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Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo Speak Out For Transgender Protections

Responding to the Trump administrations decision to lift protections for LGBT students, who had previously been allowed to use public-school bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice, Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R, FL-27) and Carlos Curbelo (R, FL-26) spoke out against the decision.

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, who has a transgender son, said “This lamentable decision can lead to hostile treatment of transgender students and studies have shown that bullying and harassment can be detrimental to the emotional and physical well-being of teenagers.”

Rep. Curbelo responded to the decision saying, “This is a disappointing choice for the Administration to make. We should be working toward ensuring all American children feel safe and accepted in their schools, regardless of where they live, their race, creed, gender identity or sexual orientation.”

 

 

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Jacksonville City Council Adds LGBT Community to Human Rights Ordinance

After a five year effort, Jacksonville City Council voted in a bipartisan majority to add the LGBT community to the city’s human rights ordinance. The amendment extends existing prohibitions against discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity or gender to include sexual minorities. The bill makes it illegal to fire or deny housing or service to people based on sexual orientation.

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Editorial: Arizona should follow President Trump’s lead on LGBT rights

The Arizona Republic published an editorial eDonald_Trump_insert_12_c_Washington_Blade_by_Michael_Keyncouraging the state to follow President Trump’s lead and pass protections for LGBT Arizonans. Following President Trump’s announcement that he would keep in place protections for LGBT Americans in the workplace, the editorial says the state should follow the national models, including the Boy Scouts of America announcing that the organization will accept transgender children who identify as boys into boys-only programs. Read more here.

 

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Trump steps up on LGBT rights

FlagsAn editorial in the Washington Post applauded President Trump for standing up for LGBT rights and keeping in place executive orders that provide workplace protections for LGBT Americans. The editorial board wrote, “Contrary to anonymous reports, the president will not reverse executive orders extending workplace protections to LGBT federal workers. The administration statement accurately and encouragingly recalled that Mr. Trump made a point of standing up for LGBT rights in his speech to the Republican National Convention last July, noting that he was “proud” to have done so.” The full editorial is available here.

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Obama’s Protections for L.G.B.T. Workers Will Remain Under Trump

donald_trump_rnc_july_2016The White House announced that President Trump will could keep place a 2014 Obama administration order that created new workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

The announcement said, “President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of L.G.B.T.Q. rights, just as he was throughout the election. The president is proud to have been the first ever G.O.P. nominees to mention the L.G.B.T.Q. community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledge then to protect the community from violence and oppression.” Here’s the story from the New York Times.

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Senator Rob Portman Getting Support from Pro-LGBT Group

rob-portmanA pro-LGBT conservative group is spending $1 million to help re-elect Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman. American Unity PAC is running a digital ad campaign targeting Portman’s democratic opponent, former Governor Ted Strickland. Portman has been a strong supporter of LGBT freedom during his freshman senate term; supporting the freedom to marry and workplace non-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people. American Unity PAC President Margaret Hoover says the ad campaign, “is demonstrating that Republicans can be for LGBT freedom and conservative.”

September 3, 2016

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Poll Shows Voters Opposing Anti-LGBT Laws

Poll ImageA new poll by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) shows that Republicans will be hurt politically by supporting so called bathroom bills and religious freedom bills. Public opinion is not only shifting toward more LGBT support, but voters are also more likely to punish someone who opposes the freedom to marry. The poll shows 44% of Americans would definitely not vote for someone opposed to marriage equality while just 20% would vote for such a candidate. PRRI’s survey shows 53% of Americans opposing so-called bathroom bills targeting trans people (only 35% support such legislation). By a 2 to 1 margin, the poll says Americans oppose bills allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people in the name of religious liberty. 62% of Republicans support legislation to ban workplace and housing discrimination against LGBT people.

