‘Parody marriages,’ South Carolina’s bizarre scheme to circumvent marriage equality

A group of South Carolina state lawmakers have proposed a new bill to try to circumvent marriage equality and allow discrimination against gay, lesbian, and bi people. It would dub same-sex couples’ marriages “parody marriages,” and its reasoning is incomprehensibly bizarre. According to H. 4949,…

Meet the new leaders of the gun control movement

After a gunman entered a high school in south Florida Wednesday and killed 17 people, news networks across the country portrayed a now-familiar scene. Students, abandoning their backpacks, sprinted out of the buildings. Helicopters circled as ambulances rushed to the scene. Authorities chased, and eventually…

South Dakota shelves novel bill targeting transgender kids

South Dakota lawmakers have shelved a first-of-its-kind bill that would have censored discussion of transgender issues in schools. According to the Associated Press, state Sen. Phil Jensen (R) realized “there were issues he hadn’t thought of” when he first proposed S.B. 160. “It wasn’t a hoax,”…

Austin becomes first city in the South to mandate paid sick leave

Austin, Texas became the first city in the U.S. South to require paid sick leave for its nearly 1 million residents, a landmark victory after a year of swelling progressive activism throughout the wider state. The Austin City Council voted late Thursday evening to mandate…

U.S. officials say they’re willing to talk with North Korea, despite Trump’s reluctance

U.S. officials are ready to negotiate with North Korea, a spokesperson for South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters on Tuesday. The statement comes days after Vice President Pence suggested he would be willing to open discussions with the Kim regime, with certain stipulations. “The United…

The inescapable sexism of the Winter Olympics

On Monday night in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Norway’s Maren Lundby quite literally flew through a blizzard in order to win the gold medal in the women’s ski jumping event at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was another moment of triumph, not just for Lundby, but for…

Despite Mike Pence’s sabotage, North Korea’s ‘charm offensive’ appears to be working

Against the background of the Winter Olympics in PyongChang, North and South Korean leaders are planning to meet for the first time in over a decade, Seoul announced on Saturday. So, while Vice President Mike Pence has made no effort to extend a diplomatic hand…

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