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By Maura Reynolds and Maura Reynolds,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 5, 2005
WASHINGTON - Supporters and opponents of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. were caught off guard yesterday by news that he worked behind the scenes years ago to assist a gay-rights group to win a key case before the nation's highest court. Debate erupted on conservative and liberal Web sites, with partisans on both sides asking whether Roberts' assistance to what is usually considered a liberal cause was an aberration from his otherwise conservative record or a sign that his views might be more nuanced than commonly thought.
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By Cal Thomas | May 17, 2014
Once, Social Security was the "third rail" of politics. Touch it and face political death. Now it is homosexuality. Criticize anything gay people do and you risk ostracism, fines, suspension or loss of your livelihood. Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by a National Football League team -- the St. Louis Rams picked him 249th in the last round -- is being treated by the media and those in the gay rights movement as the equivalent of an early American pioneer.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer | November 12, 1993
About 60 people protested homophobia during a high-spirited march and rally at Towson State University yesterday.The group of students, faculty and supporters marched at lunchtime through the crowded heart of campus, chanting and carrying signs with gay-pride slogans."
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March 14, 2014
According to Tom Schaller's column ("Hate if you must, just don't act on it," March 5), any American who does not subscribe to Mr. Schaller's particular credo on the law and homosexuality is a hater. Such blanket condemnation and name-calling are more appropriate to a bigot than an academic. Mr. Schaller refuses to even consider that a good American can be motivated not by hate but by a moral and educated religious conscience. Mr. Schaller correctly asserts that "the deity that rules America is the almighty dollar," yet he then hypocritically condemns those few Americans who are willing to sacrifice monetary profits (and perhaps even risk legal punishment)
NEWS
March 13, 2010
T here are two interesting things about Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's executive directive this week banning discrimination in the state government's personnel actions on the basis of sexual orientation. The first is that Mr. McDonnell, pilloried during the 2009 campaign for the conservative social views expressed in his graduate thesis, would take such an action at all. And the second is the broad reasoning he used to support it. Mr. McDonnell gained national attention last fall when his opponent, Democrat Creigh Deeds, started making an issue of the Republican's thesis as a graduate student at Regent University, which, among other things, took a dim view of "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators."
NEWS
April 26, 2011
The decision by a national law firm to drop its contract to defend the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the U.S. Congress in the face of criticism from gay rights groups, and the subsequent resignation in protest of the partner assigned to the case, raises thorny issues about legal ethics and the effective pursuit of justice. DOMA, as the law is known, prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legally sanctioned by the states and frees states that do not allow gay marriages from recognizing those performed elsewhere.
NEWS
February 27, 2010
T he election last week of Roslyn Brock of Maryland as the new chairwoman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People again marked a generational shift in leadership of the nation's oldest civil rights group. Ms. Brock, 44, and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, 37, are the youngest to hold their positions in the organization's history, and both have pledged to make it relevant to African-Americans born after the high tide of the civil rights movement. But how exactly do Ms. Brock and Mr. Jealous intend to signal the new direction in which they want to take the organization?
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By David Horsey | August 20, 2013
Pandering to the Russian Orthodox Church and to the homophobia of a huge share of the Russian people, President Vladimir Putin's government has approved new laws that tighten the screws on gays and lesbians. While this may gain him political points at home, Mr. Putin has further darkened the image of his country internationally -- at least in the parts of the world where human rights are valued. In the United States, Europe and elsewhere, pro-gay activists are pushing a boycott of Russian vodka and discussing a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics set to be held in Sochi, Russia.
NEWS
June 2, 2010
I am writing in reference to a story that appeared in the May 27, 2010 issue of the Washington Blade regarding Gov. Martin O'Malley's recent appearance at an event sponsored by the Gill Action Fund, a group of wealthy LGBT political activists (http://tinyurl.com/25ve6xu). Both the Gill Action Fund and Governor O'Malley have lost credibility in my view. Despite this, I still plan to volunteer and vote for Mr. O'Malley. He's a lot better than the alternative, and while he has consistently stated he is opposed to same-sex marriage, he has also pledged he would sign a marriage equality bill if it made it to his desk.
