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Bob Jones III Apologizes For Saying Gays Should Be Stoned To Death

Bob Jones apologizes for ugly bigotryBob Jones III, the controversial evangelical preacher and chancellor of Bob Jones University, has apologized for saying that gays should be stoned to death during comments made at the White House 35 years ago.

Jones, who was the university's president at the time, was delivering a petition to then-President Jimmy Carter against extending Civil Rights Act protections to gays.


Idaho Republicans push back against LGBT rights

LGBT rights fought in IdahoIn what has rapidly become a heated and expensive public battle, the conservative leadership of Idaho’s Republican-controlled government has taken a firm stand against the expansion of LGBT civil rights in the state.

In moves that have outraged many gay rights activists and supporters – both inside and outside the state – the Idaho government has spent more than a half-million dollars of taxpayer money to defend its ban on same-sex marriage in federal courts, and could be poised to spend even more.


Supreme Court lets Wisconsin voter ID law stand

Voter ID law stands in WisconsinThe Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a major challenge to Wisconsin's voter ID law, delivering a victory to Republicans who favor tougher election laws.

The decision is a setback for civil rights groups that contend the law could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of residents who lack proper ID — particularly racial minorities, seniors, students and people with disabilities.


NRA accuses campus police chiefs of misusing tax dollars by opposing guns on campus

NRA wants guns on campusFlorida NRA leader Marion Hammer is accusing campus police chiefs from Florida's public universities of using tax dollars to lobby because they spoke in Tallahassee against a bill allowing guns on campuses.

Police chiefs from several Florida campuses appeared in legislative committee meetings in Tallahassee in uniform this week and opposed the bill during public comment periods. In a memo, Hammer asked NRA members to send emails to state officials objecting to what she called tax-funded lobbying.


Wisconsin federal judge strikes down state's abortion law

Wisconsin abortion law overturnedA Wisconsin federal judge struck down a state law requiring doctors performing abortions have hospital-admitting privileges, saying the measure was enacted to put a barrier between women and the procedure.

U.S. District Judge William Conley, who had earlier put the law on hold, issued a permanent injunction blocking the 2013 law he ruled unconstitutional.


California AG may be forced to place bill allowing execution of gays on ballot

gay execution law on ballotCalifornia State Attorney Kamala Harris may be forced to let petitioners decide if gay people should be executed for having sexual relations.

Because Matt McLaughlin, a licensed attorney in Huntington Beach, did everything right by state standards in proposing the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” Harris will likely follow state law and allow a ballot measure to be circulated.


WV Gov. Tomblin vetoes bill eliminating need for concealed carry permits

ear Ray TomblinGov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed Senate Bill 347, creating the Firearms Act of 2015.  The bill would have allowed someone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Tomblin cited his concerns for the public safety of law enforcement officers.

“Throughout my career, I have strongly supported the Second Amendment, as demonstrated by my repeated endorsements and high grades from the National Rifle Association,” Tomblin said in a news release about his decision.


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