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David Edwards | Raw Story | May 20, 2015
A Christian college in Texas has threatened to punish LGBT students who engage in same-sex dating or students who publicly express support for marriage equality.
Outsports reported that LeTourneau University in Longview had recently targeted gay students by adding new language to its student-athlete handbook, which bears the NCAA logo.
“Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality;, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable,” the handbook now reads.
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George Zornick | The Nation | April 21, 2015
Several top congressional Democrats will embrace on Tuesday a loose plan to make public colleges a debt-free proposition—and will receive an immediate boost from progressive activists who are hoping to shape the 2016 Democratic agenda.
In the House and Senate, legislators will simultaneously introduce two resolutions calling for “all students [to] have access to debt-free higher education.” In the Senate, Brian Schatz, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren will attach their names to the resolution. Representatives Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva, co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, are leading the House effort along with several members, including Representatives Chris Van Hollen, Steve Israel, Donna Edwards, Katherine Clark, and Alan Grayson.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is helping to organize the push, and released a short paper along with the think tank Demos about how to make public higher education achievable without debt. It briefly outlines how increased federal aid to states for higher education and expanded Pell Grants, along with other smaller reforms, might eliminate the debt burden at public institutions.
Ryan Smith | KCCI Channel 8 | April 7, 2015
said he was denied a teaching job because he is gay. Now, the leader of the Des Moines Diocese is speaking out.
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Tyler McCubbin said the Dowling Catholic High School president made him an offer for a full-time teaching position, but later revoked it based on his sexual orientation.
Bishop Richard Pates is the leader of the Des Moines Diocese. He said that McCubbin wasn’t denied the job because he’s gay, but due to the openness of his sexual orientation.
Justin Snow | Metro Weekly | March 16, 2015
“We’ve spent most of our lives together being quiet, because of business or not wanting to rock the boat.”
Clark West, who, along with husband Elliott Mitchell, have reaffirmed they will not leave millions of dollars to the University of Alabama due to the state’s war on same-sex marriage.
According to AL.com, the couple gave $1 million to the University of Alabama a decade ago but dropped plans to leave their estate to the university two years ago due to Alabama’s hostility toward same-sex couples. The state’s decision to thwart a federal court ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban has reinforced their decision. Their estate is worth $15 million to $18 million.
The couple, who met at UA in 1972 and were married in Hawaii in 2013, now live in Florida. They say they may never spend another night in the state after the chaotic legal fight over same-sex marriage.