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White House Voices Concerns Over Indiana’s Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Law

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The White House voiced concerns today over the passage of Indiana’s religious freedom law that could potentially allow discrimination against LGBT people reports Metro Weekly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law yesterday by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence raises legitimate concerns for companies considering doing business in the state and is a step backward for all Americans.

Said Earnest:

"I have seen that there are a number of private businesses and nonprofit organizations that have said that the signing of this law prompts them to reconsider doing business in the state of Indiana. All those business and some of those who are considering having conventions in Indiana have raised concerns about whether all of their employees can count on being treated fairly in Indiana. 

"I think that is a testament to the kind of reaction I think a lot of people all across the country had, which is that the signing of the bill doesn’t seem like it’s a step in the direction of equality and justice and liberty for all Americans. Again, that’s not just the view of the administration, I know that’s the view of the Republican mayor of Indianapolis and a whole host of nonprofit and private sector companies who have legitimate concerns about the impact of this legislation."

Earnest added that he hasn’t spoken to President Obama directly regarding Indiana’s new law, or the "Kill the gays," ballot initiative that California Attorney General Kamala Harris is currently fighting.

 


DNC's Openly Gay National Political Director Sounds Off On LGBT Rights: VIDEO

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Last March, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz named longtime operative Raul Alvillar as the party's new political director. 

Alvillar, the first Latino to serve in the position, is also openly gay. 

He previously worked for Vice President Joe Biden and served as interim LGBT liaison for the White House for three months in 2011. Alvillar also worked on the Obama campaign in 2008 and for the John Kerry campaign in 2004, according to a story about his appointment in The Washington Blade.  

In an interview with Fox News Latino published Friday, Alvillar — who grew up in southern New Mexico — sounded off on LGBT rights:  

“Growing up LGBT in a small town, you didn’t talk about it,” Alvillar said. “Especially as a Hispanic male, there’s this expectation that you will have a wife and three kids and a minivan … That’s just how I grew up. Not knowing any other folks who were gay, you kind of feel like it’s not a ‘normal’ thing.

“I didn’t come out until I was in college, and even then I only came out to my sister,” he admitted. “I didn’t come out to my mother until I went back to New Mexico for my 10-year high school class reunion. I told her, ‘There’s something I have to tell you because I don’t want you to feel I haven’t been honest.’ She was immediately concerned and then I told her, ‘I’m gay.’ She was like, ‘Oh, okay,’ and was totally relieved. She thought I was going to tell her I was sick.”

But Alvillar notes that even in rural America, attitudes are changing:  

“I think people in Smalltown, USA,” he said, “recognize that there are people who are their brothers and sisters and cousins – people who are important to them, who they embrace, who are everyday people – who happen to be LGBT.”

He added, “Does that mean that the fight is over? No. Have we accomplished everything we need to for full inclusion in this country? No, there’s still a lot that we need to do. But the country is a better place.”

In fact, things have changed so much that Alvillar believes coming out actually helped him professionally. From an interview with Pink News last year: 

“I think for me, coming out was an advantage for me [in my job]. I think that the Democratic Party embraces diversity and is looking for that diversity. It was something that was advantageous to me. Not to say that it was the only reason why I’m in the positions I’m in. I’ve always said in the past that I’m Raul, I’m not gay Raul and I’m not Hispanic Raul. I’m just Raul. I’m here, I’m doing my job and we’re doing our jobs to get Democrats elected, whatever ethnicity or whatever sexual preference you might be.”

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Rick Santorum Has Awkward Encounter with Bats--t Lady Ranting About 'Communist Dictator' Obama: WATCH

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Because when you spend years hammering it into dimwitted voters' heads that President Obama is a "tyrant" who sides with "militant socialism," sooner or later you're going to come face to face with the f--ked up fan club you helped create.

Watch as Rick Santorum fields a rambling question from a "lifelong political activist" who believes Obama wasn't born in America and that POTUS tried to nuke Charleston last month, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jimmy Kimmel Gets Bystanders to Rant and Rave About Fake Obama-Related Current Events: VIDEO

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In a special President Obama edition of Lie Witness News, the Jimmy Kimmel Live crew ventured out onto Hollywood Blvd this past week to ask bystanders their thoughts on an assortment of made-up, Obama related current events.

Here what people have to say about Joe Biden's "Yo Mama" joke to Vladimir Putin, Obama's decision to not circumcise his newborn son, and more AFTER THE JUMP...

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President Obama Reads Mean Tweets on Jimmy Kimmel Live: VIDEO

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The Commander in Chief himself stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! yesterday and took part in a special presidential edition of Mean Tweets. 

Watch Obama read some of Twitter's unfiltered thoughts about his job performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jon Stewart on the Republican 'Traitors' Trying to Undermine Obama's Nuclear Deal with Iran: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart last night took a look at the letter sent to Iran by 47 Republican senators meant to undermine a potential nuclear deal with the Obama administration. The NY Daily News went so far as to dub them "traitors" on its front page.

But is Congressional subversion vis-a-vis foreign policy a wholly Republican concept? Well, that's not quite the case. What appears to be true, however, is that Congress and the President seem to both prefer working with the Ayatollah than with each other.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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