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GOP Lawmaker Compares Gays To Pedophiles To Defend Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics

A West Virginia lawmaker argued that defending LGBT rights would open the door to protections for pedophiles. At a legislative hearing Friday, Re...

Enough is Enough: Stop Trying to Legalize Discrimination

Daniel Brewster | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Daniel Brewster

We can't afford this type of loss in West Virginia. More importantly we cannot continue to send the message that it is acceptable to discriminate against people in this state as a result of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

How Indiana, Incredibly, Is on the Road Again to Passing Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Laws

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Business leaders have got to know that, ultimately, if Pence wins by promoting homophobic laws, it's a long-term loss for them.

The Religious Right and The Erosion of Religious Liberty

Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer

I'm a Mayflower descendant. My maternal grandmother was Delores Howland, some 16 or so generations removed from John Howland. His home still stands in Plymouth, and I have been there to sign the descendants' book.

After Kim Davis, A New Way Forward for Religious Freedom?

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

No matter what your particular religious or political views, I suspect everyone who watched the spectacle surrounding Ms. Davis' release from jail last week experienced some kind of strong emotion, whether it was empathy or outrage.

Kim Davis: Canary in the Coal Mine Called Theocracy

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Whether it's denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples or denial of reproductive health care to women, the trend of conflating individual religious beliefs with public policy decisions is a slippery and dangerous slope to the erosion of genuine religious liberty

Indiana's Marijuana Church Sues State, Claims Pot Prohibition Infringes On Its Religious Beliefs

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

Indiana's First Church of Cannabis -- a religion that embraces marijuana as a holy sacrament, newly born under the state's recently enacted and ...

Signs of Change: A Flag, A Shirt...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Our nation's biggest arguments are often captured in majestic words, or dramatic photos. But sometimes it's a simple piece of cloth...

Religious Liberty Is a Shield and Not a Sword

Harry Knox | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Harry Knox

Conservatives are trying to spin a yarn that the religious liberty of Christians in this country is under attack. When the Supreme Court handed down its pro-marriage-equality decision in June, conservative pundits opined that Christian congregations would soon be required to let gays and lesbian marry in their churches.

Cannabis Church Won't Have Marijuana At Its First Service

USA Today Network / Religion News Service | MARK ALESIA | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion

INDIANAPOLIS — The First Church of Cannabis won’t have cannabis for its inaugural service Wednesday, church founder Bill Levin said on his Faceboo...

Amanda Terkel

Conservative Democrat Rebrands Himself As Pro-Marriage Equality In Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Democratic Senate candidate Baron Hill is casting himself as a champion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, in an ...

Sikh Student's Right To Serve In ROTC And Wear His Turban Upheld By Court

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion

A Sikh college student will now be able to pursue his dream of serving in the U.S. Army, without being forced to choose between his country and his fa...

Why Indiana Wasn't a Turning Point on LGBT Rights -- and Why You Should Be Mad About It

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Back in March, when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the state's Republican-controlled legislature retreated under pressure on a Religious Restoration Freedom Act, many heralded the "moment" as a "turning point" in the battle for full LGBT rights. But last week both North Carolina and Michigan passed discriminatory laws far worse than Indiana's ever was.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Michigan Governor Signs Controversial Religious Freedom Adoption Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed a law Thursday that will allow faith-based adoption agencies to cite religious beliefs as reason to not serve pot...

God, Jesus and the Bible: FAQs for Gay Pride Month

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

June is Gay Pride Month. It is a time for parades and for festivals, for rainbow flags and for dance tents. It is a time to recognize the amazing progress that has been made on LGBT equality as we recommit ourselves to continuing the struggle until liberty and justice for all really means "all."

Jason Linkins

How LGBT Activists Won The PR Game: Cash, Culture And Community

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

What's the secret of the LGBT community's success, as they've moved toward societal equality? According to our most recent "Drinking & Talking" panel,...

Bobby Jindal Vows To Enforce Religious Freedom Measure Through Executive Order

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Tuesday he plans to issue an executive order "to accomplish the intent" of a religious freedom bill that died in ...

Rush Limbaugh Tells Businesses To Blame Anti-Gay Bigotry On ... Muslims

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Good ol' Rush Limbaugh is at it again, and this time he is dishing up advice for businesses who want to deny services to same-sex couples: blame Musli...

Religious Oppression and Religious Freedom: The Bully Who Cried Wolf

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

In the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," the shepherd boy kept claiming that there was a wolf that didn't exist. It is the same when people claim that equality is a threat to religious freedom.

Sorry, But It's Not 'Open Season' on Christians

Hollis Phelps | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Hollis Phelps

It's hard to take seriously the narrative of widespread marginalization and, on top of that, oppression, when the American landscape remains saturated with Christianity in numerous shapes and forms.

The 'Utah Compromise' as Seen After the Indiana Tipping Point

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

What this compromise is not is a model for other states. Utah is a unique entity, and offering ever-increasing room for religious exceptions elsewhere would undermine the value of all antidiscrimination laws. Utah was not going to step back from its broad religious-liberty exceptions, but other states shouldn't expand theirs.

Amanda Terkel

Mike Pence Sees Precipitous Drop In Approval Rating After Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Mess

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has seen a significant drop in his approval rating since signing a widely criticized "religious freedom" law...

Indiana-Style Attacks Reveal Everything Old Is New Again

Rea Carey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rea Carey

As our opponents try to impose their prejudices and beliefs on the rest of us -- attempting to redefine, beyond recognition, our existing constitutional right of religious liberty -- progressives have reached a crossroads of opportunity.

Lessons from Thomas Jefferson for Bobby Jindal: Don't Use Religion to Support State-Sponsored Discrimination

Daniel O'Donnell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel O'Donnell

Jefferson recognized that in a country as diverse as ours, allowing the religious beliefs of some to dictate the fundamental rights of others would be destructive to our nation's foundations of liberty and equality.

When Core Values Clash -- Start with Civility

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Joyce S. Dubensky

Collectively, we have an obligation to avoid the over-simplification and heated division, by addressing our differences with civility in all their complexity. Perhaps then, we will be better able to move forward on an issue that means so much to so many.