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Online petition calls for Ga. political leaders to support same-sex marriage

Former Congressman Nathan Deal is vying to become Georiga's next Governor

Amanda Lee Carver, a lesbian from Gainesville, Ga., has created a petition on the popular social advocacy website;  calling for the state's political leaders to embrace marriage equality.

The petition follows recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8, both of which considered victories by LGBT rights supporters.

From the campaign webpage:

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Petition pops up urging Atlanta City Council to outlaw sex shops on Cheshire Bridge Road


A petition popped up this week on urging the Atlanta City Council to banish adult businesses on Cheshire Bridge Road.

Posted to the popular website by a group calling itself "Concerned Atlanta Residents" and made up of people living in the area, the petition states, "Adult businesses are incompatible with residential neighborhoods. Our neighborhoods were here decades before the adult businesses started appearing on Cheshire Bridge through a series of zoning loopholes and poor decisions/enforcement by the City of Atlanta."

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Boy Scouts keeps gay ban for now; task force to study impact of gay members

Boy Scouts of America: Reinstate Cub Scout leader who was removed for being gayNot even a recent statement of support made by President Barack Obama could persuade the Boy Scouts of America's board of directors today to lift the ban on openly gay scouts and organization leaders.

BSA announced last week that it would take up the issue at its next board meeting. A statement from the BSA released last week signaled a willingness to lift a ban on gay scouts, but such a ban continues.

“After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy,” the organization said via a prepared statement after their Board meeting concluded.

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Sour-faced election losers start petitions to secede from the Union

Still gay in the GOP

Republicans continue to regroup after their general election loss and most still are none-to-happy about how things turned out.

Some have accused shadowy forces of rigging the election, while others are looking to leave the country to live with more freedoms. But why move out of the country when you can stay put and leave the country at the same time?

Over the weekend, around a dozen or more petitions calling on the U.S. government to allow individual states to “peacefully withdraw” from the Union began appearing on the White House's “We The People” petition site.

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N.C. student petitions to overturn Amendment One

Not even 24 hours old and already activists in North Carolina are pushing to have Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, overturned.

Some 60 percent of North Carolina voters supported Amendment One on the ballot.

Jenn Halweil, a North Carolina college student, has taken matters into her own hands and has created a petition on calling for one million people to demand the state supreme court overturn the constitutional amendment.

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Gay mom booted from Boy Scouts finds an unlikely ally in Mitt Romney

 Boy Scouts of America: Reinstate Cub Scout leader who was removed for being gayMitt Romney's changing positions on issues over the years is fodder for late-night TV comedians, political opponents and disgruntled Republicans, who say he's no different than Barack Obama on many of the country's most important issues.

I guess that means Romney is also a Muslim Communist terrorist sympathizer who goes around promoting class warfare?

Take the 1994 Romney for example. That Romney said he would do more for gay rights than then-Sen. Ted Kennedy during a debate leading up to that year's election. Romney also said that he supported an inclusive Boy Scouts of America, where he sat on the organization's board of directors for the better part of a decade.

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Petition asks President Obama to require LGBT non-discrimination policies for federal contractors

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on President Barack Obama to sign an executive order to require companies that hold federal contracts to enact LGBT non-discrimination employment policies.

The petition was started by Tico Almeida, president of Freedom to Work, an organization dedicated to protecting LGBT workers from harassment in the workplace.

According to Freedom to Work, some 16 million Americans who work with the federal government are unprotected from anti-gay discrimination on the job.

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Petition calls on Ga. lawmakers to enact hate crime protections

Gay rights activists are hoping that Georgia lawmakers will take a recently released video of an Atlanta gang beating a man they called “faggot” as proof that the state needs meaningful hate crime legislation.

Brandon White, 20, was seen in a video uploaded to early this week being beaten by an Atlanta gang calling themselves “Jack City.” The attack happened over the weekend, according to White.

A digital petition has been created in response to video, calling for Georgia's legislators to give local law enforcement the ability to investigate hate crimes.

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White House responds to DOMA petition

President Obama's administration announced it would no longer defend DOMA in court

The White House responded this week to an online petition calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions.

The "We the People" petitions, an initiative created by the White House, offer citizens a chance to call on President Obama and his administration to act on a range of issues from social and domestic to foreign policy and the economy.

One of the most signed petitions called for the repeal of DOMA, which included some 14,000 signatures.

Here is the official response from Gautam Raghavan, from the White House Office of Public Engagement: