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Same sex marriage ban introduced to Pennsylvania House

Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R) introduced a constitutional amendment to the state’s House on Tuesday that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. “The institution of traditional marriage has never been under greater attack,” said Metcalfe. “This not only includes the special…

GOP Senate hopeful: ’3/5ths clause was an anti-slavery amendment’

WASHINGTON – An African-American pastor running for the U.S. Senate incorrectly argued that the so-called three-fifths clause in the original Constitution was crafted with the intention of abolishing slavery. Bishop E. W. Jackson, who has filed as a Republican candidate for Virginia’s open Senate seat in 2012, argued in a…

Same sex marriage ban introduced to Minnesota Senate

Republican state lawmakers announced on Tuesday they would introduce a constitutional amendment to the Minnesota Senate to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. “The proposed constitutional amendment asks voters to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman in Minnesota,” Minnesota Senator Warren Limmer…

Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down law barring same sex couples from adopting

Supporters of an Arkansas law that prevented unmarried same sex and straight couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents may seek a constitutional amendment to reinstate it after the state’s Supreme Court ruled the ban was unconstitutional. The Court ruled Thursday that Act One, the Arkansas Adoption and Foster…

Texas House budget requires public colleges to advocate heterosexuality

The Texas House approved a budget Sunday that includes a provision requires public colleges and universities with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) resource centers to spend an equal amount of state funds promoting “family and traditional values.” Republican Rep. Wayne Christian’s budget amendment was approved 110 to 24 by…

Indiana lawmaker: Women will lie about rape to get abortion exemption

Indiana Republicans vote down rape exception, calling it a ‘giant loophole’ Republican Indiana state Rep. Eric Turner insisted this week that women will pretend to be raped just to get around proposed abortion laws. Turner legislation, HB 1210, would impose some of the strictest restrictions on abortion in the country.…

Fringe conservative group claims U.S. Muslims have no free speech rights

The right to freedom of religion guaranteed in the United States Constitution doesn’t apply to Muslims, according to a blogger writing for a conservative Christian organization. Bryan Fischer, a blogger for the ultra-conservative American Family Association (AFA), declared Thursday that Muslims have no First Amendment rights in the United States.…

Kucinich tells Obama that he’ll push to defund Libya intervention

WASHINGTON – Refusing to let up on his outspoken opposition to the U.S. intervention in Libya, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Thursday sent a letter to President Barack Obama pledging to try and block funds for the military campaign. In the lengthy letter, Kucinich reiterated his questions regarding the constitutionality…

Kucinich pushes to block funds for Libya intervention

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Tuesday announced that he will offer a measure to deny funds to the Obama administration for military attacks against Libya aimed at protecting civilians and ousting tyrant Muammar Gaddafi. “I intend to offer an amendment to the forthcoming Continuing Resolution or Omnibus Appropriations…

High court rules Westboro protests are protected speech

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, in a 8-1 decision, that a church’s widely despised anti-gay protests were protected speech. The First Amendment protects the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to picket military funerals, the court said. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion for the court. “What Westboro said, in…

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