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  • Barack Obama’s rising popularity: The GOP contest may be making him look better

    03/29/2016 2:08:44 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 21 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/29/16 | Jim Galloway
    Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz sends this note about Obama’s rising popularity, as measured by the Gallup organization: All the noise being made by the presidential campaign, especially by the Republican campaign, has taken attention away from what may turn out to be more significant for the general election—Barack Obama’s rising approval rating. Obama’s weekly approval rating in the Gallup tracking poll (I ignore the daily fluctuations which are largely meaningless) has risen to its highest level in many months—53 percent approval vs. 44 percent disapproval for the past week.
  • BREAKING: Nathan Deal will veto Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ bill

    03/28/2016 7:19:56 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 182 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/28/16 | Greg Bluestein
    Gov. Nathan Deal said he will veto the “religious liberty” bill that triggered a wave of criticism from gay rights groups and business leaders and presented him with one of the most consequential challenges he’s faced since his election to Georgia’s top office. The measure “doesn’t reflect the character of our state or the character of its people,” the governor said Monday in prepared remarks. He said state legislators should leave freedom of religion and freedom of speech to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Johnny Isakson: Georgia should leave ‘religious liberty’ up to feds

    03/21/2016 12:09:27 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 24 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/21/16 | Greg Bluestein
    Sen. Johnny Isakson didn’t outright call on Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the controversial “religious liberty” legislation waiting on his desk. But the two-term Georgia Republican left little to the imagination in remarks Monday criticizing the measure. “I’ve said at the beginning of the session that I think it’s a national issue. It ought to be a seamless policy. Any time you have state-by-state policies, you run the risk of having conflicts,” he said of House Bill 757.
  • Kokomo [Indiana] mayor signs LGBT protections ordinance, 5-4

    03/15/2016 12:53:37 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 32 replies
    WTHR ^ | 3/14/16 | Jennie Runevitch
    KOKOMO, Ind. - Kokomo has become the latest Indiana community to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Council members voted 5-4 in favor of an ordinance protecting members of the LGBT community after what has been a contentious debate. Mayor Greg Goodnight signed the ordinance early Tuesday. The overflow crowd tested the capacity of Kokomo's council chambers. By fire code, only 157 could fit inside. Police estimated 300 to 400 more people had to stand outside and await the final vote on the human rights ordinance. The measure protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens from discrimination....
  • Nathan Deal makes a forceful, biblical case against Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ bill

    03/03/2016 6:01:37 PM PST · by madprof98 · 53 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/3/16 | Greg Bluestein
    Amid a growing outcry from powerful corporations over Georgia’s “religious liberty” proposal, Gov. Nathan Deal issued his strongest warning yet to lawmakers who are debating controversial legislation seen as a conservative answer to the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. In stark terms, the Republican said he would reject any measure that “allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith,” and urged religious conservatives not to feel threatened by the ruling. He also called on his fellow Republicans pushing for the measure to take a deep breath and ” recognize that the world is changing around us.”
  • The growing corporate backlash to Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ bill

    02/29/2016 4:49:14 AM PST · by madprof98 · 11 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2/29/16 | Greg Bluestein
    The print edition of Monday’s AJC carries a lengthy story on metro Atlanta businesses raising new concerns about the “religious liberty” bill that passed the Senate earlier this month. It includes this passage: "Representatives of the popular annual Dragon Con festival, which brought more than 70,000 people to the metro area in 2015, said in a Facebook post they are monitoring the bill’s progress closely and that 'legislation that hurts one of us, hurts all of us.'" ***** That measure, House Bill 757, would allow faith-based groups to cite their sincerely held religious beliefs to decline service to couples in...
  • Racism at University of Missouri is real, whether you believe it or not

    11/13/2015 5:10:59 AM PST · by madprof98 · 73 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 11/12/15 | Jeneé Osterheldt
    For months, I have been reading about racism there. I didn't want to write about it. I was exhausted from the never-ending flood of injustice I see as I write about women's rights, #blacklivesmatter, marriage equality and more. It hurt to dive into the dynamics at the University of Missouri, where two students scattered cotton balls outside the campus Black Culture Center a couple of years ago.
  • There’s a good reason protesters at the University of Missouri didn’t want the media around

