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Chris Detrick, The Salt Lake Tribune/APUtah Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, proposes to Stephen Justesen, his partner of over twenty-five years, during a party at Club Sound Wednesday in Salt Lake City.

Utah Democratic Party chairman Jim Dabakis steps down, cites health issues

Monday, March 24, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis says he is stepping down from that post Monday afternoon to address medical issues. [ Read more → ]
APDebbie Wasserman Schultz

DNC chair condemns Michigan GOP, says they tolerate anti-gay bias

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
FERNDALE, Mich. -- The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee has joined leading state Democrats in condemning Michigan Republicans for their handling of anti-gay remarks by a GOP National Committee member and their failure to extend civil rights to gays. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)

Missouri governor Jay Nixon shifts left politically

Sunday, November 17, 2013
Missourians, meet your new governor: Jay Nixon, a Democrat. Though he has long worn the Democratic label, Nixon could have easily passed himself off as a moderate Republican during his first four years as governor. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sens. Rill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)

Two of the three remaining Senate Democrats announce support for ENDA

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Two of the last three remaining Democratic U.S. Senators have announced their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Florida’s Charlie Crist plots political comeback as Democrat

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Nearly three years after losing a U.S. Senate campaign to Republican Marco Rubio and leaving the governor's mansion, Charlie Crist is plotting a political comeback that seems fantastical even by Florida's stranger-than-fiction standards. [ Read more → ]
Carlo Key

Texas judge splits from GOP because he can ‘no longer tolerate’ anti-gay party

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
SAN ANTONIO --- A Texas judge announced Monday he is leaving the Republican party because he can "no longer tolerate" a party that demeans people for their sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Christine Quinn

NY Times endorses Christine Quinn as Democratic choice for mayor of New York

Sunday, August 25, 2013
The New York Times on Saturday endorsed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to be the next Mayor of New York. [ 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 → ]

Ohio Democrats asking gay marriage supporters to donate to effort they haven’t backed

Friday, May 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Democratic Party is asking marriage-supporting donors for money to help “pass a referendum recognizing equality,” but leaders haven’t endorsed the only effort under way in the state to put the issue on the ballot for voters. [ Read more → ]

DNC: Jason Collins, Michelle Obama to headline annual LGBT fundraiser

Monday, May 6, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee says NBA veteran Jason Collins will headline its annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender gala. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Tom Caper (D-Del.)

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper announces support for same-sex marriage

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has Tuesday announced his support for same-sex marriage, leaving only seven remaining Democratic U.S. Senators who have not yet come out in support of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
John Carney

Delaware’s lone U.S. Congressman supports same-sex marriage

Monday, April 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Delaware's lone U.S. congressman has announced his support for same-sex marriage. Democrat John Carney announced his support for marriage equality Monday on his website. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.)

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey: ‘I can no longer in good conscience’ oppose gay marriage

Monday, April 1, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says he now supports gay marriage, becoming the latest lawmaker to change positions on an issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court. [ Read more → ]

Lawmakers rush to catch up with shifting public opinion on marriage equality

Thursday, March 28, 2013
WASHINGTON — Public opinion on same-sex marriage in the United States has been shifting for years. Now lawmakers are hurrying to catch up. [ Read more → ]

Democrats criticize GOP support of Defense of Marriage Act

Thursday, March 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The cost to taxpayers for a House Republican decision to fund the legal team supporting the Defense of Marriage Act has climbed from $500,000 to as much as $3 million, Democrats say in questioning the GOP stance on the gay marriage issue now before the Supreme Court. [ Read more → ]

Partisan split marks same-sex marriage cases before U.S. Supreme Court

Saturday, March 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — No Democratic attorney general in a state that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying has signed onto a legal filing asking the Supreme Court to uphold California's constitutional ban on gay marriage. No Republican attorney general is asking the high court to rule in favor of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Democrats urge Supreme Court to overturn anti-gay marriage law

Friday, March 1, 2013
WASHINGTON — More than 200 congressional Democrats are urging the Supreme Court to overturn a key provision of the federal law against gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Jerame Davis

National Stonewall Democrats curtails operations

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis confirmed to the Washington Blade on Tuesday his organization will cease operations through at least the end of this year after it failed to bridge a $30,000 budget gap. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis pledges to take the lead on ENDA

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A Colorado congressman who’s set to become the most senior openly gay member of the U.S. House is pledging to take the lead on perhaps the most high-profile piece of pro-LGBT legislation: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. [ Read more → ]

Catholic Bishop warns voters who back Democrats put eternal salvation at risk

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, is warning that the Democratic Party has endorsed “intrinsic evils” and consequently, voters who back Democratic candidates have put their eternal salvation at risk. [ Read more → ]

‘Why I feel the Log Cabin Republicans use Uncle Tom as their role model’

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) released a statement on Tuesday seeking to explain why he said during last week’s Democratic National Convention that Log Cabin Republicans use “Uncle Tom” as their “role model.” [ Read more → ]

No political party will ever regulate love

Saturday, September 8, 2012
No matter who gets elected in November – no matter who makes the laws – no matter what religious zealots say; there is no one on the face of this earth, or any other earth, who will ever be able to regulate with whom a person falls in love. ... You cannot regulate love – no matter how hard you may try – you simply can’t tell people who to love. [ Read more → ]

HRC: The 12 Best Equality Moments in Charlotte (Video)

Friday, September 7, 2012
This was a historic convention for the LGBT community in Charlotte. Dozens of speakers – including President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, activist Zach Wahls, Tammy Baldwin, Rahm Emanuel, and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – spoke out for LGBT equality as part of a broader narrative about what makes our nation strong. [ Read more → ]

House Democrats intercede on behalf of N.Y. widow against DOMA

Friday, September 7, 2012
House Democrats are yet again interceding on behalf of litigation challenging the Defense of Marriage Act — this time as one of 15 parties expected to file legal briefs before an appellate court in a case involving a lesbian New York widower. [ Read more → ]

Out Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), one of only four openly-LGBT members of Congress, took the podium at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, in a a prime-time opportunity to introduce herself to the nation. [ Read more → ]
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