Thursday, 29 October 2009

Gay-marriage supporters, opponents square off

Gay-marriage supporters, opponents square off

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Democrats in House Present $894 Billion Health Package - NYTimes.com

Democrats in House Present $894 Billion Health Package - NYTimes.com - What next in the trip to the Obama for his signature? Hopefully the final version will resemble what has so far been proposed.

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Center for LGBT Homeless Youth Gifted $300K by Bea Arthur Estate - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men


Center for LGBT Homeless Youth Gifted $300K by Bea Arthur Estate - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . . . ___________________________________________________

Now this is the kind of help and facility of which the GLBTQ community is deserving.  May she rest in peace!

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Masliah & Soloway Immigration Updates: Repeal of HIV Ban In Final Stages

Masliah & Soloway Immigration Updates: Repeal of HIV Ban In Final Stages - Amen.

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Senator Arlen Specter: Repeal DOMA, Pass ENDA, Rescind DADT - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

Senator Arlen Specter: Repeal DOMA, Pass ENDA, Rescind DADT - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men - There, in a nutshell, Senator Specter's positions on three issues near and dear to our heart. It may have taken awhile to reach this understanding, but that is where he stands now.

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In Search of a Cure: Working to Turn on HIV - The Body

In Search of a Cure: Working to Turn on HIV - The Body - That's right, turning on the virus in order to turn it off. Sorta like politics, turning on an issue in order to turn it off. You know, there might be something to this methodology. There just might be.

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Holder doesn't know enough about Prop. One to comment - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com

Holder doesn't know enough about Prop. One to comment - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com - OK, well then, is he just playing dumb, or is this a prime example of selective memory? Or, is this his and the administration's true feeling on the issue?

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Courage Campaign Equality Program

Courage Campaign Equality Program

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Pelosi Unveils House Health Care Bill - Prescriptions Blog - NYTimes.com

Pelosi Unveils House Health Care Bill - Prescriptions Blog - NYTimes.com - Once again the Praescriptions blog is spot on . . . simple and rather thorough in its explanation of the subject matter at hand.

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House health debate hits crunch time - Patrick O'Connor - POLITICO.com

House health debate hits crunch time - Patrick O'Connor - POLITICO.com - It will be most interesting to see how this resolution plays out on the political playing field.

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Pelosi Backs Off Set Rates for Public Option - NYTimes.com

Pelosi Backs Off Set Rates for Public Option - NYTimes.com . . . . . It seems that the Congress is becoming more and more pragmatic in its handling of the public option.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Report from Maine: With a week to go, gay marriage hangs in the balance

Report from Maine: With a week to go, gay marriage hangs in the balance

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Sen. Arlen Specter: Time to Repeal DOMA

Sen. Arlen Specter: Time to Repeal DOMA

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DavidMixner.com - Live From Hell's Kitchen

DavidMixner.com - Live From Hell's Kitchen - Hate Crimes legislation finally passes. Slowly but surely we of the GLBTQ community are being treated as equals. Slowly but surely!

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Despite White House worries, Harry Reid rolls dice - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com

Despite White House worries, Harry Reid rolls dice - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com - with public option.

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Public Option Push in Senate Comes With Escape Hatch - NYTimes.com

Public Option Push in Senate Comes With Escape Hatch - NYTimes.com . . . . . now we'll have to see how the two houses compromise on a final draft.

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Army Secretary: 'No Reason to Think Major Turmoil Would Ensue' if Military Gay Ban is Lifted - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

Army Secretary: 'No Reason to Think Major Turmoil Would Ensue' if Military Gay Ban is Lifted - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . . then let's see the policy be changed . . . NOW.

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Archbishop: Suicide Bombers Are Better Than Married Gays | CarnalNation

Archbishop: Suicide Bombers Are Better Than Married Gays CarnalNation . . . . . Who are all these little people, archbishops and bishops, popping up all over the media pontificating on the issue of gays in society? Maine, Guam, ???

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: GOP candidate for AG in Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, thinks "homosexual acts are wrong" and there should be "policies that reflect that"

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: GOP candidate for AG in Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, thinks "homosexual acts are wrong" and there should be "policies that reflect that" . . . . . He also believes that homosexuality itself is not wrong. Will someone tell me if this person is a holy mother Roman Catholic? Sure sounds like one.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Asked about ENDA, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) says "equal rights should not become special rights"

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Asked about ENDA, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) says "equal rights should not become special rights" . . . . . You don't get to be a United States senator and be stupid at the same time. Dumb, maybe, but not stupid. So it is my belief that Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat no less, is playing with fire. She knows what her position is worth in the eyes of her constituents. Alas, she is as blind as her fellow Arkansans.

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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: If the President really supports the public option, then let him answer this one simple question

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: If the President really supports the public option, then let him answer this one simple question . . . . . Is he, or is he not, helping the Senate leader Harry Reid, to get the last few remaining votes amidst the Democratic majority for the public option minus the trigger option? It's time to stop pussyfooting around.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: White House now blaming it all on Harry Reid; Obama happy to help Reid get the 60 votes he needs after Reid already has the 60 votes he needs

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: White House now blaming it all on Harry Reid; Obama happy to help Reid get the 60 votes he needs after Reid already has the 60 votes he needs . . . . . What is the Obama (and his W.H. gang) trying to do . . . pull the wool over our eyes? Do they really think that in this day and age they can collect the praise for this achievement when in truth it came from the Congress? If they want to earn some brownie points then make sure the bill is enacted with the Obama's signature. Just the signature . . . just the facts.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Baucus on board now too

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Baucus on board now too . . . . . So now Sen. Baucus has caught up and is on board. Better late than not at all. Let's keep constructing that consensus for the very best measure that we can achieve for the American citizenry.

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Reid: "The Public Option With An Opt-Out Is The One That's Fair"

Reid: "The Public Option With An Opt-Out Is The One That's Fair"

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Sidebar - In Battle Over Gay Marriage, Timing May Be the Key - NYTimes.com

Sidebar - In Battle Over Gay Marriage, Timing May Be the Key - NYTimes.com . . . . . The success and the degree of success is intricately intertwined with the public beliefs and perceptions of what is kosher and what makes sense in this day and age. Albeit the consensus is growing, there still is a long way to go. Patience, appropriately applied, will see us through this developing continuum, and hopefully, sooner than later, to a well-deserved conclusive result.

