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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 → ]

Nevada Republican party mulls social issues’ place in platform

Friday, April 11, 2014
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Republicans meeting for a statewide convention in Las Vegas will decide this weekend whether to follow the lead of the state's largest county and strip hot-button social issues from the party platform. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.

GOP lawmakers who voted for Illinois gay marriage bill win primary races

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Three Republican lawmakers who crossed the aisle last year to to vote in favor of Illinois' marriage equality law, were all victorious in their primary elections Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

Pew: 61 percent of young Republicans favor legalizing same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A strong majority of Republicans under age 30 support legalizing same-sex marriage, according to results of a Pew Research study released Monday. [ Read more → ]
Jenifer Loon

Minn. Republicans decline to endorse state rep who voted for gay marriage

Sunday, March 9, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Republican delegates in Eden Prairie have declined to endorse state Rep. Jenifer Loon, one of four House Republicans who voted in favor of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

GOP divide on marriage equality on display at Oregon conference

Sunday, March 9, 2014
SEASIDE, Ore. — Young Republican activists implored their party to support same-sex marriage Saturday, saying the GOP is destined to continue losing elections in Oregon if it doesn't get behind an issue that's gaining traction around the country. [ Read more → ]
Susan Walsh, APSen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Republicans push social issues at conservative showcase

Friday, March 7, 2014
OXON HILL, Md. — Some of the GOP's most prominent conservatives insisted Friday that Republicans should emphasize hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage in this year's midterm elections, exposing an ideological divide within a party trying to capture the Senate and then the White House. [ Read more → ]
For,er U.S. Sens. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.)

Group of current, former GOP lawmakers file brief supporting same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — A group of Republicans has come out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, arguing that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the Western conservative values of freedom and liberty once championed by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater. [ Read more → ]

Ind. GOP wants to block federal tax benefits for married same-sex couples

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana would break from an Internal Revenue Service policy recognizing same-sex marriage for tax purposes if a late-session change becomes law. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay remarks rejects calls to resign

Saturday, January 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee rejected calls to resign Friday after making anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks. [ Read more → ]
Daily HeraldSusanne Atanus

GOP urges Ill. candidate to withdraw after blaming bad weather on gay rights

Friday, January 24, 2014
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Illinois Republican officials are calling for a Chicago-area congressional candidate to leave the GOP race after she blamed bad weather on legalized abortions and gay rights, but Susanne Atanus said she won't back down. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

RNC chair calls on Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay remarks to resign

Friday, January 24, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Republican National Committee has called for the resignation of a Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay remarks. [ Read more → ]
Josh Reynolds, APReince Priebus

Little change in year since GOP’s plan to outreach to minorities, women, gays

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party's appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, women and gay voters who backed Democrats decisively in 2012. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

Republican leaders put the heat on GOP committeeman for gay, Muslim attacks

Monday, January 20, 2014
LANSING, Mich. — As the Republican National Committee prepares for meetings in Washington this week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other party leaders in Michigan are criticizing committeeman Dave Agema for repeated anti-gay and anti-Muslim remarks. [ Read more → ]
Jimmy LaSalvia

GOProud founder leaving Republican party in part over ‘tolerance of bigotry’

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Jimmy LaSalvia, the co-founder and former executive director of GOProud, a U.S. political action group representing gay conservatives, announced Tuesday he was leaving the Republican party due in part to the "tolerance of bigotry in the GOP." [ Read more → ]
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)

Idaho governor, GOP lawmakers pledge to defend state’s gay marriage ban

Saturday, January 4, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Republicans pledged to defend Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage from a legal challenge, while Democrats favor letting similar cases elsewhere proceed rather than dedicating taxpayer resources to what they believe will be a losing battle. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

GOP committee member blames ‘LGBT Gestapo’ for Duck Dynasty controversy

Saturday, December 21, 2013
A former Michigan lawmaker and current member of the Republican National Committee, who last week said that gays want free healthcare because they are dying of AIDS, is weighing in on the “Duck Dynasty” controversy, blaming the “LGBT Gestapo speech police” for the suspension of the family’s patriarch from the popular A&E reality show. [ Read more → ]

GOP lawmakers seeking outside help to defend N.C. gay marriage ban

Saturday, December 21, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Republican legislative leaders said Friday that they are getting outside legal help related to a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, suggesting they aren't convinced Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper can wholeheartedly defend the state in the case. [ 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 → ]
Dave Agema

Mich. RNC member says gays want free healthcare because they’re dying of AIDS

Monday, December 9, 2013
LANSING, Mich. -- A Michigan member of the Republican National Committee said Thursday that gays want free healthcare because they are dying of AIDS. [ Read more → ]
Danita Kilcullen, seen here in her mug shot from May 2011 after being arrested for kicking a police officer during a political rally.

Tea Party leader: Florida GOP is being taken over by gay ‘thugs’

Saturday, November 30, 2013
The co-founder of the Florida Tea Party says the local Republican Party in Broward County, Fla., is being taken over by gay "thugs." [ 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 → ]
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), left, and Ken Cuccinelli on Va.

In Va. and N.J., a contrasting tale of two Republican parties

Thursday, October 24, 2013
FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- This fall's races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey offer a revealing window into the fight for the future of the Republican Party. [ 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 → ]
Mel Evans, APGov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)

Chris Christie’s decision to stop fighting marriage equality in N.J. stirs GOP

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Gov. Chris Christie's decision to stop fighting gay marriage in New Jersey was pragmatic - same sex weddings had already begun and a court warned that the state would have little chance of overturning them. But the move also reflects Christie's bid to cast himself as leader of a welcoming GOP as he seeks re-election and ponders a White House bid. [ Read more → ]
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