Human Rights First: Obama Missed Chance to Discuss Human Rights at Meetings with African Leaders

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As African heads of state gather Wednesday at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Human Rights First expressed disappointment that human rights principles and civil society leaders are not fully incorporated into a meeting focused on investment opportunities in Africa.  The organization believes that human rights protections are fundamental principles for a secure and stable environment necessary for successful economic development and investment. […]

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Statement Declares Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is Not Homophobic

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By Amber Leventry Months after Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Uganda’s government has recently stated that the bill is not homophobic. The statement follows much international criticism and a loss of nearly $1.6 billion in aid. Museveni insists the law was simply put into place to reduce open displays of homosexuality. And […]

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Marriage Equality: Understanding What’s Happening

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It seems as if every day we read another story about marriage equality. In November 2012, marriage equality was passing on the ballots, in June 2013, the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was ruled unconstitutional. Almost immediately, there was a case in Ohio where a court ruled a dying man could put his husband’s […]

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Burger King Vies for the Pink Dollar, Issues the Proud Whopper

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There’s definitely one place all gays can have it their way – at least for a day. A San Francisco Burger King came out with the Proud Whopper at a store en route to the 44th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. “[The Proud Whopper] showcases who we are as a brand,” senior vice president of global brand […]

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Bush-Appointed Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Marriage Ban

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Tuesday a Republican-appointed federal judge ruled that Kentucky’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from the freedom to marry is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992, on the recommendation of current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The ruling reads: “Sometimes, by upholding equal rights for a few, courts […]

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LGBT Pride Celebration at the White House

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Jim Darby and Patrick Bova introduce President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama, during the LGBT Pride Month reception in the East Room of the White House, June 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) By Gautam Raghavan Yesterday, for the sixth time since taking office, President Obama joined national, state, and […]

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Remarks by President Obama at the DNC LGBT Gala in New York

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As released by the White House. Gotham Hall New York, New York 7:36 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Edith, Robbie, thanks for the wonderfully brief introduction.  (Laughter.)  I mean that sincerely.  The day that the Supreme Court issued its ruling, United States v. Windsor, was a great day for America, a clear victory for human decency […]

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Band-Aids Over Bullet Holes: America’s Gun Problem

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Article and Photograph by Jacob Ladue As I write this article I hear helicopters circling overhead searching for a lone gunman in my neighborhood, on a manhunt from police. This week has saddened (no… saddened is not strong enough, infuriated) me, not just because of the horrible tragedies in Seattle, Wisconsin, and Oregon, but because […]

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Maya Angelou: Saying Goodbye to a Civil Rights Legend

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On Wednesday, one of America’s leading civil rights activists, Maya Angelou, passed away at age 86. Angelou, famous for her poems, activism and memoirs, died in her home after suffering heart problems, according to her agent. Angelou’s famous memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, talked about her childhood – from being abandoned by her parents, […]

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Eye on the South: Marriage Equality Campaign Expands

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With marriage cases quickly progressing through the courts across the country, Freedom to Marry announced plans to expand its campaign to bring marriage to loving, gay couples in the South. Earlier this year, the group formed Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, a public education effort that includes grassroots organizing, paid advertising, and digital strategy. […]

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