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Va. candidates for governor clash over LGBT, womens’ rights in first debate

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
McLEAN, Va. -- Republican Ken Cuccinelli found himself furiously rejecting claims by his Democratic opponent in the governor's race, Terry McAuliffe, that his actions against gay rights as Attorney General had almost driven business from Virginia. [ Read more → ]
Chris Kluwe

Marriage equality advocate Chris Kluwe to debate an empty chair

Friday, October 19, 2012
Borrowing from Clint Eastwood's much maligned appearance at the Republican National Convention in August, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said he will debate an empty chair on the issue of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
Mitt Romney (left) and Barack Obama. File photos, by Michael Key, Washington Blade

LGBT issues again absent from presidential debate

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The town hall presidential debate on Tuesday night included references to social issues, such as women’s rights, immigration and gun violence but as in the previous debate, there was no explicit mention of LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Vice President Joseph BidenWashington Blade file photos by Michael Key.

Biden, Ryan offer contrasting views on role of faith

Friday, October 12, 2012
The vice presidential candidates sparred during a debate Thursday over issues ranging from foreign affairs to the economy, and took very different views on the role their faith plays in their duties as public officials. [ Read more → ]
Lloyd Holman of Castle Rock, a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney, clashes with supporters of President Barack Obama shortly before the first Presidential Debate at the University of Denver Oct. 3. Photo by Sean Mullins, Out Front Colorado

Obama, Romney mix on economy, health care, style during Denver debate

Thursday, October 4, 2012
If the point of the first presidential debate was to establish a fundamental difference between President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Gov. Mitt Romney, as moderator Jim Lehrer set out to do, it was achieved not in soaring rhetoric or memorable one-liners, but mostly by body language and attitude. [ Read more → ]
Mitt Romney (left) and Barack Obama. File photos, by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Will Obama, Romney talk marriage in upcoming debate?

Sunday, September 30, 2012
This week’s presidential debate could mark the first opportunity for President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to face off on marriage in a race in which LGBT issues have figured less prominently than previous elections. [ Read more → ]

NOM’s Brian Brown calls out Dan Savage: ‘You name the time and place’

Saturday, May 5, 2012
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown has challenged LGBT activist and "It Gets Better" founder Dan Savage to a duel -- or, a debate, at least -- and Savage has accepted. [ Read more → ]

NH GOP debate: Gingrich says media has anti-Christian bias on marriage

Sunday, January 8, 2012
Republican presidential candidates stood firm in their opposition to same-sex marriage during a debate Saturday night as Newt Gingrich rebuked the media for what he said was asking the wrong question on the issue. The former U.S. House speaker said he wanted to “raise a... [ Read more → ]
Herman Cain

Cain says he should have defended gay soldier who was booed at GOP debate

Sunday, October 2, 2011
With the exception of Herman Cain, the GOP presidential candidates were mostly quiet on Sunday following a scathing rebuke from President Barack Obama on Saturday evening for not coming to the defense of a gay soldier after audience members booed him during a recent Republican debate. [ Read more → ]

Vice-President Joe Biden calls booing of gay soldier ‘reprehensible’

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday called it "reprehensible" when audience members at a Republican presidential debate last week booed a gay soldier. [ Read more → ]

Obama criticizes GOP; candidates mostly dismissive of audience boos of gay soldier

Monday, September 26, 2011
President Barack Obama on Sunday joined the critics with his own lambasting of the GOP presidential contenders, calling out the recent Republican candidate's debate in which audience members booed a gay service member. [ Read more → ]
Rick Santorum

Don’t believe Santorum’s claim about not hearing the audience boo the gay soldier

Monday, September 26, 2011
There continues to be so much fall out from the recent Republican presidential debate in which the candidates stood by and said nothing while members of the audience booed a gay solder.... [ Read more → ]

Time for LGBT people to get their heads in the game, be their own heroes

Saturday, September 24, 2011
This piece is not a sell for Barack Obama, but a plea for the gay community to recognize who our true enemies are. It's time we stop expecting a hero and be our own heroes. It's time we start talking into account the cold fact that our struggle for equality is like a game of chess. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Hill

Audience jeers gay soldier, applauds anti-gay Santorum during GOP debate

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Audience members at Thursday nights GOP presidential debate booed a gay soldier who asked if the Republican candidates would reinstate the now repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that banned openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]

To the Republicans — We should go back into the political closet

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Now that Wednesday night's Republican Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is history, it is important that we look back at what was said - or more accurately what was not said - during the debate. [ Read more → ]

Republican presidential candidates pushed to move even farther to the right

Friday, August 12, 2011
In the third nationally televised GOP presidential debate, none of the eight candidates on the stage strayed from their already stated positions on marriage for same-sex couples, but there was some pushing and prodding for several of the candidates to move even farther to the right. [ Read more → ]

Openly gay presidential candidate Fred Karger shut out from Iowa debate

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Openly gay presidential candidate Fred Karger will once again be left out of a nationally televised debate among Republican presidential hopefuls -- this time, in Iowa on Thursday night. [ Read more → ]

GOP debate: Candidates offer some surprises on LGBT-related issues

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The seven Republican presidential candidates showed some differences on gay-related issues in their first high-profile debate Monday night -- with some surprises. [ Read more → ]
Tom Emmer

Target, Best Buy’s pick for MN governor won’t support anti-bullying legislation

Monday, October 11, 2010
The national debate over bullying entered the Minnesota governor's race Saturday during a televised debate in which Republican candidate Tom Emmer said that he would oppose legislation to combat school bullying against gay and lesbian young people. [ Read more → ]
Chet Culver (left), and Terry Branstad

Iowa gubernatorial candidates defend, attack same-sex marriage in televised debate

Friday, October 8, 2010
More than a year after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled to allow same-sex marriage in the "Hawkeye" state, the argument continues, taking stage at last night's debate between gubernatorial candidates Chet Culver, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican rival Terry Branstad. [ Read more → ]
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