Christie Favors Non-Discrimination Laws for LGBT

In a surprising break with most of his fellow Republican presidential candidates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken a public stand in favor of including sexual orientation as a forbidden basis for discrimination by businesses. He says that while religious organizations should be exempted from such laws, businesses that serve the public should not be allowed to deny service to LGBT customers: … [Read more...]

Kentucky Clerk Gets Temporary Stay of Court Order


Kim Davis, the county clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell, a direct order from the governor of Kentucky, and an injunction from a federal judge, has won a brief reprieve. Judge David Bunning rejected a permanent stay of his injunction but did issue a temporary stay that will give her a week or so to appeal his injunction to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. … [Read more...]

Kim Davis Supporters Not Giving Up


There's a Facebook group called Support Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples (and prohibiting her deputy clerks from doing so as well), and they have not given up on her case despite a federal court order requiring her to do so. And they're praying. Oh boy, are they praying. Because that's worked so well so far, hasn't it? … [Read more...]

Morse Not Worried About History

Jennifer Roback Morse of the National Organization for Marriage-affiliated Ruth Institute was interviewed on a Christian radio show recently and was asked whether she was concerned about being judged by history as being on the side of bigotry and discrimination. She put on a brave face: … [Read more...]

Christian Right Suddenly Opposes Discrimination

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Christian martyr. His name is Bob Eschliman and he was recently fired as the editor of a small Iowa newspaper after writing on his personal blog about Satan being behind the "Gaystapo" that is going to destroy...well, everything. Todd Starnes immediately got an erection and ran to his computer to publish this column. … [Read more...]

Christian Right Again Argues For Discrimination

Much like the Christian right always argues against a specific court ruling by railing against judicial review itself, it also argues against a specific anti-discrimination restriction by arguing against all such restrictions -- but they never actually acknowledge that they're doing so. Here's the Family Research Council's reaction to President Obama forbidding anti-gay discrimination in federal contracting: … [Read more...]

No Religious Exemption in Obama Anti-Discrimination Order

President Obama is set to release a new executive order forbidding discrimination against LGBT people for companies that get federal contracts and the White House announced that it will not contain any exemptions for religious beliefs by the company's owners. … [Read more...]

ENDA and the Hobby Lobby Decision

I recorded an interview for the Reasonable Doubts podcast Wednesday evening and they asked me about the decision by several gay rights groups to withdraw support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I had seen headlines all day about it but hadn't actually read the articles so I wasn't clear on why they did so and what it has to do with the Hobby Lobby ruling. Reality: Not much. … [Read more...]

Poll Shows Support for Equality, Opposition to Discrimination

A new poll by the First Amendment Center finds that a majority of Americans not only support marriage equality, they also support non-discrimination laws for businesses that provide marriage services and reject the idea that religious beliefs can justify such discrimination. … [Read more...]

Perkins Lies About Poll on Workplace Discrimination

Tony Perkins is lying, which means this must be a day that ends in Y. This time the lie is about a new poll that shows the exact opposite of what he claims it shows. And he uses that lie to spin a tale of Obama using executive orders to overrun the will of the people. … [Read more...]

Possible Outcomes in the Hobby Lobby Case

The Supreme Court should hand down its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case Wednesday, Thursday or Monday. The New Republic has a rundown of some of the possible outcomes if the court rules in favor of the company. As is often the case, much will depend on how broad or narrow the ruling is. … [Read more...]

New Poll on LGBT Discrimination

YouGov has a new poll of 1000 Americans that reveals a lot about the limitations of such polling, how just a slight change in the wording of a question can dramatically change the results. The poll was about workplace discrimination against LGBT people. Here was the first question: … [Read more...]