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Andy Stern: There's No Such Thing As A Republican Filibuster: It's Time to Deliver

Andy Stern: There's No Such Thing As A Republican Filibuster: It's Time to Deliver

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Roger Hickey: Support for the Public Option Keeps Getting Stronger

Roger Hickey: Support for the Public Option Keeps Getting Stronger

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Senators say health care bill endgame is in sight - Alex Isenstadt - POLITICO.com

Senators say health care bill endgame is in sight - Alex Isenstadt - POLITICO.com . . . . . Let's see how long and what shape it will take to come to fruition.

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POLITICO: Ben Smith: Political News and Analysis - Schumer: 'We must not rest until we have marriage in all fifty of these United States'

POLITICO: Ben Smith: Political News and Analysis - Schumer: 'We must not rest until we have marriage in all fifty of these United States' . . . . . The 'marriage issue' is beginning to move quite fast. It will be interesting to see how it resolves, and to what extent, in comparison to its big brother, the 'healthcare issue'.

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Behind public option: Subsidies fight - David Rogers - POLITICO.com

Behind public option: Subsidies fight - David Rogers - POLITICO.com . . . . . When all is said and done let it be known that POTUS is endeavouring to play politics of his own choosing to maintain the pendulum on his side of the hill . . . . . and will it also be known whether or not the public does truly benefit from this round of politics?

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As Obama Cools to Senate's Public Option Plan, Progressives Target Him in New Ad - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

As Obama Cools to Senate's Public Option Plan, Progressives Target Him in New Ad - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . . For someone who was not so forthcoming earlier on, the Obama seems rather touchy that another option is being profferred for consideration . . . . Would someone please remind him that there is such a concept as choice.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Catholic Bishop Accountability - h/t to "nicho"

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Catholic Bishop Accountability - h/t to "nicho". . . . . When oh when is the holy mother Roman Catholic church going to clean up their act(s) before it turns the focus on any other person or collective . . . . . in situations like the present it is most incumbent that neither the reality nor the appearance of the reality be impropriate . . . . . and this most particularly pertains to Bishop Malone's personal acolyte the Reverend Paul E. Miceli.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Valerie Jarrett: Obama is "committed to the public option"

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Valerie Jarrett: Obama is "committed to the public option" . . . . . and here is the answer . . . remember the question.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Coalition of liberal groups question Obama's commitment to public option in letter to Rahm

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Coalition of liberal groups question Obama's commitment to public option in letter to Rahm . . . . . and the answer is ?

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Obama to sign hate crimes bill

Obama to sign hate crimes bill

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Paterson says gay marriage bill will pass in NY

Paterson says gay marriage bill will pass in NY

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Senate Approves Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act 68-29 - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

Senate Approves Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act 68-29 - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . . Now all we need is the POTUS Obama signature . . . . . stay tuned.

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Monday, 26 October 2009

AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Washington's R-71 signatures: Issue may not be resolved until next summer

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Washington's R-71 signatures: Issue may not be resolved until next summer . . . . . There are too many issues herein needing resolution before we can move forward. Time will tell, and sooner rather than later.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Anne Frank's chestnut tree gets eleven new places to bloom. Also, Amsterdam's Homomonument.

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Anne Frank's chestnut tree gets eleven new places to bloom. Also, Amsterdam's Homomonument. . . . . One, is it homonument or homomonument? Two, and no slight to the Jewish community, whose loved ones were slaughtered and murdered and inhumanely mistreated, but we, the GLBT community, must never forget those of us who were similarly abused, since hate, lies and intolerance were allowed to grow.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Sailor who reportedly supervised anti-gay hazing forced to retire

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Sailor who reportedly supervised anti-gay hazing forced to retire . . . . . and when, if at all, will we come to know if and when the Senior Chief Toussaint retires, and at what exact pay grade? Stay tuned.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: An 86 year old vet explains why he's for marriage equality

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: An 86 year old vet explains why he's for marriage equality . . . . . there should be more people like this veteran in the world today.

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Sunday, 25 October 2009

AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Seminal: Did the White House make a secret deal to kill the public option?

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Seminal: Did the White House make a secret deal to kill the public option? . . . . . If the blogger is to be believed, then what we have is a prime example of politics as usual. The paedestal gets lower, the bronze statue a little bit more tarnished.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Rape is now a pre-existing condition

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Rape is now a pre-existing condition . . . . . until HIV+/AIDS is disallowed to the healthcare insurance companies as a pre-existing condition, a state of discrimination will continue to pervade our society. HIV+/AIDS, just like rape, IS NOT a pre-existing condition; it's just a condition. Treat it, pay for it, then move on. Jai Ho!

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: AIDS treatment "breakthrough" not effective

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: AIDS treatment "breakthrough" not effective . . . . . let's not give up hope yet . . . never give up hope.

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Growing Calls for Immigration Reform That Leaves No Family Behind | The Bilerico Project

Growing Calls for Immigration Reform That Leaves No Family Behind The Bilerico Project . . . . . Without deciding for myself where on the immigration continuum I am, I am going to point out that unification can take place back at the country of origin, and not here in the United States.

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Obama adminstration moves forward on LGBT rights via HUD & HHS | The Bilerico Project

Obama adminstration moves forward on LGBT rights via HUD & HHS The Bilerico Project . . . . . Here's a pragmatic interpretation to the problem and a series of solutions aside from any one specific piece of legislation. Interesting to think about it.

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Virginia governor race a snapshot of US attitudes

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: NPR to anti-gay campaign in Maine: Stop using our content in t.v. ad

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: NPR to anti-gay campaign in Maine: Stop using our content in t.v. ad . . . . . Read the article to make sense of the upcoming comment: "They'll claim ecclesiastical privilege".

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Catholics to accept Anglican priests who leave their church to escape the gays

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Catholics to accept Anglican priests who leave their church to escape the gays . . . . And just when you thought that people could not be anymore hateful to each other, along comes the holy mother Roman Catholic church. to paraphrase a John Lennon lyric: "How do you sleep at night" Benedict?

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DavidMixner.com - Live From Hell's Kitchen

DavidMixner.com - Live From Hell's Kitchen . . . . . Here are some 2010 projections from our congresspeople.

