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Little Girl Shouts Down Bible-Thumping Salem Street Preacher: WATCH

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Street preachers are confrontational by nature, but this Salem evangelist got a lot more than he bargained for when a little girl showed up and decided to give him a piece of her mind...in spectacular pre-teen fashion of course. 

"Blah blah blah blah blah. Stop talking, no one listens!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Democrat Maura Healey to Become Nation's First Openly Gay Attorney General, in Massachusetts

HealeyDemocrat Maura Healey won her race for Massachusetts Attorney General and will become the nation's first openly LGBT attorney general, beating Republican John Miller.

With 80% of the vote in, Healey is leading 63% to 37%.

Said HRC President Chad Griffin in a statement:

"Maura Healey is one of the staunchest advocates for equality we have in this country, and we join her in celebrating her historic victory tonight. As the nation's first openly gay attorney general, she is an inspirational trailblazer and will fight to guarantee civil rights and legal equality for all people of Massachusetts."

 


Gay Republican Congressional Candidate Richard Tisei Loses In Massachusetts

6a00d8341c730253ef01a5118b1dd7970c-120wiThe Boston Globe reports that out gay Republican candidate for congress Richard Tisei has lost the race for Massachussetts' hotly contested sixth congressional district to Iraqi war veteran and Democratic newcomer Seth Moulton:

“Seth has served his country very admirably and very honorably in the military and I’m sure he’s going to do the same as the next Congressman from this district,” Tisei said in a concession speech.

He said the country faces a lot of problems and “it’s important for both Democrats and Republicans to get together in Washington to try to solve those problems.”

Moulton, 36, who lives in Salem, made his mark in September by beating nine-term incumbent US Representative John F. Tierney in the Democratic primary. Tisei, 52, a real estate agent from Lynnfield who served in the state Legislature for 26 years, had nearly succeeded in toppling Tierney two years earlier, losing by less than 1 percentage point.

Tisei previously boycotted the GOP's state convention over its anti-gay platform. That did nothing however to endear him to former Massachussetts representative Barney Frank from urging voters not to support Tisei. 


Anti-gay Christian College in Massachusetts to Review Policy Banning 'Homosexual Practice'

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A Christian university in Massachusetts has been given a year to review it's policy on forbidding "homosexual practice" on campus after the school's accreditation board, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, raised questions about the school's policy violating the commission's standards for accreditation. 

Boston Business Journal reports:

The commission asked Gordon College to submit a report next September. The report should describe the process by which the college has approached its review of the policy “to ensure that the College’s policies and procedures are non-discriminatory,” the statement said. [...]

In its joint statement, NEASC and Gordon College called the review process a “period of discernment” that will take place over the next 12 to 18 months. What “carried the day” for commission members was Gordon College’s decision to conduct its own review, Brittingham said. She said the long time frame that Gordon College has been allowed for the review is appropriate considering that Gordon College's policy is "deeply embedded in the culture of the college" and such things "don't change overnight."

LindsayThe NEASC began looking into the matter after news broke in June about Gordon College President Michael Lindsay signing a letter along with about 140 other religious leaders asking President Obama to secure exemptions for faith based groups in his executive order barring LGBT discrimination in federal contract work. Lindsay's letter also led the City of Salem to end its contract with Gordon College. 

In related news, Gordon College alumni gathered at the First Church in Wenahm on Friday to show support for the school's LGBT community and to call for a change in the school's anti-gay policy. 

(pictures via website)


GLAD Sues Social Security Administration For Lesbian Widow Social Security Benefits - VIDEO

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On Monday, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a lawsuit on behalf of a lesbian widow seeking parity of Social Security benefits for married same-sex couples, reports Washington Blade.

The litigation was filed by GLAD in the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island on behalf of 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw, who was denied spousal disability benefits and a lump sum death payment from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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In 2005, Tevyaw was married in Massachusetts to Patricia Baker. Baker died in 2011 following a battle against lung cancer. In her final months, she lobbied for the legalization of gay marriage in Rhode Island, testifying on the issue before the state Senate.

However, despite the legality of the marriage, Tevyaw was denied benefits upon her Baker’s death. The SSA at first asserted the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) blocked her from receiving benefits. However, even after the Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the law was unconstitutional, the SSA allegedly continued to deny Tevyaw benefits on the basis that Rhode Island wouldn’t have recognized her marriage at the time of Baker’s death.

Tevyaw has since been living on a monthly income of $732 and was forced to sell her home she owned for more than 38 years because she can’t afford the mortgage.

In a statement, Tevyaw said:

“I’ve lost my wife and my best friend, and Social Security has made that so much worse by telling me that in their eyes, I was not Pat’s wife. Not only is that hurtful and insulting, it has meant that I am living in poverty. I am not looking for a handout; this is money that Pat earned through hard work.”

The lawsuit also notes Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee’s executive order on May 24, 2012 recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages and contends the directive should apply to Tevyaw’s marriage even though Chaffee signed it before Baker’s death.

SSA spokesperson William “BJ” Jarrett said the agency agrees the issue behind the lawsuit “deserves additional consideration. He added that the SSA plans to review its policy manuals based on analysis of Rhode Island state common law.

Watch a 2012 interview with Tevyaw and Baker, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-Gay Groups Launch 'Unprecedented' Campaign Against Pro-LGBT Republican Candidates: READ

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Anti-gay activist groups The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), Family Research Council Action and CitizenLink are launching “an unprecedented campaign” against three Republican candidates because of their support for marriage equality and abortion, reports Buzzfeed.

Family Research Council Action is the legislative arm of rabidly homophobic listed hate group Family Research Council.

Last month, NOM cofounder Robert George said that he couldn't think of any "logical stopping place" between gay-affirming Christians and pedophile-affirming or serial killer-affirming Christians.

The three ultra-conservative groups “will mount a concerted effort to urge voters to refuse to cast ballots” for Republican House candidates Carl DeMaio [top left] in California, Richard Tisei [middle] in Massachusetts and Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby [right] in Oregon. DeMaio and Tisei are the only out LGBT Republican federal candidates from the to appear on the ballot this fall.

A letter  - claiming to speak on behalf of all Americans and possibly suggesting a gay recruitment drive - sent to Republican congressional and campaign leaders yesterday reads in part:

“We cannot in good conscience urge our members and fellow citizens to support candidates like DeMaio, Tisei or Wehby. They are wrong on critical, foundational issues of importance to the American people.

Worse, as occupants of high office they will secure a platform in the media to advance their flawed ideology and serve as terrible role models for young people who will inevitably be encouraged to emulate them.”

The letter goes on to warn Republican leaders that it is a “grave error” for the party to support “candidates who do not hold core Republican beliefs and, in fact, are working to actively alienate the Republican base.”

In a statement, NOM President Brian S. Brown said:

Brown“The Republican Party platform is a ‘statement of who we are and what we believe.’ Thus, the platform supports the truth of marriage as the union of husband and wife, and recognizes the sanctity and dignity of human life.

“We cannot sit by when people calling themselves Republicans seek high office while espousing positions that are antithetical to the overwhelming majority of Republicans.”

Read the letter, AFTER THE JUMP...

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