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Three gay Republicans seek election history with bids for U.S. Congress

Sunday, January 19, 2014

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Dan Innis’ husband persuaded him to run for the U.S. House.

It didn’t matter that Innis, a former business school dean, faced an aggressive Democratic incumbent, GOP colleagues who oppose his right to marry, and history – no Republican ever has been openly gay when first elected to Congress.

“He said, ‘You’ve got to do this,’” recalls Innis, running in the 1st Congressional District, which covers most of eastern New Hampshire. “He said, ‘You need to take this opportunity and see if you can make a difference.’”

Innis plays down his sexuality as a campaign issue, but acknowledges the historic undertones. He is among three openly gay Republicans nationwide expected to run in this year’s midterm elections. None has an easy path to Washington.

Jim Cole, APNew Hampshire Republican Congressional candidate Dan Innis, right,  with his partner Doug Palardy, in Portsmouth, N.H.

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New Hampshire Republican Congressional candidate Dan Innis, right, with his partner Doug Palardy, in Portsmouth, N.H.

Elise Amendola, APIn this Nov. 23, 2009 file photo, Massachusetts State Sen. Richard Tisei shakes hands with supporters in Wakefield, Mass.

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In this Nov. 23, 2009 file photo, Massachusetts State Sen. Richard Tisei shakes hands with supporters in Wakefield, Mass.

Gregory Bull, APCarl DeMaio at a city council meeting in San Diego in 2012.

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Carl DeMaio at a city council meeting in San Diego in 2012.

Each ultimately must unseat a Democratic incumbent, overcome brushes with hate and confront passionate divisions within the GOP about the way they live their lives. The Republican Party is trying to soften its tone on divisive social issues, but many religious conservatives see homosexuality as immoral.

Innis is married to a man, as is former state Sen. Richard Tisei, R-Mass., who is expected to run again for the northeastern Massachusetts congressional seat he narrowly lost in 2012 to Democratic Rep. John Tierney.

In San Diego, former Republican city councilman Carl DeMaio is challenging first-term Democratic Rep. Scott Peters.

“You can’t focus on any of the nasty comments or attacks – not just from far right, also from far left,” DeMaio says.

During his unsuccessful 2012 Republican mayoral campaign, DeMaio and his male partner of six years were booed as they walked hand in hand in San Diego’s gay pride parade.

“Every once in a while we’ll get some hate that is truly over the top – a truly venomous voice mail message. Every time we need a lift-me-up, we play it and chuckle,” DeMaio says. “It’s just a reminder that what we’re fighting for matters.”

He is fighting his own party, too.

The GOP’s formal platform, as set in its 2012 national convention, declares that “marriage, the union of one man and one woman, must be upheld as the national standard.”

Republican opposition to gay marriage has become less visible recently as the GOP works to improve its image and polling suggests that most Americans support same-sex marriage.

Prominent social conservatives such as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Ralph Reed, former leader of the Christian Coalition, declined to be interviewed for this story.

As a senator in 2003, Santorum, a leading candidate in the 2012 presidential primary, compared homosexual acts to child molestation and bestiality.

Last month, U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., drew national attention for pressuring the House Republican campaign arm not to support openly gay candidates. That led House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to pledge pub lic support for gay Republicans.

Boehner traveled to Massachusetts in 2012 to help raise money for Tisei, who notes that more than 70 members of Congress supported his last campaign.

Still, Tisei says the GOP must do more to change the perception that “we’re the party that wants to deny people their rights and interfere with their personal lives.”

In particular, he says Republicans need gay members in their ranks to help shift their mindset on key policies. “It would be a lot harder to take positions that discriminate against people when you have (gay) people in the room you work with on a daily basis that you like and know,” Tisei says.

Democrats currently have eight openly gay members serving in Congress, including Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who last year became the nation’s first openly gay senator.

There have been no openly gay Republicans in Congress since Rep. Jim Kolbe of Arizona retired in 2006. First elected in 1984, Kolbe didn’t dis close his sexual orientation until 1996.

