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April 6, 2014

'This is just the most open and blatant example of the new fascism...'

US Republican Newt Gingrich puts the problems of Mozilla's former CEO at the feet of 'new fascism.'

The GOP 2012 Republican primary challenger was a guest on the ABC News show This Week With George Stephanopoulos.

There was a segment on Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who stepped down after the revelation he made a $1,000 donation supporting the Proposition 8 campaign in 2008.

March 20, 2014

'God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions'

A Illinois Republican who thinks gay equality and abortion cause God to place dementia and autism on earth won a primary election this week.

Susanne Atanus beat David Earl Williams III yesterday, 18 March, in the GOP primary for Illinois' 9th Congressional District.

The district includes most of Chicago, President Barack Obama's hometown.

This past January Atanus lost the support of state Republican party because of anti-gay comments made in an interview.

March 20, 2014

'God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions'

A Illinois Republican who thinks gay equality and abortion cause God to place dementia and autism on earth won a primary election this week.

Susanne Atanus beat David Earl Williams III yesterday, 18 March, in the GOP primary for Illinois' 9th Congressional District.

The district includes most of Chicago, President Barack Obama's hometown.

This past January Atanus lost the support of state Republican party because of anti-gay comments made in an interview.

March 14, 2014

A Republican hopeful who wants to take Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s senate seat from has labelled him ‘ambiguously gay’ in attacking his service to constituents

South Carolina Republican hopeful and former police officer Juan ‘Dave’ Feliciano has implied that senior Senate Republican Lindsey Graham is gay as part of his bid to replace Graham as the Republican candidate for his senate seat.

Graham is only a two term senator for South Carolina and one of the more prominent faces of the Republican Party of the United States Congress but Feliciano believes South Carolinians deserve a better candidate next time around.

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 10, 2014

'In another time, that might have been it. Phil (Robertson) would have stayed fired. But not now, not this time'

Sarah Palin surfaced at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over the weekend and used part of her speech to defend anti-gay Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson.

Robertson had been suspended from the A&E reality show after comparing homosexuality to bestiality in an interview with GQ Magazine but the suspension was lifted in less than two weeks.

'In another time, that might have been it,' Palin said to the ultra-conservative audience in National Harbor, Maryland. 'Phil would have stayed fired. But not now, not this time.'

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 24, 2014

US actor Adam Baldwin has taken to twitter to oppose same-sex couples’ right to marry – asking why sons and fathers shouldn’t now marry to avoid higher taxes

Adam Baldwin, most famous for his roles in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket and Joss Whedon science fiction series Firefly, has turned to Twitter to attack same-sex marriage – suggesting that fathers and sons will use it to get out of paying higher taxes.

‘What's wrong, now, with a father marrying his son for love & to avoid tax penalties?’ Baldwin tweeted 21 February.

Baldwin had just prior tweeted a link to an article in which a Republican vying to replace Senate Republican Party leader Mitch McConnell in GOP primary runoffs had made similar arguments.

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 28, 2014

Republican primary candidate for Illinois’ 9th congressional seat Susanne Atanus has been asked not to run by her party after she claimed God was punishing America for same-sex marriage with autism, dementia and extreme weather events

One of two Republicans vying to become the party’s candidate for Illinois’ 9th congressional seat has blamed a host of maladies and disaster on America’s tolerance for gays and abortion – claiming they are divine retribution.

‘I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,’ Susanne Atanus told the Daily Herald.

January 23, 2014

Andy Markle: 'I am not leaving the Republican Party; the Republican Party has left me'

Until a day ago, Andy Markle was a gay Republican running for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives.

But after Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma successfully orchestrated a political power play to get a constitutional marriage ban bill passed by a House committee, Markle has quit the party in disgust.

He tells Gay Star News he has been fighting 'an uphill battle' with the state GOP for some time and will now likely be running for the District 99 seat as an Independent. 

January 23, 2014

Andy Markle: 'I am not leaving the Republican Party; the Republican Party has left me'

Until a day ago, Andy Markle was a gay Republican running for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives.

But after Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma successfully orchestrated a political power play to get a constitutional marriage ban bill passed by a House committee, Markle has quit the party in disgust.

He tells Gay Star News he has been fighting 'an uphill battle' with the state GOP for some time and will now likely be running for the District 99 seat as an Independent. 

January 22, 2014

Annise Parker flew to California last week to wed partner of 23 years

Houston's lesbian Mayor Annise Parker is being attacked by GOP critics for getting married in California last week to her partner of more than two decades.

Some are saying the nuptials are a political statement rather than a romantic one.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, a conservative talk radio host involved in a primary campaign for lieutenant governor called the marriage 'obviously part of a larger strategy of hers to turn Texas into California.'

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.

November 12, 2013

Gay dad Rob Watson worked at Camelot Theatre as a teen. The cinema has now been uncovered as having funded anti-gay politics

Trust and respect. These are two intangible qualities most of us would like to think we get from the people with whom we live.

We believe everyone around us holds the spirit of the Bostonians who, when bombs went off at the marathon, ran toward the sound to help, rather than away to flee the scene. We trust our fellows to care with a minimum of human decency, and maybe more. When we discover those around us do not live up to those standards, the disappointment and despair can be hard to shake.

November 5, 2013

Democratic leader Harry Reid says Boehner 'fails to take into account the heartbreak and suffering' by LGBTI employees

The US Senate is on the verge giving final passage to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act after nearly two decades of setbacks for the legislation seeking to protect LGBTI workers.

But GOP leader John Boehner is making clear ENDA will not have similar success when the legislation moves over to the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Boehner Michael Steel said in a statement this week: 'The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.'

November 5, 2013

Democratic leader Harry Reid says Boehner 'fails to take into account the heartbreak and suffering' by LGBTI employees

The US Senate is on the verge giving final passage to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act after nearly two decades of setbacks for the legislation seeking to protect LGBTI workers.

But GOP leader John Boehner is making clear ENDA will not have similar success when the legislation moves over to the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Boehner Michael Steel said in a statement this week: 'The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.'

October 18, 2013

Anti-gay former US senator also warns of hate crimes prosecutions against Christians

Rick Santorum has is warning the Republican Party that if they ever embrace gay marriage: It will lead to 'the destruction of our republic.'

The site Right Wing Watch reported Thursday (17 October) that Santorum made his latest anti-gay comments last month at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference.

Santorum is a former US Senator from Pennsylvania who finished behind Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president.

October 17, 2013

Former North Carolina Republican head says all trans people should be put in mental health institutions

A GOP politician has called trans people ‘disgusting freaks’ that should be put in ‘camps’.

Todd Kincannon, former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, has been heavily criticized for his rant on transgender people.

After a trans activist, Kat Haché, replied to one of Kincannon’s tweets, he launched into a tirade of slurs and hate speech.

‘There are people who respect transgender rights. And there are people who think you should all be put in a camp. That's me,’ he said.

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 12, 2013

GOP nominee Steve Lonegan fires Rick Shaften over comments made in an interview

The Republican nominee for New Jersey senator has fired his top aide over comments made in an interview questioning his opponents sexuality.

Rick Shaftan, the top strategist to GOP nominee Steve Lonegan, questioned the sexuality of Democrat nominee Cory Booker in an expletive-filled interview on Thursday (10 October).

Shaften's comments referred to Booker's conversations with Lynsie Lee, a stripper at a vegan strip club, whom he had exchanged messages with on Twitter.