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Jane-Lynch

Gay celebrities speak out on Obama’s LGBT accomplishments

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
In a new campaign video for President Barack Obama, celebrities Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Quinto, Chaz Bono, Wanda Sykes, George Takei, and Billie Jean King speak out about Obama's LGBT accomplishments. [ Read more → ]
Anti-gay

Gay bashing by churches is why America is losing its religion

Sunday, October 14, 2012
When people see their own sons and daughters and friends and co-workers coming out, it creates a crisis of credibility for religious institutions. It leads to countless situations where mean-spirited men like Archbishop John Nienstedt demand blind, irrational obedience and say take it or leave it – and more people are now following their consciences and walking away. [ 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 → ]
Republican strategist Bay Buchanan.Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Bay Buchanan tells gay audience Mitt Romney will win presidency

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Republican strategist Bay Buchanan urged an audience of gay conservatives on Monday to remain optimistic that Mitt Romney will win the presidential race. [ Read more → ]
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Be the change; volunteer for marriage equality today

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Democracy is about participation — it’s about caring about an issue so much that you’ll go door-to-door in your neighborhood talking to voters about marriage equality. Heck, you might not even be in your neighborhood. We’re so quick to judge when we lose an amendment or a referendum, but how quick are we to be out knocking on doors and making calls for equality? [ Read more → ]
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The effects of marriage referendums and what to do about them

Sunday, October 7, 2012
This November, four states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington) have marriage definition questions on their ballots. Within the LGBT community and society at large, we often think of the effects of these elections in terms of whether or not marriage equality will expand to another state, or whether yet another state will ingrain discrimination into its constitution. What we don’t consider — but we ought to — is the toll that these referendums can take on LGB people during the election season itself. [ 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 → ]
Chuck Wolfe

Electing LGBT politicians changes the debate on LGBT rights

Monday, October 1, 2012
LGBT office holders are our clearest and most convincing champions for true equality. As leaders in government, they become the face and voice of our community. They challenge the lies of extremists and speak authentically about themselves, their families and our community. One of the most effective organizations working to achieve that goal is the Victory Fund, a nonpartisan organization that helps LGBT leaders win elections and then serve effectively... [ 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 → ]
Roy McDonald

GOP lawmaker who supported gay marriage defeated in New York primary

Friday, September 28, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York State Sen. Roy McDonald, one of four GOP lawmakers who voted to legalize same-sex marriage last year, was narrowly defeated in his primary race, and said he won't campaign as an Independent in the general election, and will instead back his former primary opponent. [ Read more → ]
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Barney Frank on Mitt Romney: ‘Willing to trash minority groups for political advancement’

Thursday, September 27, 2012
In a new video for the "Mitt Gets Worse" campaign, retiring U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) speaks about his experiences with Mitt Romney and gives his opinion on how Mitt would "get worse" is elected President. [ Read more → ]
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The brave new world of selfish and stupid

Sunday, September 23, 2012
Those of you who have never had to say: “I’m gay” will never know the angst or the courage that is involved in coming out. Those of you who do know have an obligation to make the path a little easier than it was for you for the next person who garners the courage to speak their truth... [ Read more → ]
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Election 2012: Voter ID laws, voter suppression, and equality

Saturday, September 22, 2012
One vote being cast in a sea of millions may seem insignificant, but when we step back to look at the tumultuous history of voting rights in our country, the real-world effects of voting, and the current efforts to suppress certain groups of voters, it becomes clear that voting is a vital right and an act that intersects with every aspect of the issues we care about. [ Read more → ]
Sarah Schmidt

Gay Chicago TV talks lesbian political power with LPAC Chair Sarah Schmidt (Video)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
After the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, money poured into elections with the creation of super PACs -- political action committees that can raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations, and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)

Poll: Tammy Baldwin takes lead in race for U.S. Senate

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., has surged to a five point lead in the race for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, according to a new poll conducted for the campaign. Baldwin now leads former Gov. Tommy Thompson by 50 percent to 45 percent. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (D-Wisc.) at the Values Voter Summit.

Sex, Lies, Bloodlust: What the Values Voter Summit tells us about the religious right and the GOP

Monday, September 17, 2012
During this past weekend’s Values Voter Summit, the annual family reunion of the far right, Right Wing Watch posted many memorable video highlights. What does it all tell us about the Religious Right and today’s Republican Party? [ Read more → ]
Former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson.

Pro-gay Proposition 8 attorney helping Romney campaign with debate prep

Saturday, September 15, 2012
A lead attorney in the federal lawsuit against California’s Proposition 8 is facing criticism from a gay Democratic group for assisting the Romney campaign with debate preparation — despite the ticket’s support for policies that would undo his work against the same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Richard Tisei

Barney Frank opposes gay candidate for U.S. House because he’s a Republican

Friday, September 14, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. -- Retiring U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) says will not support the election of another openly gay man running for his seat because the congressional hopeful, Richard Tisei, is a Republican. [ Read more → ]
Mark Grisanti

New York GOP lawmaker who supported gay marriage survives primary

Friday, September 14, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), one of the four Republicans who voted in favor of a marriage equality bill last year, and who has since been targeted by the anti-gay the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) because of that vote, won his GOP primary race Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Tommy Thompson

Dems call on Thompson to fire senior adviser who gay-baited Tammy Baldwin

Friday, September 14, 2012
Democrats are calling on GOP U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson to fire his campaign’s senior communications adviser more than a week after he sent out messages attacking rival Tammy Baldwin’s “heartland values” because of her sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Obama-Romney

Is it Politics or is it Prejudice?

Friday, September 14, 2012
One cannot ignore the race question when it comes to this election. I’ve seen too many websites filled with racist cartoons and hate-filled rhetoric for me not to believe that we are still a nation filled with bigots who believe that gays, women and people of a certain color and religion have their place and need to be kept there. Sadly, the Republican Party plays on that with their anti-gay, non-Christian-baiting, women-hating, “let them eat cake” platform... [ Read more → ]
David Pierce

New Hampshire gay lawmaker wins state Senate primary, Delaware candidates advance

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Openly gay New Hampshire State Rep. David Pierce was victorious Tuesday in his Democratic primary for the state senate, and he faces no opponent this November. [ Read more → ]
Michele Bachmann

Anti-gay Michele Bachmann in danger of losing congressional seat

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A recently conducted internal tracking poll for Democrats in Minnesota’s new 6th Congressional District shows that GOP incumbent Michele Bachmann could be in trouble. [ Read more → ]
David Cicilline

Out congressman David Cicilline wins primary, vies for second term

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), one of just four openly gay members of Congress, won his Democratic primary Tuesday against Anthony Gemma, an opponent he also defeated in 2010 when he was first elected to the House. [ Read more → ]
Frank

‘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 → ]
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