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New Hampshire Republicans Appoint Married Gay Man Dan Innis To Party Leadership: VIDEO

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Dan Innis, a married gay man who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in New Hampshire, has been confirmed as a member of the state Republican Party’s leadership.

BuzzFeed reports that state Republican Party Chair Jennifer Horn appointed Innis to the finance chair position on Monday.

The appointment was supported by Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Frank Guinta, the two Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation.

In a statement, Horn said:

“I am pleased that Dan has agreed to dedicate his time and considerable talents to helping Republicans raise the resources that we need to compete with the Democrats.

“I am proud to have Dan on my team and look forward to his contributions to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.”

Innis is a professor at the University of New Hampshire and owner of the Hotel Portsmouth with his husband, Doug Palardy.

Watch Innis announce his run for Congress in 2013, AFTER THE JUMP...

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AFA Unveils 'Bigotry Map' of Allegedly 'Anti-Christian' Groups - VIDEO


The American Family Association has always protested being listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and despite them complaining about it their status remains because...well...they're a hate group. They deliberately spread lies, falsifications, and try to engender hate and discrimination against gays. This is provable, verifiable fact.

In response, the AFA has now created a "Bigotry Map" that points out organizations across the U.S. that promote the homosexual agenda, atheism, humanism, and are anti-Christian, and of course the SPLC is listed. Yes, the AFA has resorted to the "I'm rubber, you're glue" defense. Also, the AFA has highlighted that they don't understand the definition of "bigot" as an atheist group is no more a collection of bigots than the local religious group unless members of said group are actively discriminating against others for their differently-held beliefs.

Speaking on his show Focal Point, bigot Bryan Fischer is gleefully convinced that Right Wing Watch is in an absolute froth over this. As Joe Jervis points out, though, not so much.

You can watch Fischer congratulate himself AFTER THE JUMP...

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Finland Enacts Citizen-Supported Same-Sex Marriage Law: VIDEO

President Sauli Niinistö

Finland has become the last Nordic country to provide for same-sex marriage after President Sauli Niinistö (above) signed a bill into law last Friday, reports The Advocate.

The Finnish parliament passed the legislation last November.

The signing is the first piece of legislation brought to Finland’s Parliament as a citizens' initiative.

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb07ba1bf1970d-300wiAija Salo of Finnish LGBT group National Seta, said:

"This was a very large and unique campaign, it was the first citizen's movement. The public spoke. It is very important to a lot of people personally and also symbolically, and people are very happy."

The law will allow for same-sex marriages by March 2017.

Last December, almost 7,800 Finnish citizens resigned from the Lutheran church after Archbishop Kari Mäkinen (right) supported the vote in favor of gay marriage.

Watch a Finnish comedy sketch (with English subtitles) which suggests anti-marriage equality arguments are stupid all over the world, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Conservative Southern Baptist' Mom Talks About Her Family's Campaign For Trans Acceptance: VIDEO


Debi Jackson, a self-described “conservative southern Baptist” from Alabama and mother of a transgender child, has spoken to GLAAD about her campaign to encourage others to accept trans children.

Last year, Jackson spoke publicly about her daughter as well as the parental intolerance and ignorant questions raised by others who blame Debi for her daughter’s transition.

Jackson and her husband became activists when their desire to support their child evolved into a wider goal to spread understanding and awareness of trans issues throughout society, regardless of religious or political affiliation.

Watch the interview with GLAAD - published as part of the #GotYourBack campaign - AFTER THE JUMP...

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DOJ Closing Investigation Into Trayvon Martin, Will Not Charge Zimmerman: VIDEO

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Today the Justice Department announced that they are closing their investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin, the black teen in Florida who was gunned down by George Zimmerman three years ago in an incident that at its absolute most generous can be described as "tragic," or "wrong place, wrong time."

Federal prosecutors concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to prove that Zimmerman had intentionally violated Martin's civil rights, and as such they will not be charging Zimmerman. While apparently a miscarriage of justice, the unfortunate reality seems to be that Zimmerman committed no crime, at least not with the way Florida's laws are written. According to one of the jurors from the initial trial:

[A]s the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can't say he's guilty. You can't put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty. But we had to grab our hearts and put it aside and look at the evidence.

A bizarre interpretation of manslaughter - one of the charges Zimmerman was brought up on - as several variants of the charge point out that the killer does not have to have had the intent to kill to still be convicted.

It really seems to be a matter of time before Zimmerman's luck runs out, however. While Martin at worst had some behavioral problems towards the end of his high school career, Zimmerman has had a string of encounters with the police, both before and after the shooting, and virtually all of them involve Zimmerman being violent.

ABC News has a video of the story, which disturbingly reveals that not only has Zimmerman gone into hiding but has been given back the right to carry a firearm, AFTER THE JUMP...

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12-Year-Old Goes On Rant Condemning Obama, Gets Praise From Conservatives: VIDEO

CJ Pearson

Because if there's a demographic shown to have a nuanced understanding of political issues and is able to express opinions via reasoned and informed discourse, it's pre-teens. Middle-schooler CJ Pearson has made a name for himself in conservative circles online like Fox News, The Blaze, and The Daily Mail for accusing Obama of not loving America.

The facts according to Pearson, who doesn't care about being "politically correct", are that if Obama really did love America, "[Y]ou would call ISIS what it really is -- an assault on Christianity, an assault on America and a downright hate for the American values that our country holds." Which....isn't a fact, it's a matter of opinion; nor is it a politically incorrect statement as it doesn't attempt to dismiss the views of a disadvantaged person as being invalid because their problems don't exist. (Also, political correctness doesn't really exist in the first place.)

Pearson continues by accusing Obama of taking things (though what "things" aren't specified) from hard-working Americans, praising Giuliani for calling Obama out -- even though Giuliani has since tried to backtrack on those comments -- and further accusing Obama of being unwilling to defend his nation from threats domestic and abroad. Evidently, orchestrating the assassination of Osama Bin Laden doesn't count.

The rant sounds so shockingly like what passes for most far-right rhetoric, one can really only come to one conclusion: right wing blogs are all written by prepubescent boys.

You can watch Pearson rant -- and pray that he outgrows it all before he becomes the next Caiden Cowger -- AFTER THE JUMP...

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