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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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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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Fight or flee? The GOP grapples with same-sex marriage

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Mike Huckabee
WASHINGTON -- It took just a few words for the Supreme Court to deal with the question of whether gay marriage is legal. For Republicans thinking about running for the White House in 2016, it won't be that easy. The court's decision Monday to reject appeals from five states that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage reignited a debate inside the GOP...

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Debate over marriage equality splinters Republican ranks into 3 camps

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Former Republican Massachusetts state Sen. Richard Tisei speaks to supporters in Wakefield, Mass., on Jan. 23, 2014, as he announces he will run for the state's 6th Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. John Tierney. Tisei is one of three openly gay Republicans nationwide running in this year's midterm elections for Congress.
NEW YORK -- As same-sex marriage cases cascade through the federal courts, Republican politicians find themselves awkwardly split into three camps. There's a small but growing number who favor legalizing gay marriage, a hard-core faction that continues to denounce it, and a sizable group in between that seems to wish the issue would disappear.

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Civil rights groups to RNC: GOP should stop associating with anti-gay groups

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Reince Priebus is Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
WASHINGTON -- The Southern Poverty Law Center and a coalition of civil rights groups on Wednesday called on the head of the Republican National Committee (RNC) to urge party members to disassociate themselves from groups behind this week’s Values Voter Summit because of their relentless demonization of the LGBT community.

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Va. House Republicans aim to hire lawyer to defend same-sex marriage ban

Friday, September 19, 2014
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
RICHMOND, Va. -- The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday approved a resolution that includes language that would allow the branch to hire legal counsel to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, something Attorney General Mark Herring has chosen not to do.

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I’m a senior GOP spokesman, and I’m gay. Let me get married.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
James Richardson
Throughout my career I’ve publicly advocated for the freedom to marry, urging the party for which I work to allow gay men and women to wed even as I never openly disclosed my personal stake. I’ve preached the small-government virtues of equal marriage, echoing a conservative case that had been made many times before by thinkers more eloquent and far brighter than myself. Never once did I write that I am gay...

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Eighth GOP member of Congress announces support for marriage equality

Monday, July 21, 2014
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.)
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), a Tampa Bay-area Republican, said Monday he supported last week's ruling by a Monroe County, Fla., judge who said Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory and violates gay people's right to equal treatment under the law. "As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage," Jolly said in a statement. "But...

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Gay GOP candidate for U.S. House faces criticism from opposing camps

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
California Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he’s the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations.
WASHINGTON -- Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he's the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations. He's too open about his sexual orientation for some social conservatives, but too far to the right and too quiet on social issues ...

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