    11/11/2015 8:41:32 AM PST · by madprof98 · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/11/15 | Terrell Jermaine Starr
    These student protesters were not a government entity stonewalling access to public information or a public official hiding from media questions. They were young people trying to create a safe space from not only the racism they encounter on campus, but the insensitivity they encounter in the news media. In the outsized conversation that erupted about First-Amendment rights, journalists drowned out the very message of the students Tai was covering.
  • Three members of Hillsboro School Board resign amid controversy over transgender student

    09/11/2015 5:53:06 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 29 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 9/11/15 | Kim Bell, Lily Fowler
    In the midst of controversy surrounding a transgender student, the Hillsboro School District accepted the resignations of three board members Thursday morning. The four remaining board members met at 6:30 a.m. Thursday to accept the resignations from Board President John Stewart, Vice President Dan McCarthy and Director Bo Harrison. *** Superintendent Aaron D. Cornman said Stewart's and Harrison's letters simply announced they were resigning their seats and gave no reason. McCarthy, meanwhile, wrote that he was resigning due to strained philosophical differences. He did not elaborate. The three resignations follow more than a week of controversy surrounding a transgender student’s...
  • Missouri school to allow transgender student to use girls' facilities

    09/02/2015 1:34:11 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 91 replies
    Guardian ^ | 9/2/15 | Ellen Brait
    When a transgender high school student in Missouri received backlash for her request to use the girls’ bathroom and locker room, she found one very important ally: the school board, which granted her permission to use the facilities. According to Kelli Hopkins of the Missouri school board’s association, 17-year-old Lila Perry has been granted her request because of recent guidance issued by the US Department of Education. While there is no “policy per se on transgender students use of bathrooms”, Hopkins said, there is a policy that says “districts cannot discriminate against students based on their gender”. “The Office of...
  • Cobb pizza restaurant apologizes for Facebook transgender posting

    08/17/2015 4:44:31 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 22 replies
    The owner of the Jammin Pie, a Cobb County pizza restaurant, is apologizing for a Facebook post that an Atlanta nonprofit said attempted to humorously pitch pizzas at the expense of the transgender community. Health Initiative, which promotes health issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, urged supporters to call Jammin Pie on Wade Green Road in Kennesaw to “let them know exactly how you feel about this.” In the Facebook posting, the restaurant reportedly took a shot at frozen pizza with a photo and caption that read: “If you can’t tell the difference between delivery and DiGiorno,...
  • Gay marriage endorsement mars Obama’s Africa tour

    07/27/2015 4:31:03 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 12 replies
    CAJNews ^ | 27 July 2015 | Haile Edris
    ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – UNITED States President Barack Obama’s visit has been met with contempt by the majority in the continent owing to his country’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriages. The leader of the most powerful nation in the globe will only make a low-key appearance at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in a continent where such marriages are taboo. He will meet mostly Western diplomats and representatives. “How can we celebrate a man who advocates a man to marry another man? If it was the president of China, maybe, we would attend because they...
  • Washington, D.C. Attorney Arrested for Child Porn Allegations

    07/01/2015 5:25:55 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 18 replies ^ | 6/29/15 | Emily Miller
    According to court documents, an undercover police officer communicated with Gigot on a website that is frequented by people who have a sexual interest in children and incest. The undercover police officer texted with Gigot through a phone app called Kik. Court documents show that Gigot texted the police officer that he wanted to have sexual relations with a 12-year-old boy. The cover story was that the boy's father was organizing it. He asked: "[h]ow young would you go…I'd do 5[,] [b]ut 0-12 is hot." During the planning, Gigot allegedly texted the officer a video of a naked pre-pubescent boy,...
  • On the GOP’s Likely Long-Term Response to Today’s Decision

    06/26/2015 4:03:44 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 35 replies
    National Review (Corner) ^ | 6/26/15 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Those hoping to determine which long-term path the Republican party will take after today’s Supreme Court decision need to look no further than to the RNC itself. In a message released immediately after the ruling, Reince Priebus mildly criticized the ruling (correctly, in my view) while acknowledging its “finality;” struck a magnanimous note, confirming that the GOP “[respects] those on the winning side of the case” and remains “committed to finding common ground”; and identified the key priority going forward, which is to ensure the protection of conscience rights and the maintenance of religious liberty. *** As for future action,...
  • Indiana Mayor Comes Out as Gay in Local Newspaper

