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Sarah Schmidt

Gay Chicago TV talks lesbian political power with LPAC Chair Sarah Schmidt (Video)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
After the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, money poured into elections with the creation of super PACs -- political action committees that can raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations, and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates. [ Read more → ]
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Toronto Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar suspended for homophobic slur

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
NEW YORK -- The Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday announced that shortstop Yunel Escobar has been suspended from play in this week’s three-game series against the New York Yankees for displaying an anti-gay slur written on his eye black strips during last Saturday's home game against the Boston Red Sox. [ Read more → ]
Yunel Escobar, during a game Sept. 15 against the Boston Red Sox.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar: Anti-gay slur causes outrage

Monday, September 17, 2012
TORONTO, Ontario, Cananda -- Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar took to the diamond Saturday during a game with the Boston Red Sox with "You are a faggot" written in Spanish on his eye black strips. [ Read more → ]
Rupert Everett

Gay actor Rupert Everett: Nothing worse ‘than being brought up by two gay dads’

Sunday, September 16, 2012
In a new interview, openly gay British actor Rupert Everett stunned the LGBT community by telling London’s Sunday Times that he “can’t think of anything worse” for children than being raised by two gay fathers. [ Read more → ]
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Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver: Efforts to redefine marriage are ‘unpatriotic’

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver addressed the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, where he blasted those who "want to destroy the natural definition of marriage," declaring that any effort to "redesign the definition of marriage is, ultimately, unpatriotic" and an insult to the dreams of our Founding Fathers. [ Read more → ]
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Who’s Who at this year’s ‘Values Voter Summit 2012′

Friday, September 14, 2012
This weekend Republican and conservative leaders, including GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, are set to address the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. [ Read more → ]
Family Research Council Tony Perkins speaks before a National Press Club luncheon on Sept. 12.

FRC’s Tony Perkins advises parents not to ‘condone and enable’ homosexuality

Thursday, September 13, 2012
A prominent social conservative leader compared homosexuality to drug use on Wednesday while urging parents not to “condone and enable” a child being gay. [ Read more → ]
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Kirk Cameron: ‘Liberal press’ took his anti-gay remarks ‘out of context’

Saturday, September 8, 2012
Former “Growing Pains” actor and self-proclaimed born again Christian Kirk Cameron -- who last March said that homosexuality is “unnatural” and “destructive” to the foundations of civilization -- now says his words were simply a case of the "liberal press" looking for things to twist and take out of context. [ Read more → ]
Ann Romney

Ann Romney: Marriage equality, abortion ‘not what this election is about’

Saturday, September 8, 2012
Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on Friday declined several opportunities to discuss her position on same-sex marriage and abortion, calling them "hot button issues" that are not important to voters. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Tony Perkins: Starbucks’ support for marriage equality led to billions in losses

Friday, September 7, 2012
In a radio bulletin that either reveals a stunning level of ignorance or sheer insanity, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said that the National Organization for Marriage’s campaign to boycott Starbucks over its stance on gay rights called “Dump Starbucks”—which so far has collected fewer than 50,000 signers—is responsible for a $10 billion loss in profits. [ Read more → ]
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Zach Wahls, son of lesbian parents, addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Zach Wahls, a 21-year-old gay rights activist raised by lesbian parents, addressed the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday evening, and praised President Barack Obama for endorsing same-sex marriage, while criticizing GOP Mitt Romney for opposing it. [ Read more → ]
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Openly gay California Assembly speaker addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez took to the podium Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and praised President Barack Obama for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and for coming out in support of marriage equality, calling it evidence that the Administration is working to protect and advance “opportunities” for all American people. [ Read more → ]
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Pat Robertson: Democrats the ‘party of gays, godlessness and whatever else’

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Televangelist Pat Robertson on the 700 Club today skewered Democrats for representing only “gays, godlessness and whatever else.” “Same-sex marriage is in the platform, they want to go along with that as a right, I’m just astounded,” Robertson said. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Scott Lively: Intimidate pro-gay rights officials with ‘angry crowds with tar and feathers in hand’