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DavidMixner.com - Live From Hell's Kitchen

DavidMixner.com - Live From Hell's Kitchen . . . . . Couldn't let this one pass us by now, could we?

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Op-Ed Contributor - Rock of Ages, Cleft by the Pope - NYTimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor - Rock of Ages, Cleft by the Pope - NYTimes.com . . . . . This article presents a simple, straightforward mini-history of the Anglican Conversion option to enter the Roman Catholic Church. Stay tuned for more details.

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Rosemont Journal - For an Episcopal Parish, a Path to Catholicism - NYTimes.com

Rosemont Journal - For an Episcopal Parish, a Path to Catholicism - NYTimes.com

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Saturday, 24 October 2009

Rhode Islanders Rally for Marriage Equality, Denounce Governor - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

Rhode Islanders Rally for Marriage Equality, Denounce Governor - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . . State Senator Rhoda Perry presents an interesting motivation: " . . . all five other sister New England states have mandated that rights and privileges associated with civil marriage extend to all of their citizens," Rhode Island too must "move on, and ensure that the legal rights to marriage uniformly extend to all its citizens."

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Mixner: Cut Off Cash to Dems Not Supporting DOMA Repeal Legislation - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

Mixner: Cut Off Cash to Dems Not Supporting DOMA Repeal Legislation - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . . To list those who are supportive of the repeal of DOMA is a fantastic idea, so I say, thereby leaving the stragglers glaring in the rollcall. Hats off to David.

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Vote 'No on 1' Say Two of Maine's Largest Newspapers - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

Vote 'No on 1' Say Two of Maine's Largest Newspapers - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . . the Maine Sunday Telegram and the Bangor Daily News have come out and to the fore supporting marriage equality. To quote the Sunday Telegram: "They [anti-marriage equality] should accept reality and vote 'no' on Question 1."

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: The Hill: Obama’s moves could rattle key constituencies

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: The Hill: Obama’s moves could rattle key constituencies . . . have rattled key constituencies . . . and may soon provide the impetus for change that will not please the Obama and his friends and associates.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: POLL: Support for public option grows, Americans want results more than bipartisanship

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: POLL: Support for public option grows, Americans want results more than bipartisanship . . . surprisingly the number of Americans who want a strong public option continues to grow without any leadership from the Obama . . . some think his leadership would enhance the reality of the public option, and that there is still time to lead . . . I'm not quite that sure!

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Harry Reid closes in on 60 votes for a public health insurance option - Carrie Budoff Brown and Patrick O'Connor - POLITICO.com

Harry Reid closes in on 60 votes for a public health insurance option - Carrie Budoff Brown and Patrick O'Connor - POLITICO.com . . . . . And now from the other side of Capitol Hill . . .

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POLITICO: Live Pulse: Breaking news on the health care fight - MoveOn turns fire on the White House

POLITICO: Live Pulse: Breaking news on the health care fight - MoveOn turns fire on the White House . . . . . The Obama speaks, and so now the wheels of legislation begin to be oiled and grooved to turn . . . ever so slowly . . . but they turn. Stay tuned for further developments from Washington, D.C.

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Pelosi Intensifies Pressure for Public Health Plan - NYTimes.com

Pelosi Intensifies Pressure for Public Health Plan - NYTimes.com . . . . . Well, at least you know where Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, stands when it comes to healthcare legislation.

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Friday, 23 October 2009

HIV Care Providers Applaud Congress' Extension of Ryan White Program - The Body

HIV Care Providers Applaud Congress' Extension of Ryan White Program - The Body

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Senate Approves Broadened Hate-Crimes Measure - NYTimes.com

Senate Approves Broadened Hate-Crimes Measure - NYTimes.com . . . . . The Senate approves . . . . . the House approves . . . . . now it is up to the Obama to sign it into law.

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Senate Leader Takes Risk Pushing Public Insurance Plan - NYTimes.com

Senate Leader Takes Risk Pushing Public Insurance Plan - NYTimes.com . . . . . It's still an up-in-the-air approach to healthcare reform . . . . . but time will tell what the ultimate healthcare plan will look like.

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Anglican Invitation Raises Idea of Married Catholic Priests - NYTimes.com

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Why the Vatican Wants Anglicans - Room for Debate Blog - NYTimes.com

Why the Vatican Wants Anglicans - Room for Debate Blog - NYTimes.com


David Gibson, author, “The Rule of Benedict”


John L. Allen Jr., The National Catholic Reporter

M. Cathleen Kaveny, professor of law and theology

Colleen Carroll Campbell, Ethics and Public Policy Center

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Key Senate Dems May Rebuff Obama On Health Care

Key Senate Dems May Rebuff Obama On Health Care

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AHIP Lobbyist To GOP: Don't Give "Comfort To The Enemy" On Health Care

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Pelosi To Dems: Time To Take A Stand On Public Option

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Glenn Close: Mental Illness: The Stigma of Silence

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Catholic Church needs to clean its own house before it worries about others

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Catholic Church needs to clean its own house before it worries about others. . . . . . needs to clean its own house.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: American Evangelicals play role In Uganda effort to ‘wipe out’ gays

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: American Evangelicals play role In Uganda effort to ‘wipe out’ gays. . . . . . Well, isn't this an example of what religion is NOT. Comes to mind two of my favourite folkhymns: Love One Another and They'll Know We Are Christians.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Roll Call: Obama’s moves could rattle key constituencies

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Roll Call: Obama’s moves could rattle key constituencies. . . . . This is a very well thought out and written piece which must be given due consideration by all parties to the social contract underlying our current political, cultural and social status.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: John Corvino: Don't forget Washington State and Kalamazoo!

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: John Corvino: Don't forget Washington State and Kalamazoo! Thank you Dr. Corvino!

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Leader of anti-marriage campaign admits misleading people of Maine

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Leader of anti-marriage campaign admits misleading people of Maine. . . . . But, has the damage been done? What makes the holy mother Roman Catholic Church any different than an advertising agency?

