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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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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
For once, Donald Trump ignores a question.
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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Rick Perry seeks 2012 do-over, announces 2016 presidential bid

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Rick Perry
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry opened his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, pledging to "end an era of failed leadership" and hoping this campaign will go better than his last one. ...

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Report: Hastert was concealing prior sexual misconduct with another man

Friday, May 29, 2015
Dennis Hastert
The indictment against Hastert accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct." ...

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Rick Santorum announces second White House run

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum, an aggressive advocate for conservative family values and longtime opponent of LGBT rights, launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence - ...

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