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Merck Suspends Funding for Boy Scoutsnew

The Merck Company Foundation, the charitable arm of pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck and Company, announced last week it was halting all contributions to the Boy Scouts of America until that organization ceases discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.
The American Independent News Network  |  Andy Birkey  |  12-12-2012  |  LGBT

University of Phoenix Fought Against Community College Expansionnew

For-profit university lobbied against community college bachelor's degree programs; now seeks partnerships with community colleges.
The American Independent News Network  |  Sarah Pavlus  |  12-07-2012  |  Education

National Organization for Marriage Wants Starbucks to Pay 'Price' in Middle Eastnew

In post-election call NOM president says, "These are not countries that look kindly on same-sex marriage."
The American Independent News Network  |  Sofia Resnick  |  11-13-2012  |  LGBT

Corporations Giving Big Money to Boy Scouts Despite Anti-Gay Policynew

Corporate foundations have given millions to the Boy Scouts of America and its subdivisions in recent years despite that organization’s policy of excluding gays and lesbians. Many of those same foundations have policies against giving to organizations that discriminate based on sexual orientation.
The American Independent News Network  |  Andy Birkey  |  09-18-2012  |  LGBT

Backers of Minn. Marriage Amendment Use Controversial Parenting Studynew

A controversial study on parenting has become a focal point of the campaign in Minnesota to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage this November.
The American Independent News Network  |  Andy Birkey  |  09-06-2012  |  LGBT

Health Experts Challenge Coerced-Abortion Lawsnew

Anti-abortion advocates have claimed that coerced abortion has reached crisis levels in the United States, despite a lack of scientific evidence showing that to be the case.
The American Independent News Network  |  Sofia Resnick  |  08-30-2012  |  Civil Liberties

HIV Criminalization May Discourage Testingnew

A team of researchers has published findings that indicate criminalization of HIV may discourage testing and hinder efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.
The American Independent News Network  |  Todd Heywood  |  07-18-2012  |  Policy Issues

Controversial Parenting Study Reaches the Courtsnew

Conservative medical group cites Regnerus study -- which accuses same-sex parents of being inferior to their straight counterparts -- in legal brief defending DOMA.
The American Independent News Network  |  Sofia Resnick  |  07-12-2012  |  LGBT

Legal Experts Dispute 'Tortured' Reading of Abortion Lawnew

The Virginia Board of Health ignored legal advice from the state attorney general's office when it exempted existing abortion clinics from tough new regulations pushed by pro-life advocates.
The American Independent News Network  |  Reilly Moore  |  07-06-2012  |  Policy Issues

Va. Approaches Decision on Privatizing Sex Offender Programnew

The detention and treatment of sex offenders represents a growing business opportunity for companies which hope to score lucrative contracts from state officials looking to keep predators off the streets.
The American Independent News Network  |  Siddhartha Mahanta  |  06-26-2012  |  Politics

Former NOM head regrets wording of race memosnew

The former head of the National Organization for Marriage said Wednesday that she disagreed with some specific wording in the group’s controversial anti-gay marriage strategies but that she did not find the strategies themselves inappropriate.
The American Independent News Network  |  Reilly Moore  |  04-06-2012  |  Policy Issues

Activists Demand Perry Return Taxpayer Money Spent While Campaigningnew

The head of the Texas House chamber’s Democratic Caucus is calling on former presidential contender Gov. Rick Perry to reimburse state taxpayers for millions of dollars spent while campaigning for a shot at the White House.
The American Independent News Network  |  Mary Tuma  |  01-24-2012  |  Politics

Marco Rubio Withdraws Support for PIPAnew

Florida Senator Marco Rubio — who co-sponsored the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act, known as PIPA — wrote today that, having "heard legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet," he has "decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act."
The American Independent News Network  |  Marcos Restrepo  |  01-18-2012  |  Policy Issues

Coloradans Favor Legalizing Marijuana and They Love Tim Tebownew

Forty-nine percent think marijuana should generally be legal to only 40% who believe it should be illegal. Independents think it should be legal by a 54/34 spread.
The American Independent News Network  |  Scot Kersgaard  |  12-19-2011  |  Drugs

‘Supercommittee’ Members’ States: How Many Residents Depend on Entitlements?new

Women are used to being under-represented in Congress: There are only 17 women in the U.S. Senate (out of 100) and 76 women in the U.S. House of Representatives (out of 435). Unsurprisingly, only one woman — Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), also a co-chair, sits on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or “super committee,” which has been assigned to trim at least $1.2 trillion from the deficit over the next 10 years. The American Independent analyzed statistics from each state the super committee members represent to see how dependent, on average, the states’ residents, and their women, are on some of the entitlement programs they are proposing to cut. TAI predominantly relied on state-by-state information compiled by the National Women’s Law Center.
The American Independent News Network  |  Sofia Resnick  |  11-17-2011  |  Politics

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