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May 22, 2015

'I’ve deeply hurt our community – and I am truly sorry'

Gay hotelier Ian Reisner has apologized again for hosting a dinner with homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and has donated $20,000 to the Fire Island Pines' advocacy arm.

Reisner and business partner Mati Weiderpass, who is also gay, own the Out NYC Hotel. Reisner paid $10.1 million in January for a commercial strip along the Fire Island Pines, which along with the hotel have been boycotted by their mainly gay clientele.

May 22, 2015

Former rugby pro turned independent senator Glenn Lazarus, AKA ‘The Brick With Eyes,’ has threatened to don the swimwear made famous by Borat if a popular vote on gay marriage were to fail in Australia

One of Australia’s most physically imposing lawmakers has pledged to walk all the way to Parliament House in Canberra wearing a mankini if his belief that Australian voters would back same-sex marriage in a popular vote proves to be wrong.

Independent Senator Glenn Lazarus, who earned the nickname ‘The Brick With Eyes’ during his sporting career due to his large frame, made the threat in an interview with ABC Radio in Brisbane in which he made his support for same-sex marriage public.

May 11, 2015

'We are now walking targets. Our lives are at risk'

Kenya's 'top homos' are fearing for their lives after a newspaper published their names and pictures on its front page today (11 May).

Citizen Weekly has exposed 12 LGBTI activists and leaders. Several were previously in the closet.

While some are known internationally as proud spokespeople for the community, others include a senator and a gospel singer.

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 30, 2015

Former congressman says: 'Michele Bachmann has left. She was it'

Retired US Congressman Barney Frank appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (29 April) and did not shy away from answering any questions from host Andy Cohen.

During the show's Please the Fifth segment, which allows guests to pass on one of three highly-sensitive questions, the openly gay Frank refused to take a pass.

First asked to say three nice things about ultra conservative Republican Newt Gingrich, Frank said: 'I can't. I don't plead the fifth, I plead the truth.'

April 28, 2015

The hotel’s gay owners held an intimate gathering at their apartment last week for Ted Cruz, a virulent opponent of same-sex marriage

Around 100 protestors took to the street outside New York’s gay hotel, The OUT NYC, yesterday evening.

They were protesting the fact that the hotel’s owners, gay businessmen Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, hosted an intimate party last week at their penthouse apartment for Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his wife.

April 27, 2015

New York’s gay hoteliers, Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, face a continuing backlash, and a protest rally this evening, for hosting an intimate party with Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz

The hoteliers who own New York’s Out NYC hotel and a commercial strip on Fire Island, among other ventures, have faced widespread calls for a boycott after hosting an intimate evening function at their home with Ted Cruz.

Cruz is a Republican Senator who has been very vocal in his opposition to same-sex marriage.

According to Human Rights Campaign, Cruz ‘has consistently opposed equality for LGBT Americans … attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, and using his opposition to marriage to win his first Senate campaign.’

April 26, 2015

'Today’s Democratic Party has become so radicalized for legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states that there is no longer any room for religious liberty'

US Senator Ted Cruz thinks liberal fascism is bringing about marriage equality and eroding religious liberty.

Yesterday, 25 April, the Republican made a speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Waukee, Iowa.

The midwestern state is the first in the presidential primary, and Cruz is officially in the 2016 race for the White House.

April 24, 2015

Is Texas Republican trying to be seen as less anti-gay?

Is US Senator Ted Cruz getting ready to start dailing down his anti-gay rhetoric?

The Tea Party favorite from Texas attended a reception in Manhattan this week at the apartment of two prominent gay hoteliers where he did not make mention of his outspoken opposition to gay marriage.

April 16, 2015

Conservative US senator and presidential candidate is outspoken opponent of marriage equality

Would any of Marco Rubio's gay relatives invite such an outspoken opponent of marriage equality to their wedding?

If so, the US senator from Florida insists it's not an invitation he would turn down.

Rubio tells Fusion he would not refuse to attend 'because I disagree with a choice they’ve made or because I disagree with a decision they’ve made, or whatever it may be.'

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.