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May 23, 2015

The Tea Party favorite is against marriage equality, lumped LGBTI people with people who have sex with animals, and is concerned Christians can no longer practice their faith

Today, 23 May, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference's presidential straw poll.

According to The Hill, The Tea Party favorite won 25.4% of the vote. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took 20.5%, and placing third was Senator Ted Cruz with 16.4%.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry took 5% and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush won 4.9%.

The conference was in Oklahoma City.

May 23, 2015

In New Orleans, we believe religious liberty and freedoms should be protected and discrimination prohibited, and we have passed our own laws to reflect that principle'

Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, wants LGBTI residents, and visitors, to know the Big Easy continues to be a city that believes in diversity.

On 21 May, the Democrat signed an executive order describing New Orleans as 'an accepting, inviting city that thrives on its diversity and welcomes people from all walks of life with open arms.'

May 21, 2015

Brian Sandoval challenges students to 'embrace your differences'

Flanked by 8th grade students who he challenged to 'embrace your differences,' Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed an anti-bullying bill into law on Wednesday (20 May).

'Every single one of you deserves the opportunity to grow and learn without the fear of being picked on,' Sandoval said at a signing ceremony at Carson City Middle School in Carson City.

'No students should be in pain,' he added. 'All students should have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.'

May 20, 2015

'As long as I’m governor, we will fight to protect religious liberty and not apologize for it'

Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Tuesday (19 May) issued an executive order allowing businesses to turn away LGBTI customers, two hours after a House panel rejected a 'religious freedom' bill.

A bipartisan committee voted 10-2 to return HB 707 to the calendar, effectively killing the bill for this legislative session.

But the potential presidential hopeful then bypassed the legislature altogether and ordered the law to be enforced anyway.

May 20, 2015

'As long as I’m governor, we will fight to protect religious liberty and not apologize for it'

Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Tuesday (19 May) issued an executive order allowing businesses to turn away LGBTI customers, two hours after a House panel rejected a 'religious freedom' bill.

A bipartisan committee voted 10-2 to return HB 707 to the calendar, effectively killing the bill for this legislative session.

But the potential presidential hopeful then bypassed the legislature altogether and ordered the law to be enforced anyway.

May 20, 2015

House Democrats introduce bill to ban the discredited practice nationwide

Oregon's bisexual governor, Kate Brown, Monday (18 May) signed a bill into law banning 'gay conversion therapy,' making her state the third to do so.

The bill passed the state Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3 after clearing the House in March, and makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professionals to practice 'ex-gay' therapy on children younger than 18.

Brown, who become the US' first openly bisexual governor in February, will signing ceremony on Friday.

May 17, 2015

The men, all under the age of 25, were caught with 122 condoms between them

Twenty-one young men under the age of 25 have been arrested in Nigeria for being in a 'gay cult'.

The young men, who were caught with 122 condoms between them, were held in an Ibadan police station last week.

The arrest comes after Nigerian state governor Emmanuel Uduaghan said he would crack down on 'gay cults', saying 'these are our young boys and men come to sleep with them'.

May 17, 2015

Perry is against marriage equality, open service in the military, and once compared being gay to alcoholism

Looks like the Republicans will have one more candidate for the 2016 presidential primary.

According to CNN, former Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce his 'intentions' next month.

If he runs, this will be Perry's second run at the White House. In 2012, his campaign was filled with errors and gaffes. He quickly dropped out of the primary after a poor showing.

One thing that has been clear in the conservative's political campaigns has been his anti-gay stances.

May 17, 2015

'It’s thousands of years of culture and history just being changed at warp speed. It’s hard to fathom why it is this way'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is worried about the impact of same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 presidential primary candidate was a guest on The Brody File, a Christian Broadcasting Network program.

According to the Washington Post, the Republican called traditional marriage 'a sacrament.'

May 5, 2015

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee previously ran in 2008

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced on Tuesday (5 May) that he is running for president odf the United States.

Huckabee, who ran unsuccessfully in 2008, joins an already crowded field vying for the Republican nomination.

April 23, 2015

But marriage equality foe says he'd 'probably' attend if invited

Rick Perry didn't like answering the question but he did it anyway.

The former governor of Texas, an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, was asked this week by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would attend a same-sex wedding.

'Yeah, well, I probably would,' he told Hewitt.

Then the failed Republican presidential candidate said: 'I think the real issue here, you know, is that's the "gotcha" question that the Left tries to get out there.