    06/17/2015 4:51:44 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | June 16, 2015 | Katy Osborn
  • Barney Frank says he’s the reason Sam Nunn never became secretary of state

    05/04/2015 9:57:26 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 13 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 5/3/15 | Jim Galloway
    Former Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank, the first openly gay member of Congress, said ‘twas he who sank Sam Nunn’s chance of becoming secretary of state under President Bill Clinton. The 1996 move, Frank said, was a pivotal display of gay-and-lesbian clout on the presidential scene. Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogFrank made the remarks during an interview with Bill Nigut on GPB’s “Two-Way Street,” broadcast over the weekend. The congressman is making the rounds, plugging his autobiography: “Frank: My Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage.” ***** Frank reserved particular ire...
  • Parent co. to print gay wedding invites after franchisee refuses

    04/27/2015 12:14:22 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 22 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 4/27/15 | David Markiewicz
    The young couple wanted really special invitations made up for their wedding, something that looked like a train ticket to fit with the railroad theme of their big day. So bride-to-be Paige Beckwith turned to a Suwanee printer who’d been recommended to her. But the printer rejected the job because of his religious beliefs, the parent company of the printing business said Monday. Beckwith is gay. *** However, a company spokesman at AlphaGraphics confirmed Beckwith’s story. The company also released a statement: “We do not condone discrimination of any kind, and wish to make clear that customers of any race,...
  • A new debate for Georgia Republicans: What’s a party for?

    04/25/2015 12:25:35 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 14 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 4/26/15 | Jim Galloway
    This midlife identity crisis comes at what may be the zenith of Republican influence in the state, courtesy of a race for state GOP chairman. . . . Incumbent John Padgett, the owner of an ambulance company, is seeking re-election to a two-year term. He faces Alex Johnson, a 30-year-old DeKalb County attorney with libertarian leanings. It is something of a rematch. In a final ballot at the 2013 convention, the young Johnson surprised many by receiving 40 percent of the vote — this at a gathering of delegates whose average age is somewhere south of the Mesozoic Era. *****...
  • Sam Olens and the rapidly changing landscape of gay marriage

    04/23/2015 5:02:26 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 20 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 4/22/15 | Jim Galloway
    The most curious facet of the debate over gay marriage is its violation of our usual requirement that social change occur at a pace that can only be detected with time-lapse photography. On Wednesday, Attorney General Sam Olens indicated that, should the U.S. Supreme Court rule the way many suspect it will this summer, Georgia’s formal, legal antipathy to same-sex unions will vanish as quickly as the flick of a light switch. *** “There’s a distinction between me defending the law and the order from the Supreme Court. When the Supreme Court rules on an issue, we’re going to follow...
  • Indiana success inspires gay rights activists around the country

    04/05/2015 5:13:05 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 28 replies
    Spokesman-Review ^ | 4/5/15 | Tom Davies And Andrew Demillo
    INDIANAPOLIS – Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in those states and others. Facing widespread pressure, including from big businesses such as Apple and Wal-Mart, lawmakers in Indiana and Arkansas last week rolled back their states’ new religious objections laws, which critics said could be used to discriminate against gays. Amid the uproar, the Republican governors of Michigan and North Dakota urged their own legislatures to extend anti-discrimination protections to gays. ****** Memories Pizza in Walkerton is closed indefinitely and...
  • With ‘religious liberty’ fight, Georgia Equality becomes an unexpected Capitol player

    03/28/2015 6:50:39 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 6 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/28/15 | Jim Galloway
    The climate in the state Capitol is such that you half-expect to turn a corner and find Lord Cornwallis’s fife-and-drum corps belting out “The World Turned Upside Down.” A Legislature with massive Republican majorities is on the verge of thumbing its nose at anti-tax guru Grover Norquist by raising $1 billion in new spending for transportation. It has legalized a form of marijuana. And in the midst of unrelenting hostility toward Obamacare, GOP lawmakers have brokered an insurance mandate to provide for children with autism. But none of this holds a candle to the fact that the General Assembly has...
  • Georgia State [University] to allow co-ed dorm rooms

