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Three arrested in protest of proposed North Carolina same sex marriage ban

Three activists were arrested Thursday afternoon after entering the North Carolina House floor and chanting “Liberty and Justice for All in North Carolina” while the chamber was in session. The incident was part of a GetEQUAL campaign against a proposed constitutional amendment to the North Carolina Constitution that would define…

Ohio Republicans attack state’s minimum wage law

Republicans in the Ohio State Senate are pushing to weaken a minimum wage law that was enshrined in the state’s Constitution in 2006. A provision in the Ohio Senate GOP’s omnibus budget measure aims to raise the eligibility requirements for beneficiaries of the constitutional amendment establishing the state’s minimum wage…

Charges dropped against man who ‘flipped off’ Colorado state trooper

The Colorado State Patrol dropped a harassment charge against a 35-year-old man who allegedly displayed his middle finger to a Colorado State Patrol trooper while he was driving. FOX31 reported that Shane Boor was charged with criminal harassment after flipping off a state trooper who had pulled another driver over…

Judge denies motions by ACORN pranksters

James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, the “pimp” and “prostitute” of the notorious ACORN scam attempted to invoke the First Amendment as a hedge against a $75,000 lawsuit filed by ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera under the California Privacy Act. California federal judge M. James Lorenz has dismissed the argument, stating…

Senator Rand Paul slams GOP for blocking efforts to amend PATRIOT Act

Freshman Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY) lashed out at the leadership of his own party, blaming them for preventing debate on the extension of the PATRIOT Act, which the Senate passed Thursday. “I’ve been working for two long days filibustering the PATRIOT Act in hopes that we can have a…

House votes to pull funding for abortion-related training

The Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of an amendment which would permanently bar any public funding for medical training centers that educate doctors on how to perform abortions. The amendment includes an exception for victims of rape or incest, along with women whose lives may…

Senators Leahy, Paul propose expanded oversight of PATRIOT Act

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an amendment to the PATRIOT Act on Monday that attempts to safeguard American’s civil liberties by increasing oversight of government surveillance powers. The Leahy-Paul amendment [PDF] requires an expansion of public reporting on the use of…

Minnesota to vote on same sex marriage ban in 2012

The Minnesota House approved a constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman Saturday night, giving voters a chance to ratify the proposed amendment in 2012. The Minnesota House voted 70 to 62 to pass the same sex marriage ban. The state’s Senate approved the proposed…

Minnesota amendment to ban same sex marriage advances

The Minnesota House Committee on Rules and Administration approved a constitutional amendment to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman by a 13 to 12 vote Wednesday morning. The Minnesota Independent reported that several protesters shouted “Shame!” and “You are damaging my life and my family!” while…

Presbyterian Church to ordain openly gay and lesbian ministers

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ratified an amendment to the church’s constitution Tuesday that removes a provision flatly prohibiting the ordination of openly gay men and women in same sex relationships. “Clearly what has changed is that persons in a same-gender relationship can be considered for ordination,” General Assembly Stated Clerk…

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