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GOP challenger to gay incumbent uses her gay son to prove she’s ‘no extremist’

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Nan Hayworth
WASHINGTON -- The openly gay son of Republican congressional challenger Nan Hayworth says his mother -- who's trying to unseat New York's only openly gay congressman -- is "no extremist" in a new ad. CNN reports that the ad is an attempt to insulate Hayworth against Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's criticism of her stance ...

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Debate over marriage equality splinters Republican ranks into 3 camps

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Former Republican Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei speaks to supporters in Wakefield, Mass., on Jan. 23, 2014, as he announces he will run for the state's 6th Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. John Tierney. Tisei is one of three openly gay Republicans nationwide running in this year's midterm elections for Congress.
NEW YORK -- As same-sex marriage cases cascade through the federal courts, Republican politicians find themselves awkwardly split into three camps. There's a small but growing number who favor legalizing gay marriage, a hard-core faction that continues to denounce it, and a sizable group in between that seems to wish the issue would disappear.

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Marriage equality playing key role in many political races throughout Indiana

Monday, September 1, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana voters who'd hoped to decide whether to place the state's same-sex marriage ban in the constitution won't find the issue on the November ballot. But marriage equality is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.

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Minn. No. 2 House Republican on ropes over vote for same-sex marriage

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Rep. Jenifer Loon (R), of Eden Prairie canvases her neighborhood as she prepares for the Republican primary in Eden Prairie, Minn. Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Loon faces challenger Shelia Kihne in the Republican primary election on August 12.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- As second-in-command for Minnesota House Republicans, Rep. Jenifer Loon made a big gamble when she broke with her party's prevailing view on gay marriage. Loon's vote to make same-sex legal prompted her former campaign manager to try to take her seat, and Loon now faces a tough primary challenge to be decided in the Aug. 12 election.

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Shifting views on same-sex marriage give Democrats a wedge issue to wield

Friday, May 23, 2014
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, center, signs the state's marriage equality bill into law on Nov. 20, 2013. The measure goes into effect statewide June 1, 2014.
It wasn't all that long ago that Republicans used gay marriage as a tool to drive Election Day turnout. But as public opinion on the issue has turned and courts strike down same-sex marriage bans, gay rights is evolving into a wedge issue for Democrats to wield.

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Tenn. man wants to be President of U.S. on all Christian, all anti-gay platform

Friday, May 2, 2014
Darrell Trigg
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee man has announced his candidacy for President of the United States, saying he will run on an an explicitly Christian, anti-gay platform.

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Republican activists push party to drop opposition to same-sex marriage

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Reince Priebus is Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
As bans against same-sex marriage crumble and public opinion on the issue shifts rapidly, some Republicans are pushing the party to drop its opposition to same-sex unions, part of a broader campaign to get the GOP to appeal to younger voters by de-emphasizing social issues.

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Mass. gubernatorial forum to focus on LGBT issues

Monday, March 17, 2014
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BOSTON -- Candidates for governor in Massachusetts will participate in a forum to discuss issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and progressive policies.

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

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Josh Reynolds, APReince Priebus
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.

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

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), left, and Ken Cuccinelli on Va.
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.

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