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This is all we're getting from Obama | The Bilerico Project

This is all we're getting from Obama The Bilerico Project. . . . . "Isn't it a pity / Now isn't it a shame / How we break each others' hearts / and cause each other pain / How we take each others' love / without thinking anymore / Forgetting to give back / Isn't it a pity. - George Harrison

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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Hill Aides: More Senators Would Back Public Plan If Obama Pushed Harder

Hill Aides: More Senators Would Back Public Plan If Obama Pushed Harder

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Vatican Plan to Oversee Conversion of Anglicans - NYTimes.com

Vatican Plan to Oversee Conversion of Anglicans - NYTimes.com. . . . . . In an extraordinary bid to lure traditionalist Anglicans en masse, the Vatican on Tuesday announced it would make it easier for Anglicans uncomfortable with their church’s acceptance of female priests and openly gay bishops to join the Roman Catholic Church while retaining many of their traditions.  How arrogant!



The ramifications of this 'union' of Anglican and Roman Catholic bodies is better left to the theologians and the individuals who are bound up in the process. I dare say that it will be an interesting situation were a gay priest, bishop or archbishop to apply for conversion, with or without a family as a foil, or as mentioned in the article a female priest. Stay tuned. Only time will tell.
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Vanasco: Obama clarifies marriage views (sort of)

Vanasco: Obama clarifies marriage views (sort of). . . . I guess he isn't painted into a corner yet.

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Click Here To Email 36 U.S. Representatives Unconfirmed on ENDA




Posted: 19 Oct 2009 07:46 AM PDT



The House is poised to take a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) soon. While the real fight is going to be in the Senate, it is worthwhile to pause for a moment and take note of where we are in the House. Crunch time is coming, and it won’t work to call the day before the vote.



There are, according to my calculations, 212 likely yes votes in the House. That is 5 shy of the 217 needed to win a majority of votes. (Normally it’s 218, but there are two vacant seats, California’s District 10 and Florida’s District 19, and I don’t believe these vacancies will be filled prior to the ENDA vote in the House. Feel free to correct me if you have better info.)



Two weeks ago, there was a vote to strip hate crimes from the Defense Authorization Act in the House. It lost, but I and many others took the opportunity to note which Representatives showed their true colors. For those legislators who voted to strip us out, and were previously unconfirmed on ENDA, I moved to the “probable no” column. We need to focus our limited time and energy (though I hope some will step forward on ENDA). That leaves 36 U.S. Representatives who are unconfirmed on ENDA. Their emails (and phone numbers) are after the jump. Please contact those near you and ask for their support on ENDA.

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White House Tidbits re: Health Care issues

CHICAGO TRIBUNE has a guide to the White House health-reform players: Rahm Emanuel, Jim Messina, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Phil Schiliro, Peter Orszag and Dan Pfeiffer. (The Trib needs to get a Pfeiffer file photo!)

TOP TALKER -- DEMS TRY TO BOX OUTCHAMBER -- POLITICO's Lisa Lerer: 'The White House and congressional Democrats are working to marginalize the Chamber of Commerce ... by going around the group and dealing directly with the CEOs of major U.S. corporations. Since June, senior White House officials have met directly with executives from more than 55 companies, including Chamber members Pfizer, Eastman Kodak and IBM. 'We prefer the approach - particularly in this climate - where the actual people who are on the front lines, running businesses, trying to create jobs, come and advise us on policy,' senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett told POLITICO ...

'Chamber officials say the White House is scapegoating the Chamber and other trade associations as a way of dividing the business community, a move that could help the administration made headway on health care reform, climate change legislation and regulatory reform. 'It's happening with the deliberate hope and attention to weaken the influence of this institute and the business community in town,' said Bruce Josten, executive vice president for government affairs at the Chamber. 'When they launch a frontal assault against free enterprise and the Chamber of Commerce, I can guarantee it is not lost on any trade association executives or staff in this town.' ... Executives from a huge swath of companies have attended breakfasts, lunches, dinners and coffees with Jarrett, Obama, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and senior economic adviser Larry Summers in recent months. On June 25, for example, Obama and Jarrett ate lunch with the CEOs of Honeywell, PepsiCo, Avon, IBM, Pfizer and Aon. Six days later, they sat down with executives from Verizon, Nucor, Starbucks and Wal-Mart. And last week, they met with CEOs from Amazon.com, FPL Group, Eastman Kodak and Kraft.'

'A ROADMAP TO HEALTH-CARE OVERHAUL BY CHRISTMAS' -- Commentary by Bloomberg's Albert R. Hunt: 'Republican Senator Olympia Snowe remains the single most important member of Congress on this issue. Democrats might be able to pass a bill without her; it will be hard. Rahm Emanuel will be a central figure in crafting any Senate-approved measure and the final bill. The White House chief of staff may have to delegate much of the Afghanistan account and any plans for a stealth stimulus, spending most of his time on health-care deliberations. ... For all the focus on the public option, ultimately the issue of affordability and how to pay for the overhaul will be more important. ... Veteran observers have no doubt there will be several doomsday moments and dismiss the notion that everything will be approved and reconciled by Thanksgiving, the target deadline. The odds are a measure will pass -- assuming Snowe stays on board -- with Christmas lights and music in the background when Obama signs it.'
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Analysts to Democrats: Aim pitch at women - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com

Analysts to Democrats: Aim pitch at women - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com. . . . . Guess it couldn't hurt to try.

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WH Clarifies Obama Positions Regarding Same-Sex Ballot Measures - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

WH Clarifies Obama Positions Regarding Same-Sex Ballot Measures - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . So this is the 16th of October's explanation and standing as per the White House for the Obama. What will their position be for each and every day hereafter? It would seem to me that the Obama will hold to a specific stand only after he is painted into a corner.

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Hundreds Attend Queens Rally for NYC Hate Crime Victim Jack Price, Including Supporters of Gay Bashers - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

Hundreds Attend Queens Rally for NYC Hate Crime Victim Jack Price, Including Supporters of Gay Bashers - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . And once again hatred rears its ugly head. And as we used to used to sing in the seminary ". . . . . they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love". Bet you didn't know that fisticuffs is another demonstration of Christian love. But we must remember the Reformation, and the Crusades. Whenever the holy mother Roman Catholic Church doesn't get its way, violence becomes its answer, the means and the way. Same goes for its kissing cousins too.  Jack Price is the new Jesus Christ!

