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Amanda Terkel
Amanda Terkel is a Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, Amanda served as Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and the Managing Editor of She is a graduate of Colgate University and can be reached at or on Twitter @aterkel. Sign up for her newsletter, Piping Hot Truth, here.

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There Have Been 132 Pro-Confederate Flag Rallies Since The Charleston Shooting

(14) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 4:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- There has been an outbreak of rallies in support of the Confederate flag since the June 17 mass shooting of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Southern Poverty Law Center works to fight bigotry and monitors hate groups around the country. It has...

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Sheriff Where Sandra Bland Died Says There's No Racism In His County

(59) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 10:13 AM

Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith, who oversees the jail where Sandra Bland died, insists there's absolutely no racism in this Texas county where lynchings were once rampant. 

"The average citizen goes about their life seven days a week enjoying it, everybody working together, eating in restaurants together...

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Democratic Senate Field Shaping Up To Be Most Diverse Ever

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 12:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- There are already at least five major Democratic candidates of color running for U.S. Senate in 2016, a significant boost in diversity to a group that has traditionally been overwhelmingly white. 

Of the 14 major Democratic Senate candidates thus far this cycle, 36 percent of...

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Hillary Clinton Endorses LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday came out in favor of new legislation that...

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There's No Federal Law Stopping Businesses From Discriminating Against Female Customers. Now There's A Bill To Fix That.

(4) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 7:09 PM


WASHINGTON -- The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 barred places of public accommodation -- like movie...

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Here's The Next Major Fight For The LGBT Community

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 3:01 PM


WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples can finally get married everywhere in the country, thanks to the Supreme Court's...

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President Rudy Giuliani Wants To Remind You That Poll Numbers Don't Matter At This Point In The Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 8:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Reality TV star Donald Trump can't stop boasting about how he's currently leading in the polls among GOP presidential candidates -- and how he has no place to go but up. 

"All of a sudden I get these really big poll numbers, and they're really good," Trump told...

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Ted Cruz Applauds Iowa Couple Who Refused To Host A Same-Sex Wedding

(6) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 9:33 AM

WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came out with a new video on Tuesday, highlighting a straight Iowa couple who operates a wedding services business and refused to do business with a same-sex couple. It's a marked contrast with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who used her presidential launch video to draw attention to same-sex couples who were about to get married.

While some GOP candidates have tried to avoid talking much about same-sex marriage, Cruz has been more vocal in his opposition. In April, he introduced legislation to push a constitutional amendment protecting states that barred marriage equality. And after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide last month, Cruz said that states could essentially just ignore the justices' decision. 

Dick and Betty Odgaard own and operate Gortz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, a former church that they converted into a bistro. In 2013, they turned away a same-sex couple who inquired about renting the wedding venue. The Odgaards, who are Mennonites, refused to work with the two men because of their sexual orientation.

Iowa added sexual orientation and gender identity protections to its civil rights code in 2007, and legalized same-sex marriage in 2009. 

The couple whom the Odgaards turned away quickly filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. The Odgaards agreed to pay them $5,000 and to stop discriminating against same-sex couples. In order to comply, they decided to stop providing wedding services altogether, rather than start serving gay couples.

"Dick and Betty inspire me," Cruz says in his video, highlighting "their incredible journey fighting to defend religious liberty."

"We have no hatred toward gay people," Betty insists.

In contrast, Clinton prominently featured same-sex couples in her launch video, a major step for a candidate who didn't come out in favor of marriage equality until 2013. 


"We should ban discrimination against LGBT Americans and their families so they can live, learn, marry and work just like everybody else," Clinton said in her announcement speech on June 13.

None of the Republican presidential candidates support same-sex marriage, although there is growing acceptance within the party for gay rights, especially among younger Republican voters. 

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Here's How Hillary Clinton Says She Would Have Answered The 'Black Lives Matter' Protesters

(26) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton attempted on Monday to distinguish her views on racial inequality from those of her Democratic presidential rivals, who drew boos from "Black Lives Matter" activists at a progressive conference over the weekend.

"Racial inequality is not merely a symptom of economic...

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Congressman To Chris Christie: Stop Using My Intern's Murder For Political Gain

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 1:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) went after the failure of "liberal policies" Thursday during a speech on criminal justice, saying they failed to prevent the death of Kevin Sutherland, a 24-year-old who was murdered on the Washington, D.C. metro on July 4.

The reference...

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Protesters Fly Confederate Flags To Greet Obama In Oklahoma

(7) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 3:31 PM

A group of Confederate-flag-waving protesters gathered near the Oklahoma high school where President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon, insisting that what they were doing was about heritage rather than racism. 

"We're not gonna stand down from our heritage. You know, this flag's not racist. And...

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Paul LePage Apologizes For Telling High School Student He'd Like To Shoot His Father

(4) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) has apologized to a high school student for joking that he'd like to shoot his father, a prominent cartoonist in the state. 

LePage made the widely criticized comment in late June, during his remarks at the annual gathering of Dirigo Boys State,...

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How Do You Elect A Woman? Give Her A Famous Husband.

(378) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 8:04 AM


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WASHINGTON -- The dream of electing the first female president is one of Hillary Clinton's most powerful selling points. She wants, as she said in her kickoff speech, America to be a place "where a father...

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Lawmaker Wants To Make Federal Laws Gender Neutral To Reflect Marriage Equality

(28) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 11:15 AM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) introduced a bill Wednesday to make federal laws that reference marriage gender neutral, now that the Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

"We need to have our values reflected in our laws," she said, adding, "This is a piece of...

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Lawmakers Ready Bill To Make Obama's Free Community College Plan A Reality

(343) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 11:17 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) will introduce legislation Wednesday to make community college free for low-income students, fulfilling a promise made by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address this year.

In his February speech, Obama touted his...

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Scott Walker's Sons Disappointed With His Comments After Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling

(1909) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:35 AM

The sons of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) were disappointed with their father's criticism of the Supreme Court's recent ruling on marriage equality, exemplifying the generational divide within the Republican Party on gay rights.

"I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake," Walker said on June...

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Behind The Scenes Of Hillary Clinton's Push For LGBT Rights At The State Department

(93) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 4:19 PM

WASHINGTON -- In May 2009, just months into her new position as secretary of State, Hillary Clinton took a major step toward changing the way the agency treats its employees: She announced that gay diplomats would receive benefits similar to those received by their heterosexual counterparts, which they...

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Arkansas County Clerk Resigns So She Doesn't Have To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

(1155) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 5:47 PM

A county clerk in Arkansas intends to resign from her position because she doesn't believe in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey said Monday that she intends to step down June 30, according to ArkansasOnline, because she has a moral objection to...

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American Civilization Is Still Standing, Despite Predictions Of Marriage Equality Opponents

(542) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, making many social conservatives' worst fears a reality.

People like GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) predicted nothing less than the fall of civilization if loving...

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ΗΠΑ: Νόμιμοι οι γάμοι των ομοφυλοφίλων σε όλες τις πολιτείες

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 6:40 PM

Το Ανώτατο Δικαστήριο των ΗΠΑ αποφάνθηκε με ψήφους 5 -4 την Παρασκευή ότι είναι νόμιμο για όλους τους Αμερικανούς ανεξάρτητα από το φύλο τους ή τον σεξουαλικό τους προσανατολισμό, να παντρεύονται τους ανθρώπους που αγαπούν.

Η απόφαση είναι μια δικαίωση για τους ακτιβιστές των δικαιωμάτων των gay οι οποίοι...

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