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Scott Lively — the activist who urged Uganda to imprison gays who refuse sexual orientation conversion therapy and blames the Holocaust on gay people – says the anti-gay movement has been too nice and must now bring out “angry crowds with tar and feathers in hand” to intimidate officials who back “gay fascism bills,” or anti-discrimination measures. [ Read more → ]
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First Lady Michelle Obama to address LGBT DNC luncheon

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at a special luncheon presented by several national and local LGBT organizations on Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Stuart Milk came to Charlotte's local LGBT Pride festival last weekend on behalf of the president's reelection campaign.

Stuart Milk: Obama is a ‘no-brainer’ for the LGBT community

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama's campaign has put a premium on North Carolina, a swing state that turned blue in 2008 for the first time since Jimmy Carter first ran for president in 1976. Placing the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina's largest city... [ Read more → ]
Joe Biden

Biden: LGBT advocates ‘are freeing the soul of the American people’

Monday, August 27, 2012
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday credited gay rights advocates for advancing the “civil rights of every straight American." [ Read more → ]
Matt Barber

Matt Barber: Polygamy and incest are ‘inevitable’ if gay marriage is legalized

Thursday, August 23, 2012
On Wednesday’s “Faith and Freedom” program, Matt Barber declared that gay activists don’t actually want marriage equality but rather are interested in “deconstructing the Judeo-Christian notion of marriage as marriage has always been.” [ Read more → ]
Kris Kobach

Top Romney surrogate compares LGBT people to drug users, polygamists

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. -- Kansas Secretary of State and Mitt Romney surrogate Kris Kobach compared LGBT people to drug users and polygamists while debating the GOP platform’s marriage equality language in Tampa on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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FRC calls SPLC ‘Evil,’ ‘Anti-American,’ ‘Anti-Semitic,’ ‘Anti-Christian,’ ‘Marxist,’ ‘Dangerous’

Monday, August 20, 2012
On Friday, FRC’s second in command – Executive Vice President Jerry Boykin – appeared on the Glenn Beck Program and called the SPLC an “anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, Marxist organization.” Continuing, he said that the SPLC is an “evil group of people” who “are dangerous.” [ Read more → ]
Patrick Schwarzenegger

Patrick Schwarzenegger teams up with Lady Gaga’s ‘Born this Way’ foundation

Sunday, August 19, 2012
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, created to raise public awareness about the need to end bullying and celebrate diversity and acceptance of others, gained a new ally this week -- Patrick Schwarzenegger, the 18-year-old son of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist Maria Shriver. [ Read more → ]
Harry Jackson

Meet Harry Jackson, Maryland’s leading anti-gay race baiter

Saturday, August 18, 2012
Bishop Harry Jackson is one of the leading anti-gay voices working to repeal Maryland’s proposed marriage equality law in November, and he’s being bankrolled heavily by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), according to a new report from Mother Jones. [ Read more → ]
Tony Perkins

Perkins: ‘Clear link’ between FRC shooting and Obama administration policies

Friday, August 17, 2012
After trying to blame the Southern Poverty Law Center for the deplorable shooting that occurred at the Family Research Council’s office this week, FRC president Tony Perkins today also implicated the Obama administration in the shooting. [ Read more → ]
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Pat Robertson: Gay rights advocates should ‘shut their mouth’

Friday, August 10, 2012
Yesterday on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson said that activists who don’t want Chick-fil-A on their college campus due to the company’s anti-gay advocacy should keep quiet. [ Read more → ]
Tammy Smith (right), with her spouse Tracey Hepner.

Newly pinned Brigadier General becomes first openly gay flag officer in U.S. military

Friday, August 10, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Former Army Colonel Tammy Smith has become the first openly gay flag officer to come out while currently serving in the U.S. military. [ Read more → ]
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