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Missouri Republican: LGBT people ‘deserve the right to be themselves’

A Missouri lawmaker said Tuesday she supported protecting LGBT people from discrimination because of her Republican beliefs, not in spite of them. “As a Republican, I just find it hard to believe that if we are the party of small government, why are we in people’s bedrooms?” state Rep. Anne…

Republican says marriage is like selling alcohol and cutting hair

Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa said Tuesday that same sex marriage should be prohibited because the government had the right to regulate human behavior. “The state’s require a marriage license,” King said. “A license is by definition a permit to do that which is otherwise illegal. Licenses are used…

Limbaugh on marriage equality: ‘Who’s to say you cannot have sex with a child?’

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday concluded that permitting same sex marriage would effectively legalize pedophilia. In a clip posted by Media Matters, Limbaugh expanded on a caller’s argument against the Supreme Court coming down on the side of LGBT rights. “She was talking about contracts, folks, just so…

Anti-LGBT activist: I’ll leave Republicans over ‘skewed’ marriage equality support

Anti-LGBT activist Gary Bauer threatened the Republican party with political defection on Tuesday amid a shifting political tide on marriage equality. “I’m a Republican. Many of you, I’m sure, are Democrats,” said Bauer, president of the religious group American Values. “I’m a Republican. Let me say to my party, if…

University of Texas students want campus police to let up on marijuana arrests

The University of Texas Student Government will vote on a bill Tuesday night that would ask campus police to issue citations for marijuana possession offenses instead of making arrests. KVUE-TV in Austin noted that the proposal is the first of its kind for any university in the nation, even though…

Fox News radio host: LGBT rights make Christians ‘second-class citizens’

Fox News radio host Todd Starnes says that the push for equal rights for LGBT people is making Christians who believe in the “Biblical definition of marriage” into “second-class citizens.” During a Monday interview with conservative radio host Sandy Rios, the often-outraged Starnes reacted to the possibility that the U.S.…

McCain refuses to drop immigrant slur: ‘I’ll continue to call it illegal’

Arizona Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Monday vowed to continue to use the slur “illegal” to refer to undocumented immigrants. At a town hall meeting in Phoenix, a 25-year-old dreamer asked the former Republican presidential nominee to “please drop the i-word,” according to The Arizona Republic. “Someone who crosses our…

Conservatives flip out over Jim Carrey’s anti-gun music video

It takes a rare piece of satire to get under the skin of the professional talker class on Fox News and right-wing radio, but comedian Jim Carrey’s anti-gun music video has done just that, and conservatives like Ann Coulter, Greg Gutfeld and Laura Ingraham can’t help but publicize it. “He…

Gun shop blocks Mark Kelly’s right to buy AR-15, citing political ‘intent’

The owner of a gun shop in Tucson, Arizona on Monday refused to hand over an AR-15 military-style rifle that Mark Kelly purchased in order to demonstrate how easy it was to obtain assault weapons. In a statement posted to Facebook, Diamondback Police Supply owner Doug MacKinlay said that he…

Tennessee lawmakers upset by mop sink that could be for Muslim foot washing

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee sprung to action and demanded answers after confusing a mop sink recently installed in the state Capitol for a Muslim foot-washing sink. Members of the state House and Senate contacted state Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey to ask if the floor-level sink had been installed outside the…

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