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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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California GOP officially recognizes gay faction ‘Log Cabin Republicans’

Monday, March 2, 2015
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The California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized the party’s organized gay wing that has fought years for formal acceptance. [...]

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Jeb Bush to name openly gay man as Communications Director

Saturday, February 21, 2015
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Likely GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush plans to name Tim Miller, executive director of America Rising PAC, as his top communications aide, according to a report Friday by POLITICO. [...]

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GOP voters in early primary, caucus states say opposition to gay marriage ‘unacceptable’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
About half of likely Republican primary and caucus voters in key early states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina says that opposition to same-sex marriage is unacceptable in a candidate, according to a new poll. [...]

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The GOP’s same-sex marriage dodge: A topic they’d rather avoid

Monday, February 16, 2015
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Republicans eyeing the presidency nearly all insist that states should make their own decisions on whether to allow same-sex marriage. But the latest dispute in Alabama? That’s a topic they’d rather avoid. [...]

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Mike Huckabee compares same-sex marriage to alcohol, profanity

Sunday, February 1, 2015
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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says gay marriage is akin to alcohol and profanity - options the Republican weighing a 2016 presidential bid says are appealing to others, but not to him. [...]

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RNC panel censures Michigan member over gay, Muslim remarks

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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The Republican National Committee's executive committee voted to censure Michigan Republican David Agema for what it calls "harmful rhetoric" about gays and Muslims. [...]

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Wyoming Republicans criticize governor for not continuing gay marriage fight

Friday, December 19, 2014
Gov. Matt Mead (R-Wyo.)
Goshen County Republican Party have signed a letter that rebukes GOP Gov. Matt Mead for not do more to fight same-sex marriage in Wyoming. [...]

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

Thursday, December 4, 2014
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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
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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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