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Rob Portman’s political future now tied to his support for marriage equality

Monday, November 17, 2014
This family portrait provided by the office of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman shows, from left, his son, Will; wife, Jane; Sen. Portman; daughter, Sally, and son, Jed in Terrace Park, Ohio. Portman, who was on Mitt Romney's running mate short list in 2012 is considering his own 2016 presidential run. But such a plan could be complicated by the fallout from his newfound support for same-sex marriage when he learned his son Will is gay - the reversal upset some conservatives who oppose it.
LEBANON, Ohio -- For better or for worse, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's political future has become tied to same-sex marriage. The Republican who was on Mitt Romney's running mate short list two years ago is considering his own 2016 presidential run. But such a plan could be complicated by the [...]

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Colin Farrell pleads for marriage equality in Ireland: ‘This is personal to me’

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Colin Farrell (right) with his brother Eamon
Actor Colin Farrell writes in this week’s Sunday World a personal appeal to the people of Ireland to vote in favor of marriage equality. In the heartfelt plea, Farrell recalls how his older brother Eamon was bullied as a child for being gay, and that it is “insane” that his [...]

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Hate group leader Tony Perkins to join gay marriage foes at Vatican meeting

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Tony Perkins
Next week, American Religious Right leaders including the Southern Baptist Convention’s Russell Moore, pastor Rick Warren, Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput, and Latter-Day Saints official Henry Eyring will be joining opponents of LGBT equality from around the world at an interfaith conference on the “complementarity of man and woman in [...]

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Meet Cathi Herrod, Arizona’s extreme anti-LGBT ‘legislative terrorist’

Friday, November 14, 2014
Cathi Herrod
Cathi Herrod has served as the president of the Center for Arizona Policy since 2006, though she joined the organization as its legal counsel years earlier. The group wields significant influence in the Arizona legislature, and has helped enact over a hundred pieces of legislation. And under Herrod’s leadership, the [...]

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Retired Mennonite pastor loses credentials over officiating gay son’s wedding

Monday, November 10, 2014
Chester Wenger (seated, right) and Sara Jane Wenger (seated, left) at the wedding of their son, Phil Wenger, (standing at right), and Steve Dinnocenti.
LANCASTER, Pa. -- A retired Mennonite pastor from Pennsylvania who has lost his credentials after officiating at his gay son's wedding says he hopes the church will someday be more accepting of gays and lesbians. Lancaster Online reports that 96-year-old Chester Wenger of East Lampeter Township wrote in a Mennonite [...]

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Marcus Bachmann defends ex-gay therapy at controversial clinic

Monday, November 10, 2014
Marcus Bachmann
Retiring Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus is defending the dangerous, pseudo-scientific, practice of sexual orientation conversion therapy that he conducts at his clinic Counseling Care, previously known as Bachmann & Associates. [...]

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Hawaii governor to win award for efforts to legalize same-sex marriage

Monday, November 10, 2014
Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii)
HONOLULU -- Outgoing Gov. Neil Abercrombie will be given an award for his work to legalize same-sex marriage in Hawaii. The Equality Hawaii Foundation will present Abercrombie with the Steven H. Levinson Trailblazer Award at its annual gala on Nov. 22. [...]

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Hardline anti-gay U.S. cardinal loses another Vatican job

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Cardinal Raymond Burke
VATICAN CITY -- American Cardinal Raymond Burke, a fervent opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage, was removed by Pope Francis from another top Vatican post on Saturday. The removal of Burke as head of the Holy See's supreme court was widely expected in church circles. [...]

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Meet ‘Dr. Chaps’: Colorado’s new anti-gay, demon hunting state legislator

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Klingenschmitt
Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt, a radical anti-gay Religious Right activist who brags of having once tried to rid of woman of the “foul spirit of lesbianism” through an exorcism and who openly proclaims that “American law needs to reflect God’s law” and that our foreign policy must be based on [...]

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UN secretary general, Austria’s Conchita Wurst call for end to LGBT bias

Monday, November 3, 2014
Photo: Ronald Zak, AP
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Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, wave after Wurst's performance during the Secretary-General's visit to the United Nations in Vienna at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
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Austrian singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, wave after Wurst's performance during the Secretary-General's visit to the United Nations in Vienna at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.
VIENNA -- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has joined Austrian cross-dressing pop star Conchita Wurst in calling for an end to bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Wurst teamed up with Ban on Monday on the sidelines of a U.N. conference to deliver their message of tolerance. [...]

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