Rep. Steve Gunderson of Wisconsin served more than a decade before a Republican colleague publicly disclosed Gunderson’s sexual orientation on the House floor in 1994. Gunderson did not seek re-election in 1996.

In the 2014 election, the number of openly gay House candidates overwhelmingly favors Democrats, according to a list compiled by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which works to elect gay candidates at all levels. Of 14 openly gay candidates expected to run, 11 are Democrats, including six incumbents and high-profile challenger Sean Eldridge of New York, the husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.

Considered top-tier challengers, Tisei and DeMaio recently teamed up to raise money in joint appearances across the country for a newly formed political action committee known as the Equality Leadership Fund. Last month, they traveled to Washington, New York and Florida and expect another tour in the spring.

In New Hampshire, Innis is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter. But he must first survive a Republican primary contest against Frank Guinta, a former congressman unseated in the last election. With long ties to the business community, Innis is expected to have strong financial backing in an election he says will be decided on fiscal issues.

“The best history we could make would be moving the budget toward balance and getting ourselves to a position where we could invest in our future again,” he says.

New Hampshire GOP strategist Jamie Burnett says he doesn’t know whether candidates’ sexual orientation helps or hurts their electoral prospects.

“Some social conservatives might object, but many Republicans might not care at all and perhaps see it as softening the party’s image,” he says. “This is unchartered territory in recent New Hampshire Republican politics.”

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  1. As a gay American, as a gay person. I would never vote for a Republican ever! We should ask him where he stands on all rights for the Gay Community, married or not does not make him 100% behind the gay community and more than likely is a member of the Log Cabin Republicans who always side with the GOP.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:03pm
  2. They may be gay but that won’t make them gay-friendly if elected. Republicans aren’t ever to be counted on to do the right thing.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:04pm
  3. Exactly.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:43pm
  4. The irony. :/

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:31pm
  5. They think they're gay ...

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:57pm
  6. They're gay. They just hate the fact that they are.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:25pm
  7. Amen to that!

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:00am
  8. They're fine with being gay. They just don't want to support the rights of other gay folks.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:21am
  9. Seriously, I can’t imagine any candidate gay enough to convince me to support the GOP.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:06pm
  10. How can you be gay AND Republican?

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:06pm
  11. Yeah, a straight Democrat is much more likely to have a better voting record, on LBGT issues and on issues at large, than a gay Republican. I’d love for there to be a bigger LGBT presence in Congress, but I’m skeptical of gay Republicans.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:07pm
  12. Should be interesting to see what sort of attack ads his Democratic opponent uses. As for those who declare that they will never vote Republican or accuse these guys of being traitors to their sexual orientation… The best way to change the Republican party is from the inside. Openly gay Republican candidates winning an election would be a huge step forward. Don’t be so close minded.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:09pm
  13. If that was the case, even the tiniest bit of progress would have to be made. None has. Beyond that, their platform is disgusting for more than just their anti-gay stance.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:40pm
  14. That sounds like a good supposition... but history shows it doesn't play out that way. It's analogous to the idea that Black Republicans will improve the GOP's stance on race relations-- and yet look what we have: Alan Keyes, Herman Cain, Michael Steele, Allen West. Remind me what they've done to foster racial harmony. :-/

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:25pm
  15. The dems won't need attack ads. Not a single gay person other then the ones in their silly club will vote for them and the hetero republicans won't vote for them because they're anti-gay.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:27pm
  16. Gay Republicans…why would you align yourself with the bigoted GOP, unless you yourself are a bigot…Surprise! White males over the age of 35…

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:09pm
  17. Ageist and Racist comments are just as Bigoted.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:58pm
  18. Gay republican? What a turd.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:11pm
  19. Closed minded gays? You can’t be gay and a republican? That’s like saying you can’t be gay and a Christian it is a sad day when gays start saying these things isn’t this the exact thing we complain about? Very sad people shame on you

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:14pm
  20. Would you THINK for a minute? Who's saying you CAN'T? No one's going to stop you. What people are amazed at here, is at the contradictory nature of the concept. It's just as unusual as hearing "feminist Muslim" or "violent Hare Krishna"... and guess what-- there's examples of each. Just contradictory, and thus confusing and even insulting to some. But again, who's saying that those people cannot be who they choose to be?