    01/21/2015 5:31:00 AM PST · by madprof98 · 9 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/20/15 | Janel Davis
    Georgia State University students will have the option of selecting roommates of a different gender in the fall. The school plans to begin offering that housing option in all of its residence halls. Students wanting this type of housing arrangement have to notify housing officials of their preference when applying for housing assignments. . . . Georgia State’s move to offer the new housing option comes after requests by siblings, opposite-sex friends and LGBT students wanting to live together, college officials said
  • Supporters tout “religious liberty” bill, as [left-wing] clergy criticize it

    01/13/2015 6:32:17 PM PST · by madprof98 · 7 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/13/15 | Kristina Torres
    Several hundred people packed the Georgia Capitol’s rotunda Tuesday afternoon in support of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, a showing that supporters hoped would boost efforts to pass a “religious liberty” law. With lawmakers scattered throughout the crowd, representatives of groups including the Georgia Baptist Convention and the national Family Research Council urged proponents to rally against what they framed as a freedom of speech issue. Cochran, recently fired by Mayor Kasim Reed, lost his job over actions he took related to a self-published religious book that many construed as anti-gay. “I just wanted to come and take a...
  • Embattled Atlanta Fire Chief Cochran Fired [Gay v. Christian]

    01/06/2015 5:22:21 PM PST · by madprof98 · 34 replies
    City of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been fired, Mayor Kasim Reed announced in an afternoon press conference on Tuesday. The announcemet comes after Cochran was suspended for one month without pay after reportedly publishing a paperback book with, what Reed called, "disturbing sentiments about the LGBT community." Mayor Reed listed among the reasons motivating his decision the fact that Cochran wrote a book with inflammatory language without asking permission from him and that he spoke out during the investigation. Reed stressed that this was not about Cochran's religious beliefs but about the judgment to publish a book that...
  • Op-Ed: Delaying Exams Is Not a Request from 'Coddled Millennials'[NOT a parody]

    12/15/2014 4:34:54 PM PST · by madprof98 · 30 replies
    National Law Journal ^ | 12/15/14 | William Desmond
    [O]pponents of exam extensions have declared that to grant these requests [to delay exams for "distressed" students] would be a disservice to the students. Law students, they argue, must learn how to engage critically with the law in the face of intense adversity. Drawing comparisons to events surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and other times of intense turmoil, these opponents portray today’s law students as coddled millennials using traumatic events as an excuse for their inability to focus on a three-hour exam. In essence, law students are being told to grow up and learn how to focus amidst stress and...
  • GOP Rep: House Leaders Made False Promise to Get My Crucial Vote

    12/12/2014 5:05:31 AM PST · by madprof98 · 45 replies
    Naitonal Review Online (Corner) ^ | 12/12/14 | NRO Editors
    Representative Marlin Stutzman (R., Ind.) accused House Republican leadership of reneging on a deal made with him to get his support on a crucial procedural vote that almost killed the $1.1 trillion cromnibus. “I was very surprised and even more disappointed to see the cromnibus back on the floor,” Stutzman said in a Thursday evening statement. “The American people deserve better.” Stutzman was one of the last Republicans to cast his ballot in favor of a rule allowing the House to vote on the cromnibus. National Review Online reported that Stutzman backed the rule at the last minute after leadership...
  • Cromnibus

    12/11/2014 5:22:27 PM PST · by madprof98 · 56 replies
    National Review (Corner) ^ | 12/11/14 | Andrew McCarthy
    I am reliably informed that Speaker Boehner is energetically working with the Obama White House to entice Democrats to come aboard the CRomnibus — and is deaf to conservative Republicans who are pushing for a very short term CR with a mechanism for denying funding for President Obama’s lawless unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens. We’ll see what happens, but the Speaker evidently thinks he can get over the goal line by teaming up with Dems.
  • Gay Marriage Bans Overturned In Mississippi And Arkansas

    11/27/2014 7:04:46 AM PST · by madprof98 · 19 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 11/26/14
    U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his ruling, “The Fourteenth Amendment operates to remove the blinders of inequality from our eyes. Though we cherish our traditional values, they must give way to constitutional wisdom. Mississippi’s traditional beliefs about gay and lesbian citizens led it to defy that wisdom by taking away fundamental rights owed to every citizen. It is time to restore those rights."
  • Atlanta fire chief suspended over book controversy

