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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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Quinn falls short in bid to become first female, first LGBT mayor of New York

| Wednesday, September 11, 2013
WCBS-TVChristine Quinn concedes Democratic Mayoral Primary. Her wife, Kim Catullo (left) is at her side.
NEW YORK -- Lesbian city official and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn fell far short Tuesday of her goal to win at least a run-off spot in the New York City mayoral race’s Democratic primary.

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NYC mayoral hopefuls begin final campaign sprint to Tuesday’s primary

| Saturday, September 7, 2013
Mary Altaffer, APNew York City Democratic mayoral hopeful and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn greets a voter during a campaign stop in the Bronx borough of New York, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.
NEW YORK -- The candidates for New York City mayor blanketed television programs with commercials, gave interviews to nearly anyone holding a microphone and relied on old-fashioned retail politicking as they embarked on the frantic stretch run of the primary campaign.

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N.J. Senate election: A case study in LGBT tolerance, equality, representation

| Monday, September 2, 2013
Cory Booker
Newark, N.J., mayor Cory Booker has been something of a celebrity in the political arena. If you’re a New Jersey resident and you read the newspaper, you’d probably heard of him even before he announced his campaign for Senate. You’ve also probably heard of the speculation that he is gay. ... But the most important question here is not whether Cory Booker is gay. It is not even why he won’t confirm or deny it. The most important question at hand is this: are we ready to elect an openly gay man to the U.S.Senate?

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Newark mayor Cory Booker on gay rumors: ‘So what does it matter if I am?’

| Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Cory Booker
Newark mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, responding to persistent speculation that he is gay, says "So what does it matter if I am?"

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