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Gays and Evangelicals Face Off as Fort Worth 'Kiss-in' Gets Rowdy - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

Gays and Evangelicals Face Off as Fort Worth 'Kiss-in' Gets Rowdy - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men. . . . . . Once again hatred rears its ugly head. As we used to used to sing in the seminary ". . . and they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they'll know we are Christians by our love".

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: In Maine, opponents of marriage equality "have resorted to inventing scenarios to scare voters"

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: In Maine, opponents of marriage equality "have resorted to inventing scenarios to scare voters". . . . . If at first you don't succeed, lie, and that's what the opponents of marriage equalilty are doing, backed of course by the moral arbiter Bishop Malone.

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Monday, 19 October 2009

AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Top Obama advisers walk away from public option

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Top Obama advisers walk away from public option. . . . . Who's in charge . . . the Obama, or his flappers. Let's figure this one out, and soon, before the 'public option' is forever damned for all time.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Catholics prepare to take another swipe at the gays

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Catholics prepare to take another swipe at the gays . . . . . They call their pastors shepherds . . . guess that makes the plebiscite a flock . . . of assholes . . . and rightfully so, for the most part they blindly follow the leader (a child's game) and the verbal detritus that their hierarchy spews out. Why can't they stop meddling in other people's affairs . . . in their lives. Christ spoke, preached, and lived a life of love. Mankind bastardised his message.

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Health Care Poses Stiff Tests for Top Democrats - NYTimes.com

Health Care Poses Stiff Tests for Top Democrats - NYTimes.com . . . . Pelosi and Reid are hard to task at their respective jobs, representing the common man and woman at a most basic level of health coverage.

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Sunday, 18 October 2009

HEALTH CARE:




-- SCOOP -- WashPost 'Capitol Briefing,' 'CBO Estimates House Health Bill at $905B or Less,' by Lori Montgomery: 'Congressional budget analysts have given House leaders cost estimates for two competing versions of their plan to overhaul the health-care system, concluding that one comes within striking distance of the $900 billion limit set by President Obama and the other falls below it. House leaders have been working to lower the cost of the $1.2 trillion health-care package they offered in July. The report from the Congressional Budget Office, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, puts the cost of one plan at $859 billion over the next decade and the other at $905 billion. The cheaper version would rely heavily on a more dramatic expansion of Medicaid, the government health plan for the poor that is funded partly by the states -- meaning already-strapped governors would have to pick up more of the cost of reform.'

--THE PUBLIC OPTION LIVES, Patrick O'Connor and Carrie Budoff Brown report on p. 1: 'The forces in favor of a public health insurance option roared back Thursday on Capitol Hill after weeks when their cause looked bleak. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) looked closer than ever to including a robust U.S. government-run insurance program in the House bill - saying recent attempts by the health insurance industry to undercut reform prove insurers can't be trusted. And in the Senate, a weekly policy lunch turned into a heated debate when liberals went after the Senate Finance Committee bill and made clear they won't roll over for legislation that doesn't include a public option. Reflecting deep divides within the caucus, the Senate luncheon turned tense, with voices elevated and senators venting. 'In today's lunch, it even involved a little performance theater,' Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) said, describing it as an 'emotional catharsis.'




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POLITICO: Fed up with McEntee - Ben Smith - Fed up with McEntee

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Who's in charge: Fox News or Congressional Republicans? The Bilerico Project. . . . . Neither . . . WE THE PEOPLE are supposed to be in charge. Guess for our failure to make our voices clear and well heard we get the ilk that we got in the Congress.

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Barney Frank explains | The Bilerico Project

Barney Frank explains The Bilerico Project. . . . . Some agree; some don't. I happen to think that Mr. Frank should stop playing around with people's lives.

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Adviser Obama awaiting finished health care bill - Road Runner. This president is saving his political capital and clout . . . for what? I sure hope that he knows what he's doing. I'm really not so sure that he does.

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A Lethal Love Letter from the Catholic Bishops of the USA | The Bilerico Project

A Lethal Love Letter from the Catholic Bishops of the USA The Bilerico Project . . . . I would have stated 'hate' instead of 'love' - the sarcasm is just a waste of effort. Other than that, this epistle is well worth spending the time reading, discussing and understanding it and its tri-part presentation. Beside its timing and the manner of its appearance, its underlying presuppositions leave a lot to be desired if one wants to follow in the steps of a certain Jesus. That just doesn't seem to be the case for the originators of this Church . . . fan club that is . . . and the current batch of clergy . . . pope, cardinals, bishops and priests.

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Advice for a Gay Roman Catholic Convert | The Bilerico Project

Advice for a Gay Roman Catholic Convert The Bilerico Project . . . . From a former Catholic, and a priest at that, some well-balanced and pragmatic advice.

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First Ad Hits the Air for One Kalamazoo's Anti-Discrimination Fight | The Bilerico Project

First Ad Hits the Air for One Kalamazoo's Anti-Discrimination Fight The Bilerico Project . . . . California, Washington, Maine, Washington D.C., and now Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Babs Siperstein interview at the National Equality March | The Bilerico Project

Babs Siperstein interview at the National Equality March The Bilerico Project . . . . From the Democratic National Committee their first trans woman, our first trans woman.

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A Movement Moving Forward The Bilerico Project . . . . Let's continue the work!

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Is there anything the administration can't live with?

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Is there anything the administration can't live with? . . . . The sarcasm here drips a large pool underneath us all. Seems that without the sarcasm, or the voices raised in anger as the Republicans are doing, nothing gets done. Yeah, the Obama needs to be reminded that he won the election.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Obama calls anti-gay ballot measures in Maine and Washington "divisive and discriminatory"

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Obama calls anti-gay ballot measures in Maine and Washington "divisive and discriminatory". . . . . this has got to be one of the pitiest posts I've ever seen, yet so rich in content . . . and about time.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: White House accuses major union of "gratuitous slap" for standing up for real health care reform

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: White House accuses major union of "gratuitous slap" for standing up for real health care reform. . . . . Seems like the White House has been handing out the 'gratuitous slaps' here against its partners.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: House Vote On Insurance Industry Antitrust Exemption Coming

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: House Vote On Insurance Industry Antitrust Exemption Coming . . . . The 1945 McCarran-Ferguson Act, granting the insurance industry an antitrust exemption, may soon bite the dust . . . and not a moment too soon.

