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Poll: Greater Support For Gays Than Evangelical Christians

Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | March 30, 2014

A greater percentage of people have a higher opinion of gay people than they do of Evangelical Christians, a new poll from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Americans for Marriage Equality found.

According to the poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and TargetPoint Consulting, 53 percent of Americans view gay people favorably, while only 42 percent say the same about Evangelical Christians. Only 18 percent of respondents said they view gay people unfavorably, while 28 percent said the same about evangelicals.

Pollsters also found majority support (55%) for marriage equality, with 38 percent saying they were strongly in favor, while 40 percent remain opposed.

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US under fire at the UN for its human rights record

BP: Lake Michigan Oil Spill was Actually Twice as Big as We Originally Said

Lindsay Abrams | Salon | Reader Supported News | March 30, 2014

or a company that just received permission to start pursuing new oil in the still-suffering Gulf of Mexico, BP isn’t doing the best job of convincing us it’s ready to be back playing with the big kids.

Monday afternoon, the company’s Whiting refinery in Indiana spilled what a BP incident management team identified as nine to 18 barrels of oil into Lake Michigan. Thursday, it revised that estimate, more than doubling the estimate to somewhere between 15 and 39 barrels. At a maximum of 1,638 gallons, that’s small beans compared to its worst disaster, but it’s still some Oreo.

The earlier estimate, according to the company, was based on the sheen on the lake’s surface; the updated figure was based on oil collected during the clean-up effort.

Before the revised estimate was announced, Chicago senators Mark Kirk, a Republican, and Dick Durbin, a Democrat, requested a meeting with the company to discuss what’s going on at its refinery, Reuters reports:

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Florida Republicans Admit Voter Suppression Was the Goal of New Election Laws

Aviva Shen | ThinkProgress | Reader Supported News | March 31, 2014

loridians endured election chaos and marathon voting lines this year, largely thanks to reduced early voting hours, voter purges, and voter registration restrictions pushed by Republican legislators. In an exclusive report by the Palm Beach Post, several prominent Florida Republicans are now admitting that these election law changes were geared toward suppressing minority and Democratic votes.

Former governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) and former GOP chairman Jim Greer (R-FL), as well as several current GOP members, told the Post that Republican consultants pushed the new measures as a way to suppress Democratic voters. Crist expanded early voting hours in 2008 despite party pressure, but Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) targeted early voting almost immediately when he took office in 2011. Scott’s administration claimed the new laws were meant to curb in-person voter fraud, despite the fact that an individual in Florida is more likely to be struck by lightning than commit voter fraud.

Current party members and consultants confirmed the motive was not to stop voter fraud but to make it harder for Democrats and minorities to vote:

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William Institute Spring Reception

Another Possible Murder in Cameroon of Gay Man

Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | March 26, 2014.

In 2013 we reported the story of a mob murder of a gay man in Cameroon, soon after the murder of well known activist Eric Lembembe. The murder of Henry Mbah occurred in Muyunge, a village in the Muyuka subdivision in the South West Region of Cameroon. Now we are recieving unconfirmed reports from sources of the death of his partner, Elvis Atabong.

The Brutal murder of Henry Mbah, 35 and the aftermath experienced by his lover Elvis Atabong, 24 , is reported here on OBLOGDEE, where, inter alia, we noted:-

“It was Elevis’s birthday and Henry went to visit him. Henry did not know that Hellen was following him.  Expecting to catch him with another woman she was shocked to find Henry embracing Elvis and she screamed out. People, startled by the screams started to arrive outside the room, and before long a crowd formed, dragging Henry out. They started to beat him and pelted him with stones.  By the time the police arrived on the scene, Henry was already dead.”

“A courageous Elvis (Elevis), is apparently refusing to deviate from the truth, and is sticking by his story, that in fact he is Henry’s lover. He wants justice for Henry. And he wants the responsible murderers arrested for the crime. And so the police have continued to detain Elvis, who through his admission, will be subject to five years in prison, if he admits or there is evidence that he is gay.”

Elvis was in detention in Muyunge and after controversy released.

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