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Mother of murdered gay son: Romney’s prank was ‘an act of torment’

Judy Shepard, whose son was murdered for being gay, blasted Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for allegedly harassing prep school classmates he judged to be too effeminate. “While this may seem like an innocent prank to some, it was an act of torment against a child for being different,” Shepard…

House approves amendment to prevent ‘undermining’ of DOMA

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday night approved an amendment to the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill to prevent the Obama Administration from taking legal action against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or state constitutional amendments prohibiting same sex marriage. “As many of us know, just last night the 30th…

Montana judge strikes down birth control ban

A judge in Montana ruled this week that the state’s ban on using taxpayer money to provide birth control coverage to girls on the Healthy Montana Kids program is unconstitutional. Montana District Court Judge Jim Reynolds said in his ruling that the state had failed to provide evidence that the ban…

Teens sue federal government over climate change inaction

A group of teenagers from Ventura, California has filed suit against the federal government for its failure to address the risks facing their generation from climate change, according to an article at The Atlantic.com. Led by 18-year-old Alec Loorz and represented pro bono by the law firm of Earth Day co-founder Rep.…

Tony Perkins: Marriage equality ‘only brings pain and heartache’

The leader of a Christian think tank is warning that marriage between two men or two women “only brings pain and heartache.” In a video message, Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council — a hate group, according the the Southern Poverty Law Center — declared that President Barack…

Justice Department sues Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio for ‘targeting Latinos’

The U.S. Department of Justice held a press conference this afternoon to announce its lawsuit against controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for engaging “in a pattern or practice of unlawful discriminatory police conduct directed at Latinos in Maricopa County,” according to “Talking Points Memo.” Arpaio and his office, says the…

New U.S. unemployment claims fall for second straight week

New claims for US unemployment benefits fell for the second week running last week, but not as much as expected as the troubled labor market slowly recovers, official data showed Thursday. New jobless claims totaled 367,000 in the week ending May 5, down from an upwardly revised 368,000 the previous…

George Clooney hosts $40,000-a-plate Obama fundraiser

George Clooney, who hosts a star-studded fundraiser for Barack Obama Thursday, is a Hollywood A-lister turned activist for causes like Sudan, Haiti — and now the US leader’s re-election. The movie heartthrob’s $40,000-a-plate dinner is being tipped as possibly the biggest presidential fundraiser ever, bolstering Obama’s coffers to the tune…

Virginia Republican group denounces its own call for ‘armed revolution’

The Republican Party of Greene County, Virginia denounced on Thursday an essay it published in March, which demanded that conservatives take up arms and overthrow the government if President Barack Obama is reelected. “The Greene County Republican Committee denounces such language and does not subscribe to that thinking,” a prepared…

U.S. debates recommending drug for AIDS prevention

US health advisors are poised to decide Thursday on whether to recommend the drug, Truvada, as the first preventive pill against AIDS instead of just a treatment for infected people. Landmark study results published in 2010 showed that the drug, made by California-based Gilead Sciences, helped ward off HIV in…

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