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Family And Friends Reflect On The Life And Legacy Of Matthew Shepard In New Documentary: VIDEO

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For those unaware, tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's tragic passing. To mark the milestone, a new documentary film titled Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine has been released, which tells the story of the Wyoming young man through the personal lens of family and friends. We previously reported on the documentary back in 2011 when it was still getting funding.

Check out the powerful trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

To find out more about the film and showtimes, visit the website HERE.

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New Ad Goes After Liz Cheney's Alleged Support for Gay Rights: VIDEO

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The American Principles Fund PAC has begun running an ad in Wyoming targeting Liz Cheney's run for the U.S. Senate, the L.A. Times reports:

The spot features clips of Cheney from a 2009 appearance on MSNBC — identified as "the go-to network for Barack Obama and Washington’s liberal elites" — in which she expressed opposition to a constitutional amendment banning the marriage of same-sex couples and support for a State Department move extending benefits to the same-sex partners of Foreign Service employees.

The spot, which ends with the tag line "Wrong for Wyoming," takes a generous share of creative license. Cheney provoked a sisterly spat by declaring in August her opposition to same-sex marriage.

Said Cheney in August:

“I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage, [I believe] the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves.”

Liz's statement provoked her married lesbian sister Mary to respond on Facebook: "For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage....Freedom means freedom for everyone. That means that all families — regardless of how they look or how they are made — all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other."

A tough sell in Wyoming.

Watch the anti-Cheney ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Blogger Known for Outing Homophobic GOP Lawmakers Says Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) is Gay

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Mike Rogers, a prominent blogger with a superior track record for outing anti-gay, hypocritical politicians, outed Wyoming Senator John Barrasso yesterday, tweeting:

Tweeet_rogers"@senjohnbarrasso on Chris Wallace had the chance to come out as gay on @foxnewssunday out and be proud. #maybenexttime #bustthehatecloset"

Barrasso, a twice-married Presbyterian with three children, has voted against the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. He has also bragged about his votes against gay marriage.

Said Barrasso in 2004: “I believe in limited government, lower taxes, less spending, traditional family values, local control and a strong national defense. In the state Senate, in addition to receiving an ‘A’ rating from the NRA, I have voted for prayer in schools, against gay marriage and have sponsored legislation to protect the sanctity of life.”

Does Rogers have more up his sleeve? When asked for a statement by activist Will Kohler, Rogers replied, "My tweets stand on their own."

Rogers said in June that at least three anti-gay members of Congress are gay and that one would be outed soon.

Our Kyler Geoffroy noted Rogers' record back in June:

The blogger's most high-profile triumphs include the 2004 revelation that then Rep. Ed Schrock (R-VA) was leaving voicemails on a gay hook-up service, prompting the two-term congressman to retire. In October 2006 he wrote that three men informed him they had sex with then Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) in bathrooms at Union Station. Before making his allegations against Craig public, two of his three sources signed affidavits saying they would come forward if Rogers was taken to court.


Liz Cheney: 'I am Not Pro-Gay Marriage'

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Liz Cheney, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Wyoming, reacted yesterday to charges by her opponent that she "aggressively promotes" gay marriage, ABC News reports:

Cheney is running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, challenging fellow Republican Sen. Mike Enzi. In a statement today she accused the Enzi campaign of conducting a “push poll” in the state, which asks “Are you aware that Liz Cheney supports abortion and aggressively promotes gay marriage?”

The Enzi campaign categorically denied it conducted the poll.

“I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage,” Cheney said in a statement, adding that she believes “the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves.”

“The people of Wyoming deserve an honest campaign.  They should not be subject to the kind of dirty tricks this push poll represents.  I call on Senator Enzi to denounce this poll and to tell the National Republican Senatorial Committee, or anyone else promoting untruths on his behalf, to stop,” Cheney said.

Cheney's statement breaks with other members of her family. Her sister Mary, who is gay, and her mother and father Dick and Lynne Cheney, support marriage equality.


Will Liz Cheney Destroy the Wyoming Republican Party? - VIDEO

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Liz Cheney has announced her bid for the US Senate to represent her home state of Wyoming. As a result, Fox News terminated her position as a political analyst, a position she has held since January 2012. Rather than shady shenanigans, however, the reason for her termination was to avoid a conflict-of-interest, and the practice of terminating contracts when political analysts announce candidacy for office is used by most cable news networks. Cheney will be running against Republican Senator Mike Enzi for the seat, who announced his candidacy on Tuesday afternoon.

Enzi is against all forms of abortion, voted for measures to ban gay marriage and flag desecration, is a strong supporter of gun rights, supports partial privatization of Social Security and has voted against expanding Medicare. He takes a hard view on immigration, has voted to uphold the PATRIOT Act, and opposed any reduction in wiretapping and extending rights to Guantanamo Bay detainees.

To compare, Cheney co-founded the non-profit group Keep America Safe which supports keeping Guantanamo open, called DOJ attorneys terrorist sympathizers for defending Gitmo detainees, supports gay marriage and the repeal of DADT, defended Halliburton, and has a track record of lying or distorting the facts when discussing the Obama and Bush administrations such as claiming that Obama has engaged in a "strategic retreat" from the war on terror.

According to former Republican Senator Alan K. Simpson in an interview last week, “[it will be] the destruction of the Republican Party of Wyoming if she decides to run and he runs, too. It’s a disaster — a divisive, ugly situation — and all it does is open the door for the Democrats for 20 years.”

The video announcing Cheney's bid can be seen AFTER THE JUMP...

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Wyoming More Progressive On Gay Rights Than It Seems

Amid last week's celebrations over the Supreme Courts rulings in favor of marriage equality, one could not help but consider those LGBT people living in states with same-sex marriage bans and zero gay anti-discrimination laws protecting them.

That's what makes the The New York Times' recent article on the slowly changing gay rights landscape of Wyoming so worthwhile.

Wyoming_flagRemember, this is the state where openly gay student Matthew Shepard got murdered in an anti-gay hate crime 15 years ago. The state is largely red with over 69 percent of its votes in the 2012 elections going towards the GOP.

But while the Supreme Court decisions won't make life any easier for LGBT couples in the so-called "Equality State," the decision may help accelerate the state's gradual thaw towards legally protecting LGBT couples:

Like 36 other states, Wyoming limits marriage to a man and a woman. State lawmakers have voted down attempts to include gay and transgender people in Wyoming’s antidiscrimination laws. There are no hate-crime laws on the books, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group…

Wyoming has never been easy to pigeonhole when it comes to gay rights. Republicans dominate state and local politics, and support for gun rights, low taxes and small government runs as deep as groundwater. But so does a cowboy libertarian streak, residents say, rooted in ranches, homesteads and a notion of “You live your life, and I’ll live mine.”

Wyoming repealed its sodomy law in 1977, a generation before the Supreme Court declared such laws unconstitutional. Several times in recent years, Republican lawmakers have rejected efforts by social conservatives to ban the recognition of same-sex marriages from other states or to add “defense of marriage” amendments to the State Constitution.

The article focuses on the domestic partnership bill created by the state's only openly gay legislator, State Representative Cathy Connolly. The bill would have given same-sex couples most of the rights of marriage. But even though it passed with bipartisan support out of committee, it later died in the house in a 35 to 24 vote . Nevertheless, it still did better than similar bills had in the past, and its final vote count is impressive when you consider that the Wyoming State House has 52 Republicans and only eight Democrats.

Though the Wyoming legislature rejected a bill to legalize same-sex marriage earlier this year, the state has also managed to stave off a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions, making the state less conservative in practice than its political makeup might lead you to think.


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