This Week’s Best Links: GOPers hate on queers, unions, HCR; Equality Ohio defends queer studies course; Liz Taylor passes

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which blazed shortly before quitting time March 25, 1911, trapping mostly women workers in the inferno. Exits were locked, so many women jumped to their death rather than burn alive. The tragedy ignited the American labor movement, and it serves as a chilling reminder of the need for regulation and unions.

Women who jumped to their death during the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire | Google Images

The Republican-controlled Ohio House is expected to vote Tuesday on union-busting Ohio Senate Bill 5. The legislation also contains language that could jeopardize domestic-partner benefits for state employees. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the bill. (Click here to watch John Stewart foil Kasich on The Daily Show.)

A federal appeals court rejected a plea by gay and lesbian couples to resume same-sex weddings in California while the court reviews Proposition 8, a process that could take at least another year. The couples filed the motion in light of President Barack Obama’s decision to ditch the Defense of Marriage Act.

The Obama administration plans to make combating discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world a top priority for the United Nation’s Human Rights Council. The declaration has the support of more than 80 countries.

Health care reform marked its one-year anniversary March 23. To celebrate, Tri-State GOPers U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner wrote an op-ed in The Cincinnati Enquirer denouncing “Obamacare.”

Elizabeth Taylor | Google Images

Screen siren, HIV/AIDS research advocate and the late Michael Jackson’s B.F.F. Elizabeth Taylor died this week at 79. She loved traditional marriage so much, she did it eight times.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer published a letter from Equality Ohio director Ed Mullen defending queer studies courses in Ohio colleges. The letter is a response to a previously published opinion piece by Kevin O’Brien bashing The Ohio State University for spending tax dollars on the course. O’Brien wrote “some professor might have to find honest work” if the queer studies courses were axed.

The man accused of attacking two lesbian women in Covington, Ky., has been indicted on three counts of second-degree assault and one count of fourth-degree assault. Devlin Burke was previously convicted of beating a gay man in 2003, and he served prison time for killing a man in a fight.

Creation Museum founder Ken Ham was banned for life from a homeschool conference in Cincinnati for making “ungodly and mean-spirited” comments about another speaker at the conference. Ham spoke ill of Peter Enns of the BioLogos Foundation, a  group that synthesizes Christianity with scientific findings like evolution.

Retired California political consultant Fred Karger threw his hat into the ring for the Republican presidential nomination, making him the first openly gay Republican to ever run for president. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann tip-toed toward the presidential primary by announcing an exploratory committee.

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3 thoughts on “This Week’s Best Links: GOPers hate on queers, unions, HCR; Equality Ohio defends queer studies course; Liz Taylor passes

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