Reluctant Loss for Obama Title XII Gender Theory

The Obama administration has taken the position that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is already forbidden by Title XII's prohibition on gender discrimination. That argument has won in some venues, but the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals just very reluctantly rejected it. From that ruling: … [Read more...]

Study: No Difference in Kids Raised by Same-Sex Parents

And now we have yet another study that confirms that there is no significant difference between children raised by opposite-sex parents and those raised by same-sex parents. The important thing about this study is that, unlike that horrible Regnerus study, is that it compares similarly-situated families. … [Read more...]

LA Governor to Rescind Jindal’s Anti-Gay Discrimination Order

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced that he is going to rescind an executive order issued by former Gov. Bobby Jindal that explicitly allowed businesses to discriminate against gay couples getting married. He's also going to issue an order prohibiting discrimination in state hiring and contracts. … [Read more...]

TN School May Shut Down All Clubs to Stop GSA

I've written before about the battle over a Gay-Straight Alliance club at Franklin High School in Tennessee. The club followed all the rules, got approved and then a bunch of bigoted asshats lost their goddamn minds over it, comparing it to having an ISIS club and demanding the school remove it. Things are escalating: … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Reverses AL High Court on Lesbian Adoption

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reversed a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court that refused to recognize an adoption by a lesbian couple that was legal in Georgia. In a per curiam decision (that is, unsigned by a specific justice) the court ruled that the Full Faith and Credit Clause applies in such cases. … [Read more...]

Toobin on Scalia’s Regressive Jurisprudence

Jeffrey Toobin, one of the best writers about the Supreme Court (despite some glaring flaws), has a retrospective on Justice Antonin Scalia's career. It's pretty harsh, but accurate. Scalia was trying mightily to prevent American society from progressing to be more fair, just and equal. … [Read more...]

Why Liberals Always Win the Culture Wars

Stephen Prothero has a new book out called Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): The Battles That Define America from Jefferson's Heresies to Gay Marriage, from which he adapted a new Washington Post column about the entire history of culture wars in America and why they're always started by conservatives (those defending the status quo) but won by liberals (those pushing for change). … [Read more...]

Today in Clueless White People

Few things seem to send conservatives into a spittle-flecked rage faster than suggesting that white people have it easier in this society than black or brown people do. So thoroughly immersed are they in their white privilege that it's like the water that fish swim in, it simply isn't noticed. I'm sure you'll be shocked to hear that this was proven by a segment on Bill O'Reilly. … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye to Julian Bond

This weekend the nation and the world lost a giant, Julian Bond. He was one of the key leaders of the civil rights movement for the past 50+ years, having helped create the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and serving as the longtime president of the NAACP. He was also the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center and a member of the Georgia legislature. The story of how he finally got a seat in that legislature demonstrates the power of racism in the 1960s. … [Read more...]

Fischer: Gays ‘Bringing Slavery Back to the South’

Bryan Fischer has this bizarre idea that anti-discrimination laws impose slavery because they force someone to work for you. Of course, he's only ever said that about anti-discrimination laws that cover gay people. Apparently it only counts for gay people. … [Read more...]

KY Judge Orders Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

Kim Davis, the county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has lost the first round in court. A U.S. District court judge has issued a preliminary injunction ordering her to issue marriage licenses to anyone legally qualified to receive them. … [Read more...]

Why Marriage Equality Matters, Example #573,489

Here's yet another example of why marriage equality in every state matters. A woman who moved from California to Texas is being denied a driver's license because she's in a same-sex marriage and changed her name to match her wife's. The state says they won't issue a license without a court order. … [Read more...]


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