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April 13, 2015

Florida's Marco Rubio supported Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and is against gay marriage

Marco Rubio, the US Senator from Florida with a solid anti-gay record, announced today he is running for president.

Rubio, 43, is a Republican trying to become the first-ever Cuban-American elected to The White House.

Rubio tells ABC News he is 'absolutely' the most qualified person to be president.

July 2, 2014

The Texas state Democratic Party has slammed Texas state Republicans for endorsing so-called reparative therapies that aim to turn people from gay to straight at the party’s state convention

Delegates to the Texas Democratic Party’s convention in Dallas on Saturday slammed their Republican rivals for approving a platform which includes support for attempts to turn gay people straight.

The Texas Democrats have instead put denying public funds to programs that attempt to alter a person’s sexuality in their platform and also want the Texas Department of State Health Services to investigate people who try to provide such services.

June 18, 2014

Ohio's Rob Portman came out for marriage equality after his son came out as gay

Ohio Senator Rob Portman has been listed as a possible Republican vice presidential candidate in the past two presidential elections.

He doesn't think it will happen again in 2016.

Portman acknowledges that by coming out in support of gay marriage in March 2013 - after his son came out as gay - he may have doomed his chances of running for president or vice president.

'It puts me at odds with my party in many respects,' he said in an interview posted online this week with Hoover Institute fellow Peter Robinson.

June 8, 2014

'No one can change the color of their skin or change the place they're born, but they can definitely choose their lifestyles'

The Republican Party of Texas advocates ex-gay therapy.

The convention for the southern US state's GOP ended yesterday, 7 June, and the 10,000 attendees gave their approval for the following platform language:

'We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.'

May 30, 2014

Gay Republican groups the Log Cabin Republicans and Metroplex Republicans have protested their exclusion from being able to operate booths promoting their issues at the Texas Republican Party state convention

Two gay Republican groups have been denied formal participation in the Texas Republican Party convention and are calling for the state party’s leadership to get with the times and realize there are many Republicans who now support LGBTI rights.

The Log Cabin Republicans and Metroplex Republicans held a news conference yesterday in which they decried their exclusion from being able to have information booths at the conference which is being held at the Fort Worth Convention Exhibit Hall.

April 22, 2014

Six Illinois Republican party central committee members who sought to dump their party chairman after he came out in favor of same-sex marriage have themselves been dumped out of office

A group of Illinois Republican officials who sought to dump their own party’s state chairman have felt the wrath of party members themselves this week – getting dumped from their positions.

The six were part of a group of seven members of the party’s state central committee who sought to sack their party’s then chairman, Pat Brady, after he gave his public support for efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in his state.

March 11, 2014

New Research by the non-partisan Pew Research Center has found a clear majority of US Republicans aged 18 to 29 now support the legalization of same-sex marriage

61% of Republicans aged under 30 now support the legalization of same-sex marriage according to new research released by the Pew Research Center.

The Pew Research Center published the results yesterday which also showed 43% of Republicans aged 30 to 49 to be supporters and 30% of those aged 50 to 64.

Support was lowest among Republicans aged over 65 where only 22% were supporters.

Overall 39% of Republican voters supported same-sex marriage.

March 6, 2014

LGBTI Republican group the Log Cabin Republicans won’t be attending this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after they were denied any formal participation as a group

The Log Cabin Republicans have announced that they will stop seeking to participate in the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) while gay conservatives are banned from being sponsors, panelists or speakers.

February 21, 2014

This past Tuesday Maine's Senate also voted Bill LD 1428 down, 19-6

A 'religious freedom' bill that could have had an impact on Maine's gay marriage law failed in the state's House of Representatives, effectively killing it for this legislative session.

February 17, 2014

A controversial bill that would have allowed religious people to refuse to serve same-sex couples in Kansas has been blocked after even Republican state senators found it to be too extreme

A Kansas state bill allowing religious people to legally discriminate against same-sex couples has been blocked by Republican state senators after they found it to be too extreme.

Under the bill any business owned by a religious person or government employee who was religious would have been able to refuse goods and services to same-sex couples.

January 15, 2014

Co-founder of LGBTI Republican group GOProud Jimmy LaSalvia announced Monday he was no longer a Republican because of the party’s tolerance for anti-gay bigotry

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia has quit the US Republican Party over the party’s tolerance for homophobia and a leadership that he says is controlled by ‘big government conservatives.’

GOProud was founded in 2009 by former Log Cabin Republicans Christopher R Barron and LaSalvia because they felt that group was not conservative enough.

But on Monday LaSalvia posted on his blog, ‘So I changed my voter registration today – “No Party”’

December 23, 2013

The Log Cabin Republicans have hit out against a video by the Out2Enroll campaign aimed at recruiting LGBTIs to sign up for Obamacare, claiming it stereotypes gay men

LGBTI Republican group the Log Cabin Republicans have attacked a video campaign aimed at recruiting LGBTIs to sign up for Obamacare as exploiting gay stereotypes – saying US President Barack Obama should distance himself from it.