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March 14, 2014
According to Tom Schaller's column ("Hate if you must, just don't act on it," March 5), any American who does not subscribe to Mr. Schaller's particular credo on the law and homosexuality is a hater. Such blanket condemnation and name-calling are more appropriate to a bigot than an academic. Mr. Schaller refuses to even consider that a good American can be motivated not by hate but by a moral and educated religious conscience. Mr. Schaller correctly asserts that "the deity that rules America is the almighty dollar," yet he then hypocritically condemns those few Americans who are willing to sacrifice monetary profits (and perhaps even risk legal punishment)
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Thomas F. Schaller | March 4, 2014
Beyond the characters, writing and wardrobes, the reason I most enjoy AMC's superb television series "Mad Men" is that it disabuses Americans - whether or not they old enough to remember the nation as it really was 50 years ago - of the false conceit that the United States was pure and idyllic prior to the civil rights, feminist and environmental revolutions. In the show, men routinely grope women at the office; black bellhops and elevator operators are treated like curios, or worse; Don and Betty Draper finish a picnic by lifting their blanket and strewing trash across a public park.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 2, 2014
President Clinton? Maybe, if Democratic voters have their way. While the Republican faithful are split between a number of contenders and not particularly enthusiastic about any of them, a new poll finds Democrats overwhelmingly united behind a Hillary Clinton candidacy for 2016. A commanding 82 percent of the party, according to the CBS News/New York Times poll, wants to see her run. It is, of course, way too early to be taking polls seriously. But perhaps an observer can nevertheless be forgiven for being heartened at the prospect of a Clinton campaign, much less a Clinton victory.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | February 24, 2014
"Discrimination," he said, "is horrible. It's hurtful. It has no place in civilized society... " You would think that statement, delivered recently in the Kansas legislature, a noble sentiment no right-thinking person could argue with. But we are gathered here today to argue with it. Because it turns out that when Republican legislator Charles Macheers said "discrimination," he didn't mean, well ... discrimination. Mr. Macheers sponsored a bill -- passed overwhelmingly by the Kansas House, but killed last week by the Senate in an attack of common sense -- that sought to exempt any business or government employee from providing "any services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods or privileges" related to any "marriage, domestic partnership, civil union or similar arrangement" if doing so would conflict with the employee's" sincerely held religious beliefs.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
When Maryland first lady Catherine Curran O'Malley sits down to watch the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, she'll feel a little uneasy. Like many Marylanders and others around the world, the start of the games has left O'Malley wondering what more can be done for Russia's gay community, and what watching the games means. They wonder whether watching condones Russia's anti-gay record. Conversely, is not watching a protest? What can people do to support the athletes? O'Malley, who has spent time in Russia and admires its culture and people, will watch - but not without reflection.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
Add "Star Trek" star Chris Pine to a growing list of people speaking out against Russia's controversial anti-gay law. The legislation ostensibly bans the promotion of "nontraditional sexual relations to minors" and has been responsible for a rise in anti-gay violence.  While making the rounds to promote his latest movie, Hollywood hunk Pine dubbed the legislation as "clearly awful, archaic, hostile nonsense. " Swoon. More notably, Pine criticized the U.S. response to Russia's crackdown on gay rights, saying "I think we should do more than just send gay Olympians there.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
Choosing from a slate of three Democratic candidates who have all been friendly to its cause, Maryland's largest gay rights organization on Monday endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor. Equality Maryland interviewed Brown and each of his two Democratic opponents -- Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur -- and decided Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, would be the "most effective" allies in Annapolis, said Executive Director Carrie Evans.
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By David Horsey | May 8, 2012
Richard Grenell had the right resume to be Mitt Romney's spokesman on foreign policy -- a stint as communications director for four of the Bush administration's U.N. ambassadors; a degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government; his own international PR firm and frequent stints on TV as an expert on international issues. Too bad for him he has a boyfriend. Mr. Grenell was the first openly gay spokesman for a presidential candidate, but he never got to speak. Before he even officially started the job, enraged homophobes in the so-called pro-family community spooked Mr. Romney's campaign staff.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 9, 2013
"I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. " - attributed to Mohandas Gandhi As Dan Savage tells it, it began years ago when he'd go on CNN or MSNBC to discuss LGBT issues opposite the likes of Tony Perkins. Mr. Perkins heads the Family Research Council, a leading purveyor of the fiction that homophobia and Christianity are synonymous and inextricable. "And invariably, after I would have an argument with Tony Perkins," says Mr. Savage, "I would get emails from Christians and calls reassuring me that, in these exact words, 'We're not all like that.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
PBS, a recipient of federal funds through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is required to sustain "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature. " In addition, according to the PBS website, "PBS' mission is to create content that educates, informs and inspires. " I wonder why the PBS POV selected two anti-Israel films for its 2013 season. Neither stands on its own journalistically, both being one-sided, manipulative of the truth, and full of omissions of basic facts.
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