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Lessons of Hate in the Bible Belt

Teaching about intolerance in my high school Ethics class in a small town in Oklahoma lead to a real life lesson for my students when I was forced to resign for insubordination.

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Iowa County Recorders Can’t Deny Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

The Iowa Attorney General says that county recorders do not have the authority to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Andrade Sentenced to Life Without Parole in Zapata Killing

A man convicted Wednesday of using a fire extinguisher to crush the skull of a transgender Colorado woman was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

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Accused Zapata Killer Didn’t “Snap,” Prosecutor Argues

The trial of Allen Andrade, accused of killing transgender woman Angie Zapata of Colorado, got underway last week.

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Roundup: Alaska Parental Notification Bill Stalled

Parental notification bill in Alaska stalled; leading Afghan women’s rights activist killed; Afghan family law will not be enacted as written; Washington state expands domestic partner benefits.

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Iowa Governor, State Reps React to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

In his first press conference since the Iowa Supreme Court voided the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Gov. Chet Culver stated voters will ultimately decide the issue.

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“End Hate” Campaign Ramps Up For Zapata Murder Trial

A group of 50 progressive groups has launched a massive public information campaign across Colorado to inform readers about transgender murder victim Angie Zapata, whose accused killer goes on trial in Greeley next week.

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AmazonFAIL: How Online Social Tools Can Wreak Havoc — and Repair It

Over the holiday weekend, a firestorm let loose on the Internet: For no apparent reason, books on Amazon.com with feminist, LGBT and sexual-empowerment themes were removed from the sales rankings, numbers that show how well a product is performing on the website.

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Is This Book (Or This Author) Too Gay for Amazon?

My book, like many, many others, has recently been deranked by Amazon. The books this primarily appears to have impacted are those by LGBT authors, young adult or children’s books addressing sexuality, and some feminist titles.

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Roundup: Vermont Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Vermont legislature overrides Governor’s veto of same-sex marriage bill; assessing new members of the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Illinois can’t force pharmacists to dispense EC; Maryland student punished for taking birth control.

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