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5th grader’s winning pro-marriage equality speech banned by NY school

A elementary school principal at PS 195 in Queens, New York City has barred a fifth-grade student from delivering a speech about marriage equality to the rest of the school even though he won a class competition. Same sex marriage is legal in New York, but principal Beryl Bailey told…

Meghan McCain says she doesn’t use marijuana… frequently

The daughter of former Republican presidential nominee John McCain says she supports the legalization of marijuana, but doesn’t use the drug — at least not “frequently.” Meghan McCain on Tuesday explained to NBC host Jay Leno why she made the decision to support marijuana legalization in her latest book, America,…

ACLU sues over North Carolina’s same sex adoption ban

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday announced that it had filed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s second parent adoption ban, which effective prevents same sex partner’s from adopting children. The lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of six same sex couples claims that the law violates the…

ACLU: U.S. is paying dearly for elderly inmates

Harsh sentencing laws of the 1980s and ’90s have resulted in a U.S. prison population that is increasingly aged. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), care of elderly prisoners is placing a heavy burden on state and federal institutions. Elderly prisoners cost nearly twice as much to provide…

Pro-hemp protester arrested near White House

David Bronner of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps was arrested outside the White House on Monday while protesting the ban on industrial hemp in the United States. “I had hoped that President Obama would not succumb to drug warriors’ hysteria regarding hemp,” he said. “I really don’t know what else to…

Canadian students strip down to red squares in new protest technique

Notice: A few brief shots in the embedded video, as well as several of the photos at the linked Russia Today story, should be considered NSFW. In the latest innovative protest technique to come out of Montreal, thousands of students marched on Thursday wearing only their underwear, bathing suits, or…

Former TSA administrator calls for complete agency overhaul

Appearing on CBS This Morning on Friday, former TSA administrator Kip Hawley claimed he would like to see the agency completely overhauled and refocused on risk-based security measures, instead of the uniform searches and security theater it has become so well known for. “I think that would take a lot…

Former NFL player: I should have revealed I was gay while playing

Former National Football League (NFL) player Wade Davis has come out publicly to reveal that he is gay, and shared with CNN Wednesday morning that he should have revealed it during his playing career. Davis, who played for Tennessee, Seattle, and Washington D.C. in his brief NFL career from 2000-2004,…

Protester interrupts Senate to shout ‘abortion is sin’

Capitol Police removed a man from the U.S. Senate on Tuesday after he began shouting that abortion was a sin, according to the Associated Press. “Stop Obama,” the man yelled. “Three thousand babies die every single day! Abortion! Abortion! The shedding of innocent blood! [Inaudible.] Thank you John McCain. Abortion…

Oliver Stone calls on U.S. military to stop ‘violently dismembering live animals’

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone has urged the U.S. Department of Defense in a recent video to stop using thousands of goats in medical training drills. “Each year, the U.S. military and its contractors shoot, stab, mutilate, burn, and kill more than 10,000 live animals in cruel and archaic trauma training…

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