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Matt Baume’s Field Guide to Sneaky Homophobic Bills

Friday, March 6th, 2015

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In a special two part video, Matt Baume takes viewers on a safari adventure through the country as he points out the four major types of anti-LGBT laws that are stealthily stealing away civil rights for everyone and what we can all do to stand up to this homophobic backlash.

Said Baume:

“Anti-gay discrimination is going extinct. But it’s not going without a fight. A beast is at its most desperate when its facing starvation. So it will do anything to adapt, to survive, and to pass itself on to the next generation.”

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Marriage News Watch – They’re Getting Desperate

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Matt BaumeIt’s hard to keep count of all the ways that homophobic Texas lawmakers dropped the ball: they got their dates wrong, sent a complaint to the wrong judge, and totally misunderstood how the law works in a hand-scrawled complaint.

It’s just not their week.

Also, I don’t know why it looks like I’m wearing a wig in this episode. I’m not, I swear.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Bigotry in Arkansas and The Roadmap For Future Discrimination

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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In a follow-up video to last week’s yummy fireside chat on the ongoing “cake wars” and why bakeries in certain states can’t refuse to do business with gay folks, Matt Baume tackles Arkansas’ new law banning local governments from passing LGBT anti-discrimination protections.

Taking viewers on a trip back in time to uncover the insidious origins of the bill, Baume reveals how the benign-sounding “Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act” could very well serve as a blueprint for future anti-LGBT laws across the country.

As Baume says, if there’s anything we learned from Star Wars Episode I, it’s that “the best way to conceal a great evil – an evil that can shake a Republic to its very foundations – is to make it incredibly boring.”

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Marriage News Watch – Texas Wants to Un-Marry Lesbian With Cancer

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Matt BaumeA few judges are still refusing to see gay and lesbian couples in Alabama.

Texas has had its first lesbian marriage, and now state officials are scrambling to find a way to undo it.

And some major national anti-gay figures are preparing to release a new manifesto to stop the freedom to marry.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch 2/9/15

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Matt BaumeMarriage starts today in Alabama, and the usual suspects are still trying to figure out some way to stop it.

Nebraska accidentally passed a bill that will recognize gay and lesbian couples, but only when they’re carrying a concealed firearm.

And we’re on a fast track for rulings in several southern states.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch – Fabruary 2nd

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Matt BaumeThere’s a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a Judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey his order to issue licenses.

Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality.

And one lawmaker even wants to send clerks to jail if they issue licenses to anyone — gay or straight.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch – January 26th

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Matt BaumeThere’s a big fight underway right now in Alabama, with a Judge overturning a marriage ban and state officials refusing to obey the order to issue licenses.

Anti-gay politicians are threatening to ban all marriage licenses if the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality.

And one lawmaker even wants to send clerks to jail if they issue licenses to anyone — gay or straight.

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Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch – January 18th

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Matt BaumeFlorida has finally legalized driving while gay.

Bills to discriminate against gay couples are rapidly multiplying in Texas.

And multiple states are still wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to reverse marriage equality.

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Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch – January 12th

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Matt BaumeIt’s been a huge week for marriage equality.

Florida became the 36th state with the freedom to marry, judges in three southern states heard oral arguments, and the Supreme Court considered cases from five states.

Plus a lawmaker in Texas is wasting everyone’s time with a new anti-gay law that would make life difficult for everyone.

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Marriage News Watch – January 5th

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Matt BaumeMarriage is starting this week in Florida. So why are our opponents saying it’s not? We’ll take a look at what’s really going on, and how they’re still trying to stop the weddings. Also this week: oral argument in Louisiana could get pretty heated. Another Supreme Court conference. And some surprising polling.

After a lot of confusion, the picture’s finally clearing up in Florida. And it’s looking pretty good: last week US District Judge Robert Hinkle issued a ruling that basically boils down to two important points: his injunction doesn’t require the state’s clerks to issue marriage licenses, but the U.S. Constitution does. In other words, marriage will start on January 6th in Florida.

But amazingly, a couple of anti-gay groups are calling this a victory, still claiming that marriage shouldn’t start this week. Depending on who you listen to, they’re saying that the judge has no authority, or the marriages should only be happening in one county, or only the couples who sued can get married. If that all sounds to weird to be true, it’s probably because it isn’t true. They’re wrong. Marriage starts Tuesday of this week. Congratulations Florida.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at The Huffington Post

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