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Nevada GOP removes opposition to gay marriage, abortion from platform

Sunday, April 13, 2014
LAS VEGAS --- The Nevada Republican Party stripped opposition to abortion and gay marriage from its platform Saturday as state convention delegates instead focused on judging fellow Republicans on their worthiness to serve in office and adherence to GOP values. [ Read more → ]

Nev. county removes ‘traditional’ marriage definition from GOP platform

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County, Nev., Republican Party edited its official platform statement over the weekend to remove a section defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, cut out a statement opposing abortion and added a section affirming people of all sexual orientations. [ Read more → ]
Patrick Semansky, AP

Vatican ambassador: U.S. bishops shouldn’t preach ideology

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
BALTIMORE — The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said Monday they should not "follow a particular ideology" and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church. [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Profiles in extremism: The Virginia GOP’s tea party ticket

Monday, November 4, 2013
This year, after switching its nominating process from a primary election to a convention system, the Virginia Republican Party selected three candidates for statewide office who are far out of the mainstream. [ Read more → ]
Alessandra Tarantino, APPope Francis

Vatican polls parishes on birth control, same-sex marriage

Thursday, October 31, 2013
NEW YORK -- The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with sensitive issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a major meeting on the family that Pope Francis plans next year. [ Read more → ]
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the bishops' conference, has been a polarizing figure in the same-sex marriage debate in the U.S.

Pope’s blunt remarks on gays, abortion pose challenge for outspoken bishops

Sunday, September 22, 2013
NEW YORK — In recent years, many American bishops have drawn a harder line with parishioners on what could be considered truly Roman Catholic, adopting a more aggressive style of correction and telling marriage equality and abortion rights supporters to stay away from the sacrament of Communion. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Thomas Tobin

Despite Pope’s message, R.I. bishop to continue to speak against gay marriage

Friday, September 20, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, known for his activism against legalizing same-sex marriage, struck a conciliatory tone Friday after Pope Francis criticized the Catholic Church for being too obsessed with gays and abortion, but signaled little change in his anti-gay activism. [ Read more → ]
Riccardo De Luca, APPope Francis looks on during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

Pope Francis criticizes Catholic Church’s obsession with gays, abortion

Thursday, September 19, 2013
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church's moral edifice might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all. [ Read more → ]
Bishop Thomas Tobin

R.I. bishop switches from Democrat to Republican over gay marriage, abortion

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Roman Catholic bishop of Providence says he has become a registered Republican because he can not be associated with the Democratic party's views on abortion and same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Sodomy, evolution, abortion: Louisiana holds on to unenforceable laws

Sunday, August 11, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's recent use of an unconstitutional law to arrest gay men who weren't doing anything illegal might not have happened if state lawmakers had stripped the statute from the state's law books once it was thrown out. [ Read more → ]
Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry rallies opponents of same-sex marriage at state capitol

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry rallied opponents of gay marriage and abortion on Tuesday, calling for support for what he called traditional values on the same day the U.S. Supreme Court heard a challenge to California's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
James Dobson

James Dobson: Connecticut shooting is God’s wrath for gay marriage, abortion

Monday, December 17, 2012
James Dobson dedicated his radio program this morning to discussing Friday's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut, which he attributed to the fact that God has "allowed judgment to fall upon us" because the nation has turned its back on him by accepting things like abortion and gay marriage. [ 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 → ]

Democrats unveil historic party platform backing ‘freedom to marry,’ ENDA

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On the eve of their national convention in Charlotte, N.C., the Democratic Party on Monday unveiled its official platform, one that supports marriage equality for gays and lesbians -- an historic first for a national U.S. political party. [ Read more → ]

Republican Party approves platform: Ban all abortions and same-sex marriage

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. -- In a convention dominated by the politics and policies of the conservative far right, the Tea Party and "family values" special interests, delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention on Tuesday approved a platform calling for a ban on all abortions and... [ Read more → ]

Alveda King denounces NAACP resolution for ‘endorsing’ gay agenda

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Several prominent African American leaders have denounced the recent resolution by the NAACP supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples, and have called it "an endorsement of homosexual agenda," and an issue no different than abortion. [ Read more → ]
Alan Simpson

Former GOP Sen. Alan Simpson: ‘We’ve got homophobes in our party’

Monday, April 11, 2011
Appearing on MSNBC’s "Hardball with Chris Matthews" on Monday, former Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), railed against social conservatives in the Republican party, admonishing male legislators for voting on abortion issues, and “homophobes” like Rick Santorum who say “cruel, cruel things” about gays and lesbians: [ Read more → ]
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