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You will have to go to 2:00 to find out how Tony Dungy Is World’s Worst Person In Sports

Susan Collins, welcome to 2014! You’ve done a damn good job at making Hillary Clinton seem like a trailblazer.

Susan Collins, welcome to 2014! You’ve done a damn good job at making Hillary Clinton seem like a trailblazer.

Faulkner joined the Marines in 1953, and served in the Philippines. In 1956, he got kicked out with an “undesirable discharge” for being gay. His military papers said “homosexual” on them, quite an obstacle in the 1950s.

Still, Faulkner moved on, and had a successful career in sales.

A few years ago, when he got diagnosed with terminal cancer, Faulkner contacted his family about a dying wish.

"I always knew he served in the Marines, but no one in the family knew of the [undesirable] discharge," says his niece, Michelle Clark.

Faulkner had come out to his family in 2005, attending a wedding with his partner of more than 20 years. But now he told them that the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” had made it possible to get his military discharge upgraded after years of avoiding the subject.

"He’s been carrying this societal shame with him all these years," Clark says. "We as a family had no idea the pain he had inside of him."

But a correction of military records usually takes at least six months, as well as a lawyer. The activist group OutServe-SLDN helped Faulkner get a pro-bono lawyer from the New York firm Winston & Strawn.

When lawyer Anne Brooksher-Yen saw the case and the time frame, she was worried, even when the military agreed to expedite the case.

"I didn’t know whether expedited was going to mean six weeks or six months," Anne Brooksher-Yen says. "So I did have a conversation with him that we might not be able to get this done before he died."

The Marines acted on his dying request in just two weeks. Last Friday in Florida, a small group presented Faulkner with his honorable discharge.

"I didn’t think that maybe I would last through all the battles that we’ve had, but a Marine is always a Marine," Faulkner said at the ceremony.

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Sisters Mary and Liz Cheney have entered into an ugly public feud over the legalization of gay marriage. On Sunday, Liz appeared on Fox News to clarify her stance on gay marriage, saying “I do believe it’s an issue that’s got to be left up to states. I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage.” Mary’s spouse Heather Poe responded to Liz on Facebook, and Mary shared Poe’s status with the comment “Liz - this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree - you’re just wrong - and on the wrong side of history.” She might as well have added, “For f*ck’s sake, even dad supports gay marriage now.”

Sisters Mary and Liz Cheney have entered into an ugly public feud over the legalization of gay marriage. On Sunday, Liz appeared on Fox News to clarify her stance on gay marriage, saying “I do believe it’s an issue that’s got to be left up to states. I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage.” Mary’s spouse Heather Poe responded to Liz on Facebook, and Mary shared Poe’s status with the comment “Liz - this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree - you’re just wrong - and on the wrong side of history.” She might as well have added, “For f*ck’s sake, even dad supports gay marriage now.”

The International Olympic Committee delivers the political cover Russia requested by declaring that discriminating against gays and lesbians is not discrimination.

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the U.S., condemned the IOC’s assessment of the Russian law.
"If this law doesn’t violate the IOC’s charter, then the charter is completely meaningless," HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement. "The safety of millions of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Russians and international travelers is at risk, and by all accounts the IOC has completed neglected its responsibility to Olympic athletes, sponsors and fans from around the world."

The International Olympic Committee delivers the political cover Russia requested by declaring that discriminating against gays and lesbians is not discrimination.

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights organization in the U.S., condemned the IOC’s assessment of the Russian law.

"If this law doesn’t violate the IOC’s charter, then the charter is completely meaningless," HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement. "The safety of millions of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Russians and international travelers is at risk, and by all accounts the IOC has completed neglected its responsibility to Olympic athletes, sponsors and fans from around the world."


Your logos and marketing will appear alongside every event, indelibly linking your brand to what happens in Sochi…you have a duty to speak out clearly on LGBT equality in Russia and around the world—a duty not simply to your brands, your employees, and your customers, but to LGBT people everywhere…. By staying quiet at this moment, you run the risk of being associated with profoundly anti-LGBT behavior.

Your logos and marketing will appear alongside every event, indelibly linking your brand to what happens in Sochi…you have a duty to speak out clearly on LGBT equality in Russia and around the world—a duty not simply to your brands, your employees, and your customers, but to LGBT people everywhere…. By staying quiet at this moment, you run the risk of being associated with profoundly anti-LGBT behavior.

The Russian government’s new law condemning so-called gay propaganda has now encouraged people to report their LGBT neighbors to local authorities.
The real doozy comes when we examine the supposed reasoning or the drunken boating. Dwyer was interviewed by the Capital Gazette, in which he attributed his behavior on the boat to his own marriage falling apart, and to his feeling “betrayed” by fellow lawmakers who backed marriage equality legislation in Maryland. Dwyer said to the Gazette:
“I felt a tremendous amount of pressure in my family. You take those personal issues [and] add betrayal on the professional side, and it really gets to be overwhelming.”

The real doozy comes when we examine the supposed reasoning or the drunken boating. Dwyer was interviewed by the Capital Gazettein which he attributed his behavior on the boat to his own marriage falling apart, and to his feeling “betrayed” by fellow lawmakers who backed marriage equality legislation in Maryland. Dwyer said to the Gazette:

“I felt a tremendous amount of pressure in my family. You take those personal issues [and] add betrayal on the professional side, and it really gets to be overwhelming.”

And what I really objected to in your coverage on Monday night is you said I called for a boycott of ‘Stoli, which is actually a Latvian vodka.’ Which is Stoli’s argument right now. They’re out there pushing that lie, and if I could read you something really briefly which is, Stolichnaya’s distributor in 2008 to Vanity Fair [said], ‘Stolichnaya as it is sold outside Russia is distilled in Russia and moved from Russia to Latvia where it’s put in bottles. There is nothing added, nothing taken away, no additions, no subtractions from the product that leaves Russia. Stolichnaya is the original authentic genuine Russian vodka brand made with genuine authentic Russia vodka from Russia.’ Period. That’s Stoli talking about Stoli, so it’s a legitimate target of a boycott.