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:17pm
  21. No one's saying there can't be a Gay Republican. We're saying it's a huge contradiction to do so.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:25pm
  22. IT'S LIKE A POOR PERSON VOTING TEABAGGER

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:45pm
  23. Yeah well, some things just cannot co-exist in the same breath. Being gay and republican is DUMB AS HELL just like being a gay christian is DUMB AS HELL. Why align yourself with the people who hate you?

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:26pm
  24. No, it's not the same thing we complain about, it's the exact opposite, it's becoming one of the people we complain about, those who would place their personal welfare and that of their pocketbook over the needs and lives of the population in general. That is what the Republicans have been and have done over the past 20 years and that is what they choose to join.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:04pm
  25. Why would any self respecting gay man align themselves with the republicans?

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:14pm
  26. We, the LGBT Community love you each for speaking out and standing up……Please support Gay Equality around the world and throughout our Universe!!! Thanks for being “your” self!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:15pm
  27. John are you Republican? Am I filling you with shame? How very droll!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:16pm
  28. too bad they wouldn’t get my vote.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:16pm
  29. I would never vote Republican because I don’t agree with their economic policies and their negative attitude toward the poor and minorities…sexuality would not matter in this case

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:17pm
  30. Let’s not be judgmental toward our “gay” fellow brothers, regardless of their political views?! Perhaps, this will encourage them to switch political sides….and, support the Democratic views for…… Equality!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:18pm
  31. Democrats are stupid too. Independents are where it's at

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:26pm
  32. PFFFFFFFT!

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:49pm
  33. Any LGBT or ally who supports the Republicans has paid zero attention to their party platform and actions. I am not impressed by these people, I think they’re fools and an insult to our entire community.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:18pm
  34. http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/18/arizona-republicans-propose-bill-break-law-impunity.html

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:40pm
  35. I am so torn!! Gay representation makes me happy but republican makes me scared, lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:18pm
  36. it just sounds like an oxymoron like black klan member or jewish nazi.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:21pm
  37. “why would you align yourself with the bigoted GOP”
    “Why would any self respecting gay man align themselves with the republicans?”

    The answer’s easy: MONEY and/or general GREED.

    Talk to gay republicans long enough, and 99.999% of the time, it will come down to one thing: money.

    Sure you’ll hear them spout the usual talking points: e.g., abortion, terrorism, no socialism, border control, etc etc ad infinitum.

    But suppress any indignation you have, long enough to have a decent conversation…. and they will almost always arrive at the REAL reason that they’re doing it– they feel slighted by some form of tax, and they’re voting for GOP because they feel that they’ll be the ones to help them keep more money.

    Always always always boils down to that. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself. But again, you as an arguer have to have the fortitude to not do the “You’re a gay republican, you must hate yourself, you suck” routine, because you’ll never get them to delve into their own reasons why, if you do.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:23pm
  38. Gay republican? Are these two guys dumb??? Gay and republican are two VERY incompatible things to be! This is almost as dumb as being a gay christian!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:25pm
  39. I don’t care if they’re Gay or not, I will NOT support a Conservative candidate! In my honest opinion, Gay Republicans are simply closed minded and filled with self hatred.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:26pm
  40. Gay republicans? what the fuck???

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:30pm
  41. oxymoronic

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:31pm
  42. Gay republican?? Isn’t that like an oxymoron??

