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Russia’s Anti-LGBTQ Law Leads to Protests, Pushback, and a Reminder of Our Laws Here at Home

The new law has rightly called attention to the widespread discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in Russia. And as the international community reacts—by dumping vodka and threatening to boycott the Olympic Games in Sochi—it's worth noting that some U.S. states have similar language on the books.

The new law has rightly called attention to the widespread discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in Russia. And as the international community reacts—by dumping vodka and threatening to boycott the Olympic Games in Sochi—it’s worth noting that some U.S. states have similar language on the books.

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Some Seriously Suggested State Alternatives to the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

Some state governments would like to avoid implementing Obama’s Medicaid expansion. These are their alternative plans. [Via Upworthy.]

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Dissecting the Outrageous, Inaccurate Claims Made at a High School Abstinence-Only Presentation

Hillsboro High School, Tennessee.

A presentation in Tennessee made headlines after a student recorded the inaccurate, misleading, and extremely biased information presented in his high school class. Here’s what was said, and what’s wrong with the presentation.

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Virginia Extremism, Tenneessee Lies, and Women In Film

On this episode of Reality Cast, I’ll be interviewing Melissa Silverstein about her new book on female directors. Anti-choice extremists make a bid to wrest control away from Virginia’s Republican Party, and an abstinence-only propagandist is exposed by a high school student with a smart phone in Tennessee.

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Ohio Lawmakers Work to Prohibit Teaching About ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’

young couple sitting closely on couch

Touching thighs is, according to Ohio lawmakers, a gateway to other sexual activity and they would like to see anyone who teaches about it in school subject to a $5,000 fine.

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Sodomy! Zygotes! Welfare! Jon Stewart Talks Anti-Choice Laws and Radical Welfare Plans

Arkansas, North Dakota and Kansas pass strict anti-abortion laws, and Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield floats a radical welfare plan.

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Legal Wrap: The Anti-Contraception Movement’s Long History

oral and injection birth contorl

Legal contraception for single people has been a fight for over 40 years, and the latest challenges suggest the fight isn’t ending soon.

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Kentucky Settlement: Tax-Funded Child-Care Agencies Can’t Discriminate Based on Religion

Child's hands on book

Child-care agencies that contract with the state will now have to ensure that children are not pressured into participating in religious worship or instruction.

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Federal Judge: Planned Parenthood of Tennessee Can Continue HIV-Prevention Work

hand holding AIDS ribbon

Another federal court rules that conservatives can’t defund Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion care.

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Sponsors of Tennessee Forced Ultrasound Bill Turn to Constitutional Amendment Instead

Senator Jim Tracy.

Women in the state of Tennessee will not be required to have an ultrasound before an abortion, but they may have more than that to deal with in 2014.

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