to lose reproductive health care…

  • November 24, 2009 4:10 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Happy Birthday, Origin of Species!

    In case you had somehow overlooked it, today is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species,” the scientific landmark that reshaped the way we see the natural world—and which religious extremists rail about…

  • November 23, 2009 5:02 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Efforts to End DADT Stalled in Key Senate Committee

    The Senate Armed Services Committee has confirmed that a scheduled November hearing on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) has been indefinitely postponed. The delay has been attributed to the pressures of Committee work on other issues, including…

  • November 20, 2009 11:04 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Not the End of DOMA (Reprise)

    This week, there was a new development in a California case where a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in February ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The Los Angeles Times reports the…

  • November 20, 2009 8:33 pm | By Stacey Gates

    New York Court Rules Some Same-Sex Couples Entitled to Benefits

    Yesterday, the New York State Court of Appeals rejected the right-wing Alliance Defense Fund’s challenge to two local and state policy determinations that had the effect of extending benefits to the same-sex spouses of government employees who were married outside…

  • November 19, 2009 7:13 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Reid Announces Senate Health Care Bill Without Stupak Amendment

    Surely we have a lot of fighting left to do, but it’s encouraging that the Senate has introduced a health care bill without the Stupak-Pitts anti-choice amendment, which passed in the House. There’s no doubt that the right-wing will attack…

  • November 18, 2009 6:18 pm | By Paul Gordon

    DC Marriage Equality and Religious Liberty

    Over the past few weeks, the DC Council has been considering a bill to allow gays and lesbians to marry in Washington, DC. In light of some misleading charges by Catholic Charities that the existing bill would impair its religious…

  • November 18, 2009 6:00 am | By Rev. Timothy McDonald

    Washington Post Publishes One-Sided Feature Story on Bishop Harry Jackson

    The Washington Post published a one-sided piece on Bishop Harry Jackson that neglected to mention his ties to right-wing political figures such as James Dobson, Lou Sheldon, Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council.Bishop Harry Jackson has enthusiastically opposed equality…

  • November 18, 2009 2:27 am | By Judith Schaeffer

    D.C. Strikes Down Anti-Marriage Equality Initiative

    The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics issued a memorandum today keeping anti-marriage equality legislation off the ballot in the District of Columbia. A public hearing was held on October 26, 2009 on the “Marriage Initiative of 2009”, which would…

  • November 13, 2009 9:51 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Despite Anti-Choice Health Care Attacks, RNC Covered Abortion Services Since 1991

    Despite 176 House Republicans voting for the Stupak amendment that makes it nearly impossible for private insurance companies participating in the new healthcare system to cover abortion services, as of yesterday, the Republican National Committee provided employees with an insurance…

  • November 13, 2009 5:57 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Is the End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on the Horizon?

    Democratic leaders have announced that a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell will likely be attached to next year's defense authorization bill. The 1993 policy prohibits anyone that "demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from serving…

  • November 13, 2009 5:17 pm | By Rev. Timothy McDonald

    10 Year Old Stands Up for Equality

    Will Phillips, a 10 year old boy in Arkansas, recently refused to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance. His reason? He said he could not pledge allegiance to a country that continues to deny equality to the LGBT community.…

  • November 13, 2009 6:00 am | By Stacey Gates

    Quite the 360: The Mormon Church is backing gay rights bill in Salt Lake City

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is publicly supporting two proposed ordinances in Salt Lake City protecting gay and lesbian residents from housing and employment discrimination.According to Michael Otterson, the managing director of the LDS Church’s public affairs…

  • November 10, 2009 11:29 pm | By Marge Baker

    Health Care and the Politics of Anti-Choice Activists

    Anti-choice politics have become dangerously entangled with health care reform as evidenced by the troubling vote in the House of Representatives over the weekend for the Stupak-Pitts amendment. The legislation makes it virtually impossible for private insurance companies participating in…

  • November 10, 2009 9:18 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Progressives Make Significant Gains at the Local Level

    Among the mixed results from high profile races last week, progressives had many reasons to celebrate last Tuesday with the election of young progressives at the local and state level. Several members of our Young Elected Officials Network (YEO Network),…

  • November 6, 2009 7:20 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Extremism and Hypocrisy: A Capitol Tea Party

    Yesterday's protest in front of the U.S. Capitol, organized by Rep. Michele Bachmann, had the usual cast of tea-party extremists. But this time, they were openly assembled by GOP leaders as an official House Republican event. Republican members of Congress…

  • November 6, 2009 7:09 pm | By Drew Courtney

    What a Shooting Doesn’t Mean

    The attack that took place yesterday at Fort Hood was utterly horrifying, and Americans of all stripes are holding the victims of the violence in their thoughts and prayers. That the perpetrator of the attack was deeply disturbed is obvious,…

  • November 5, 2009 7:48 pm | By Paul Gordon

    What Do the Results of this Year’s Gubernatorial Races Tell Us About 2010?

    With right wing candidates winning both Virginia and New Jersey's gubernatorial elections, the Far Right is gleefully portraying these victories as a national repudiation of President Obama - and a foreshadowing of crushing defeats for progressives in 2010. But it…

  • October 30, 2009 9:46 pm | By Drew Courtney

    A Not-So-Great End to a Very Good Week

    In many ways it was a very good week for anyone interested in LGBT equality. Marriage equality legislation took a big step forward in the District of Columbia, federal hate crimes legislation was signed into law after a decade long…

  • October 30, 2009 9:27 pm | By Marge Baker

    Gearing Up for Enforcement of Hate Crimes Prevention Act

    It was a thrill to be at the White House celebrating the historic enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. And now hot off the presses is this memo from Tom Perez, the Assistant…