September 3, 2016

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Pro-LGBT Push Highlights GOP Convention

2016-GOP Convention LogoConservative supporters of LGBT equality made their voices heard at the GOP convention in Cleveland. Supporters of gay inclusion say they’re making steady progress in the Republican Party, but much more work must be done. Openly gay former diplomat Richard Grenell told The Hill he is encouraged by how much progress the Party has made, even over the last four years. “When I walk through the convention, I see politicians, activists and staffers who swarm me to tell me how supportive they are on equality issues.” Grenell is telling them they must be publicly supportive on these issues instead of just expressing support in private. Meanwhile, several prominent convention speeches included positive references to LGBT Americans.

July 23, 2016

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Openly Gay Republican Arizona Sheriff Could Make History in November

Sheriff Paul BabeuPinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu recently won a six-way GOP primary for an open Congressional seat in Arizona. He has made immigration a primary focus of his tenure as Sheriff. Babeu told supporters at a victory celebration, “A big thank you to the Republican voters who have decided that they want to send a sheriff to Washington.” If he wins in November, Babeu would become the first Republican ever elected to the House who was openly gay before winning their first house race. Former GOP Congressmen Steve Gunderson and Jim Kolbe came out after having won several house elections.

September 3, 2016

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Orlando GOP Leaders Pushing for Anti-Discrimination Bill

Orange County GOPMore than 20 Republican elected officials in Central Florida have signed a resolution promoting LGBT inclusive non-discrimination laws at the local, state, and federal level. In front of 49 roses honoring each victim from the Pulse nightclub shooting rampage, the GOP officials unveiled the resolution at the Orange County Republican Executive Committee Lincoln Day Dinner. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs told The Orlando Political Observer, “These are what I like to think are the new generation of Republicans. What we grieved over a few weeks ago wasn’t a loss of gay people or Hispanic people, it was a loss of human beings. Human beings regardless of where they come from or who they love, had dreams and aspirations just like you and I.”

July 29, 2016

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Pushing for LGBT Employment Protections in Pennsylvania

McClatchy-KevinA longtime Western Pennsylvania community and business leader is pushing legislators in the Keystone State to pass non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. Kevin McClatchy, the openly gay former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, says protecting all citizens from discrimination will help attract jobs and opportunity to the state. In an op-ed for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he writes, “I urge our legislators to move forward on this issue, and I expect that, after study and evaluation, they’ll find that nothing about non-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people conflicts with our core values — including religious freedom — and in fact makes our state a stronger and better place to work and live.”

July 31, 2016

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Openly Gay Republican Heading to SC State House

Elliott-Jason-2After November’s election, Republican Jason Elliott will become South Carolina’s first openly gay state lawmaker. The Greenville attorney beat an incumbent Republican in June’s primary for a state house seat. The State reports that he’s unopposed in the general election so his victory is all but assured. “With my knowledge and understanding that people knew of my orientation, the election results tell me that — rightfully — we focused on issues that are relevant to the position for which I was running,” said Elliott.

June 25, 2016

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Pennsylvania GOP Lawmaker Leads Push for LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill

wagnerConservative State Senator Scott Wagner is helping lead a bipartisan push for an LGBT non-discrimination bill in Pennsylvania. As Chairman of a key Senate committee, Wagner’s support was instrumental in moving the Pennsylvania Fairness Act out of committee earlier this summer. The bill’s fate remains uncertain. In a news release, Sen. Wagner said, “As an employer and a Pennsylvanian, I believe that everyone should be treated fairly and with dignity.”

June 28, 2016

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Caitlyn Jenner Pushes GOP on LGBT Rights

Jenner-CaitlynCaitlyn Jenner visited Cleveland during the Republican National Convention to make a strong case for an inclusive GOP. Since coming out last year as a transgender woman, the reality TV star and Olympic gold medalist has helped promote debate and discussion about the importance of transgender equality. Speaking at an American Unity Fund event in Cleveland, Jenner criticized the efforts happening in some state capitols to pass anti-LGBT measures aimed at transgender people. “I want to help the Republican Party in so many ways,” Jenner said. “I think our best move to get back to a constitutional government is in the Republican Party. I won’t give up hope on it.”

