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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.

April 11, 2015

'Look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas'

US Senator Ted Cruz warned a number of homeschool advocates the LGBTI community is waging 'jihad' in Arkansas and Indiana.

According to Right Wing Watch, the 2016 candidate for the White House was part of candidate forum this past week in Iowa (the first state in the presidential primary).

April 6, 2015

He suggests that it's Republican Senator Dan Cotton who actually needs to get some perspective

Dan Savage has hit back at Senator Tom Cotton's claims that gay people need to get perspective and stop being so outraged by the religious freedom laws in the US.

During an appearance on MSNBC, Savage said that politicians such as Cotton argue that LGBTI rights are far worse elsewhere in the world just so they can justify making it worse in their own country. 

April 6, 2015

Former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says compelling a Christian baker to make a gay wedding cake against their will would be the equivalent of forcing a gay owned print shop to print signs for the Westboro Baptist Church

Former senator and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has expressed his disappointment that so-called ‘religious liberties’ laws have either been amended to leave less room for discrimination against LGBTI people or have failed to become law in Indiana and Arkansas – saying discrimination because of one’s religious beliefs is a different category of discrimination compared to simple prejudice.

April 3, 2015

Speaking on religious freedom laws, Tom Cotton of Arkansas said: 'In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay'

Singer Miley Cyrus is hoping US Senator Tom Cotton's office is being flooded with irate phone calls today.

Cyrus took to Twitter and asked her nearly 20 million followers to help her 'Stir Some Sh*t Up' for Cotton for saying gays needed perspective when it came to controversial religious freedom laws in his state and Indiana.

April 3, 2015

Tom Cotton of Arkansas: 'In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay'

Tom Cotton, the junior US senator from Arkansas, thinks the critics of Indiana's 'religious freedom' law need some perspective.

There has been a national backlash against the state over its Religious Freedom Restoration Act which opens the door for private businesses and others to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs.

'I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,' Cotton said on CNN this week. 'In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.'

April 1, 2015

US presidential hopeful says he doesn't believe in 'rights based on behavior'

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul has said he doesn't believe in LGBTI rights because they are based on 'lifestyle.'

'I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior,' he said in a 2013 video interview that received little attention at the time.

By the same reasoning, the Kentucky senator should also oppose free excise of religion and freedom of speech, both of which are rights based on behaviours.

March 30, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful says the US needs a Christian revival

Soon-to-be US presidential candidate Rand Paul has said the gay marriage debate is the result of a 'moral crisis.'

The Kentucky senator made the comments Thursday (26 March) to a group of pastors at a private prayer breakfast in Washington, DC.

'Don’t always look to Washington to solve anything,' he said.

'In fact, the moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage, there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage.'

March 27, 2015

'Someone should give you a blast of shotgun. Preferably in the stomach'

An Australian senator has received a letter threatening him with a 'shotgun blast' over his support of gay marriage.

David Leyonhjelm, a Liberal Democrat senator for New South Wales, said hate mail like this was common and would not deter him.

‘We actively support freedom of speech, but this does not reflect well on the company people who oppose our Freedom to Marry Bill are keeping,’ he told The New Daily.

March 22, 2015

In 2014, the Tea Party favorite introduced a bill that to limit federal recognition of same-sex unions

According to multiple reports US Senator Ted Cruz plans to run for the White House.

A Houston Chronicle article reported the senator, one of the leaders of the Tea Party/libertarian wing of the Republican Party, will make his announcement tomorrow (23 March) during a convocation ceremony at Liberty University.

The Virginia college was formed by Rev Jerry Falwell, an important figure in the evangelical Christian movement.

March 20, 2015

Two Republican lawmakers have argued that it is vital to protect ‘corporate conscience’ – and this includes allowing business owners to act according to how their faith dictates

A pair of Republican lawmakers in the US have compared a decision by restaurant chain Chipotle not to serve pork to the choice taken by some business owners with strong religious beliefs to refuse service to certain sections of society.

The argument has been put forward by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and in an op-ed column published in the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

March 18, 2015

Ruling coalition votes against the motion

Australia's national Senate has supported a motion calling on all parties to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage.

The motion, proposed by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, passed the upper house where opposition parties have the majority. The ruling Liberal-National coalition voted against.

'[Prime Minister] Tony Abbott should lift the gag on his MPs and let them vote freely on the issue of marriage equality. There's nothing to be afraid of,' she wrote on Twitter.

March 16, 2015

'Political correctness gone mad', Irish senator Healy Eames claims

If you live in Ireland and think it's another year before you have to buy your mother chocolate and flowers, think again.

