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Elizabeth Emken: The making of an anti-gay politician

Friday, October 19, 2012
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The vision stays with me, even after all these years. I’m in junior high, and I’ve just looked into the eyes of an overweight girl, having just delivered a devastatingly cruel blow. Her bright blue eyes, haunted and broken, serve as lingering reminders of how destructive words can be, and I’ve often wished I could take that moment back. Little did I know that girl, Elizabeth Emken, would years later run for public office, in an attempt to unseat California Senator Dianne Feinstein...

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LGBT issues again absent from presidential debate

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Mitt Romney (left) and Barack Obama. File photos, by Michael Key, Washington Blade
The town hall presidential debate on Tuesday night included references to social issues, such as women’s rights, immigration and gun violence but as in the previous debate, there was no explicit mention of LGBT issues.

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Gay celebrities speak out on Obama’s LGBT accomplishments

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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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.

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Gay bashing by churches is why America is losing its religion

Sunday, October 14, 2012
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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.

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Biden, Ryan offer contrasting views on role of faith

Friday, October 12, 2012
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Vice President Joseph BidenWashington Blade file photos by Michael Key.
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.

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Bay Buchanan tells gay audience Mitt Romney will win presidency

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Republican strategist Bay Buchanan.Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.
Republican strategist Bay Buchanan urged an audience of gay conservatives on Monday to remain optimistic that Mitt Romney will win the presidential race.

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Be the change; volunteer for marriage equality today

Sunday, October 7, 2012
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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?

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The effects of marriage referendums and what to do about them

Sunday, October 7, 2012
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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.

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Obama, Romney mix on economy, health care, style during Denver debate

Thursday, October 4, 2012
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
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.

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Electing LGBT politicians changes the debate on LGBT rights

Monday, October 1, 2012
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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...

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