April 21, 2015

Ohio Governor John Kasich will be attending the same-sex wedding of a close gay friend despite his personal disagreement on the issue because he says their friendship is more important to him

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio may have said that he would hypothetically attend the same-sex wedding of someone that he was close to despite his opposition to the idea, but rival Republican candidate John Kasich has already accepted the invitation.

April 20, 2015

The tech giant, which is currently expanding in Monroe, has spoken out against proposed legislation that would allow business to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings

IBM has become one of the first global companies to publicly speak out against a proposed religious freedom law being considered in Louisiana.

Last week, GSN reported on how Governor Booby Jindal was hopeful that legislation, HB 707, would be passed.

April 19, 2015

The Republican is not a supporter of marriage equality

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been a guest at the wedding reception of a same-sex couple.

The likely candidate for a 2016 presidential run made the announcement last night, 18 April, after a speech in New Hampshire, an early primary state.

April 18, 2015

'This is simply about protecting the essential religious freedom rights in the First Amendment'

A bill is working its way in Louisiana's state house that will eclipse anything in Indiana's freedom of religion law.

According to MSNBC HB 707, the Marriage and Conscience Act. is being considered by the state's congress.

If passed the measure would protect state workers from punishment who do not want to process papers for same-sex marriages.

April 16, 2015

Mike Pence now has favorable rating of just 35%

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is paying the price for rushing to sign the Religious Freedom Reform Act (RFRA) into law last month.

After nationwide backlash and a disastrous interview with ABC News defending the law, Pence called for amendments to legislation that was viewed as giving license to private businesses to legally discriminate against gays and others.

It's also been damaging to the Republican governor's reputation.

April 15, 2015

Guam may have just become the first of the US’ five overseas territories to allow same-sex couples to marry after the island’s Attorney General issued a directive to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians

The United States Pacific territory of Guam may be about to become the first of its overseas territories to allow same-sex couples to marry after Guam’s Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson issued a directive to the island’s Department of Public Health and Social Services instructing it to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians.

However the department is pushing back so far, saying it will not be accepting any applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples ‘until further notice.’

April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 14, 2015

Following the passing of its controversial religious freedom law, Indiana is spending $2million+ with a PR firm in an attempt to repair its image

The state of Indiana has hired a global PR firm to help repair its image after the passing of its controversial religious freedom bill.

The message of the campaign? Indiana is a welcoming place to live, visit and do business.

The PR firm tasked with promoting the message is Porter Novelli. It has been hired by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

April 10, 2015

Memories Pizza owners found themselves at center of religious freedom debate when they said they wouldn't cater a gay wedding

The O'Connor family has re-opened the doors of Memories Pizza to a full house after being closed for eight days.

'It's a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal,' said owner Kevin O'Connor who with his daughter, Crystal, was at the center of a national controversy over Indiana's controversial religious freedom law.

Crystal O'Connor had said her family 'doesn't hate gays' but simply would not deliver pizzas to a gay wedding because of their religious beliefs.

April 5, 2015

The Terminator star calls fellow Republicans 'out of touch' and 'choosing a politics of division'

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California, blasted fellow Republicans for choosing ‘a politics of division’ through Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Terminator star wrote a column for the Washington Post in which he said while, as an American, he is concerned by the developments, he is furious as a Republican.

April 5, 2015

Christian pastor John Pavlovitz has an Easter message ‘to all those fighting non-existent wars’: the gay community are not battling religion, but against discrimination

North Carolina Christian Pastor John Pavlovitz penned a blog last autumn which quickly went viral. He wrote about what he promised to do if his children grew up and told him that they were gay. In short, he vowed to love them and support them and spread a message of love and acceptance to others.

April 5, 2015

The state governments of Washington, Connecticut and New York banned state-funded travel to Indiana to boycott the passage of its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill but they have now lifted the sanction after Governor Mike Pence relented

State government employees from New York State, Washington and Connecticut can once again travel to the state of Indiana after it relented over its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill which would have allowed people of faith to discriminate against pretty much anyone they wanted to.

The travel ban included all state agency employees as well as public colleges and universities so the ban covered state sponsored trips by students and teachers as well.

April 4, 2015

'The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana and Arkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them'

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and possible 2016 candidate for the White House, claims US business is controlled by the 'militant gay community.'

The Republican was a guest today (4 April) on CNN defending religious freedoms laws, like the one amended in Indiana late last week.

He rejected any comparison with the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.