CAIN: Opposes same-sex marriage and unions.
GINGRICH: Opposes domestic partnership benefits for same-sex couples and same-sex adoptions but favors gays as teachers and favors the right of gays to leave their estates to their partners and visit them in the hospital.
HUNTSMAN: Favors same-sex civil unions.
PAUL: Thinks the government should stay out of the gay/lesbian agenda.
PERRY: Backs a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and likens homosexuality to alcoholism.
SANTORUM: Opposes same-sex marriage and adoption for gay couples.
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When Katy Butler was in junior high, bullies who called her a “dyke” slammed a locker door on her hand. Katy never reported the assault because she was afraid her school wouldn’t do anything to help.
If the Michigan state Senate has its way, Katy’s school won’t have to help students bullied in the future, either.
Last week, the Michigan state Senate passed an anti-bullying bill. But minutes before they voted, Republican lawmakers inserted special language into the bill to create a huge loophole: Bullying done because of a “sincerely held religious or moral conviction” isn’t covered by the law.
Rather than protecting students, the new law actually provides a road map that teaches kids how to bully — and how to get away with it.
Katy and her friend Carson Borbely know what it’s like to be bullied for who they are. They started a Change.org petition demanding that the state legislature enact a strong anti-bullying law with no exceptions. Click here to sign their petition.
The Michigan House of Representatives will consider the Senate’s weak anti-bullying bill soon. Katy and Carson want them to strengthen the bill and eliminate the religious exemption inserted by the state Senate, and Change.org members are rallying around their demand.
Some legislators are wavering in the face of public outrage, and Republican Speaker of the House Jase Bolger is now said to be considering a stronger, more comprehensive version of the bill. But Katy and Carson need your help to keep up the pressure.
Please sign Katy and Carson’s petition demanding the Michigan House of Representatives pass an anti-bullying law that will actually protect students:
Thanks for being a change-maker,
“Don’t you feel like the entire country is run by 8 and a half-year-old boys? It’s just an amazing — you know, that here we are in 2011 and we’re having a conversation that we thought we put behind us decades ago. I think the most striking thing is if you think about the architecture of sexual harassment law in this country, it used to be the case that it was impossible for a woman to come forward and say, I am the subordinate, someone powerful and important harassed me. It would ruin her life. It is amazing that we’ve put into place an entire legal system that encourages her to come forward, that protects her from being called a hooker and a gold digger for coming forward, and yet still she’s a hooker and a gold digger despite this legal architecture.” -Dahlia Lithwick, Slate magazine legal editor, on sexual harrassment law in the 21st century and the allegations against GOP candidate Herman Cain
ADMINISTRATION PLANNING TAX CUT SHOWDOWN – Sam Stein: “Top officials in the Obama administration on Thursday outlined a major end-of-the-year push to pass an extension of the payroll tax cut, pledging to make Republicans take a political hit for inaction. In a background briefing with reporters, two senior administration officials repeatedly warned they would make an example of GOP lawmakers adjourning in December without acting on that major component of the president’s job package. ‘I think it is going to be very dramatic as we count down towards the end of the year and the clock is ticking on whether the average person’s taxes are going to go up $1,000 next year,’ said one official. ‘It is going to be certainly an organizing principle and a focusing principle for this debate, and we are going to make the argument as clearly as we can. … Congress cannot leave town and on their way out of town wave to the American people and say, ‘We just raised your taxes $1,000.”” [HuffPost]
Did you hear the news from Mississippi?
Voters across the state rejected an initiative that could have banned all abortions in the state, even for victims of rape or incest — even if the mother could die without one. It could have had untold consequences for the health of Mississippi’s women, ranging from outlawing certain methods of birth control to the potential investigation of women who suffer miscarriages.
The voters in Mississippi spoke loud and clear by rejecting the right’s extreme, anti-woman agenda. But the Republicans in Congress and across the country aren’t listening.
House Republicans have introduced three bills copying the Mississippi initiative. We need to start right now, working to replace these out-of-touch Republicans with leaders who will respect women’s healthcare. Join the EMILY’s List community and pro-choice champion Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in telling Republicans that attacks on women’s health will not be tolerated.
NEWT GINGRICH IS THAT GROUCHY OLD! PROFESSOR WHO SOUNDS SMART…BUT HIS SUN HAS SET!