OkCupid’s co-founder and CEO Sam Yagan once donated to an anti-gay candidate. (Yagan is also CEO of Match.com.) Specifically, Yagan donated $500 to Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) in 2004, reports Uncrunched. During his time as congressman from 1997 to 2009, Cannon voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against a ban on sexual-orientation based job discrimination, and for prohibition of gay adoptions. He’s also voted for numerous anti-choice measures, earning a 0 percent rating from NARAL Pro Choice America. Among other measures, Cannon voted for laws prohibiting government from denying funds to medical facilities that withhold abortion information, stopping minors from crossing state lines to obtain an abortion, and banning family planning funding in US aid abroad. Cannon also earned a 7 percent rating from the ACLU for his poor civil rights voting record: He voted to amend FISA to allow warrant-less electronic surveillance, to allow NSA intelligence gathering without civil oversight, and to reauthorize the PATRIOT act. Read full story on hotair.com
“Maybe you say it helps (Obamacare), but it really helps the small businessman,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., one of several physician-lawmakers among Republicans and an advocate of repeal… It is unclear how many members of the House rank and file knew of it because the legislation was passed by a highly unusual voice vote without debate… Asked if the legislation strengthened the law, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, “I would hope so. I believe that” it does. He added, “So there are changes being made. But the Republicans have to get over if they hate ‘Obamacare’ and are going to repeal it,” he added. Rory Cooper, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, “This is another in a series of changes to Obamacare that the House has supported to help save Americans from being harmed by the law, and we’re glad to see the President signed it into law.” Cantor was involved in negotiations on the legislation, which were overseen by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Reid. Read full story on hotair.com
A federal court upheld New York City's ban on religious services in public-school buildings in a 2-1 ruling on Thursday, but Mayor Bill de Blasio signaled that he may change the Department of Education's policy.
The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision marked the latest twist in a legal battle that began in 1995 when a small Bronx church first tried to secure space to hold weekend services in its local public school.
The ruling reversed a lower-court decision that had said the city couldn't prohibit church services in school buildings. No immediate action will be taken to force out dozens of churches that currently worship in Department of Education properties while the plaintiff, the Bronx Household of Faith, plans its appeal, lawyers for the church said.
Mr. de Blasio, in remarks on Thursday, suggested he disagreed with his predecessors' ban on churches in schools. The churches pay a small fee, like other community groups, to use the buildings when school isn't in session.Read full story on online.wsj.com
On Thursday, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned thanks to pressure by both the company infrastructure and the left over a $1,000 donation he made to Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that would have enshrined traditional marriage as the standard for state marriage in California.The firing followed a campaign against Eich by dating website OKCupid, in which OKCupid blocked Mozilla users from visiting their website, instead directing them to a message declaring:
Hello, there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OKCupid experience. Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OKCupid… If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal…Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.”Mozilla and Eich have never discriminated against gay couples. Mozilla’s firing of Eich, however, represents discrimination on the basis of conservative philosophy. That is the case being made by conservative anti-media activist group TruthRevolt.org, led by Breitbart News senior editor-at-large Ben Shapiro. On Thursday evening, TruthRevolt.org launched a petition urging Americans to stop using Mozilla, as well as a Facebook page. Read full story on breitbart.com
A federal appeals panel ruled on Thursday that New York City can bar religious groups from holding services in schools, reversing a lower-court decision that had opened the door to such worship in school facilities.
The latest decision, coming in a tortured legal battle that has lasted almost two decades, was seen as significant because it addressed a further challenge by the religious groups, in which they claimed that the city’s policy violated their religious liberty rights.
But Judge Pierre N. Leval, writing for a 2-1 majority of the panel, said that the city’s ban “was consistent with its Constitutional duties,” and that it did not violate the groups’ right to free exercise of religion, nor did it compel the city to make decisions that constituted “excessive entanglement with religion.”
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Possible ‘extremist involvement’ probed in Fort Hood shooting spree Possible ‘extremist involvement’ probed in Fort Hood shooting spree
Authorities on Thursday were still investigating why an Iraq War veteran shot and killed three people and wounded 16 others at Texas’ Fort Hood before committing suicide — and have not ruled out terrorism.
“We’re going to keep an open mind. … Possible extremist involvement is still being looked at very, very carefully,” Army Secretary John McHugh told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.
Authorities said gunman Ivan Lopez, 34, enlisted in the Army in 2008 and served four months in Iraq but never saw combat and was not wounded in action, but was still being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.Read full story on foxnews.com