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December 12, 2012 9:24 am ET

Gangnam Style Overshadows Uganda’s “Kill The Gays” Bill In Cable News Coverage

An Equality Matters analysis found that cable news networks’ coverage of the reemergence of Uganda’s proposed “Kill the Gays” bill – legislation which would make homosexuality punishable by death – has been scant over the past several weeks and paled in comparison to their coverage of the Korean pop song “Gangnam Style.”

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November 28, 2012 12:09 pm ET

Cable News Networks Relied On Hate Group Leader For Primary Election Coverage

During their coverage of the 2012 GOP primary, cable news networks regularly called upon Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), to provide commentary on behalf of social conservatives. Perkins made 56 appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC over the course of the primary, but never once was identified as the leader of an anti-gay hate group.

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November 15, 2012 12:22 pm ET

Fox News Underreports Marriage Equality Victories, First Gay Senator

Fox News continued its habit of downplaying major advancements for LGBT equality after last week’s election, underreporting three states’ adoption of marriage equality through popular vote and ignoring Wisconsin’s election of the country’s first openly gay senator.

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November 08, 2012 2:07 pm ET

How Major State Newspapers Covered The Fight For Marriage Equality

The most widely circulated papers in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington covered the debate over same-sex marriagein their state extensively in the weeks leading up to Election Day. Though all four publications endorsed marriage equality, their news coverage largely ignored the extremism of anti-equality groups and often devolved into “he said-she said” journalism that failed to correct anti-gay misinformation.  

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October 10, 2012 3:38 pm ET

Debunking The Four Most Commonly Cited Anti-Equality Horror Stories

In the lead up to this November’s referenda on same-sex marriage in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, anti-gay groupsin those states have begun peddling misleading and widely debunked myths about marriage equality’s impact on religious liberty and parental rights.

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September 20, 2012 12:49 pm ET

One Year Later: FRC’s Top Five DADT Horror Stories Never Came True

The Family Research Council (FRC) was one of the most vocal organization’s opposing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) in the months leading up to the policy’s ultimate demise. Now, on the one-year anniversary of the end of DADT, a new report from the Palm Center, a research institute focused on sexuality and the military, debunks FRC’s five most damaging predictions about open service.

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July 02, 2012 9:26 am ET

Chick-Fil-A Donated Nearly $2 Million To Anti-Gay Groups In 2010

In early 2011, Chick-fil-A came under fire for its donations and political ties to a number of anti-gay groups. Though Chick-fil-A continues to deny supporting an anti-gay agenda, the company has donated over $3 million to organizations like the Family Research Council and Exodus International between 2003 and 2009. And in 2010 alone, Chick-fil-A donated over $1.9 million to anti-gay causes, more than any other year for which public records are available.

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June 22, 2012 10:54 am ET

Experts Condemn Flawed Regnerus Study On Same-Sex Parenting

This month, anti-gay conservatives have been celebrating a new study which allegedly found that children raised by gay parents suffered a number of negative consequences. In reality, the study’s flawed methodology has been widely criticized by experts, columnists, and LGBT organizations across the country.

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June 21, 2012 12:09 pm ET

Meet Robert Gagnon, The Anti-Gay Professor Speaking At NOM’s ITAF Conference

At the end of July, the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) Ruth Institute will host its annual “It Takes A Family To Raise A Village” (ITAF) conference, which is geared towards introducing students to prominent anti-gay activists in order to prepare them to defend “natural marriage.” One of the speakers attending the event is Robert Gagnon, an Associate Professor of the New Testament with a history of linking homosexuality to pedophilia, promoting “ex-gay” therapy, and condemning homosexuality as unhealthy and dysfunctional.

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June 06, 2012 2:32 pm ET

Meet Paul Diamond, The Anti-Gay Barrister Speaking At NOM’s ITAF Conference

Last week, the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) Ruth Institute announced that UK barrister Paul Diamond would be speaking at its annual weekend-long “It Takes A Family To Raise A Village” (ITAF) conference, which is geared towards introducing students to prominent anti-gay activists in order to prepare them to defend “natural marriage.” Diamond is a vocal proponent of “ex-gay” therapy, has ties to an anti-gay hate group, and has lobbied against efforts to protect LGBT people from discrimination.

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May 25, 2012 3:55 pm ET

O’Reilly, Ingraham Criticize “Dopey Parents” For Supporting Their Transgender Son

On the May 24 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham condemned a pair of Maryland parents who decided to allow their daughter to begin living as a boy after he was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Despite medical evidence supporting the parents’ decision, O’Reilly and Ingraham argued that transgender boy should be denied hormone blockers and continue to be treated as a female.