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:32pm
  43. Just remember, they’re still Republicans!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:33pm
  44. It really does take a special kind of stupid if you think us gays are gonna believe you guys are Republican. Come on!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:35pm
  45. Jason KatyCat Perry No dear. Those would be straight Republicans.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:36pm
  46. Gay republicans and black republicans are an enigma!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:37pm
  47. I think its great

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:39pm
  48. Freddie Young IV when you find one of them, I will host a dinner in their honour.I am gay. I have many gay friends and we live in a gay friendly town with gay friendly government. So when you find this person, please contact me. I would love to host a dinner in his/her honour.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:40pm
  49. Hmm, since you were too careless to either provide any reference to what you're talking about... or too stupid to just reply to the correct thread... I guess I'll go out on a limb and guess you're talking about finding a feminist Muslim, or a violent Hare Krishna? No problem. Irshad Manji is a well known Islamic feminist (also Lesbian) with a large following. As for violent Hare Krishna, the most obvious case is Aniruddha Sherbow, who was arrested for plotting to behead Hawaiian congressman Gabbard. ...so, what's for dinner?

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:44pm
  50. Arianna Thompson – Independents are a trillion times “stupid” than both Republicans and Democrats alike!! Before you are judgmental toward a Democrat, first look in a mirror at your own self….your bigoted….soul!!! Have you heard of….”Equality??!”

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:40pm
  51. Yes i have heard of equality but the republicans and the democrats have BOTH ruined America!!! The independents are the only reasonable people left standing at the end of the day! I happen to have no respect for our enemies!

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:56pm
  52. “The Arizona legislation, if it becomes law, would effectively void the Constitution’s equal rights protections, eliminate anti-discrimination laws, and restrict the religious freedom of non-Christians just to name a few. It would give any entity, business, trust, or association the right to refuse to serve members of other religions, or ban them from a city if city leaders said it was against their religion to allow other faiths inside city boundaries. It is by no means a stretch of the imagination to believe that an Arizona citizen, business, church, association, or militia group would follow the bible’s commandment to stone gays or murder unmarried women cohabitating with a man if they knew citing religious freedom protected them from prosecution. The bill ultimately protects any religious person or group from arrest or prosecution for any heinous act if they claimed allowing someone to exercise their Constitutional right inhibited their exercise of religion. If the legislation becomes law it means religion is a “get out of jail” free card or legal justification to break any law including murder or violating the Constitution if it is founded on their religious belief.”

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/01/18/arizona-republicans-propose-bill-break-law-impunity.html

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:41pm
  53. Time to move out of that log cabin boys.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:42pm
  54. So the Republicans are supporting the Democrat? Please let this not be in the South.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:43pm
  55. I am wholly against the views of Conservatives and Republicans….as my being Democratic. However, Equal Rights door is opened for all people regardless of their race, religion, or creed!!! Acceptance begins from within a person’s soul….In order to bring this world into conformity as….ONE…..we must first come together in our ideologies and love for each other. To hate another person is….intolerance and bigotry. We can love another human being, but at the same time, be against that person’s personal and/or political views!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:50pm
  56. ok? why would someones sexual preference make a difference in job proformance

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:52pm
  57. IF YOU HAVE TO ASK, YOU DON'T BELONG IN THE CONVERATION, DEAR

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:51pm
  58. I’m gay but I wouldn’t vote for them because I’m WAY too strong a Democrat. Log Cabin Repbulicans just confuse me.

    If I cast my vote FOR someone based on their sexual orientation I would be doing exactly what I hoped a straight person didnt do. We’re no better than them so let’s not cast our ballots any different than we expect them to either.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 6:58pm
  59. gay republican, isn’t that a huge oxymoron

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:01pm
  60. gays who are Republican are fools

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:04pm
  61. Who would think that there are gay Republicans that isn’t in the closet..Any way peeps don’t hold your breath because they wont be voting for anything for gays..They will be gay as they often proclaim when they are seeking to run,but not gay enough to stand up for gay..

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:05pm
  62. Gay Republican = Uncle Tom

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:10pm
  63. Gay with not representation in congress and nation, stop the drama you guys don’t help at all

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:12pm
  64. What is with the “they are gay but will not vote for pro-gay agenda” BS? Do you also believe that straight politicians only cast votes in support of the straight agenda?