It turns out, according to an Irish senator, the possible legalization of gay marriage will mean Mother's Day will be no more in the future.

On Twitter, independent senator Fidelma Healy Eames said: 'Happy Mothers' day all! Hope we can continue to celebrate it after #SSM passed. In some US states Mothers & Father's Day banned #pcgonemad.'

March 13, 2015

Eamonn Coghlan is now rallying support for the gay marriage referendum

Irish senator Eamonn Coghlan found out nine years ago that his then-18-year-old son Michael was gay after a ticket stub for a gay club fell out of his pocket.

'I cried for weeks,' he said. 'The hopes and dreams I had for my son were shattered. I felt guilty, almost as if I was to blame for him being gay.'

The former world champion runner was speaking Thursday (12 March) at a public information meeting organized by the Fine Gael LGBT group. It was the first time he mentioned he had a gay son.

March 8, 2015

'We didn’t have to call it marriage, which offends myself and a lot of people'

US Senator Rand Paul, one of the leaders of the Tea Party/Libertarian wing of the Republican Party, is 'offended' by gay marriage.

A potential candidate for a 2016 run for the White House, Paul was interviewed by Fox News reporter Bret Baier.

February 13, 2015

Research from Germany suggests that religious groups are aggressively opposing gay rights

It's hard to avoid the feeling that the world is becoming a more dangerous place, particularly for cartoonists, aid workers, journalists, or anyone prepared to make a stand, question the unquestionable or to speak up when it would perhaps be safer to remain silent.

January 8, 2015

'Congress must repeal DOMA and ensure that all married, same-sex couples are treated equally under federal law'

The US Supreme Court may have gutted the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 but they didn't kill it.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is leading an effort to completely repeal the anti-gay law which was enacted in 1996.

This week, Feinstein introduced the Respect For Marriage Act which would ensure that all legally-married, same-sex couples are treated equally under federal law.

January 8, 2015

Florida Republican: 'I don’t agree the courts have the power to do this'

Marco Rubio, one of the two US senators from Florida, is not happy that same-sex marriage is now legal in his state.

The Republican is lashing out against the courts that struck down the state's gay marriage ban and opened the gates for hundreds of same-sex couples to get married this week.

January 3, 2015

An online petition is calling on Barack Obama to enact a law protecting transgender youth from the conversion therapy which is suspected to have contributed to Leelah Alcorn’s suicide

Over 240,000 people are calling on US president Barack Obama to enact a law protecting transgender youth from conversion therapy.

The petition on Change.org is called ‘Enact Leelah's Law to Ban Transgender Conversion Therapy,’ and is addressed to Obama, senator Harry Reid and representative Nancy Pelosi.

December 26, 2014

Tweets that government must 'have courage to set policies based on science'

US Senator Elizabeth Warren is blasting The US Food and Drug Administration's proposal to lift its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men as long as they abstain from sex for at least a year.

'The FDA must commit to building a bigger, safer blood supply through risk-based screening & have courage to set policies based on science,' the powerful senator from Massachusetts stated via Twitter.

December 16, 2014

She is among the 80 lawmakers demanding ban be replaced with a policy based on individual risk factors

A coalition of federal lawmakers called on the US government to end its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.

The letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was led by the first openly gay US senator - Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin - as well as fellow Senate Democrats Tom Harkin of Iowa and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Barbara Lee of California and Mike Quigley of Illinois.

December 2, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott backs away from his election promise to allow a conscience vote on marriage equality

An Australian senator yesterday threatened to block legislation if the prime minister breaks his election promise to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage.

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm introduced a private bill to legalize gay marriage in parliament last week.

November 26, 2014

'I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path'

Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm today (26 November) introduced his long-awaited gay marriage bill in parliament.

The straight Liberal Democrat told the upper house that he supported gay marriage 'because I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path.'

'To most people, marriage equality means the right to get married irrespective of gender or sexual preference,' he said.

'But it is much more than that; it is the right to live your life as you choose and not have the government impose a particular view on you.'

November 5, 2014

Maura Healey has been elected to be the next attorney general of the state of Massachusetts – making her the first openly gay or lesbian person in the United States to become an attorney general

Massachusetts Democrat Maura Healey has made history this week, becoming the first gay or lesbian person in the United States to become an attorney general.

Healey was previously the state’s assistant attorney general to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and in 2013 announced she would run to replace her boss in 2014.

Healey was successful in a Democratic primary contest to be her party’s candidate for the job, comfortably defeating former Democratic state senator Warren Tolman by a margin of 62.4% to 37.6%.