July 22, 2016

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Sen. John McCain Becoming More Supportive of LGBT Freedom

McCain-JohnIn recent years, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has shifted to be more inclusive on LGBT issues. Recently, the powerful Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee blocked efforts by some colleagues to put anti-gay provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act. After months of procedural gridlock, he also helped secure Senate confirmation of an openly gay man to take the Army’s top civilian post. McCain’s turning point happened in 2013 when he joined 9 GOP Senate colleagues to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act when it passed the chamber with strong bipartisan support. Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, told NBC News, “McCain is in a tough re-election race, and he needs to broaden his coalition whenever he can. Discrimination against gays is now a big loser politically in most states, and that even includes Arizona – which is not nearly as conservative as it used to be.”

June 16, 2016

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How Corporate America Became an LGBT Ally

flagsCorporate America has become a leader pushing for equal treatment of LGBT people. Corporate pressure recently helped kill anti-LGBT legislation in Georgia, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Arizona. Here’s the surest sign of progress: in 2008 only five big businesses came out against the anti-marriage Proposition 8 in California. By the time the U.S. Supreme Court considered the 2015 freedom to marry case, 400 corporations signed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the plaintiff. Experts expect big business to play a key role in the effort to pass LGBT non-discrimination legislation at the federal level.

April 15, 2016

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Georgia GOP Governor Vetoes Anti-Gay Legislation

Conservative Republican Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia vetoed anti-gay legislation after intense lobbying from the business community. The bill would’ve allowed religious organizations to refuse certain services if doing so conflicted with religious beliefs. Opponents of the bill, including a large coalition of corporations, argued that the law would allow discrimination by charitable service providers, even those receiving state funds. Governor Deal said the bill was unnecessary and divisive. “I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia, which I and my family have been a part of for generations.”

March 28, 2016

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South Dakota GOP Governor Vetoes Anti-Trans Bill

Daugaard-Dennis-2A conservative GOP governor vetoed a bill that would have made South Dakota the nation’s first state to dictate what bathrooms transgender students can use in public schools. In a veto statement, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said, “This bill broadly regulates in a manner that invites conflict and litigation, diverting energy and resources from the education of the children of this state.” The veto happened after the Governor met with trans students and their parents who told him about the complications, discrimination, and emotional pain the law would create.

March 1, 2016

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Thank you Senator Richard J Ross (R) for your leadership and support for freedom for all Americans

Ross said in voting for a bill to protect transgender Americans that parents are looking “for their kids to be whomever they happen to be, to be loved for whoever they are, and to be given the freedom to be who they are as individuals and to live successful and happy lives. And that’s what it boils down to.

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Time: More Than 300 Republicans Call on Supreme Court to Recognize Gay Marriage Nationally

Signers include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. More than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday.

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The Boston Globe: Baker leads state GOP in pro-gay-marriage brief

The state’s Republican establishment is throwing its support behind a US Supreme Court fight against bans on same-sex marriage, led by Governor Charlie Baker, the nation’s only sitting governor to sign on to the GOP brief. Joining Baker, organizers of the effort said, are Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, former governor William F. Weld, former acting governor Jane Swift, along with Republican National Committeeman Ron Kaufman and Beth Myers, two longtime advisers to 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, himself an opponent of gay marriage.

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The Washington Post: Conservatives filing brief in favor of gay marriage

Right Turn has learned that an impressive array of Republicans and Gen. Stanley McChrystal will be filing an amicus brief on Friday in support of gay marriage with the Supreme Court in DeBoer v. Snyder. The case will decide, in the wake of cases striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, if states can restrict marriage to heterosexual couples or if gay marriage falls within the protection afforded by the 14th Amendment.

