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Ga. Gov to Veto 'Religious Liberty' Bill

'Georgia is a welcoming state ... full of loving, kind, generous people': Nathan Deal

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he'll veto the "religious liberty" bill passed by his state's Legislature nearly two weeks ago, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Deal said in a press conference Monday at the state Capitol that House Bill 757 —which would have allowed religious leaders... More »

Anti-Gay Bill Could Cost Atlanta a Super Bowl

NFL warns it will look at local, state laws to make sure they're non-discriminatory

(Newser) - The Atlanta Falcons have a new stadium under construction and hopes of landing future Super Bowls, but if Georgia House Bill 757 is signed into law, the Georgia capital may never nab the big game, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The so-called "Religious Freedom Bill," which would give religious... More »

Anti-Gay Leader's Wife Left Him for a Woman

Lone Star Q reports on Jonathan Saenz's transformation to 'homophobic firebrand'

(Newser) - Jonathan Saenz had been a nondescript conservative lobbyist in Texas—until he learned of his wife's lesbian relationship, Lone Star Q reports. After the revelation, he became one of his state's "most extreme" anti-gay voices, writes John Wright. Specifically, Saenz became president of the Texas Values group,... More »

Ugandan Court Declares Anti-Gay Law 'Null and Void'

Measure was passed without a quorum, court rules it illegal

(Newser) - A Ugandan court today invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. The panel of five judges on the East African country's Constitutional Court said the speaker of parliament acted... More »

Anti-Gay Law Is Costing Uganda

US cuts aid, imposes visa restrictions, and more

(Newser) - Uganda's harsh new anti-gay law —which makes "aggravated homosexuality" punishable by life in prison—is costing the country: The US yesterday cut aid to Uganda over it, and didn't stop there. It slapped visa restrictions on Ugandans believed by the US to have been involved in... More »

Phil Robertson Utters Another Anti-Gay Comment

During sermon, 'Duck Dynasty' honcho again calls them 'wicked'

(Newser) - Looks like the brouhaha over Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments last year didn't convince the Duck Dynasty star to start censoring himself. In video from an Easter Sunday sermon just obtained by TMZ and Radar , Robertson is taped singing the same tune: "The wicked will not inherit the... More »

Honey Maid Turns Hateful Reaction to Ad Into 'Love'

Cmpany says it got more positive feedback than negative on pro-LGTB ad

(Newser) - Honey Maid released an ad featuring a gay couple as well as mixed race parents—and when it got some negative feedback, the company found a way to turn it positive. Honey Maid asked two artists to take all the negative and hateful comments and turn them into something else:... More »

That Anti-Gay Arizona Bill? Miss. Just Passed Its Own

It's been toned down a bit, but not enough for the ACLU

(Newser) - Remember the religious freedom bill that was eventually vetoed amid claims of being anti-gay in Arizona? Well, Mississippi just passed its own very similar bill yesterday, the Washington Post reports. The bill could allow people to sue if they think a law places a significant burden on their religious freedoms,... More »

Best Part of Ariz. Anti-Gay Bill? No One Liked It

Jan Brewer's veto is just the tip of the iceberg: reactions

(Newser) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer "did the right thing" last night, writes Jonathan Capehart in the Washington Post , but her veto of Arizona's anti-gay bill —which would have allowed businesses to refuse service on religious grounds—is far from the best part of the story. "Never before... More »

Amid Pressure, Brewer May Veto Ariz. Anti-Gay Bill

Business leaders, GOP backers urge veto

(Newser) - Jan Brewer is likely to veto a bill that would allow Arizona businesses to refuse service to gay people for religious reasons, sources tell NBC News . The move comes in the wake of intense pressure from a host of sources—including three GOP senators who voted for the bill. "... More »

Uganda's President Signs Anti-Gay Bill

'Aggravated homosexuality' now punishable by life in prison

(Newser) - Uganda's president today signed a controversial anti-gay bill that has harsh penalties for homosexual sex, saying the bill is necessary because "arrogant and careless Western groups" had tried to "recruit" Ugandan children into homosexuality. President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill at his official residence in front of... More »

Homophobic? You'll Die Sooner

Study finds link between anti-gay bias, shorter life expectancy

(Newser) - If you're homophobic, here's one reason to rethink that: It might send you to an earlier grave. A new study looked at social attitudes in America over two recent decades, compared them with death rates, and found that subjects with high levels of anti-gay prejudice had a life... More »

Latest Anti-Gay Celeb: Evander Holyfield

Says homosexuality can be cured

(Newser) - The latest celebrity to make controversial comments about homosexuality: Evander Holyfield, whose remarks on the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother Sunday night are getting attention. The boxer, responding to a question from a castmate about whether gay people are involved in the sport, responded that homosexuality "ain't... More »

Palin Didn't Read Duck Dynasty Interview She Defended

A&E showing marathon tomorrow despite controversy

(Newser) - When Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson got in hot water over anti-gay remarks , Sarah Palin rushed to defend him from the "hatin'." She told Greta Van Susteren yesterday, however, that she hasn't actually read the GQ interview in question, Politico reports. Van Susteren wanted to know whether... More »

Duck Dynasty's Robertson Explains Infamous Comments

Says he was quoting Bible

(Newser) - Following a firestorm over his anti-gay comments, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is explaining himself—though he isn't backing down. Robertson allowed the Daily Mail access to a Bible study group in his church. "I love all men and women. I am a lover of humanity, not a... More »

Duck Dynasty Items Back on Cracker Barrel's Shelves

Petitions demand reinstatement of Phil Robertson

(Newser) - Cracker Barrel on Friday distanced itself from Duck Dynasty as controversy swirled over Phil Robertson's anti-gay remarks in GQ. The move didn't last long. After announcing that it was taking some Duck Dynasty gear off its shelves ("We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend... More »

Newt Gingrich: Duck Dynasty Star Like Pope Francis

Meanwhile, Phil Robertson's family says they may not return to A&E

(Newser) - Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has had Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal rush to his aid in the wake of his suspension from A&E over anti-gay comments he made in the course of a GQ interview, and the list of high-profile Republican names is growing. In an appearance on... More »

Duck Dynasty Star Off Show After Anti-Gay Remarks

Phil Robertson aligns homosexuality with bestiality

(Newser) - An interview with GQ has ended up rather sourly for Phil Robertson. The Duck Dynasty patriarch has been put on ice by A&E following an uproar over comments he made to the magazine; among them: a comparison between homosexuality and bestiality. GLAAD, in its heated response, called his statements... More »

Pasta Boss: No Gays in My Commercials

Barilla head sort of apologizes after boycott is threatened

(Newser) - The head of Italy's Barilla pasta company has apologized, kind of, for saying he'd never use a gay couple in any of his ads. In his interview with an Italian radio station, Guido Barilla did say it was fine by him if gays "like our pasta."... More »

Russia Cops Seize Painting of Putin in a Nightie

Govt. not laughing, shuts down gallery that mocked anti-gay law

(Newser) - Looks like Russian authorities will no longer allow mockery to be used as a weapon by those opposed to the country's anti-gay law. Police swooped on a newly opened art gallery in St. Petersburg yesterday and removed several paintings, including one depicting Vladimir Putin wearing a nightie as he... More »

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