The campaign was created for Out2Enroll, a coalition of non-government groups who want to encourage LGBTIs to sign up for Obamacare, and made by the group Full Frontal Freedom.

October 13, 2013

Uptick in marriage support among US conservatives is mostly due to people born after 1980

While US Republicans and conservatives are still overwhelmingly opposed to gay marriage, views are starting to soften.

According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, over the past decade a growing minority of conservatives are starting to support marriage equality.

Today roughly three in ten of Republicans (29%) and political conservatives (30%) are gay marriage supporters.

October 9, 2013

The openly gay vice-chairman of the Republican Party in California has warned that his party will try to use transgender students’ access to the bathrooms and changing rooms of their choice to wedge state Democrats and mobilize political donors

California Republican Party vice-chairman Greg Gandrud has warned that conservatives and Tea Party Republicans are set to go after recently passed protections for transgender students as an issue to wedge state Democrats on.

State Republicans voted to back the campaign to repeal California’s AB 1266 law, ensuring transgender students are treated as their preferred gender in school activities, at their state convention in Anaheim over the weekend.

August 29, 2013

In the Midwestern US state of Ohio, an overwhelming majority of voters approve of some form of legal recognition for LGBT couples

According to a recent poll, for the first time a small plurality of Ohio voters support marriage equality.

On 23 August Public Policy Polling released a survey of the Midwestern state showing that 48% favor same sex marriage, while 42% are opposed.

This slim plurality represents a major turnaround in two years.

August 2, 2013

In a taped conversation with advisors, President Richard Nixon warned  'homosexuality, and immorality in general, are the enemies of strong societies'

CNN recently released a recording where former US President Richard Nixon rails against gay sexuality.

In the tape, Nixon complains about a TV show that followed a baseball game. The comedy, a sitcom called All in the Family, allegedly 'glorified homosexuality.'

At first he thought it was a movie, but after the mistake was cleared up the Republican repeated his charge.

May 16, 2013

Current 53% level of support is essentially double the 27% in 1996

Support for gay marriage among Americans seems to be solidifying above the 50% level, according to a poll released today by Gallup.

The latest poll shows that 53% say the law should recognize same-sex marriages. This marks the third consecutive reading of 50% or above in Gallup polling over the past year.

May 11, 2013

House Speaker Paul Thissen talks about how Minnesota turned toward same sex marriage

Minnesota state House Speaker Paul Thissen had early doubts there were enough votes for a marriage bill.

'I wasn't particularly confident at all that we could get there. I mean I wasn't un-confident, but I just didn't know.'

April 26, 2013

Ad states: 'Reagan’s Big Tent Isn’t What it Used to Be…'

The Log Cabin Republicans, gay members of a political party that has been decidedly anti-gay in its position on marriage equality, took out an attention-getting ad Thursday (25 April) urging the party to change its ways.

The full-page ad in Politico states: 'Reagan’s Big Tent Isn’t What it Used to Be…'

April 15, 2013

Marsha Blackburn, John Boehner, George Holding and Michele Bachmann form an anti-gay Republican delegation attending Lady Thatcher’s funeral

Four anti-gay Republican politicians form a delegation that will attend Lady Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday (17 April).

The delegation is lead by two anti-gay Republican members of the US Congress.

John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives, who is a staunch opponent of gay marriage.

As well as Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who spearheaded an attempt to overturn marriage equality in Washington, D.C. and co-chaired the committee that drafted the 2012 national Republican platform, considered the most antigay in history.

April 14, 2013

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady wins again against conservatives who want him out for being for marriage equality

Conservatives failed in their most recent attempt to oust Illinois’ Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady.

March 29, 2013

US right wing lawyer and campaigner warned live on radio that if the Supreme Court will rule in favor of gay marriage it will mark a 'return' to 'Sodom and Gomorrah'

US right wing politican and lawyer Mat Staver warned live on radio that gay marriage will destroy America, split the Republican party, labelling some of its leaders who support marriage equality as 'cockroaches'.

Staver who is the chair of the Liberty Counsel organization spoke yesterday (28 March) to Vic Eliason of Voice of Christian Youth America on Crosstalk, where the two agreed that legalizing gay marriage ‘would be the same as pronouncing the death sentence on America’.

March 26, 2013

Leaves just 10 Democrats in US Senate not endorsing marriage equality

Shortly after the Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8 ended Tuesday (26 March), Montana Senator Jon Tester (pictured) became the fifth Democratic senator in two days to suddenly embrace marriage equality.

He joined recent marriage converts Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Warner of Virgina, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.

This leaves only 10 Democrats in the US Senate who have not publicly endorsed gay marriage.

February 21, 2013

The five reasons why the GOP will benefit if the US Supreme Court to rule for marriage equality – even if they are fighting against it

One thing I have learned as a parent to two 10 year old boys – sometimes while a child sometimes says he wants one thing, he secretly may be hoping he doesn't get it. Their voices quiver as they ask for it, while their eyes say ‘get me out of this mess, Daddy!’

That is kind of what is happening these days with the Republicans and the Supreme Court and their former favorite wedge issue, the denial of marriage equality to LGBTQ people.