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Brazil No-Hope Presidential Candidate Goes On Televised Homophobic Rant

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The penultimate televised debate before next weekend’s presidential election was overshadowed by a homophobic rant by fringe candidate Levy Fidelix, reports The Guardian.

Fidelix, a conservative and former journalist with no hope of winning, was entitled to almost as much screentime as the leading candidates.

On the Sunday debate, he said that gay people “need psychological care” and are better kept “well away from” other people.  He also suggested that Brazil’s population would be reduced by half if homosexuality were encouraged because “the excretory system” does not function as a means of reproduction.

Although his comments went unremarked upon by the three main candidates – including former environment minister Marina Silva, who earlier this month reversed her support for same-sex marriage – his insults and the other candidates' failure to address them quickly dominated post-debate discussion on social networks. 

According to the most recent polls, incumbent Dlima Rousseff will win the first round on October 5th and then face a run-off with Silva on October 26th.


Jon Stewart Skewers the 2014 Midterm Election Ad Season: VIDEO

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Apparently the battle over control of the Senate has all boiled down to which candidates can best hold a gun, ride a snowmobile, and do a keg-stand.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bill Maher Announces Anti-gay Rep. John Kline (R-MN) As His 'Flip a District' Midterm Target: VIDEO

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On a live taping of Real Time last night, Bill Maher announced Rep. John Kline (R-MN) as the “winner” of “Flip a District” - a mid-term election themed campaign segment that will see Maher personally target Kline for defeat this November.

As reasoning behind Kline’s pick, Maher noted Kline’s votes to repeal Obamacare fifty-four times, against raising the minimum wage, for shutting down he government, against stem cell research, against gay marriage, against funding climate change studies, and his role as the Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in perpetuating student debt (a subject that fellow HBO host John Oliver has also tackled in the past)

Watch the announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

Kline, who has served as Representative for the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities since 2003, has received a 0% on every Human Rights Campaign Congressional Scorecard since coming into office.

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Sarah Palin: 'I Owe America A Global Apology' For Costing John McCain the 2008 Election: VIDEO

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In a Thursday night segment on Sean Hannity's show criticizing President Obama's response to the ISIS threat, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin dropped the following truth bomb - candidly saying she owed America a "global apology" for screwing up John McCain's chances back in 2008. Because, you know, had McCain become President everything presumably would be sunshine and rainbows and peace and love...or something like that.

I think the correct phrase she was looking for when she settled on "global apology" was "global you're welcome"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you haven't yet watched Palin's Ice Bucket Challenge a few weeks back, you really owe it to yourself to check it out HERE

[via joe.my.god]

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Massachusetts Could Make History This Fall Electing First Out Gay Attorney General, Lt. Governor

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On Tuesday night, two openly gay candidates secured their party's nominations in the Massachusetts primary, paving the way for a history-making election night on November 4th.

Maura Healey (top left) beat out former state senator Warren Tolman to become the Democratic nominee for attorney general. Steve Kerrigan (top right), became the Democratic lieutenant governor nominee alongside gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley. If Healey and Kerrigan are elected this fall, they would be the first LGBT people to hold their respective positions in the United States.

Buzzfeed reports:

“As an advocate, as a prosecutor, and as a civil rights attorney, you have got to make your case and you have it give it all of your heart,” Healey said in her victory speech. “We have made our case tonight.”

As an assistant attorney general in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Healey played a key role in the state’s fight against the Defense of Marriage Act, arguing against DOMA’s constitutionally at the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012.

Martha Coakley, Kerrigan's gubernatorial running mate, coincidentally filed the very same DOMA suit in 2009 while serving as attorney general. 

Kara S. Coredini of MassEquality was thrilled with the primary's outcome:

“Tonight was a tremendous night for LGBTQ justice and equality. Voters saw Steve Kerrigan and Maura Healey for what they offer and not solely who they are — and both won by resounding margins. For the young LGBTQ people growing up anywhere in Massachusetts and anywhere in the country, the people of Massachusetts have said to them tonight, it’s what you do that matters, and we celebrate who you are...

Massachusetts is poised to shatter several glass ceilings after tonight. Our first elected female Governor of Massachusetts, our first openly gay Lieutenant Governor and state Attorney General in Massachusetts and the country, and the second female treasurer in the Commonwealth’s history, which is a great accomplishment given the glass ceiling that has existed for women in politics, both statewide and nationally. They will bring to the job the wisdom and insight of the lives they’ve led, and they will give hope to all that follow.”

Congratulations to Healey, Kerrigan, and Coakley!


Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie Says Support for Marriage Equality Cost Him His Reelection Bid

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who recently lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary to state Sen. David Ige, told reporters this week that it was his decision to call a special session last year to legalize marriage equality that ultimately led to his re-election bid defeat. 

The AP reports:

Abercrombie"Republicans crossed over en masse to vote in the Democratic primary, and then the religious factor came in," Abercrombie said. "Doctrinally I was outside the circle and paid for it." He argued that voters were urged to choose his opponent by their religious leaders.

Abercrombie, who spoke to reporters in his office, lost to Ige by a stunning 2-1 margin, the first time a Democratic governor has been unseated in a Hawaii primary.

But Abercrombie said losing was worth it to pass a law legalizing gay marriage.

"There's no way I could live with myself if I thought I was diminishing another human being's ability to reach their full capacity," Abercrombie said.

Executive director of the Hawaii Catholic Conference Walter Yoshimitsu said that he was unaware of any religious leaders urging voters to cross party lines and vote against Abercrombie in the primary. He did add though that many people were upset with Abercrombie's special session last year. 

"We couldn't have figured out what the urgency was," Yoshimitsu said. "If he had dealt with it in the regular session, there would have been more time."

Sometimes it's hard for the heterosexual Christians to see the "urgency" in the push for equal rights, ya know?


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