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April 3, 2014

Olivia Cajero Bedford defends her comments on Steve Gallardo's sexuality as a joke

Steve Gallardo may be gay, but he's not acting gay enough in the opinion of one of his  Arizona State Senate colleagues.

During a closed door caucus meeting this week, Olivia Cajero Bedford remarked that Gallardo should 'act more gay,' according to Arizona Capitol Times.

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 10, 2014

Liberal MP and single father Ewen Jones has criticized controversial fellow Liberal Cory Bernardi over his opposition to ‘non-traditional’ families - including those where the parents are in a same-sex relationship

A controversial Australian Government senator who once claimed same-sex marriage would lead to bestiality has been slammed in his party room over his opposition to single parents and gay and lesbian couples raising children.

Senator Cory Bernardi had been praising Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews, another Christian conservative Liberal Party MP, at a party room meeting last week for sharing similar views about non-traditional families in a recent opinion column.

March 6, 2014

Democratic lawmaker inspired to come out publicly following controversy surrounding vetoed anti-gay bill

Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo came out publicly on Wednesday (5 March) in the wake of the furor over a vetoed bill that sought to make it legal for businesses to discriminate LGBTI people.

'I am gay, I’m Latino and I'm a senator and it’s OK,' Gallardo said at a news conference.

February 26, 2014

Al Melvin can't think of a single example of when SB 1062 has been needed

CNN's Anderson Cooper had asked a simple question of Arizona State Senator Al Melvin.

Could the Republican lawmaker, who is running for governor of his state, think of a single example where the controversial SB 1062 bill has been needed in  Arizona?

The bill, if signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, would make it legal for businesses to discriminate against anyone - including LGBTI people - if they say it is for religious reasons.

Melvin, who voted in favor of the anti-gay discrimination bill last week, came up empty.

February 25, 2014

'Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country'

A consultant, who has worked with Republican politicians in the past, is drafting a bill banning out gay players from the National Football League.

According to Mediaite, Jack Burkman, of JM Burkman & Associates, maintains there are five US representatives and one senator who are 'interested in co-sponsoring the bill.'

February 24, 2014

US Senator John McCain, business leaders, and even state senators who voted for it are among those now against legislation

As Arizona Governor Jan Brewer continues to offer no clues about whether or not she plans to sign a controversial anti-gay discrimination bill into law, other leaders in the state are stepping up urging her to veto it.

'I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062,' Arizona Senator John McCain tweeted this morning.

The state's other US Senator, Jeff Flake, had tweeted similar sentiments over the weekend.

February 14, 2014

Texas Republican introduces bill that would prevent federal government from recognizing gay marriages in states where there is a ban in place

Accusing the Obama administration of 'trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states,' Republican Senator Ted Cruz introduced a bill on Thursday (13 February) that would limit federal recognition of same-sex unions.

Cruz, a Tea Party favorite from Texas, wants to pass the State Defense of Marriage Act which would limit federal programs and benefits to married gay or lesbian couples living in states where same-sex marriage is legal.

December 28, 2013

Alabama Republican state Senator Jerry Fielding wants to make a public stand for Christians who believe in biblical principles

A state senator from Alabama will introduce a motion in the legislature in support of Phil Robertson, the embattled patriarch of the reality show Duck Dynasty.

State Senator Jerry Fielding told CNN the symbolic proposal is meant to support conservative Christians who stand by 'biblical scriptures.'

December 16, 2013

Tensions over whether to allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage are leading to in-fighting among Australian Government lawmakers with Senator Cory Bernardi attacking Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull over his advocacy for the reform

Controversial South Australian Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has said Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull should quit the front bench of the Australian Government if he intends to continue to publicly advocate for same-sex marriage.

Turnbull’s seat of Wentworth is considered to have the largest number of gay voters of any electorate in Australia and as a result he has been one of the loudest voices for reform and for a conscience vote within Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal/National Coalition government.

December 13, 2013

Utah Senator Mike Lee has introduced the ‘Marriage and Religious Freedom Act’ which would allow individuals and organizations to legally discriminate against married same-sex couples without fear of losing tax exempt status

Utah Tea Party Republican Senator Mike Lee aims to ensure that individuals and organizations are able to continue to legally discriminate against married gay couples and people who have had premarital sex with his ‘Marriage and Religious Freedom Act.’

The bill aims to ban the US Government from denying any person or group tax-exempt status for exercising their ‘religious conscience rights’ such as refusing to hire gay people, or firing people over their sexual orientation or relationship status, or by denying them goods or services.

December 9, 2013

The Australian Government and Greens have joined forces to stop an attempt to initiate a referendum on gay marriage in Australia by a senator from the right wing Catholic Democratic Labor Party

Advocates for same-sex marriage in Australia have praised Liberal and National party senators in the Australian Government and senators from the Greens for joining forces to defeat an attempt to begin the process of having a referendum on same-sex marriage in Australia.

