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Straight man who appeared gay rejected for blood donation

Twenty-two-year-old Aaron Pace was trying to donate blood and plasma at a local blood center in Gary, Indiana, when he was informed in an interview during the screening process that he was ineligible to give blood because he “appears to be a homosexual”. Because of a 1983 measure adopted by…

Herman Cain: Communities should be able to ban mosques

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that any community should be able to ban mosques because there is a big difference between Islam and “our other traditional religions.” Last week, Cain came out again a proposed mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on the grounds that it was an “infringement and…

Discreet nonprofit American Legislative Exchange Council writes bills for conservative lawmakers

This week, both the Los Angeles Times and The Nation put the spotlight on a little-known but influential conservative nonprofit that creates “model” state legislation that often make its way into law. The organization has helped craft some of the most controversial—and industry-friendly—legislation of recent years. The American Legislative Exchange…

Attorney General Holder formally announces News Corp. probe

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Department of Justice would launch an investigation of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire at News Corporation, to determine if anyone at the company attempted to spy on or bribe American citizens or officials. “There have been members of Congress in the United States…

California schools must include LGBT historical figures

LOS ANGELES — The gay, lesbian and transgender community’s contributions to US history will be integrated into future California public school curriculum, in line with a law signed Thursday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. California is the first American state to legislate the issue, after a similar measure was approved…

New Missouri law requires drug tests for welfare recipients

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) signed new legislation this week that will allow the state’s social workers to administer drug tests to welfare recipients, the result of which could jeopardize their state aid, the Associated Press reported. Those who test positive for drug use and agree to a substance abuse…

Arizona governor orders recall vote for immigration law author

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday ordered a special election for November 8 to decide the fate of a high-profile state lawmaker behind Arizona’s controversial immigration crackdown. Brewer ordered the vote to recall Republican Russell Pearce, the state senate’s president and chief architect of Senate Bill 1070,…

New York clerk quits over same sex marriage

by On Top Magazine Laura Fotusky has quit her job as town clerk of Barker, New York rather than sign marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, POLITICO.com reported. New York last month became the sixth – and most populous – state to legalize gay marriage after Governor Andrew Cuomo…

Bachmann claimed ex-nun, lesbian tried to abduct her over gay rights

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has bragged that she has a “titanium spine,” but an examination of police reports found that the Minnesota congresswoman has been quick to call law enforcement. Bachmann’s complaints have included people egging her house, activists throwing glitter on her and even a claim of false…

FBI investigating brutal hate crime against Native American family

The FBI is investigating an alleged hate crime against a Native American family after local law enforcement released the three white assailants without charges in May. Indian Country Today reported that three men armed with baseball bats, knives and a crowbar confronted Johnny Bonta and his son-in-law while they were…

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