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Sgt. Brandon Morgan, right, is embraced by his partner Dalan Wells in a helicopter hangar at a Marine base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, upon returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan on February 22 of this year.

House GOP striking back at marriage equality

05/10/12 03:26PM

President Obama's historic affirmation of support for marriage equality yesterday was followed up by some Republican machinations on the Hill today, passing a measure in the House along party lines that would, per Politico, stop the Justice Department from using taxpayer funds to actively oppose the Defense of Marriage Act.The regression actually began last night, when, overshadowed by the President's news, the House Armed Services Committee voted to ban "marriage or marriage-like ceremonies" between same-sex couples from occurring on United States military bases.The $554 billion defense bill read more

Ben Jealous, national president and chief executive of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

NAACP launches voter registration drive

05/10/12 12:38PM

With state legislatures across the country pushing through restrictive voting laws effectively suppressing the pool of eligible voters -- in many cases in minority communities -- the NAACP is fighting back.The civil rights group kicked off their “This is My Vote” campaign in Georgia yesterday, an effort to combat suppressive voter-identification laws by registering hundreds of thousands of young minorities to vote.The surge in voter registration efforts pushes back on an influx of Republican-led state legislatures that have put controversial voter ID laws on the books requiring voters to suppl read more

Melissa opines on Obama, marriage equality

05/10/12 08:35AM

Melissa co-hosted "Politics Nation with Al Sharpton" yesterday, concluding the show with her take on President Obama's historic new stance on marriage equality. She led off by noting the importance of today, May 10, for an important reason. May 10 was the day that, in 1886, saw the House of Representatives pass the 14th Amendment, which reversed the Dred Scott v. Sanford decision, thereby granting citizenship to slaves and others born inside the country's borders.(Interestingly, May 10 is also the birthday of corporate personhood. read more

Media reaction to Obama's 'evolution'

Media reaction to Obama's 'evolution'

05/09/12 08:08PM

We'll have more about today's historical announcement by the President, but since 3:00pm ET, we've seen some very interesting the commentary from around the Internets. Taking a cue from our first excerpted writer, it seems prudent to sample some of that commentary here.Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast:The interview changes no laws; it has no tangible effect. But it reaffirms for me the integrity of this man we are immensely lucky to have in the White House. read more

Attorney Peter Drake, executive director of the Coming Out Into Light Foundation, speaks about his negative experiences with conversion therapy, while testifying in favor of a bill to ban the therapy during a hearing in Sacramento, Calif. The bill,...

California may soon ban 'gay cure'

05/09/12 02:42PM

It's comforting to know that at times when states are amending their constitutions to ban same-sex marriage and and when homophobia is inspiring unnecessary boycotts, there are some measures being taken to end the pain and discrimination against the LGBT community.Yesterday, the California Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would ban gay-to-straight conversion therapy. S.B. read more

Naomi Schaefer Riley.

'You told us we can do better, and we agree.'

05/08/12 06:15PM

Working for a show hosted by a college professor, we might be unusually attuned to the times when academia makes the news. Just as with stories in all corners of the news, those academic stories doesn't always make for good television. But when we read an April 30 post written and published by Naomi Schaefer Riley in the Chronicle of Higher Education, I was relieved as the editor of this space to learn that Melissa would be expanding a planned "Office Hours" column intended for this blog into a perfectly-named "Footnote" segment concluding Sunday's show. read more

Making same-sex marriage really illegal

05/08/12 01:09PM

Thinking about the North Carolina vote on same-sex marriage being decided today made me recall the scene in "Animal House" in which Dean Vernon feels compelled to invent, on the spot, a new way to punish a misbehaving fraternity already under probation. He called it "double-secret probation." More or less, that's a comic version of the very serious thing North Carolina could do today if they say yes to Amendment 1.Folks have been very focused upon the Vice President's stated views on gay marriage, and the implications for the President. read more

Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall-style meeting in Euclid, Ohio, Monday, May 7, 2012.

Mitt Romney's deafening silence

05/08/12 07:00AM

Mitt Romney has Rick Santorum's vote (finally). An email he blasted out to supporters late Monday night was published by Politico, and buried in a long stream of consciousness about Santorum evaluating Romney's fitness as a candidate, the former Pennsylvania senator issued a final grade:Above all else, we both agree that President Obama must be defeated. The task will not be easy. It will require all hands on deck if our nominee is to be victorious. read more

Will Obama 'evolve' on same-sex marriage?

05/07/12 03:00PM

Typically, Vice President Joe Biden speaking his mind isn't breaking news, unless he's letting an f-bomb slip over a live microphone. Yesterday was another exception.Shortly before went on the air, he told David Gregory on NBC's Meet the Press that personally, he is "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage. read more

Our Sunday homework is on pointe

Our Sunday homework is on pointe

05/06/12 11:50AM

We were truly thrilled to have the gracious and graceful Misty Copeland in #nerdland today, leaving us all dreaming of being ballet dancers.  Your first homework assignment is to get Kristen Hall and Anne Kennedy’s "Ballerina Girl," and read it to a child -- whether they be your own, a niece, a neighbor, or kids at a local school, girl or boy.Daniel Gross lit up #nerdland with his claim that America is actually better off today than in the past two decades. Read his provocative piece, "Myth Of Decline: U.S. read more

In our May 6 show, it's a Misty 'morning'

05/06/12 09:26AM

"Morning in America" is a phrase that for most politically conscious people who grew up in the Reagan era, means one of two things. If you're a conservative, you may have taken quite literally, and embraced as a mantra. For others, it's a reminder of how it could be argued that under President Reagan's leadership, the Republican Party ensured that only a privileged few saw the beauty of the dawn.But what about now? Can that term be reclaimed, at least in spirit, not just by the now-officially rebooted Obama campaign -- but by the facts themselves? read more

One bill that Clinton doesn't like

One bill that Clinton doesn't like

05/05/12 08:25PM

North Carolina has until Tuesday to vote its controversial Amendment 1 up or down -- and now, the Associated Press reports that former President Bill Clinton is chiming in with a decided thumbs-down.He recorded an audio advertisement against the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and civil unions. Starting Monday, thousands of North Carolina residents will hear this robo-call:Hello, this is President Bill Clinton. I’m calling to urge you to vote against Amendment One on Tuesday May 8. If it passes, it won’t change North Carolina’s law on marriage. read more