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GOP 2016 hopefuls emphasize staunch opposition to same-sex marriage in Iowa stump

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Republican Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom 15th Annual Spring Kick Off, in Waukee, Iowa, Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Republican presidential hopefuls emphasized their staunch opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion rights Saturday before a crowd of social conservatives who hold significant sway in the state's leadoff presidential caucuses. [...]

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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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The year in homophobia: Ten of the worst anti-LGBT stories of 2014

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Pat-Robertson
The Radical Righ, sees recent advances in LGBT rights as a reason to find new strategies to fight what it believes is a tyrannical government bent on persecuting conservatives and inviting divine punishment. [...]

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Perry acknowledges he ‘stepped right in it’ with anti-gay remarks

Friday, June 20, 2014
Rick Perry
WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it was a mistake for him to compare alcoholism and homosexuality in an effort to explain his views. Perry said Thursday at a forum hosted by The Christian Science Monitor that he "stepped right in it" after being asked during a trip to [...]

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A 12-step recovery program for Rick Perry’s homosexuality problem

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Rick Perry
If you are gay, and you are wishing upon a star, it is probably not a good idea for it to be the Lone Star of Texas. This past week, that particular entity has been more than a little dim in terms of passing out bright news for gay [...]

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Jon Stewart lampoons Texas GOP’s endorsement of ‘gay cure’ therapy

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Jon-Stewart
Jon Stewart lampooned Texas Republicans on Tuesday, mocking the party over its adoption of a platform that endorses the controversial practice of gay-to-straight" reparative therapy, and Gov. Rick Perry's recent remarks comparing homosexuality to alcoholism. [...]

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Christie denounces comment by Perry comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

Friday, June 13, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a visit to San Francisco on Friday, June 13,  2014.
SAN FRANCISCO -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is denouncing comments by fellow Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry comparing homosexuality to alcoholism in which people can choose to change their behavior. Perry said earlier this week that people may feel “compelled to follow a particular lifestyle” but have the ability [...]

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Texas governor Rick Perry sees link between alcoholism, homosexuality

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas)
SAN FRANCSICO -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew a comparison between alcoholism and homosexuality, during a talk Wednesday night that focused mainly on the economy. Perry, who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential contender, was then asked whether he believed homosexuality was a disorder. [...]

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Republicans push social issues at conservative showcase

Friday, March 7, 2014
Susan Walsh, APSen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014.
OXON HILL, Md. — Some of the GOP's most prominent conservatives insisted Friday that Republicans should emphasize hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage in this year's midterm elections, exposing an ideological divide within a party trying to capture the Senate and then the White House. [...]

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Wendy Davis, Greg Abbott set to face off for Texas governor

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Wendy Davis
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans picked the state's attorney general in the fight to succeed longtime Gov. Rick Perry, while a rising Democratic star coasted to her party's nomination Tuesday night during the nation's first statewide primary. [...]

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