Los Angeles Times: A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions. U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8, passed by voters in November 2008, violated the federal constitutional rights Read More

Crossposted from TAPPED. On Tuesday, I wrote about President Obama’s visit to The View today and suggested he bring up his new initiative to fight the HIV/AIDS in the black community. But as I predicted, Obama did not mention it, nor did he confront host Sherri Shepherd for blaming high rates of HIV/AIDS in the black Read More

Jamelle: This week’s controversy centered on Shirley Sherrod, an official with the USDA who was forced to resign today after a video surfaced of a speech she gave on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government website. In the speech, Sherrod talks about an incident that happened when she worked for an agricultural nonprofit and a white farmer Read More

Kai Wright breaks down a recent CDC study about the effect that poverty has on HIV transmission. The study shows a much higher rate of HIV infection among heterosexual poor people in the U.S. But Wright debunks the following too-obvious takeaway from the study: that poverty, not race has the greatest effect on HIV transmission Read More

Joel Johnson at Gizmodo decides to “stalk” a black girl on Twitter: I realized most of my Twitter friends are like me: white dorks. So I picked out my new friend and started to pay attention. She’s a Christian, but isn’t afraid of sex. She seems to have some problems trusting men, but she’s not Read More

Campus Progress is hiring staff writers for September-December, and applications are due next Tuesday, July 20. Writers can be based anywhere (one of our writers is currently in China), they don’t have to be current college students, and best of all, they’ll get some great clips to take with them after their time is up! Read More

Jake Blumgart at Campus Progress has a fun post up on drinking union-made alcohol this 4th of July: To my knowledge, there are three major unions in the world of alcoholic beverages. 1. The United Autoworkers (UAW). Highly ironic. 2. International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAW). See above. 3. The United Food and Read More

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