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‘God Loves Gays’ billboard goes viral Group called ‘The Facebook of God’ put up the sign in Topeka, Kansas
A new billboard in Topeka is going viral and getting national attention due to its message and location. The group known as “The Facebook God” raised more than $80,000 to pay for a billboard that says “God Loves Gays” located near 21st and Western in the capitol city. The “Facebook God” page has more than 1.7 million likes and used a popular online crowd funding website called indiegogo.com to generate funds for the message. The indiegogo page said the group wants to promote love.
WIBW reached out to the founders of the group for comment and “God” responded, claiming to be the deity behind the whole thing. God said He is working with the Equality House in Topeka on the campaign. God said the billboard will be up for one year or “perhaps much longer.” Topeka is home to the Westboro Baptist Church, known internationally for its anti-gay protests.
Stretch Hummers. A bloody brawl. And Sarah Palin?
This story has it all. Stretch Hummers. Booze. A right hook. And a former vice presidential candidate screaming, “Do you know who I am?”
Just another Saturday night in Anchorage with the Palins?
Several Alaska bloggers reported a brawl at a house party over the weekend for the Iron Dog snowmobile race (that Todd Palin has won four times). And it allegedly involved the former first family of Alaska.
UPDATE: Anchorage Police Department’s communications director Jennifer Castro confirmed to the Loop what others have reported that there was a fight at a party where the Palins were in attendance:
In July, Tennessee began a drug testing program for applicants to the state’s welfare program. Since then, just one person has tested positive out of more than 800.
Applicants have to answer three questions about drug use to get benefits, and if they answer yes to any of them, they get referred to urine testing. If the result is positive, they have to complete a treatment plan and then take another test. If the second comes back positive, they get cut off from benefits for six months. Those who refuse to take a drug test in the first place can’t get benefits.
Our founding fathers knew that there needed to be a separation of church and state, and for good reason. I think this graphic makes a good point.
Utah files same-sex marriage appeal to U.S. Supreme Court
SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah filed its appeal of a gay marriage ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, becoming the first state to ask the justices to review a state same-sex marriageban since the high court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.
Utah officials announced last month they would take the state’s case directly to the high court rather than seek a review from the appeals court that in June ruled states cannot deprive gay and lesbian couples of the fundamental right to marry. That decision upheld a December ruling by a federal judge overturning Utah’s ban.
The unanswered and “immensely important” question before the Supreme Court is whether the 14th Amendment prohibits state same-sex marriage bans, the state wrote in its filing.
“The issue presented has been ‘percolating’ for 40 years. Dozens of cases are challenging state marriage laws, and erratic use of stays has created legal chaos,” the state wrote. “It comes down to this: Thousands of couples are unconstitutionally being denied the right to marry, or millions of voters are being disenfranchised of their vote to define marriage. Either way, the court’s review is necessary, and this case is the right vehicle to do so.”
Peggy Tomsic, lead attorney for the three gay and lesbian couples who sued Utah, said in a statement that they “vehemently disagree with the notion that states can deny one of the most foundational rights to the millions of same-sex couples living across this great land.”
Utah attorney general Sean Reyes said in a statement that he has a responsibility to defend the state constitution and hopes the case is resolved quickly.
If the U.S. Supreme court decides to take the case, it would be the first time the top court considers gay marriage since justices struck down part of a law that that prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. Since then, courts around the country have ruled in favor of gay marriage in more than 20 cases.
The high court is under no obligation to take Utah’s case, and it could wait for more rulings from other appellate courts with gay marriage cases pending, legal scholars say.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that Virginia’s state’s voter-approved prohibition on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Tuesday his state also plans to go to the Supreme Court to review that ruling.
In any of the appellate cases, the losing party can appeal directly to the Supreme Court, or first ask for the entire appellate court to review the ruling.
Legal experts say the Supreme Court eventually will take a gay marriage case after one or more appeals court rulings, but that won’t happen until 2015 at the earliest.
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It sounds like a wonderful campaign, but I do believe this will be quite the challenge.
Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil will be at the US city of Douglas-Saugatuck on Aug. 17 to discuss his new public awareness campaign, “Free Gay India,” according to pridesource.com.
The event will be hosted by Chicago human rights attorney Jay Paul Deratany who wrote the GLAAD-nominated play “Haram Iran,” based on the true story of the hanging of two Iranian teenagers who were alleged to be gay.
The event will include a brunch and Q&A session at The Kirby historic mansion in Michigan’s best gay travel destination of Douglas-Saugatuck.
“I have followed Prince Manvendra’s compelling story and the challenges he faced when he chose to come out about his sexual preferences in 2002,” Deratany told pridesource.com. “I’m honored to welcome him (and) I’m thrilled that he…
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Referring to the widening gap between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S., he said he “unintentionally… added to the situation we’re in right now.”
According to Pew, the left and right “are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades. ”
“When you live your life 5 hours a day on live television and radio you’re going to say stupid things,” Beck said.
Indeed, a quick google search for “glenn beck stupid comments” brings up dozens of articles and posts from around the web.
The former Fox News host said that calling President Obama a racist was “of course” something he shouldn’t have said.
He explained that, at the time, hadn’t realized the impact that some of his comments would make.
“We are much more fragile than I thought,” he said
It’s not the first time Beck has expressed remorse over his behavior during his tenure at Fox. He made similar comments in January and in 2013.
Watch a video of his on CNN.
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I’m confused. Boehner Encourages Obama To Take Executive Action, One Day After Voting To Sue Obama Over Executive Action
Hours before Congress broke for the August recess, House Republicans claimed that the President could use executive action to fix the border situation with unaccompanied children fleeing violence in the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. In a press statement released Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other House Republican leaders indicated that President Obama could address the crisis “without the need for congressional action,” a statement tinged with some irony given that just the day before, House Republicans had slammed the President with a lawsuit claiming executive overreach.