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A Senator Changed His Mind On Marriage Equality After Saying He Would Disown His Son If He Were Gay

"My answer was, I'll disown him."<p>In an interview on the ABC's <i>Kitchen Cabinet</i>, the Motoring Enthusiast Party senator said a fight with his wife prompted him to question his views on gay people.<p>"I did have very opposing views to what I have now, but that's because of 'monkey see, monkey do'," Muir …

The story of Stonewall

The charity Stonewall was set up in 1989, chiefly in opposition to the introduction of Section 28. This timeline reveals how much has changed<p><b>24 May, 1988</b><p>Section 28, preventing the “promotion” of homosexuality by local authorities, comes into force. Backed by Local Government Minister Michael …

“Women gave me a better understanding”: What the GOP could learn from this Democrat’s abortion rights awakening

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan was anti-choice until he listened to women. Here’s what the GOP could learn from women, too<p>Once upon a time in 1963, the Catholic Church came <i>this</i> close to lifting its ban on birth control. The Vatican convened a commission of clergy, theologians and regular Catholics to talk …

Mitt’s weird excuse for why he lost in 2012 — and how it totally undermines his hopes for 2016

Romney says that a good economy doomed his White House hopes. So how does he win next year when it’s even better?<p>As my colleague Jim Newell noted yesterday, Mitt Romney's exploration of another presidential run in 2016 relies on some rather peculiar logic. Though Romney once signaled he was …

Government

Lawsuit filed against Oregon, coach

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by three Oregon basketball players has sued the university and head men's basketball …

College & University

God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified

A young MIT professor is finishing Darwin’s task — and threatening to undo everything the wacky right holds dear<p>The Christian right’s obsessive hatred of Darwin is a wonder to behold, but it could someday be rivaled by the hatred of someone you’ve probably never even heard of. Darwin earned their …

Black cops fear other cops

Two dozen black officers tell Reuters they’ve been racially profiled by their white colleagues in the NYPD<p>Black New York City Police officers often think that they are being racially profiled by their white colleagues, according to a shocking new report by Reuters.<p>The wire service interviewed 25 …

Erick Erickson: President Obama “hates America”

The right-wing pundit wonders why Obama ruined a perfect country<p>Conservative meathead Erick Erickson played to Manichean type on Monday, charging that President Obama "hates America" and has deliberately wrecked the country in order to "humble" it.<p>In a RedState.com blog post that appeared under the …

N.C. teen's hanging death ruled a suicide; mother says it was a lynching

Claudia Lacy says she can accept anything: even that her youngest son committed suicide -- if it's proven and explained to her.<p>However, she says, local and state investigators have done neither to support their theory that Lennon Lacy hanged himself one summer night.<p>"That's all I've ever asked for: …

America’s white millennial problem: Why the next great generation might not be a liberal one

The future of economic liberalism depends on younger voters embracing a change. Here’s why its unlikely to happen<p>Nearly anytime Democrats lose an election, there is a pervasive narrative that, just around the bend, there will be an “emerging Democratic majority.” Originally projected to occur …

9 ways Christian zealots cripple America

With Christmas nearly upon us, an examination of how religious fundamentalism holds the entire country back<p>Holiday season is in full swing, which means it’s time for American culture to get even more aggressively religious than usual, which is saying a lot. Angels, Jesus, miracles, usually good TV …

Religion

Chris Rock’s lesson for Ross Douthat: Why the right is so deluded about Ferguson

Conservative Ross Douthat says racial turmoil is both sides’ fault. Here’s what he can learn from Chris Rock<p>When people in the center or on the left go after Ross Douthat, the New York Times’ supposedly reform-minded right-wing columnist, it’s usually because he’s written something retrograde about …

Justice

Ferguson nightmare widens: Rudy Giuliani, the NFL and cops doubling down on their “right” to kill

The freakout over the Rams’ Mike Brown protest shows a police establishment that won’t tolerate criticism<p>The single worst moment in Officer Darren Wilson’s testimony about the day he shot Michael Brown came when he called the unarmed teenager “it,” saying at one point, “it looks like a demon.” He …

Rick Santorum: Only dirty commies support the separation of church and state

The social conservative favorite is playing to type<p>Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum made his political career as a champion of theocratic conservatism, so it's hardly a surprise that he's no fan of the separation of church and state.<p>But to Santorum, the concept of church-state separation isn't merely …

Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine

World leaders and Jewish groups condemned a leaflet handed out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in which Jews were told to "register" with the pro-Russian militants who have taken over a government office in an attempt to make Ukraine part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media.<p>…