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Dem officials set stage for corporate-backed health care campaign - Ben Smith and Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com

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Saturday, 17 October 2009

AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Lindsey Graham on Don't Ask, Don't Tell (and those pesky gay rumors)

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My Personal Take on the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference Plan to Release November Statement Against Marriage Equality

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: So just who are these politically naive malcontents urging Obama to keep his promises?

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: So just who are these politically naive malcontents urging Obama to keep his promises? . . . . Believers, that's who we are, believers. Jai lo!

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POLITICO: Fed up with McEntee - Ben Smith - Fed up with McEntee

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DOJ Attorney Tom Perez Calls for Greater Govt Action of Gay Rights - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . Amidst all the clamoring and the hoo-haw it is refreshing to hear a voice from the desert calling out for the emancipation of the people and the transformation of a nation.

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Expert Witness: Edmund White - Expert Witness - Open Salon

Expert Witness: Edmund White - Expert Witness - Open Salon . . . . It's just one small step to the left and . . . you have E. White's view that his relationship is radical. Enjoy the read.

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Medicare Officials to Let Insurers Warn Recipients About Pending Health Bills - NYTimes.com

Medicare Officials to Let Insurers Warn Recipients About Pending Health Bills - NYTimes.com . . . . This is becoming more and more worrisome in the handling or is it the mishandling of the renewal and the reformation of the health care situation within one of if not the most wealthy country in the world today.

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Friday, 16 October 2009

Democrats Address Their Own Rifts on Health Care - NYTimes.com

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Pollster.com: Public Option: Who Knows It? Who Wants It?

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AIDS Study Flushes Out Hidden Virus, Pointing to Possible Cure - Bloomberg.com

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Judge refuses to toss suit challenging Prop. 8

Judge refuses to toss suit challenging Prop. 8 . . . .it now seems that this matter with Proposition 8 is going to be a full court press.

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Kalamazoo, MI Votes to Protect its LGBT Citizens from Discrimination - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

Kalamazoo, MI Votes to Protect its LGBT Citizens from Discrimination - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . This is not set in concrete yet . . . the political sensitivity goes up and down like a teeter-totter. Time will tell.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Grayson to Reid: Get tougher on Senate Dem health care holdouts

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Grayson to Reid: Get tougher on Senate Dem health care holdouts . . . . just a little peek into the background of developing and enacting federal legislation.

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E.J. Dionne Jr. - President Obama and Sen. Snowe Will Determine the Future of Health-Care Reform - washingtonpost.com

E.J. Dionne Jr. - President Obama and Sen. Snowe Will Determine the Future of Health-Care Reform - washingtonpost.com . . . . we were given the thesis and the antithesis in the persons of the Obama and the Snowe. Now here we have what seems to be the synthesis, the compromise. Let's hope there isn't too much of a difference between the synthesis and the compromise. We the people deserve it.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Why are health insurance companies exempt from antitrust laws? Not for long...

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Why are health insurance companies exempt from antitrust laws? Not for long...if the Obama and the Congress get off their respective asses and do something about it.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Now Olympia Snowe isn't sure she likes the public option opt out

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Now Olympia Snowe isn't sure she likes the public option opt out . . . . opt ini . . . opt out . . . let's call the whole thing off.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: We wouldn't need Olympia Snowe if the president simply told the Dems to vote the right way

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: We wouldn't need Olympia Snowe if the president simply told the Dems to vote the right way . . . . but in the mix of all things bright and beautiful (politically) it doesn't hurt to work together on this issue.

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Thursday, 15 October 2009

AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Why can't the AFA simply tell their members the truth?

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Why can't the AFA simply tell their members the truth? Don't they realise that they too have a special right, or are they so bloody stupid as to let themselves be led by the snout by their leaders . . . the more enlightened ones.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Catholic group wants No on 1's newest ad off the air because a Catholic mother wants her son to be equal

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Catholic group wants No on 1's newest ad off the air because a Catholic mother wants her son to be equal . . . . Well, well, now the homophobic extremist catholic group from the Holy Mother Roman Catholic Church knows what it's like to feel the pains of rejection. I guess their bishop Malone is sensing that possibility too. Well, tough! Let them now begin to feel the sensation of loss. Let them now feel that they are going to be powerless, that they are powerless. People are people, regardless of their particular characteristics and makeup, and as such deserve to be treated with the dignity and equality that each human being deserves.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Senator Udall wants Pentagon to provide repeal plan on DADT in 30 days

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Senator Udall wants Pentagon to provide repeal plan on DADT in 30 days . . . . Now how's that for a little friendly pressure?

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Hypocrite Roy Blunt has already resorted to gay-bashing

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Hypocrite Roy Blunt has already resorted to gay-bashing . . . . Here we have a BIGOT and a HYPOCRITE and a . . . . you name it. Got to get him out . . . of the way . . . and out of politics. He's a crude and a rude dude. Missouri deserves better.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Bob McDonnell really is a vehemently anti-gay Republican theocrat

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Bob McDonnell really is a vehemently anti-gay Republican theocrat . . . . He is a BIGOT and we have to see to it that he doesn't rub off on the good people of Virginia.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: New poll: No on 1 ahead by 51.8% to 42.9% with 5.2% undecided

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: New poll: No on 1 ahead by 51.8% to 42.9% with 5.2% undecided . . . . It's a possibility. If you can help, in any way, within and without the State of Maine, then please do so. Make it a probability . . . then a certainty.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Federal judge denied motion to dismiss Prop. 8 trial

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Federal judge denied motion to dismiss Prop. 8 trial . . . . Well here we are with a possibility (and maybe a probability) of Equality and Liberation.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Republicans and Hate Crimes

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Republicans and Hate Crimes . . . . It should only happen to them or one of theirs.

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Church Official Thinks Being a Mormon is Like Being Black CarnalNation . . . . This is not lite reading, but it is well worth it, that is, the insight gained of the adversary LDS.

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Any questions? The Bilerico Project . . . . In becoming familiar with the names, the issues and the media sources concerning and applicable to the GLBTQ community (or should that be communities?), tidbits of anger, disgust and hatred come to the surface. In fact, in a callous manner one expects to come across them. But then, there are those moments when I am proud to be a member of the GLBTQ community (yes, that is community). And what finer examples as Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King.