    If you don’t like the fact that they are Republicans then fine. Tossing insults around because they are gay Republicans (or republican gays depending on your POV) is a sign of intolerance and bigotry.

    The best way to change the direction of a political party is from within. If the voters in their district are willing to embrace and support them why are the haters on here throwing stones?

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:14pm
  65. WHY BE TOLERANT OF FOOLS TRYING TO DAMAGE OUR HARD WORK SO THEY CAN MAKE DADDY THINK MORE OF THEM?

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:48pm
  66. Because they're aligned with our enemies don't you get this???? Why should i love somebody who sleeps with the enemies???

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:02pm
  67. Arianna Thompson – First of all, you must learn to develop respect for yourself, before trying to give it or take it away from someone else….even your enemies!? Yes, I think you have heard of “Equality” but I don’t believe that you truly know what it is really all about. Neither the Reps nor Dems messed up our country, it was messed up when it was taken away from the Indians. How would you like for someone to come into your home and take claims on it away from you? No, you would not appreciate it, and neither did the Indians. So, that bull crap you’re saying that the Republicans and Democrats messed up our country is a bunch of hogwash!!! Independents are no more better and perfect than any other political parties. We, the “people” of the United States have had to struggle, and are still struggling, to make this country what it is… and what, how we would like for it to be. One political party alone cannot make this into a “perfect” country!!! Must work together……

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:14pm
  68. I don't give respect to those who don't deserve it [like the stupid idiots in this article] and i know that America was a stolen country but let's talk about this day in age. The Independents are the only political party who know how to think for themselves and not be blinded by the policies of a party and that's why the independents are superior to the foolish republicans and democrats! America will never be perfect but it can certainly be better and a way to make it better would be to do away with BOTH the republicans and the democrats! We need an independent president in 2016!

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:19pm
  69. Don't hold your breath.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:59pm
  70. gay republicans? oxymorons lol

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:16pm
  71. Trust….Allow

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:18pm
  72. Gay republicans don’t shock me. A black gay republican now that would be interesting

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:19pm
  73. gay republicans? self loathe much?

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:19pm
  74. :)

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:23pm
  75. There was once a time when the Democrats hated gays too, keep in mind…

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:23pm
  76. That's why you should be independent!

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:38pm
  77. "There was once a time when the Democrats hated gays too, keep in mind..." But theyyyy had the maturity to get over it, the foresight to realize that we could be an asset to them, and the fortitude to promote civil rights for us as part of their official platform. Sure, Democrats are not perfect by any means. But to equate their stance on gay rights/freedoms with what the GOP is doing, is the height of false equivalency.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:30pm
  78. Then by your logic, Islam should be rejected more than Christianity. But of course, no liberal would admit that.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:36pm
  79. Arianna Thompson – Well, the Independents and Republicans might as well get ready for another Democrat, because if Hillary Clinton’s health can hold her up then she will be our next “first” female President of the United States!!! Like it or not!!! You say this country needs an Independent in office in 2016 as President….you must really be dreaming and mesmerized to “imagine or think” that an Independent can get in office and better the conditions of it as a whole. Yes, your mind I see is very much warped with the disbelief that independents are the solution to improving our country!!! Permit me to repeat, if I may please do so…..CANNOT….. no any “ONE” Political Party alone can bring about a positive and effective change to a….country!!! For one Party to rule, it would lead to what is known, in case you did not know, as….dictatorship!!! Read your history….England, United States, France, Spain, etc. The Independents will be oppressing the people in our country, the world, with its absolute…Rule….”if” they were in sole power!!! Understand history and life, because you are obviously blind to the both….Equality for all, my sister!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:39pm
  80. Our current democrat president is oppressing our people now [with help from the ever-so-corrupt american government!]. Republicans and democrats have both failed the people we need independents to take over