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Washington Free Beacon: David Koch Backs Gay Marriage at Supreme Court

Libertarian philanthropist David Koch is backing a federal challenge to same sex marriage bans, signing on to a Supreme Court brief urging the court to overturn state-level prohibitions on the practice. He will join hundreds of other prominent right-of-center thinkers, activists, and public figures in asking the Supreme Court to prohibit states from outlawing the practice under the 14th Amendment.

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BuzzFeed: Former Republican Chairman Back With New Supreme Court Brief For Marriage Equality

WASHINGTON — For the second time, Ken Mehlman — the one-time head of the Republican National Committee — is gathering notable Republicans and libertarians around the country to support a brief at the Supreme Court that will urge the justices to take marriage equality nationwide.

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Corbett backs ban on sexual orientation discrimination

Gov. Corbett (R) said Tuesday that he would support legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

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Politico: Why the House must pass ENDA

“Allowing people to be successful in their workplaces is an essential piece of individual opportunity and liberty. Working for a living is one of America’s freedoms. It’s a virtue to be encouraged — and supporting it is important to the future of the Republican Party. In an era in which the government often punishes hard work and individual success, this bill encourages it.”

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YouTube: ‪Senator Murkowski explains need for ENDA‬‬

Video: ‪Senator Murkowski explains need for ENDA‬‬.

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CNN: Voters in both parties back workplace equality for gays

A new poll from TargetPoint and Project Right Side finds strong bipartisan support – including a majority of Republicans – for workplace protections for gay and transgender Americans.

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Politico : Chris Christie signs New Jersey ban on gay conversion therapy

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy, along with California.

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Policy Mic: Will Gay Marriage Ever Become Part Of the GOP Agenda?

Meet Ken Mehlman, lawyer, businessman, and Republican big shot. In 2004, he ran George W. Bush’s re-election campaign, and from 2005-2007, he was chairman of the RNC. In 2010, he announced that he was gay. Mehlman is on a mission. In an August 2010 interview with Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic, apart from coming out as gay for the first time, he also revealed his plans to be an advocate for gay rights within the GOP: “I will try… to persuade people… that [gay marriage] is consistent with our party’s philosophy, whether it’s the principle of individual freedom, or limited government, or encouraging adults who love each other and who want to make a lifelong commitment to each other to get married.” Given his prominence within the GOP, he has the capacity to carry out his mission.

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Politico : Poll: Big support for anti-discrimination law

A solid majority of Americans support a federal law that would ban discrimination by employers based on someone’s sexual orientation, according to a polling memo shared with POLITICO.

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OUT Magazine: AFTER DOMA: Ken Mehlman on What’s Next

An interview with the conservative marriage equality activist Ken Mehlman on DOMA, the conservative movement, and what’s lies ahead.

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New York Times: Strategist Out of Closet and Into Fray, This Time for Gay Marriage

As the Supreme Court considers overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage, gay people await a ruling that could change their lives. But the case has already transformed one gay man: Ken Mehlman, the once-closeted Republican operative who orchestrated President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election on a platform that included opposition to same-sex marriage.

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US Senate: OP-ED: Murkowski Shares Thoughts on Marriage Equality with Alaskans

Like Reagan, Alaskans believe that government works best when it gets out of the way. Countless Alaskans and Americans want to give themselves to one another and create a home together. I support marriage equality and support the government getting out of the way to let that happen.

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Daily Caller: Gay marriage cases different from Roe v. Wade

Public opinion data prove these comparisons to be woefully misguided. Americans simply do not view abortion and marriage in the same light. A clear majority of the country favors providing same-sex couples with the ability to marry, while opinion on abortion has remained closely divided for almost 40 years.

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BuzzFeed: Rob Portman Says Immigration Law “Should Follow” State Law For Gay Couples

Ohio Senator Rob Portman said “immigration law should follow” state law on Monday night, when asked whether protections for same-sex couples should be included in immigration reform legislation making its way through the Senate.

