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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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Why are gay members of Congress supporting GOP bill to restrict Syrian refugees?

Friday, November 27, 2015
Sean Patrick Maloney
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney caught flak for defending Syrian refugees -- then voting to put new restrictions on accepting refugees from Syria and Iraq. ...

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New Jersey candidate quits race after book of rants surfaces

Friday, October 2, 2015
Anthony Cappola
Anthony Cappola dropped out of the race after a book he wrote surfaced that includes rants against gays, Asians, immigrants, and others. ...

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Anti-gay lawmaker resigns after sexting entire contacts list video proof of his adultery

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Former Republican House Majority Representative Jud McMillin
His statement claims the “time is right for me to pass the torch and spend more time with my family.” ...

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How many “straight” Republicans have had gay sex? Quite a few, actually.

Friday, August 21, 2015
12 percent of straight-identifying Republicans admitted to having experimented with a member of the same sex. This news would undoubtedly upset Mike Huckabee just a little bit.
12 percent of straight-identifying Republicans have a confession to make. ...

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Arkansas GOP working on new anti-gay marriage religious protections

Thursday, July 2, 2015
As of yet, Arkansas' civil rights law doesn't include sexual orientation or gender identity.
Arkansas state Senate Republicans are working on legislation to reinforce protections for religious organizations in response to last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. ...

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Supreme Court decisions highlight political challenges facing GOP

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Jeb Bush
For the second time in two days, the Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Republican Party platform. Yet the response to Friday's same-sex marriage ruling was mild in comparison with the outrage that followed the court's decision Thursday ...

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NOM will again ask GOP presidential candidates to sign anti-gay marriage pledge

Thursday, June 18, 2015
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown
The National Organization for Marriage will again ask candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination to sign a pledge promising to support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. ...

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Trump jumps in 2016 race, seeks GOP nomination for president

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Donald Trump
Real-estate mogul and reality-television star Donald Trump said Tuesday he will seek the Republican nomination for president. He's the 12th high-profile Republican to enter the 2016 race, with more to come in the weeks ahead. ...

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Jeb Bush launches 2016 bid, vows to get Washington ‘out of the business of causing problems’

Monday, June 15, 2015
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush waves as he takes the stage to formally join the race for president, Monday, June 15, 2015, at Miami Dade College in Miami.
Jeb Bush launched a Republican presidential bid with a vow to get Washington "out of the business of causing problems" and to stay true to his beliefs. ...

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Lindsey Graham wants Caitlyn Jenner’s vote

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Boone, Iowa.
Graham says if Jenner wants to be a Republican, she's welcome. And he says if she wants a safe country and a strong economy, she should vote for him. ...

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