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A Bump on the Marriage Equality Road, But How Big?

On Wednesday, a federal court in Louisiana became the first to rule against marriage equality since Windsor. Is the decision an outlier or a sign of trouble ahead at the Supreme Court?

On Wednesday, a federal court in Louisiana became the first to rule against marriage equality since Windsor. Is the decision an outlier or a sign of trouble ahead at the Supreme Court?

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Louisiana Federal Court First to Uphold Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Cites ‘Lifestyle Choices’

“The national same-sex marriage struggle animates a clash between convictions regarding the value of state decisions reached by way of the democratic process," U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman wrote, "as contrasted with personal, genuine, and sincere lifestyle choices recognition.”

“The national same-sex marriage struggle animates a clash between convictions regarding the value of state decisions reached by way of the democratic process,” U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman wrote, “as contrasted with personal, genuine, and sincere lifestyle choices recognition.”

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Enforcement of Louisiana Admitting Privileges Law

The order prevents authorities in Louisiana from enforcing the law while clinics and providers continue to try and secure hospital admitting privileges.

The order prevents authorities in Louisiana from enforcing the law while clinics and providers continue to try and secure hospital admitting privileges.

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Legal Wrap: More Changes to Contraception Accommodation Means More Lawsuits

The Obama administration announced another change to the religious accommodation to the birth control benefit, and predictably conservatives hate it.

The Obama administration announced another change to the religious accommodation to the birth control benefit, and predictably conservatives hate it.

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Lawsuit Filed Challenging Louisiana Admitting Privileges Law

Advocates asked a federal court to block the measure before it takes effect next month.

Advocates asked a federal court to block the measure before it takes effect next month.

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Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast-Louisiana Director Resigns Amid Criticism

A street corner in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Following criticism from reproductive justice activists that she was an “example of the schism in work around reproductive rights,” Melissa Flournoy resigned from her position as director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast-Louisiana on Friday.

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‘The Silent Sex,’ Parents Against Sex Ed, and Anti-Choice Tactics

On this episode of Reality Cast, I speak with Chris Karpowitz, co-author of The Silent Sex, on the problem with women not getting heard, even when it really counts. In another segment, I discuss new recordings that show how sleazy anti-choice protesters are, and I report on how even the Bay Area has parents against decent sex education.

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Rachel Maddow Reports on Anti-Choicers at a NOLA Clinic

Rachel Maddow continues her coverage of anti-abortion protests in the South, most recently organized by Operation Save America. [via MSNBC]

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Todd Akin Is Back, and Anti-Choice Protesters Terrorize New Orleans

On this episode of Reality Cast, RH Reality Check Reporting Fellow Teddy Wilson explains what’s going on with anti-choice protests in New Orleans. Also, I discuss Todd Akin’s comeback, and how the fallout from Hobby Lobby continues.

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Why Did Anti-Choice Activists Harass Unitarians in New Orleans?

Last week activists interrupted a New Orleans Unitarian Universalist service to hector the congregants, demonstrating how the anti-choice movement is seeking to attack the long-standing American tradition of religious tolerance.

Last week activists interrupted a New Orleans Unitarian Universalist service to hector the congregants, demonstrating how the anti-choice movement is seeking to attack the long-standing American tradition of religious tolerance.

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