VAWA passage stands as a victory for immigrants

In a rare moment, the U.S. Congress took a positive step forward for the country today. The House of Representatives approved the Violence Against Women Act, sending it to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature. (The Senate had already passed the bill, 78-22, and 87 Republicans joined 199 Democrats to pass the bill in theContinue reading “VAWA passage stands as a victory for immigrants”

What Exactly Does the Marriage Discrimination Amendment Have to Do With Domestic Violence?

Some readers of yesterday’s column asked a very reasonable question: what does the marriage discrimination amendment have to do with domestic violence? It gets to the heart of an important point: the people who wrote the amendment and who are fighting so hard to see it passed haven’t thought about all of the damage theirContinue reading “What Exactly Does the Marriage Discrimination Amendment Have to Do With Domestic Violence?”

Duke College Republicans: Come Out of the Closet

Last year, two-thirds of the DSG Senate voted to de-charter and defund Duke CR for the “culture of discrimination” that the group had created, particularly against LGBT members. That decision was overturned by a veto by then DSG President Mike Lefevre. Clearly though, Duke CR still has deficit of leaders willing to assert the factContinue reading “Duke College Republicans: Come Out of the Closet”

Protect LGBT Rights: Vote in the Municipal Elections

Durham is one of the most queer-friendly cities in North Carolina; part of that is a direct result of having elected officials who have stood firmly on issues on LGBT rights. Not every candidate in today’s Durham municipal election though would continued this stance of principled pro-equality leadership. Durham City Council in 2002 made theContinue reading “Protect LGBT Rights: Vote in the Municipal Elections”