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Huffington Post: Marriage Equality Gaining Momentum Ahead of Pending Supreme Court Rulings

“What we’ve affirmed is that a bipartisan majority of Americans wants to see the U.S. Supreme Court overturn laws that discriminate against loving, committed gay couples. And the Supreme Court will be on safe ground in the court of public opinion if they do the right thing by striking down DOMA and Prop 8.”

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Houston Chronicle: Political support grows for same-sex marriage

We stand together, the Democratic mayor of San Antonio and a senior appointee in three Republican presidential administrations, united in our support for the freedom to marry and an end to the discrimination caused by DOMA which treats one legally married couple differently from another. On the surface, we might seem an odd mix: One of us leads a city in what has been a predictably red state; the other hopes to see the Republican Party and the nation focus on the critical issues that will determine the future strength and prosperity of this great country. One of us sits on the edge of the millennial generation as the youngest mayor of a top 50 U.S. city; the other, a former head of the World Bank, senior Bush administration official and ambassador to Indonesia. To us, this simply speaks to the growing bipartisan support for same-sex marriage.

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Las Vegas Sun: Marriage equality a conservative ideal

Maximizing freedom isn’t the only conservative value enhanced by allowing civil marriage for same-gender couples. It will promote stability, responsibility and commitment — family values that conservatives often encourage in public policy. Marriage encourages people to think beyond their own needs, to create loving households, to build a support network so people can be cared for in sickness, old age and hard times.

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Des Moines Register: Iowa View: Marriage should unite, not divide

As a Republican, I believe that the freedom to marry is a fundamental right. I believe that our Constitution is intended to ensure liberty, justice and equality. While I respect the views of fellow conservatives who disagree, time has shown that traditional marriage advocates are on the wrong side of history. And as more Iowans welcome new families into our communities, the pace of acceptance will quicken.

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Think Progress: Major GOP Powerbroker Endorses Marriage Equality

Fred Malek has a storied history in the Republican Party. He held several significant roles the Nixon Administration, and filled top-level roles in Republican presidential campaigns in 1972, 1992, and 2008. Most recently, he founded the big-money American Action Network, a conservative 501c(4) organization that runs millions of dollars in ads opposing Democrats. Malek is widely considered a major player in the Republican Party. And as of this weekend, he supports marriage equality.

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Rhode Island Public Radio: Algiere, Bates join RI Senate GOP bloc in backing bill favored by same-sex marriage supporters

The unanimous support among Senate Republicans reflects how GOP lawmakers are not uncommonly more socially liberal than the Democrats who control the General Assembly. It is also reportedly marks the first unanimous backing from a partisan legislative caucus in the US for same-sex marriage.

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Politico: Opinion: The GOP’s generational shift

Some Republicans are surprised by the sudden increase in discussions over the issue of same-sex couples’ freedom to marry. This debate comes as no surprise to the generation of millennials who, like me, were born between the early 1980s and early 2000s. The debate over same-sex marriage has shined a light on the need for the Republican Party to be mindful of the rise of these Republican millennials.

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Chicago Sun Times: Chicago Sun Times: Mark Kirk Declares Support for the Freedom to Marry (radio interview)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said on Tuesday that the movie “Lincoln” helped persuade him to support gay marriage but he still believes it should remain a state issue. In an interview with Illinois Radio Network, the Republican who made national headlines today by becoming the second U.S. Senate Republican to change his stance and support same sex marriage, explained that he saw parallels between freedoms that Abraham Lincoln fought for and gay rights issues.

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Chicago Sun Times: Chicago Sun Times: Mark Kirk Declares Support for the Freedom to Marry (radio interview)

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said on Tuesday that the movie “Lincoln” helped persuade him to support gay marriage but he still believes it should remain a state issue. In an interview with Illinois Radio Network, the Republican who made national headlines today by becoming the second U.S. Senate Republican to change his stance and support same sex marriage, explained that he saw parallels between freedoms that Abraham Lincoln fought for and gay rights issues.