    11/24/2014 4:02:01 PM PST · by madprof98 · 49 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11/24/14 | Katie Lesley
    Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended without pay for one month because of authoring a religious book in which he describes homosexuality as a “sexual perversion” akin to bestiality and pederasty. Mayor Kasim Reed’s spokeswoman Anne Torres said the administration didn’t know about “Who Told You That You Are Naked?” until employees came forward with complaints last week. . . . Cochran has been ordered to undergo sensitivity training and has been barred from distributing copies of the book on city property after a number of firefighters said they received them in the workplace.
  • You Have to Give It to the President

    11/21/2014 4:48:04 AM PST · by madprof98 · 93 replies
    National Review (Corner) ^ | 11/20/14 | Daniel Foster
    It’s a brilliant, brutally cynical near-term gambit. He delayed action until after the election, he even told everybody he was doing it! And then he completely screwed over the incoming Republican majority, making their lame-duck and first 100 days a complete pain-in-the-ass, while shoring up support among his progressive doubters who, if you watched MSNBC tonight, are back to 2008 levels of adoration. Still, what are the Republicans going to do? Impeach him? There’s a smart-ish strategy that involves funding the rest of the government while denying DHS the funds to enforce His Majesty’s edict. But when POTUS vetoes it,...
  • Judge Overturns Montana's Gay Marriage Ban

    11/19/2014 4:12:48 PM PST · by madprof98 · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/19/14 | Lisa Baumann (AP)
    A federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state gay marriage ban in Montana, one of the last states to continue its legal fight despite rulings from appeals courts that oversee them that found gay and lesbian couples could wed. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled Montana's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. "This Court recognizes that not everyone will celebrate this outcome," Morris wrote. "This decision overturns a Montana Constitutional amendment approved by the voters of Montana. Yet the United States Constitution exists to protect disfavored minorities from...
  • [GOP] Deal, Perdue each won with more than 40 percent of the Hispanic vote

    11/08/2014 6:11:44 AM PST · by madprof98 · 22 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11/7/14 | Jeremy Redmon
    Republicans David Perdue and Gov. Nathan Deal each won more than 40 percent of the Hispanic vote on their way to victory Tuesday despite staking out get-tough positions on illegal immigration, a new report shows. The Pew Research Center report shows Perdue defeated Democrat Michelle Nunn for his Senate seat with 42 percent of the Hispanic vote and 53 percent of the overall vote. Deal turned back a challenge from Democrat Jason Carter with 47 percent of the Hispanic vote and 53 percent of the overall vote. *** In exit poll surveys, Latino voters ranked the economy as the most...
  • Seattle court orders man to stop spreading HIV

    09/11/2014 5:13:25 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 27 replies
    Health officials secured a court order telling a man who has infected at least eight people with HIV to stop spreading the virus that causes AIDS. The King County Superior Court order issued Sept. 4 orders the man to follow a health department cease and desist order and to show up for counseling and treatment appointments, The Seattle Times reported Thursday ( ). The name of the man was not released to protect his privacy. [!!!!!!]
  • Neil Patrick Harris gets married in Italy

    09/08/2014 1:31:19 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 52 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/8/14 | Mark Kennedy (AP)
    NEW YORK — Kim Kardashian and Kanye West aren't the only ones who tied the knot this year in Italy. So did Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. The "How I Met Your Mother" star and his actor-chef groom were married Saturday in Italy. They'd been dating for 10 years and are parents to 3-year-old twins, Gideon and Harper. The grooms wore custom Tom Ford tuxedos and Elton John performed at the reception.
  • Complete e-mail sent by [Atlanta Hawks Co-Owner Bruce] Levenson [Race Controversy]

    09/07/2014 2:45:46 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 18 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/7/14 | Chris Vivlamore
    Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson cited an “inappropriate and offensive” e-mail he sent two years ago in an abrupt announcement Sunday that he will sell his controlling interest in the team. “I have said repeatedly that the NBA should have zero tolerance for racism, and I strongly believe that to be true. That is why I voluntarily reported my inappropriate e-mail to the NBA." ***** 4. Regarding game ops, i need to start with some background. for the first couple of years we owned the team, i didn’t much focus on game ops. then one day a light bulb went off....
  • I’m a senior GOP spokesman, and I’m gay. Let me get married.