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Quién es más gay-friendly, Arnold or Barack? | The Bilerico Project

Quién es más gay-friendly, Arnold or Barack? The Bilerico Project . . . . Oh, yeah, forgive me for the Spanish . . . it came along with the piece.

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LGBT Strategy: "My Way or the Highway"? The Bilerico Project . . . . The opening paragraphs herein provide an interesting overview of the current gay issues, and with even a dollop of humour thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

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Cohn's priorities - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com

Cohn's priorities - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com . . . . the 'left's' ten health bill's priorities according to the 'left's' spokesperson.

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Maine polls shows support for Obama plan, public option - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com

Maine polls shows support for Obama plan, public option - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com . . . . Mind you, just a poll, just one state, just an interesting ?

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Editorial - Reform and Your Premiums - NYTimes.com

Editorial - Reform and Your Premiums - NYTimes.com . . . . It will be interesting to see what the equation is that is being considered by the option's opponents.

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Public Option Is Next Big Hurdle in Health Debate - NYTimes.com

Public Option Is Next Big Hurdle in Health Debate - NYTimes.com . . . . It is said that this will be the issue that the Obama will need to tackle in uniting the Democratic Party on the health debate . . . only time, and politics, will tell.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2009

No quiet fadeaway for federal insurance option - Road Runner

No quiet fadeaway for federal insurance option - Road Runner

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The Most Difficult Decision | The Bilerico Project

The Most Difficult Decision The Bilerico Project . . . . He isn't the first, nor will he be the lasted. What a bloody waste of time.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Insurance industry's top lobbyist makes case for public option

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Insurance industry's top lobbyist makes case for public option. . . . Finally the inevitability materialises from both sides of the fence.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Repercussions face Snowe if she votes with Dems. But, no consequences for Dems. who undermine Obama health insurance reform agenda.

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Repercussions face Snowe if she votes with Dems. But, no consequences for Dems. who undermine Obama health insurance reform agenda. . . . . Let the children play, let the games begin!

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Insurance industry says Baucus bill will lower premiums as compared to current law

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Insurance industry says Baucus bill will lower premiums as compared to current law . . . . That's good, no?

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Unions to oppose Baucus bill unless it's improved on Senate floor

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Unions to oppose Baucus bill unless it's improved on Senate floor . . . . Once again, it sounds good, but is it just a hot air balloon ?

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: "Even greedier than we imagined"

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: "Even greedier than we imagined" . . . . Sounds good, the proposed handling, but will it happen? Only time and the political moxie will tell.

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Watch: Brutal NYC Gay Bashing Captured on Video - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

Watch: Brutal NYC Gay Bashing Captured on Video - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . . Jack Price was, subsequent, and consequent to the attack, placed in a medically-induced coma. That's serious folks! I know, having once been placed in one myself.

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Editorial - Faith-Based Discrimination - NYTimes.com

Editorial - Faith-Based Discrimination - NYTimes.com . . . . The closing paragraph says it quite nicely if I do say so myself.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Arnold finally signs pro-LGBT legislation

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Arnold finally signs pro-LGBT legislation . . . They say that each and every journey begins with a small step. Let's hope that that is the case here in Calilfornia.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: CBS: "The message from the administration is: Don't hold your breath"

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: CBS: "The message from the administration is: Don't hold your breath" . . . . I can, you know, hold my breath, but to what purpose. Now is the time to speak out, one and all, and to demonstrate that we have voices, and they ring through quite loud and clear if we don't hold our breath.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: MoneyBomb for Maine: Help us hit $1.1 million on ActBlue by Oct. 15th

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: MoneyBomb for Maine: Help us hit $1.1 million on ActBlue by Oct. 15th . . . and don't forget, the opposition's bishop is actively raising funds to oppose our cause, our freedom, our right.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Dan Savage on the Joy Behar Show

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Dan Savage on the Joy Behar Show

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Lieberman may sponsor DADT repeal in the Senate

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Lieberman may sponsor DADT repeal in the Senate . . . is this the same Mr. Inconsistent who's looking to torpedo the 'Baucus' health bill?

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The finance committee vote - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com

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Dept. of momentum - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com . . . This presents an interesting precis.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Health insurance opposition to Baucus bill shows need for public option says Rep. Weiner

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Health insurance opposition to Baucus bill shows need for public option says Rep. Weiner . . . check out the DAILYKOS TV posting.

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Calif church gives up property after diocese split | News Story on 365gay.com

Calif church gives up property after diocese split News Story on 365gay.com . . . Now, that's what I call a 'clean break'.

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NY top court to consider gay marriage benefits News Story on 365gay.com . . . that is, whether what's legal elsewhere is to be considered legal here in New York State.

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White House Disavows CNBC 'Internet Left Fringe' Statement on Critics - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

White House Disavows CNBC 'Internet Left Fringe' Statement on Critics - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men . . . Seems like the DC circus employees know how to backpedal. Now let's see them move forward on the campaign promises contrary to the Obama's HTC presentation.

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Live Blogging the Finance Panel Vote on Health Care Bill - Prescriptions Blog - NYTimes.com

Live Blogging the Finance Panel Vote on Health Care Bill - Prescriptions Blog - NYTimes.com . . . I just wonder what similarity this purported bill will have to the actual finalised bill?

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Monday, 12 October 2009

AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: TIME's John Cloud: "Obama's Gay Outreach: All Talk, No Action"

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: TIME's John Cloud: "Obama's Gay Outreach: All Talk, No Action" . . . . . . . . The harsh reality of all talk and no action has been demonstrated by the harshness of the reality. Not just satisfied to not be a whipping boy, POTUS continues to cast to the four winds the dance of the mirage, swirling like a whirling dervish, obscuring his true self with the expediency of the political mirage.

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: BREAKING FROM NBC: White House official calls gays part of "Internet left fringe"

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: BREAKING FROM NBC: White House official calls gays part of "Internet left fringe" . . . The White House and all its residents and minions can go to bloody hell. I, and I alone, will define myself, and not some peon of POTUS' ilk and choosing will define me. It's bad enough that the likes of B. Obama are in the White House, but to be a snivelling turncoat, a cutthroat traitor, well . . . . Here's hoping that either I and others like myself are proven wrong, and that Obama comes through like the gentleman he comports to be, or that 2012 is not his year. Yes, that's right . . . do the math for yourself.