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May 02, 2012 9:36 am ET

“Too Far”: Experts, Conservatives Condemn North Carolina’s Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

Early voting has already begun for North Carolina’s Amendment One, a constitutional amendment which would prohibit state recognition of any domestic legal union other than a marriage between a man and a woman. Legal, medical, and business experts from across the political spectrum have condemned the language of the amendment for being too broad, potentially endangering a wide range of important domestic legal agreements. Even a number of conservative activists and Republican politicians have voiced their opposition to Amendment One, calling it “unnecessary” and “unwise.”

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April 13, 2012 9:16 am ET

Meet Mike Heath, Co-Founder Of Maine’s Anti-LGBT “NO Special Rights PAC”

Last month, longtime anti-gay activists Paul Madore and Mike Heath formed “NO Special Rights PAC,” a PAC aimed at defeating an upcoming referendum to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine. Heath’s extreme brand of anti-LGBT commentary, however, has alienated him from tamer anti-equality organizations. He has a history of making inflammatory claims about the LGBT community, even exploiting the accidental death of a gay man in an attempt to depict LGBT people as murderous and deviant.

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March 28, 2012 5:25 pm ET

NOM Shrugs Off, Mocks Widespread Condemnation Of Race-Baiting Documents

On Monday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released several internal documents it obtained from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), exposing the organization for intentionally making race-baiting a component of its anti-equality strategy. Although the documents have been condemned by a number of civil rights organizations, NOM spokespersons have thus far refused to apologize for their attempts to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks.

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March 26, 2012 3:29 pm ET

Anti-Gay Commentators Distort GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project

Earlier this month, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation launched its Commentator Accountability Project (CAP), an effort geared towards providing news outlets with background information about the anti-LGBT activists they rely on for commentary. Although GLAAD’s CAP brings to light quotes made by anti-LGBT commentators, the project has been widely criticized by right-wing activists, who have accused GLAAD of trying to censor and silence opposing viewpoints.

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March 09, 2012 4:54 pm ET

"Over-Sexed Co-Ed": Anti-Gay Groups Target Sandra Fluke

Rush Limbaugh has been the target of widespread condemnation in the wake of his misogynistic attacks on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, but he’s receiving support from a coalition of anti-LGBT groups. Spokespersons from groups like the American Family Association, Family Research Council, Liberty Counsel and the National Organization for Marriage have come to Rush’s defense while continuing to demonize Fluke as an immoral and promiscuous “sexual anarchist.”

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March 07, 2012 1:11 pm ET

Meet Stephen Pidgeon, Sponsor Of Washington’s Anti-Gay Marriage Initiative

It’s been less than a month since Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) signed her state’s marriage equality bill, but a number of anti-gay efforts to repeal the law are already underway. One such effort – Initiative 1192 – was filed in January by attorney Stephen Pidgeon (R), who is also a candidate for State Attorney General. Long before becoming the spokesman for Initiative 1192, Pidgeon made a name for himself peddling extreme right-wing conspiracy theories, ranging from “birther” theories about President Obama's eligibility for office to accusations that Obama is the anti-Christ.

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March 02, 2012 2:16 pm ET

Focus On The Family’s Minnery Peddles Distortions About Colorado's Civil Union Bill

Democratic Colorado lawmakers -- led by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) -- are pushing for a state law that would legalize civil unions, providing partnered gays and lesbians with rights similar to those provided to married heterosexual couples. On February 29, Focus on the Family’s Citizenlink executive director Tom Minnery wrote an online column for the Denver Post condemning the proposed law by peddling a number of distortions about the “impact” of same-sex civil unions.

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February 22, 2012 11:21 am ET

Fox News Underreports Advancements For LGBT Equality

Fox News has consistently underreported stories about major victories attained by the LGBT community, including the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), the beginning of same-sex weddings in New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision to declare California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

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January 10, 2012 12:00 pm ET

Gingrich Denies Facts About Same-Sex Adoption In Massachusetts, D.C.

During an appearance on the January 10, 2012, edition of CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich attempted to advance his claim that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. had forced Catholic Charities and other religious institutions to put an end to their adoption services. O’Brien attempted to correct Gingrich by pointing out that, in both cases, Catholic Charities were simply being asked to abide by non-discrimination laws in order to receive public funding. Gingrich rejected O’Brien’s explanation, but her analysis was exactly correct.

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