    09/05/2014 6:49:01 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/5/14 | James Richardson
    The federal government’s number crunchers believe some 21,318 same-sex couples call Georgia home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent accounting, and new research forecasts that as many as half would jump the broom within three years if allowed by their government. I’m one-half of one of those aggrieved couples — denied, for more than five years, the social stability and legal protections of marriage. And, as a former spokesman for the Republican National Committee and adviser to prominent party figures, I’m also a professional political operative who’s helped install in government those who perpetuate marriage bias in America....
  • Georgian’s video of gay intervention goes viral

    08/29/2014 10:30:20 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 35 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/29/14 | Mike Morris
    When Daniel Ashley Pierce told his family last October that he was gay, his stepmother seemed to be supportive, and his father had no response. All that changed Wednesday, when Pierce’s family staged a delayed intervention, berating the 20-year-old for “choosing” to be gay and demanding that he move out of the family’s home. But Pierce, who, according to his public Facebook page, is studying business administration at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, might have the last word, as a video he recorded of the confrontation has gone viral.
  • Study: Same-sex marriages would add $80M to Georgia economy

    08/28/2014 3:23:24 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 31 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 8/28/14 | Dan Chapman
    Allowing same-sex marriage in Georgia would pump nearly $80 million into the state’s economy, according to a study released Thursday by the UCLA school of law. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 21,318 same-sex couples live in Georgia. Half would choose to marry within three years, the law school’s Williams Institute estimates, based on similar patterns in Massachusetts and other states where same-sex marriage is legal. Highlights of the study include: - Spending on wedding arrangements by the couples, and their out-of-town guests, would add $78.8 million to the state and local economies over three years.
  • Rob Portman's Field of Dreams

    07/23/2014 5:41:25 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 4 replies
    National Review (Corner) ^ | 7/23/14 | Henry Olsen
    Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal op-ed by a potential GOP presidential candidate, Ohio senator Rob Portman, brings to mind a quote from the movie Field of Dreams. At the end of the movie, Ray Kinsella angrily confronts the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson when the player refuses to let Ray come with him. “What’s in it for me?” Kinsella cries. I fear that will be the reaction among working-class whites in Ohio and other industrial Midwest states if the agenda the senator lays out is all that’s on offer in 2016. According to exit polls, whites without a college degree easily...
  • Judge tells young Detroit man he needed a beating

    07/17/2014 3:02:03 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 34 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 7/17/14 | Ed White (AP)
    DETROIT — A young man who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist needed a father to "beat the hell" out of him as a kid to discourage him from committing such a crime, a judge said Thursday. The stunning remarks by Wayne County Judge James Callahan came as he sentenced Latrez Cummings to six months in jail. In response to the judge's question, Cummings, 19, said his father wasn't around when he was growing up. Callahan said Cummings needed a dad, "someone to discipline you. Someone to beat the hell out of you when you made a...
  • Obama Asks Cashier: ‘Are You Gay?’ and That’s Not Even the Most Awkward Part of the Exchange

    07/14/2014 4:19:53 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 45 replies
    National Review (Corner) ^ | 7/14/14 | Andrew Johnson
    Mark this down as yet another bizarre interaction during the president’s fundraising trip last week. During his recent trip to Austin, Texas — after shaking hands with a guy wearing a horse head in Denver — President Obama’s had an exchange with an employee of a popular joint that is raising eyebrows. When the president got up to the register (after cutting in line) at Franklin Barbecue, he was met by cashier Daniel Rugg Webb. “Equal rights for gay people,” Webb said to the president. “Are you gay?” President Obama asked, which apparently is a perfectly acceptable, not weird thing...
  • Republican governors' words shift on gay marriage

    07/13/2014 7:05:06 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 9 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 7/13/14 | Steve Peoples (AP)
    Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided American families and politics for years. While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition— in their rhetoric, at least. For some, the shift may be more a matter of tone than substance as the GOP tries to attract new voters ahead of the midterm elections. Nonetheless, it is dramatic turn for a party that has long been defined by social...
  • 'Paedophilia is natural and normal for males'

