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ICYMI: Kentucky's Senate Passes A Bill That Allows Businesses To Discriminate Against The LGBT Community

This is just awful.

We can't believe sh*t like this is still happening.

ICYMI, on Tuesday, the Kentucky Senate passed a religious liberties bill to legally protect businesses that deny service to members of the LGBT community because of religious reasons.

The Republican-controlled senate passed the measure — which would expand on the state's 2013 Religious Freedom Restoration Act — on a 22-16 vote.

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The problem with the legislation is that, even though same-sex marriage has been legalized nationwide, it continues to promote anti-gay sentiments and allow discriminatory actions.

However, those supporting the bill say it protects citizens' rights to freedom of conscience.

Its lead sponsor, Senator Albert Robinson, defended the measure, saying:

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South Dakota Senate Passes 'Bathroom Bill' Which Unfairly Targets Transgender Students

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We just hope this gets vetoed!

On Tuesday, the South Dakota Senate passed a bill that requires high school students to use restrooms based on their "chromosomes and anatomy" at birth.

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This measure is seen as discriminatory towards the transgender community as it forces students to use facilities that do not match their gender. This act could lead to more prejudice and intolerance.

Proponents of the bill argue that this is necessary to protect children's privacy.

The measure passed with a vote of 20-15, and was previously approved in the State House of Representatives.

Governor Dennis Daugaard has five days to veto the bill, or else it will become law.

According to Mara Keisling from The National Center for Transgender Equality:

"This bill hurts transgender students, takes away control from local schools, and doesn't solve any problems. In fact, it does more harm than good to both trans kids and South Dakota's reputation."

We're confident South Dakota will make the right decision.

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Manny Pacquiao Reveals Barbaric Views On Same-Sex Marriage: 'If We Approve Male On Male, Female On Female, Then Man Is Worse Than Animal'

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This is horrific.

Manny Pacquiao's boxing career is nearly over after a long, successful run of fights, and now he's getting his political career started by running for a Senate seat in the Philippines' 2016 elections — and it's not exactly starting off on the right foot.

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Pacquiao, a devout Catholic, spoke to Filipino news agencies about same-sex marriage on Monday, and the comments he made are horrific and damaging, to say the least.

Check out some of what he said, translated from Filipino, below:

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Michigan's State Senate Just Made Sodomy Illegal As Part Of A Bill Hidden In An Animal Abuse Law!

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This is ridiculous!

The Michigan state Senate just passed a bill reaffirming the state's already absurd law that sodomy is a felony — and it's now mandated with punishment by up to 15 years in prison!!!

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More than a dozen states still have sodomy laws on the books, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has already declared them unconstitutional, and now Michigan's Senate has doubled down on their own, making oral and anal sex crimes punishable by jail time!

The most ridiculous part of it all is how this was passed.

The state Senate had been trying to pass a law against animal abusers being able to adopt pets, when a senator — Republican Rick Jones — added language in Senate Bill 219 against sodomy. Because… why?!

The added text was crazy, too (below):

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South Carolina's Senate Takes A Step Towards Banning The Confederate Flag At The Capitol!

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South Carolina senate votes to remove the Confederate flag.

South Carolina's state senate made a big move on Monday, getting one step closer to banning the Confederate flag from their Capitol.

In a landslide decision, the senate voted 37-3 to take it down. But, the fight isn't over quite yet.

[ Video: This Woman Climbs A Flag Pole To Take Down A Confederate Flag! ]

Before the flag can officially be lowered, the Senate has to vote one more time, and then the bill has to go to the South Carolina House.

The proposal to remove the it came as a result of last month's devastating shooting at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where nine black people were shot to death because of racist beliefs.

South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is thrilled that the Senate stepped up to bring down the banner, saying in a statement:

"The South Carolina Senate today rose to this historic occasion, with a large majority of members from both parties coming together in the spirit of unity and healing that is binding our state back together and moving us forward in the right direction."

But even with the governor backing the decision, there's a possibility the House might not vote the same way as the Senate.

So, Nikki pleaded with her state's other political institution to follow suit:

"I applaud the Senate's decisive action, look forward to the Senate giving the bill third reading in the morning, and ask that the House act swiftly and follow the Senate's lead."

The Senate won't be convening again until Tuesday, but we really hope all the necessary votes go through to make this change happen!

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Michelle Obama Is Being Urged To Run For California Senate Seat!

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Senator Michelle Obama?! Are all of our dreams coming true at once?!

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Our favorite first lady is being pushed to run for the Senate seat in California that's anticipated to open up with the expectation that current Senator Dianne Feinstein will vacate it in 2018.

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Ben Affleck Testifies Before Congress On Violence In Africa! See Batman Try To Save Gotham, Err, The Congo HERE!

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Jennifer Garner's gorgeous husband just went to Washington and you'll never believe why!!

Batman vs. Superman star Ben Affleck visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday and testified before the Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations!

No, seriously!!!

The A-list actor is an expert on the travesties occuring in the Congo and he advised a whole room full of senators, including former Presidential candidate John McCain, who were genuinely grateful for his expertise!!

Curious what Ben had to offer? Ch-ch-check out his whole testimony (above)!

Is he the world's best samaritan or if this is still just part of Ben's continued penance for starring in Gigli? We'll probably never know, but we're nevertheless grateful for his contribution because the problems in that region of the world are SERIOUS!

Over five million people have been killed there since civil war broke out in the late '90s and Ben's non-profit advocacy group, the Eastern Congo Initiative, attempts to curb some of that violence.

Keep up the inspirational work, Mr. Affleck!

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