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The Christian Right’s version of religious liberty is equality you can’t access

Sunday, November 9, 2014
The Christian Right’s fight against LGBTQ rights is different from their fight against abortion in many ways — but there are also striking similarities. The Christian Right is already seeking to redefine religious liberty as a way of allowing LGBTQ rights to remain intact, but to obstruct — and sometimes [...]

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Wisconsin governor trumpets opposition to abortion, same-sex marriage

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)
MADISON, Wis. -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker hasn't said much publicly about his positions on abortion or same-sex marriage, but he proudly trumpets his stances on both issues in a letter to a conservative group whose endorsement he wants. [...]

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Midterm elections poll: Social issues rank at bottom of voters’ priority lists

Thursday, October 2, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Heading toward the midterm elections, Democrats hold their strongest advantages on issues such as abortion or same-sex marriage, yet these same issues land near the bottom of voters' priority lists, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll. Asked in an open-ended question to name the most important issue [...]

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Catholic bishops maintain focus on same-sex marriage, abortion

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Participants listen during the morning general session at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in New Orleans, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
NEW ORLEANS -- The nation's Roman Catholic bishops meeting Wednesday renewed their focus on same-sex marriage and abortion under Pope Francis. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to make only limited revisions to a guide they publish every presidential election year on church teaching, voting and public policy. [...]

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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. [...]

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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. [...]

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Patrick Semansky, AP
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. [...]

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

Monday, November 4, 2013
Ken Cuccinelli
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. [...]

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Vatican polls parishes on birth control, same-sex marriage

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Alessandra Tarantino, APPope Francis
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. [...]

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

Sunday, September 22, 2013
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.
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. [...]

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