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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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Republicans block Colorado bill on transgender birth certificates

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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A Senate committee voted 3-2 Wednesday to reject a bill to allow people to change the gender listings on their birth certificates without getting surgery. All three Republicans on the committee voted against it. [...]

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McConnell, Cruz among 57 Republicans urging Supreme Court to reject same-sex marriage

Friday, April 3, 2015
Mitch McConnell (left) and Ted Cruz
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz are among 57 Republicans in Congress who are calling on the Supreme Court to uphold state bans on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Indiana religious freedom debate exposes Republican divisions

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
“I think Gov. Pence has done the right thing,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a March 30, radio interview. He said the law was "simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs.”
The backlash over a religious freedom law in Indiana has the GOP's leading White House contenders in a messy clash that highlights the party's opposition to same-sex marriage and threatens to inject social issues into the early stages of the 2016 presidential primary season. [...]

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Few top GOP officials back same-sex marriage at high court

Sunday, March 15, 2015
J. Scott Applewhite, AP
The list of Republicans who are supporting same-sex marriage, in a case set for arguments March 28 at the Supreme Court, is conspicuously short of sitting members of Congress and governors. [...]

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New Texas GOP chair doesn’t want to see gay couples kiss

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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The new chair of the Texas GOP says if his hometown newspaper ever publishes a photo of a same-sex couple kissing, he’ll cancel his subscription. [...]

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More than 300 Republican lawmakers sign brief supporting same-sex marriage

Friday, March 6, 2015
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Among the signatories are 23 current and former GOP members of the U.S. House and Senate and seven current and former Governors. [...]

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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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