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Lesbian judge refuses to wed couples until same sex marriage legalized

An openly-gay judge in Texas is refusing to wed opposite sex couples until same sex couples can be married as well. “I do not perform them because it is not an equal application of the law. Period,” Judge Tonya Parker said. Parker, the first openly LGBT African-American elected official in…

Rep. Sullivan apologizes for comment about ‘killing’ senators

Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) apologized on Thursday after Talking Points Memo obtained an audio recording of him saying he would need to kill members of the Senate in order for the Republican budget to pass there. “I supported the Paul Ryan budget and sent it over to the Senate,” he…

Maryland poised to legalize same sex marriages

The Maryland Senate on Thursday approved legislation that grants same sex couples all the marriage rights currently enjoyed by opposite sex couples, sending the bill to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley. “All children deserve the opportunity to live in a loving, caring, committed, and stable home, protected equally under the law,”…

New York police surveillance of Muslims probed

NEW YORK — Authorities in New Jersey said Thursday they are looking into complaints that New York police have extended their controversial surveillance of Muslim communities into the neighboring state. “The matter is under review,” said Leland Moore, at the New Jersey attorney general’s office, refusing further comment. The American…

Obama goes on offensive as gasoline prices soar

MIAMI — US President Barack Obama tried to head off Republican criticism over rising gasoline prices Thursday, ridiculing their responses as bumper-sticker policies designed to win an election, not to solve the problem. Visiting the hard-hit election battleground of Florida, a feisty Obama responded to a barrage of Republican criticism…

All copies of John Edwards sex tape to be destroyed

All known copies of a sexually explicit videotape featuring former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his mistress Rielle Hunter will be destroyed, according to ABC News. Hunter had fought a two-year long court battle with former Edwards’ aide Andrew Young and his wife Cheri for allegedly stealing her “personal…

Republican state attorneys general sue Obama over birth control rule

Seven state attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration that seeks to block the implementation of new federal government rules regarding contraception coverage. The attorneys general of Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas, along with some Catholic organizations, said in their lawsuit that the…

Santorum: Obama ‘in bed with Muslim Brotherhood’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that President Barack Obama was “willing to jump in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood” and throw former dictator Hosni Mubarak “under the bus” during Egypt’s 2011 revolution. Speaking to Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday, the former Pennsylvania senator warned that the…

Obama says he will tackle immigration reform in his second term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, expressing confidence he will win re-election in November, told a Hispanic audience he would use a second term to seek comprehensive immigration reform. “My presidency is not over,” Obama said in an interview with Univision Radio when asked about his failure so far to…

New York hearing on Strauss-Kahn lawsuit set for March

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lawyers for former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique-Strauss-Kahn will appear before a New York judge in March to defend against a civil lawsuit filed by the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault. The lawsuit, which was filed by Nafissatou Diallo in August, claims Strauss-Kahn…

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