June 29, 2015
The Worst Wingnut Reactions to Marriage Equality There was much rejoicing among proponents of equality and fairness on Friday, when the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in all 50 states. Among fans of discrimination and inequality, there was despair.
June 26, 2015
Wingnut Week In Review: Health and Happiness It’s been a rough week for right wingers. First, the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. The next day, it legalized gay marriage across the country. Nothing enrages wingnuts like the “wrong” people enjoying health … Continue reading
May 28, 2015
Comments Off on Who Is George Pataki? A Primer.
George Pataki has announced his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, bringing the number of official candidates to eight. In case you’re among those asking “George who?”, here’s a primer. George Pataki is the former three-term governor of … Continue reading
April 28, 2015
Why The GOP Can’t Have It Both Ways on Marriage Equality Today, the Supreme Court will hear opening arguments in marriage equality cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage. The resulting ruling could legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. A lot has … Continue reading
April 24, 2015
Comments Off on Wingnut Week In Review: Gay Panic
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in same-sex marriage cases that could result in a ruling making marriage equality the law of the land. Naturally, wingnuts have already worked themselves into a panic.
April 22, 2015
Comments Off on Will Marriage Equality Opponents Take Us Back To The “Green Book” Era?
As the Supreme Court takes up marriage equality again, conservatives are preparing for a likely landmark ruling by trying to bring back a phrase that once haunted black families: “We don’t serve your kind here.” Last week, my husband and … Continue reading
April 1, 2015
Comments Off on The Backlash Against Discrimination And GOP’s “Indiana” Problem
The powerful grassroots backlash against Indiana’s anti-gay “religious freedom” law is yielding results and inspiring hope. Right-wing supporters of the law were seemingly caught unawares by a grassroots response that’s put them on the defensive. On Monday, the Georgia House … Continue reading
February 13, 2015
Comments Off on Wingnut Week In Review: Standing in the Courthouse Door
Standing in the Courthouse Door After a federal judge struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, “Ten Commandments” judge Roy Moore channelled governor George Wallace, and all the usual wingnuttery ensued. More than 50 years ago, Alabama governor George Wallace … Continue reading
October 7, 2014
Comments Off on Historic Court Decision Weds Marriage Equality To Economic Justice
Yesterday, the Supreme Court made history, by deciding not to make history. The Court rejected appeals in the marriage equality cases set to appear before it, and left intact appeals court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in Virginia, Utah, … Continue reading
August 4, 2014
Comments Off on “Equal By Comparison” Is Not Equality
Jessica Valenti makes an excellent point about a common right-wing tactic for arguing against equality: I’m wary of broadly painting Western women as universally less oppressed than others – there are actually many ways the US lags behind other countries … Continue reading
June 18, 2014
Comments Off on A Family-Friendly Economy Begins With A Family-Friendly Workplace
While conservatives fret over breadwinner moms and caregiver dads, Democrats are working to create a more family-friendly economy, starting with a family-friendly workplace. Continue reading
May 23, 2014
Comments Off on Wingnut Week In Review: It Couldn’t Happen To A Nicer Guy
This week saw a number of right-wingers being pulled up short, one way or another, including some of the biggest names in wingnuttia. For each wingnut up to his tinfoil hat in trouble of his own making, we can only say, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.” Continue reading
May 20, 2014
Comments Off on Who Will Reach The Rising American Electorate?
The rising American electorate that twice elected Barack Obama could be a deciding factor in 2014, if either party reaches out with a message that addresses concerns of its diverse constituencies and motivates them them to vote. Continue reading
February 28, 2014
Comments Off on Colonized Minds: Anti-Gay Laws in Arizona, Kansas, Uganda And Beyond
Arizona and Uganda are nine thousand miles apart, but they were side by side in the news this week, due to extremist anti-gay laws that spring from and are supported by the religious right. Continue reading
February 14, 2014
Comments Off on Wingnut Week In Review: Valentine’s Day Edition
It’s Valentine’s Day, but there’s not a lot of love on the right, even for some of their own. There’s no love even for millions of schoolchildren, who will get valentines from their classmates today. Continue reading
February 12, 2014
Comments Off on The First Openly Gay Eagle Scout May Soon Be Out Of Scouting
As of Monday night, a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,brave, clean, reverent, gay, and can even achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Unbeknownst to me, sometime last night Boy Scout Troop 52 announced that 17-year-old Pascal Tessier … Continue reading
December 23, 2013
Comments Off on Will The GOP Embrace “Duck Dynasty Conservatism”?
Conservatives and 2016 hopefuls are rushing to the defense of a reality TV star, who was suspended from his show an anti-gay rant to a reporter. What does that say about where the GOP is headed? Continue reading
December 23, 2013
Comments Off on A First Amendment Primer
After listening to the Morning Joe panel spar over a Duck Dynasty star’s anti-gay rant | MSNBC., it occurs to me that a primer on the First Amendment may be in order. I’m no legal expert, but I think I can … Continue reading
December 9, 2013
Comments Off on The Eight Worst Conservative Responses To Nelson Mandela’s Death
Conservatives have turned Nelson Mandela’s death in to another reminder of how firmly Republicans stood, and still stand, on the wrong side of history. Here are some of the worst conservative reactions to Mandela’s death.
November 8, 2013
Comments Off on The Senate Passes ENDA. What’s Next?
The Employment Nondiscrimination Act passed in the Senate on Thursday, in a historic 64-32 vote. America has never been closer to protecting LGBT workers from discrimination on the job. Here’s what needs to happen next. Continue reading