Opinion

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Bar Association condemns “panic” defense in LGBTQ murders

It's a major step forward that the American Bar Association has now officially condemned "panic" defenses used to justify anti-gay hate crimes.

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Reader voices: Relationships with no rights

Conservatives continue to fight nature and necessity. For them, this is a ballgame without an end. For the rest of us, we may finally see the clock ticking down to victory.

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Cuba sets socialist example on LGBT rights

Cuba is advancing a broad-based human rights agenda for LGBT people ahead of the United States.

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North Carolina: where homophobia is law

"Being gay is an abomination. Gay people are going to Hell." That's what Rep. Marcus Brandon heard a speaker say at the House Rules Committee meeting

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Why progressives should not support Ron Paul

Ron Paul has attracted a following that borders on cult-like, but his core policy positions should send progressives running.

New York same-sex marriage law takes giant step for civil rights

New York took a jump into the 21st century as  Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill June 24 legalizing same-sex marriage.

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"Born This Way": Lady Gaga's anthem of acceptance

Lady Gaga's position at the summit of pop culture cannot be denied or overstated.

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Obama, Trump and the new racism of the right

From Oklahoma's Sally Kern to Donald Trump, it would appear that the party of Lincoln has become the party of John Wilkes Booth.

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Coyotes in the city: lessons for 2011

As we look ahead to the new year, coyotes wandering around Chicago offer some lessons to keep in mind.

Road trip in the heartland

My trip through the Great Plains was pretty tame compared to the travels of Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey, but this gray-haired son did make a few observations along the way.

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