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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…

Exclusive: Rep. Nadler to propose immigration equality for bi-national same sex couples

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is fighting for the rights of bi-national gay and lesbian couples who could otherwise be torn apart by deportation proceedings. Nadler Communication Director Ilan Kayatsky told Raw Story Wednesday that the congressman was planning on re-introducing the Uniting American Families Act — legislation that aims to…

Exclusive: Same sex marriage prevents Argentinian woman’s deportation

A New York woman who immigrated from Argentina scored a court victory Tuesday with her wife in their efforts to halt deportation proceedings against her. Government lawyers have agreed not to deport Monica Alcota, a citizen of Argentina, while her wife, Cristina Ojeda, proceeds with a green card petition on…

Maher: GOP governs like “a meth addict”

Bill Maher chastised Republicans for focusing on “useless distractions.” “Fantasies are for sex, not public policy,” he said on his show, Real Time, Friday night. One such “fantasy problem,” he said, was “Michelle Obama’s war on desserts. For Christ’s sake, she’s just trying to get you to eat a carrot,…

Newt Gingrich gave $350,000 to oust Iowa justices that legalized same sex marriage

GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich last year donated at least $350,000 to a social conservative campaign that successfully ousted three Iowa Supreme Court Justices who ruled in favor of same sex marriage in the state. After the Iowa high court unanimously voted in April 2009 to legalize same-sex marriage in…

Republican lawmaker blames 11-year-old victim of alleged gang rape

Elected officials should know better than to blame the victim of a sex crime. While it’s a common tactic of abusers, it’s something no one expected of Republican Florida state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo. During debate over a bill that would legislate a dress code for Florida students, Passidomo blamed the…

House and Senate Dems to introduce ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ repealing DOMA

WASHINGTON – A coalition of House and Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation designed to roll back the “Defense of Marriage Act” that outlaws same sex marriage. Though unlikely to pass the GOP-controlled House, the measure would highlight the political distance between Democrats and Republicans on this divisive issue. The…

American Apparel CEO held teen as sex slave: lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American Apparel Inc founder and chief executive Dov Charney is being sued for $250 million by a woman who said he treated her as a sex slave when she was a teenage sales employee at the clothing chain. Irene Morales of Brooklyn, New York, has accused…

Northwestern professor apologizes for ‘f*cksaw’ demonstration

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Northwestern University professor who allowed an on-campus presentation of a live sex act during an after-class event apologized on Saturday and said it would not happen again. The demonstration featured use of a sex toy on a naked woman by her fiance in front of more…

Exclusive: Ohio anti-union bill may curtail benefits for unmarried live-in couples

Buried in a newly-passed Ohio bill stripping the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions is language that could curtail benefits for unmarried domestic couples who work for the state, regardless of sexual orientation. The provision appears just below language forcefully restating the same-sex marriage ban in the state, an…

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