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The Republican Party (also called the GOP, for “Grand Old Party”) is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854, it dominated politics nationally for most of the period from 1860 to 1932. There have been 18 Republican presidents, the most recent being George W. Bush. Currently the party’s platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S. political spectrum. [ Wikipedia → ]

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GOP-controlled House panel rejects bid to attach ENDA to defense bill

Thursday, December 4, 2014
US-Capitol-LGBT
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. House panel on Wednesday rejected an attempt to pass a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) as part of the annual defense authorization bill. The Washington Blade reports that the amendment was introduced in the House Rules Committee by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) ... [...]

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Missouri GOP lawmakers seeking to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Republican legislative leaders are seeking to appeal a court ruling requiring officials to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and House Speaker Tim Jones have filed a motion asking to intervene in a Jackson County court case... [...]

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Portman rules out presidential bid, says gay marriage support not a factor

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
CINCINNATI -- Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says he will not run for president in 2016, choosing instead to seek a second term in the Senate over the Republican nomination for the White House. [...]

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Gay Republican Carl DeMaio defeated in San Diego race for U.S. House

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Carl DeMaio, Republican congressional candidate in the 52nd district, addresses his supporters during election night activities Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in San Diego.
SAN DIEGO -- Democrat U.S. Rep. Scott Peters on Friday won a second term to represent a large swath of San Diego in Congress following a bitter campaign that saw his Republican challenger on the defensive against accusations of sexual harassment by a former campaign staffer. [...]

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Transgender Republican candidate makes bid for Nevada state Assembly

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Lauren Scott
RENO, Nev. — A Nevada Republican is trying to unseat an incumbent Democratic assemblyman in a blue-collar district in Sparks to become the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature. Lauren Scott used to be a Democrat who worked on Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and [...]

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N.C. GOP lawmakers tell officials it’s OK to refuse to marry same-sex couples

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Phil Berger
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Twenty-eight Republicans in the North Carolina Senate are urging state courts administrators not to punish employees who refuse to marry gay couples based on religious objections. [...]

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U.S. House candidate apologizes for plagiarizing anti-gay marriage speech

Friday, October 24, 2014
Marilinda Garcia
CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican U.S. House candidate Marilinda Garcia has acknowledged she should have attributed parts of a speech she made on same-sex marriage. The statement came after the liberal advocacy group Granite State Progress pointed out several passages in the 2012 speech Garcia gave on the floor of the [...]

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Prosecutor: No sex harassment charges for gay Republican candidate

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Carl DeMaio
SAN DIEGO -- Prosecutors on Monday declined to charge Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio over allegations that he sexually harassed a former campaign aide and said they were not charging the former aide with breaking into DeMaio's office. [...]

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Judge in North Carolina gay marriage case rejects GOP lawmakers’ delay

Thursday, October 9, 2014
North CarolinaSenate leader Phil Berger (left) and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A federal judge overseeing a pair of challenges to North Carolina's gay marriage ban denied a motion late Thursday from lawyers for Republican legislative leaders seeking more than a weeklong delay in the case. [...]

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North Carolina GOP leaders hire NOM chairman to help block gay marriages

Thursday, October 9, 2014
John Eastman
RALEIGH, N.C. -- As same-sex couples in North Carolina await federal court rulings they hope will allow them to get married, Republican legislative leaders are making a last-minute move to block or delay the nuptials.... [...]

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