    07/06/2014 2:36:30 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 51 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/6/14 | Andrew Gilligan
    "Paedophilic interest is natural and normal for human males,” said the presentation. “At least a sizeable minority of normal males would like to have sex with children … Normal males are aroused by children.” Some yellowing tract from the Seventies or early Eighties, era of abusive celebrities and the infamous PIE, the Paedophile Information Exchange? No. Anonymous commenters on some underground website? No again. The statement that paedophilia is “natural and normal” was made not three decades ago but last July. It was made not in private but as one of the central claims of an academic presentation delivered, at...
  • The Photos Of This Gay Couple Holding Their Newborn Baby Are Incredible

    07/05/2014 8:38:38 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 142 replies
    Elite News ^ | 7/3/14 | Alexia Lafata
    BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson recently became dads to a beautiful baby named Milo, and Canadian photographer Lindsay Foster captured the first time they held their newborn son. Heartstrings of people all over the world were tugged by these amazing, intimate moments, and the photos have since become viral.
  • Huge advances for gay marriage in an eventful year

    06/26/2014 3:06:49 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 21 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 6/26/14 | David Crary (AP)
    One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of landmark rulings, one striking down the statute that denied federal recognition to same-sex marriages and the other clearing the way for gay couples to wed legally in California. In the 12 months since then, the ripple effects of those rulings have transformed the national debate over same-sex marriage, convincing many people on both sides that its spread nationwide is inevitable. From the East Coast to the Midwest and the Pacific, seven more states legalized same-sex marriage, boosting the total to 19, plus Washington, D.C. The Obama administration moved vigorously...
  • Conservatives Increasingly Wary of Opposing Gay Marriage

    06/20/2014 5:12:23 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/20/14 | Perry Bacon, Jr.
    Conservative Republicans seem to be surrendering in the fight on gay marriage. At an annual conference this week for the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the religious conservative organization led by former Christian Coalition executive director Ralph Reed, the wave of court rulings over the last year that have struck down gay marriage bans from coast to coast went almost entirely unmentioned. Speaker after speaker – including a parade of possible 2016 presidential candidates – served up plenty of criticism of the Obama administration and its policies. But none condemned “activist judges,” as Republicans like George W. Bush have in the...
  • Archbishop Cordileone doubles down on gay marriage stance

    06/19/2014 7:07:20 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 43 replies ^ | 6/19/14 | C. W. Nevius
    Same-sex marriage isn't a debate in San Francisco. It's state law. Same-sex marriages take place every day in the city, including at City Hall. That's why, despite all the heat he's getting, it is puzzling that San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone continues to stubbornly insist on speaking at the March for Marriage on Thursday in Washington, D.C. A long list of local politicians and community leaders, including Mayor Ed Lee, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, have signed letters imploring Cordileone not to participate in the divisive, politically charged event. *** Cordileone is flying across the country as...
  • Male teen forced to remove makeup for DMV photo

    06/19/2014 6:38:18 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 49 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 6/19/14 | Christine Slusser
    Chase Culpepper is a teen who wears women's clothing and makeup on a regular basis -- that is, until he was forced to remove said makeup for his driver's license picture. Reporter: "The DMV says it does not allow anyone to wear a disguise in photos." Culpepper: "This is how I am every single day. This is who I am, and this is how I choose to express myself." (Via WFXB) The DMV says it will not allow 16-year-old Culpepper, who identifies as gender nonconforming, to retake his picture because it goes against policy. His mother is upset, too. "My...
  • Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian

    06/19/2014 4:45:11 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 63 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 6/19/14 | Jeff Karoub
    DETROIT — The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has taken major steps toward recognizing gay marriage. The General Assembly voted Thursday in favor of redefining Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman." The redefinition will take effect only if most of the 172 regional Presbyteries approve it in voting over the next year.
  • Deputy Delaware attorney general charged with raping 16-year-old boy

    05/04/2014 4:03:47 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 48 replies
    UPI ^ | Matt Bradwell
    PIKE CREEK, Del., May 3 (UPI) -- New Castle County police are charging 34-year-old prosecutor Daniel Simmons with four counts of fourth degree rape for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy. Following an investigation that began in March, police say Simmons first contacted the alleged victim via the social networking app Grindr. The Delaware attorney general's office was informed upon the investigation's conclusion and quickly approved warrants for the defendant's arrest on Friday. State Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, who established Delaware's Child Predator Unit has yet to issue a statement about a member of...