Democratic Labour Party senator John Madigan put forward a motion to establish an inquiry into holding a referendum on same-sex marriage earlier today.

December 4, 2013

A lawmaker from Mexico’s Party of the Democratic Revolution plans to take a proposal legalizing same-sex marriage nationally to the Senate today but the National Action Party says it will vote against the reform

A senator from Mexico’s Party of the Democratic Revolution (PDR) will put forward a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation today.

Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is constitutional and several states now allow same-sex couples to marry but the majority of states have not passed reforms on the issue and so the PDR plans to implement a nation wide reform.

PDR Senator Fernando Mayans presented the initiative to his parliamentary group last Thursday and is expected to present the proposal to the Senate today.

November 26, 2013

State Senator Adam Ebbin has introduced legislation to pave the way for marriage equality

Adam Ebbin, an openly gay state senator in Virginia, has introduced legislation that would overturn the ban on gay marriage that voters passed in 2006.

Ebbin does so at a time when 15 US states plus the District of Columbia have made gay marriage legal and the US Supreme Court has gutted the Defense of Marriage Act. In the House a Delegates, a companion bill has been introduced  by Delegate Joseph Morrissey.

November 25, 2013

The woman who has the power to sack Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced her support for marriage equality, but her decision to go public has been attacked by an openly gay government senator

Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, has gone public with her support for gay marriage – angering the Liberal-National Coalition’s first openly gay senator Dean Smith.

Delivering the final 2013 Boyer Lecture on Friday night in Sydney, Bryce said she hoped to one day see an Australia where ‘people are free to love and marry whom they choose.’

Advocates for same-sex marriage welcomed Bryce’s comments, saying they showed the importance that the issue now had with Australians.

November 17, 2013

Senator Marco Rubio was invited to speak at a fundraiser for the Florida Family Policy Council, known for their homophobic views

A US senator told an anti-gay rights group on Saturday (16 November) that 'moral' issues should form a part of US government debate.

 

US Sen Marco Rubi, known for his homophobic views, was invited to speak at a fundraising dinner for the Florida Family Policy Council.

 

November 7, 2013

After 64-32 vote, attention now turns to House where Republican leadership expected to let legislation die

After nearly 20 years, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has finally passed the US Senate.

The legislation, known as ENDA, has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994. It was last voted on by the full senate in 1996 when it fell one vote shy of passage.

In the end, the 64-32 vote had every Democratic senator and 10 of their Republican colleagues voting in favor of passage.

Surprisingly, among the Republicans supporting ENDA was Arizona Senator John McCain who was a vocal opponent of ending the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

November 6, 2013

A new book claims Republican Senator Rob Portman asked to be taken off the list of potential vice-presidential running mates for Mitt Romney because he was concerned how running would affect his gay son

Senator Rob Portman did not want to be Mitt Romney’s running mate for Vice President of the United States because he was concerned that his gay son would be forced into the political spotlight, a new book says.

Portman’s son Will had come out to him a year before and had caused him to rethink his position on same-sex marriage but according to the authors of Double Down: Game Change 2012 the Senator was not yet ready to go public with his support in 2012.

November 5, 2013

Lesbian Senator Tammy Baldwin speaks passionately for bill before procedural vote

After nearly two decades of setbacks, the Employment Non-Discrimination Employment Act (ENDA) survived a key procedural vote in the US Senate on Monday (4 November) and appears assured of passage later this week.

ENDA passed what is known as a cloture vote by a 61-30 margin with all Democrats in support and three Republicans.

The nation's first lesbian senator, Tammy Baldwin, spoke passionately about ENDA's merits before the vote.

'I realize that for some, this is not an easy vote,' Baldwin told her fellow senators.

October 30, 2013

Republican's wife had signed petition urging him to back the proposed legislation offering workplace protections to LGBTI employees

Arizona Senator John McCain is not going to listen to his wife.

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee got some pressure last week from his spouse when Cindy McCain signed a Human Rights Campaign postcard urging her husband to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

But McCain said Wednesday (30 October) he fears the legislation might lead to 'reverse discrimination.'

October 25, 2013

2008 Republican presidential nominee has been against gay marriage and gays serving openly in the military

What do you do when you are the pro-gay wife of a conservative US senator with an anti-gay voting record?

If you're Cindy McCain, wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, you send him a postcard.

Mrs. McCain this week put her signature on a postcard provided by the Human Rights Campaign asking her husband for his support on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

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 14, 2013

Penny Wong, the Australian Labor Party’s Senate leader while in government, has been chosen to continue in that role while in Opposition

Openly lesbian Australian Labor Party senator Penny Wong has been re-elected to lead her party in the Senate while in Opposition following a leadership contest for the party between two supporters of same-sex marriage.

Wong, a senator from the state of South Australia since 2002 and Finance Minister in the Gillard and second Rudd governments, was re-elected by her colleagues earlier today, which also saw Tanya Plibersek, another vocal supporter of LGBT rights made the party’s deputy Opposition leader in the House of Representatives.

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.