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:51pm
  81. Gay and Republican=self-loathing homo who wishes he was straight as he votes against his own best interests and that of his gay friends. Sigh.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:43pm
  82. Parties ruin politics as they keep the most qualified many times from being elected… Majority of dems won’t consider a rep and vice versa…studies show however that if you did a blind poll without names on only the issues the voter says that matters that the overwhelming majority becomes less overwhelming… If I recall correctly it goes from around 63% supporting their candidate to 49% supporting another parties candidate…all of which could make a big difference swing in any election…if ppl stopped buying into the divide that the parties cause to keep you only voting for their candidate and openly looking at who is truly best and not a label our system as a whole would be much better off…

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:44pm
  83. TRAITORS! GO TO HELL

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:44pm
  84. Won’t get my vote

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:54pm
  85. I don’t care if they are gay or not, what are their policies and voting records? do they favor the rich and corporations, and invasive and ineffective government?

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:55pm
  86. Gay and Republican is just freakin insanity! I still won’t give them my vote! Stupid is as Stupid does!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:59pm
  87. Arianna Thompson – You can go ahead and say it….our First African-American President. Well, actually, he isn’t the first Black President of the United States…..there were seven or eight Presidents before George Washington. The first was a Black man!!! Before our current Present…back into history, “ALL” of the Presidents helped corrupt this country……even those so-called Independent Presidents. I will reiterate, the country was corrupted when it was taken from the Indians!!! If it is okay to take this country away from the Indians, then it should be okay to come into your home and take the roof from over your head…. That is what we call corruption. For any one Political Party to hold office for four (4) years is, in my opinion, corruption!!! If you truly think this will be a better country under the government of one Political Party, then you are truly misleading yourself.
    Well, this will end my conversation with you for today, because we will not get anywhere either of us going back and forth with this issue, I did enjoy while it lasted. Have a blessed day. Bee sweet.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:10pm
  88. "he isn't the first Black President of the United States.....there were seven or eight Presidents before George Washington. The first was a Black man!!!" Interesting. What were their names?

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:38pm
  89. Ineresdin.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:19pm
  90. Wow, and I also heard that a couple of kkk members intend to open up an all black daycare center. Sounds legit.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:20pm
  91. If elected these 3 will add numbers to the Republican Party whose leadership controls what can be voted on and how it can be voted on. The Republican Party’s agenda is for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and a return of DADT and the sodomy laws. These three guys are like the Jews who worked for Hitler. Vote straight line Democrat so the Republican leadership can’t fulfill their agenda. Given the Republicans’ redistricting and various voter suppression tactics, make sure your vote is counted!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:26pm
  92. I appreciate their desire to represent their constituents. The point that changing the Republican party/platform regarding homosexuality is valid. However, when given the choice between a Democrat who supports the Democratic platform, and is inclusive of KGBT persons, it’s really no choice at all. Anyone who says they’re supporting LGBT rights while supporting the Republican agenda is simply not telling the truth.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:32pm
  93. I don't support the democrats OR the republicans as they're both full of shit to me

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:41pm
  94. In that case you really can't contribute anything to this discussion.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:29pm
  95. Arianna, the adults are talking.

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:25pm
  96. @Billy It's too bad that you're brainwashed by the mainstream media there's other options out there than the stupid republicans and democrats you know!

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:50pm
  97. Wow. Gay Republican? That’s like saying I’m a Black KKK member. Or a Jewish Nazis.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:32pm
  98. There actually was a Black Klansman...

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:23pm
  99. @Billy Oh really? What's his name???

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:17am
  100. I wouldn’t trust them to do the right thing anymore than I would a straight republican to do the right thing.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:33pm
  101. Sorry, simply can’t support them. Stockholm Syndrome needs treatment, not votes.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:56pm
  102. Most important fact: they are Republican therefore they are a threat to women, minorities, working people and homosexuals. Don’t trust them.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 8:57pm
  103. I went to college with the partner, on the left in this pic. A super left liberal arts college. Kind of surprised to see him with a republican.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:10pm
  104. Gay Republican?Really ? More realistic to to say “self hating homosexual”

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:38pm
  105. Being a gay republican is like being pro-animal rights, but eating McD’s every day.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 9:42pm
  106. Garrett Piersa: You gotta love those GOProuder's & Log Cabin Republicans? NOT!!!!!!

