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Openly gay man banned from Catholic Church duties after marrying partner

An openly gay man in New York says that the Catholic Church banned him from teaching religious instruction and his duties as a Eucharistic minister because he legally married his partner of 10 years. Nicholas Coppola, 47, told WNBC that officials at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church in Oceanside knew…

Hayes: Fast food worker strike is akin to civil rights struggle

On Thursday night’s edition of the new MSNBC show, “All In,” host Chris Hayes saluted the striking fast food workers in New York City. More than 400 employees from 60 restaurants walked off the job in New York City Thursday, demanding better wages and the right to organize. The action…

Virginia man shoots girlfriend, her protective dog during argument

A Virginia man is in jail after he shot his girlfriend in the foot and her protective dog in the paw during a dispute on Easter Sunday. WTKR on Thursday reported that the woman’s Jack Russell terrier had tried to intervene in an argument between her and her two sons…

Nevada lawmaker gets death threats after revealing her abortion at sex ed talk

The life of a Latina assemblywoman in Nevada has been threatened after she used a story about her own personal abortion experience at age 16 to make a point about the importance of sex education. “I’m going to say something I’ve never said publicly before, because — Why not? I’ve…

Colbert to Arkansas: That’s not even real oil sitting in your yards

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert talked about the ruptured Exxon-Mobil pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas. While many residents of the neighborhood where the pipe burst may be unhappy to find themselves driven from their homes by an oil spill, Colbert urged them to take heart,…

Jon Stewart to Sean Hannity: Your show is like the show of a guy who was hit as a child

On his show Thursday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart lampooned Fox News personalities who defend ex-Rutger’s coach Mike Rice. Rice was fired for physically and verbally abusing basketball players. Video obtained by ESPN showed the former coach hurling basketballs at his players’ heads, kicking them, and shouting homophobic…

Maddow: Senate GOP joins North Korea and Iran in opposition to UN arms treaty

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night criticized Republicans in the Senate for believing in a conspiracy theory about the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty. “It seems like Republicans and conservatives and people who voted for Mitt Romney are more susceptible than the rest of America to conspiracy theories, especially…

Mad Men creator dismisses Tagg Romney: Republicans should be thrilled

Speaking to CNN on Thursday, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner dismissed concerns that his show unfairly attacked late Michigan governor George Romney. A character on the popular AMC series, who was working for New York City’s mayor John Lindsay, referred to Romney as a “clown.” The brief remark sparked outrage…

Anti-LGBT ‘researcher’: 20 percent of gay men ‘reported having had sex with an animal’

A self-titled researcher, who the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as an “anti-gay propagandist,” on Thursday revealed the findings of his latest study that he says proves the “long term goal of the homosexual movement is to get every little boy to grab his ankles.” Speaking to the National Press…

Fox News host grills NRA on magazine ban: ‘How many more lives would have been saved?’

National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Thursday found himself struggling to explain to Fox News host Megyn Kelly why a ban on high-capacity magazines could not have saved some of the 20 children who were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut last December. After playing some video of parents of…

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