MARRIAGE EQUALITY: “Zach Wahls Speaks About Family to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2011” / Zack Wahls ☮

Zach Wahls, a 19-year-old University of Iowa student spoke about the strength of his family during a public forum on House Joint Resolution 6 in the Iowa House of Representatives. Wahls has two mothers, and came to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 which would end civil unions in Iowa.

WHITE-WING CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN THEOCRACY: “Rumble – Christian Taliban Now in the GOP Platform” / The Big Picture RT / Thom Hartmann ☮

Crystal Wright, Con Job: How the Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering and Racial Division/Conservative Black Chick & Alex Lawson, Social Security Works & Charles Sauer, The Market Institute all join Thom. The official GOP platform encourages the public display of the Ten Commandments. But why is the GOP pretending that our Constitution establishes a theocracy?

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION COMPLEX: “Righteous Defiance in Mississippi” / VICE News ☮

A Mississippi law that protects individuals, businesses, and even government employees who refuse to provide services for gay weddings will go into effect July 1.

The controversial legislation is one example of a spate of so-called “Religious Freedom” laws that carve out legal protections for people who object to gay marriage on religious grounds. The Mississippi law covers a range of professions who don’t want to provide their services to members of the LGBT community, from therapists, to adoption services, and wedding DJs.

Critics of the law say it discriminates against an LGBT minority in an overwhelmingly Christian state. But supporters argue the law is necessary to protect Christians from a rising tide of anti-Christian discrimination and a growing cultural hostility across the United States to personal religious beliefs.