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Hawaii evangelical churches plan election push | News Story on 365gay.com

Hawaii evangelical churches plan election push News Story on 365gay.com . . . the planned election push is to the rightward . . . well folks, there you have it, from Maine in the East to Hawaii in the west, the Holy Mother Roman Catholic Church, this time with friends in the Protestant evangelical community, are sticking their hands into the political mix and fray, neigh, while we're at it, they're jumping in with both feet forward. When is the government going to proscribe their illegal and immoral attempts to influence the population.

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Dems scramble after warning from health insurers - Road Runner

Dems scramble after warning from health insurers - Road Runner . . . this should prove to be an interesting wrestling match.

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President Barack Obama's speech at the HRC dinner | The Bilerico Project

President Barack Obama's speech at the HRC dinner The Bilerico Project . . . There are many opinions, views and perspectives to this age, this political setup in D.C., this POTUS, these issues which many hold dear.  Therefore, I am going to present the verbatim verbiage of Mr. Obama and forego opinionising today.  The message is too important for me to just present my opinion, when each  one's individual opinion(s) is just as sacred, just as important as the next.

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HRC Moves Goal Post for Obama and LGBT Rights to January 2017? - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

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Watch: Interview with Robin McGehee, Co-Director of This Weekend's National Equality March - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Where's the beef?

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Where's the beef? . . . Where's the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? . . . POTUS the Democratic White House blimp has continued to treat the GLBTQ community as if it were brain-damaged and easily befuddled. It appears that each and every one of his pertinent to us promises have fluffed into hot air for his political blimp.

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Obama's big gay speech: Heard it all before.

AMERICAblog Gay A great people deserve their rights: Obama's big gay speech: Heard it all before. . . . Now we're being given another chance to hear the expostulation of this president's meaningless and empty campaign 'promises' . Don't get me wrong, I'd like to be shown up on these points, but it doesn't appear that we are being given anything short of the same ole' same ole'.

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Insurance Industry Assails Health Care Legislation - NYTimes.com

Insurance Industry Assails Health Care Legislation - NYTimes.com . . . It seems that we have here the plaintive crying of the child crying wolf one too many times.

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Saturday, 10 October 2009

Obama reaffirms will end dont ask dont tell - Road Runner

Obama reaffirms will end dont ask dont tell - Road Runner

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If health care passes subsidies will come later - Road Runner

If health care passes subsidies will come later - Road Runner

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Wait for benefits is 3 years if health care passes - Road Runner

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Lobbyists Fight Last Big Plans to Cut Health Care Costs - NYTimes.com

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Now is not the time to eliminate domestic partnership in the District of Columbia | The Bilerico Project

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: Lt. Col. Fehrenbach wants to hear Obama give the timing for repeal of DADT

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: John Boehner hates the gays so much he's willing to screw over the troops

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AMERICAblog Gay | A great people deserve their rights: WIth Hate crimes legislation included, Defense Authorization conference report passed House

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Pelosi dissed Baucus bill, wants "strong public option going into conference with the Senate"

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: What would a Nobel laureate tell the gays?

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: What would a Nobel laureate tell the gays? . . . Watch out as the sarcasm is somewhat spread here, and rightfully so.

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Navy Veteran Discusses Anti-Gay Abuse within the Military - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

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Professor Says Air Force Punished Her After Gay DADT Guests - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

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Joan Garry: If I Were Obama's Big Gay Speechwriter

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Nathaniel Frank: President Obama Should Show He's Queer Like Us

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Bill Maher: New Rule: Everyone Deserves Equal Rights

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Frank says D.C. gay rights march misses mark - USATODAY.com

OF INTEREST . . . Frank says D.C. gay rights march misses mark - USATODAY.com OF NOTE . . . . . . . Me thinks that he is getting long in the tooth OF COURSE . . . . As my sainted mother would often tell me "It takes all kinds to make a world".

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Friday, 9 October 2009

News Stories, Blog Posts on Gay, Lesbian Rights Issues | 365gay.com

News Stories, Blog Posts on Gay, Lesbian Rights Issues 365gay.com: "Share"

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Patient Money - It’s Time for the Annual Task of Choosing Your Insurance Plan - NYTimes.com

Patient Money - It’s Time for the Annual Task of Choosing Your Insurance Plan - NYTimes.com

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Off the Charts - The Divided States of Health Care Coverage - NYTimes.com

Off the Charts - The Divided States of Health Care Coverage - NYTimes.com . . . Where do those without health insurance live?

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Why I Won't Come Out on National Coming Out Day | The Bilerico Project

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House Votes to Expand Hate Crimes to Include Sexual Orientation - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men


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Op-Ed Columnist - The Baucus Conundrum - NYTimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist - The Baucus Conundrum - NYTimes.com

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The U.S. president Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Nobel Foundation said in Sweden on Friday.



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Thursday, 8 October 2009

AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Nearly 3/4ths of House Dems support public option

AMERICAblog News A great nation deserves the truth: Nearly 3/4ths of House Dems support public option

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AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth: Liberal Dems. pushing Harry Reid to include public option in Senate bill

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Results of Utah gov. meeting with gay rights groups | News Blog from 365gay.com

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Analysis: Supreme Court update | News Story on 365gay.com

Analysis: Supreme Court update News Story on 365gay.com

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NYC takes new action for gay youth | News Story on 365gay.com

NYC takes new action for gay youth News Story on 365gay.com

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North Carolina's Senator Kay Hagan: Legislator of the Day | The Bilerico Project

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Did the Army spin the AIDS vaccine story? | The Bilerico Project

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Mary Cheney's first case....

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Georgia Teen Leaves School After Being Told to Dress More 'Manly' - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men


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Montana High Court Upholds Historic Same-Sex Parent Custody Ruling - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

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Obama to Name Gay Man Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men

OF INTEREST . . . Obama to Name Gay Man Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men OF NOTE . . . . . . . The sexual orientation shouldn't matter, shouldn't make any difference. OF COURSE . . . . The more, the merrier.

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Op-Ed Columnist - Let Congress Go Without Insurance - NYTimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist - Let Congress Go Without Insurance - NYTimes.com. Hmm! Interesting alternative, and maybe, just maybe, it might work.

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