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:35am
  107. I do not understand anyone aligning themselvew with that party-especially gay people. Republicans are not just wrong on gay rights, they are wrong on almost everything.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:00pm
  108. Not my problem if you can’t remember what you wrote three hours ago. However, after you learn how to scroll back to your original statement, feel free to reference it against mine. Then get back to me Freddie Young IV
    #notholdingmybreathe

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:01pm
  109. “.. gay republican…”?? Ok, something’s not right here Oo

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:07pm
  110. Get Lost !

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:10pm
  111. Freddie Young IV – These are the Presidents before George Washington…. not in the exact order in the Executive Office:

    John Hanson
    Elias Boudinot
    Thomas Mifflin
    Richard Henry Lee
    John Hancock
    Nathaniel Gorham
    Arthur St. Clair
    Cyrus Griffin…….

    You are welcomed to do the research yourself on these gentlemen!!!
    Have a blessed day!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:12pm
  112. Well yeahhh, why do you think I asked you for their names. lol

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:28pm
  113. Is like a jewish nazi. Gay and Republican don’t mix

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:15pm
  114. I wont support them, they maybe Gay, but what Gay Republican has done anything worth while for the Gay Community?

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:20pm
  115. Gay republicans are pathetic. We don’t want them elected to anything. They’re just as bad as their sleazy hetero friends.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:25pm
  116. If they had a brain they’d be democrats ..

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:26pm
  117. NO if they had a brain they would be independents! Fuck democrats!

    Replied on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:51pm
  118. And the same to you Ariana Thompson, hope you enjoy it ..

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 3:25am
  119. Freddie Young IV – Actually, you did not need “me” to supply the names to you….. You could have easily done the research yourself by googling….George Washington/previous presidents.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:37pm
  120. Watch your civil rights do the time warp if they get in

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:46pm
  121. This is real hope and change…these guys think with their brain and not their crotch.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:51pm
  122. Gay Republicans= Traitors.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:27pm
  123. Gay republican, what a contradiction in terms. Just upper class white dudes working for another corporate sponsor(s)

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:28pm
  124. But will they vote right on any other political subjects, pro-gay GOPs are still regressives in all other arenas!

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:44pm
  125. a gay republican makes about as much sense as a woman getting a prostate exam.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:53pm
  126. Ahhh, as always, people on this page insist that if a person is gay that also means they must be a registered Democrat. While civil rights is obviously an issue that dominates our lives, it’s not the only one that exists. Believe it or not, many people are attracted to the GOP solely because of the party’s stance on economic issues and government spending. While I do see an issue with being a part of a political party that has collectively made it an objective to deny you your own civil rights, I also see a problem with demanding that people run as Democrats. Both parties screw us in their own way, and neither one is worth my time. That’s why I’m not a registered member of either one.

    Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:59pm
  127. Be an independent [like me] it's smarter!

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:51am
  128. Lol. I agree!

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:26am
  129. Oh are they actually running on voting for any gay rights. This is probably bad. Good luck.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:05am
  130. Gay republicans…really? Fighting against their best interest in every.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:31am
  131. Republican and gay? Self hater.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 12:35am
  132. I would like to know more about his beliefs and stances on some items. Being for marriage equality is just one issue. There are other LGBT issues and National issues at stake.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:21am
  133. I don’t trust ANY Republican. Gay has nothing to do with it, it’s their crappy view of women and anyone else that doesn’t think like they do.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:24am
  134. It is not a “perception” that the GOP is against minorities and women, it is reality.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 1:56am
  135. Nice. But I still wouldn’t vote republican.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:19am
  136. Huh?

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:48am
  137. See this as a tactic to take the seats from Dems….not a real…..authentic change in the Reps agenda….!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:56am
  138. That’s an oxymoron, shame on him!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 3:07am