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LGBT activist: NOM is both racially divisive and completely ineffective

On Tuesday night’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the Human Rights Campaign’s legal director Brian Moulton was on hand to discuss yesterday’s revelations about the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and its willingness to embrace racially divisive tactics to achieve its goal of denying marriage equality to same-sex couples. NOM is…

MSNBC fires commentator Pat Buchanan

Conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan has been fired from left-leaning news network MSNBC after more than four months of suspension, the longtime contributor revealed Thursday night. In a lengthy screed published to his personal website, Buchanan tore into his former employer of 10 years for what he called “an undeniable…

Al Franken promotes marriage equality in new video

While Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) may have once been a comedian, his support for marriage equality is no joke. Franken and his wife Franni appear together in a new video for the Human Rights Campaign in support of same sex marriage rights. “My wife, Franni, and I have been married…

Massachusetts legislature passes Transgender Equal Rights Bill

The Massachusetts House and the Senate have approved legislation extending civil rights and hate crimes protections to the state’s approximately 33,000 transgender residents. The Transgender Equal Rights Bill adds protections to the state’s civil rights laws against discrimination in employment, housing, education, and credit based on gender identity or expression.…

Franken rebukes marriage inequality: Straight people won’t suddenly ‘become gay’

At hearing Thursday for a bill that would repeal the federal ban on same sex marriage, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) encouraged his Republican colleagues not to worry because “straight people aren’t suddenly going to become gay.” “The suffering that [the Defense of Marriage Act] DOMA causes and will cause is…

Gov. O’Malley kicks off Maryland marriage equality campaign

Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) described himself as a “Marylander for marriage equality” as part of a video campaign seeking to raise support for same sex marriage. “As a free and diverse people of many different faiths, we choose to be governed under the law by certain fundamental principles, among them,…

Obama calls for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act

President Barack Obama on Saturday night called for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) during his keynote address to the Human Rights Campaign’s 15th Annual National Dinner. The law defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman, and prohibits legally married same sex…

McCain: ‘Hard to react’ to GOP audience booing gay soldier

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says that Republican candidates should have rebuked members of the audience that booed a gay service member during Fox News’ September presidential debate but it is sometimes “hard to react” while on stage. “The fact is that we should honor every man and woman who is…

Sens. Schumer, Gillibrand join campaign supporting same sex marriage

New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer have become the latest notable figures to call for equal marriage rights for same sex couples. Both appeared in ads Wednesday created by the Human Rights Capaign (HRC). “Some say politicians have a hard time getting to the point,” said Schumer in…

US gay rights leaders headed to Utah

APNewsBreak: National gay rights leaders to deliver more than 100k letters to Mormon church National gay rights activists said Friday they’ll descend on Salt Lake City’s Mormon church headquarters to deliver more than 100,000 letters asking a senior church leader to recant recent anti-gay statements. The Human Rights Campaign, the…

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