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Republican governors’ rhetoric softening on same-sex marriage

Saturday, July 12, 2014
From left: Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), and Gov.Terry Branstad (R-Iowa).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America's families and politics for years. While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors [...]

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Iowa governor says he’ll try again to advance statewide anti-bullying effort

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)
DES MOINES, Iowa — A bill designed to crack down on so-called cyber-bullying failed to advance in the Iowa state legislature this year, but Gov. Terry Branstad plans to keep working to toughen Iowa's anti bullying laws. [...]

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Iowa Governor: No connection between anti-gay marriage sentiment and teen’s murder

Monday, August 29, 2011
Terry Branstad
Iowa’s Republican Governor Terry Branstad on Monday said “there’s no connection at all between Iowa’s debate over gay marriage rights and the death of Waterloo teen Marcellus Andrews.” [...]

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Iowa Republican strongly rebukes Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats

Friday, July 22, 2011
Kaufmann (left), and Vander Plaats
In a sharply worded email, Iowa House Republican Speaker Pro-Tempore Jeff Kaufmann rebuked former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, asserting that he quickly losing political credibility. [...]

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Iowa’s governor-elect wants vote to ban gay marriage, criticizes Senate leader

Monday, December 6, 2010
Terry Branstad
Iowa's Republican Governor-elect Terry Branstad has renewed his call for a statewide vote to ban gay marriage, and has called the Democratic State Senate Majority Leader a dictator for not allowing senators to take up the matter. [...]

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Iowa gubernatorial candidates defend, attack same-sex marriage in televised debate

Friday, October 8, 2010
Chet Culver (left), and Terry Branstad
More than a year after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled to allow same-sex marriage in the "Hawkeye" state, the argument continues, taking stage at last night's debate between gubernatorial candidates Chet Culver, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican rival Terry Branstad. [...]

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