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Politico: Mark Kirk endorses gay marriage

“When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others,” The Illinois senator said in a statement. “Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back— government has no place in the middle.”

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Washington Post: Gay marriage support hits new high in Post-ABC poll

Public support for gay marriage has hit a new high as Americans increasingly see homosexuality not as a choice but as a way some people are, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The poll shows that 58 percent of Americans now believe it should be legal for gay and lesbian couples to get married; 36 percent say it should be illegal. Public attitudes toward gay marriage are a mirror image of what they were a decade ago: in 2003, 37 percent favored gay nuptials, and 55 percent opposed them.

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The New Yorker: Ken Mehlman’s Gay-Marriage Mission

The news, on the front page of the Times this morning, that dozens of leading Republicans had signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the case of Proposition 8, the California gay-marriage ban, merited the A1 treatment that it received. Despite their party and their own past positions, Jon Huntsman, Meg Whitman, Ken Duberstein, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and others said that they supported a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage. This comes two days before the Obama Administration must decide whether it is ready to file a similar brief. In the most high-profile Supreme Court case of the year, with the future of how we view civil rights and treat our fellow-citizens at stake, someone had quietly engineered enough prominent conservatives from the opposition party to sign onto a legal brief supporting full equality for gay and lesbian Americans.

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BuzzFeed: Longtime Bush Aide Leads Effort To Advance Conservative Case For Marriage Equality

In one of the strongest shows of support for marriage equality ever demonstrated on the political right, more than 80 prominent Republicans have signed on to a Supreme Court brief laying out the conservative case for marriage equality — and elevating the longtime Bush aide behind the effort.

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New York Times: Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage

Over 70 leading conservatives filed a brief this week with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Ted Olson and David Boise-led challenge to Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that outlawed marriage between same-sex couples. This case, along with the United States v. Windsor, is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, and both are set for oral argument in March. The brief asserts that that there is no legitimate, fact-based reason for denying same-sex couples the same recognition in law that is available to opposite-sex couples who wish to marry. In doing so, the signatories to the brief conclude that the institution of marriage, its benefits and importance to society, and the support and stability it gives to children and families are promoted, not undercut, by providing access to civil marriage for same-sex couples.

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National Journal: Will Republicans Move to the Middle on Gay Rights?

For many in the Republican Party, the trajectory is now unmistakable. Just as Republican leaders have urged the party to tackle immigration reform in order to appeal to Hispanics, a smaller but equally vocal group of strategists are urging the party to reconsider positions on gay rights to win over younger voters. In 2012 — the first presidential election year in which a majority of Americans expressed their support for legalizing same-sex marriage — gay-marriage advocates scored historic victories on four state ballot initiatives. Public opinion is now on the side of gay-marriage supporters: A December 2012 Gallup poll showed a 53 percent majority of Americans now back same-sex marriage, a 13 point jump since 2008, with a whopping 73 percent between the ages of 18 and 29 supporting it.

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American Conservative: Jon Huntsman: Marriage Equality Is a Conservative Cause

Today we have an opportunity to do more: conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry. I’ve been married for 29 years. My marriage has been the greatest joy of my life. There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love.

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Washington Post: Republicans helped same-sex marriage win at the polls

After years of defeats, same-sex-marriage advocates scored a remarkable 4-0 sweep of state ballot contests on Nov. 6. One major reason: This year, significant numbers of Republicans voted their way.

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Washington Blade: Mehlman: Md. same-sex marriage law “enhances freedom”

Former Republican National Committee Chair Ken Mehlman stressed on Monday that the fight to defend Maryland’s same-sex marriage law is personal.

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Huffington Post: How Republicans Carried Maryland’s Question 6 to Victory: Fresh Evidence

Last week I observed that Question 6, the same-sex marriage law, had racked up strong vote totals in many Republican areas of Maryland and even carried two big GOP-leaning counties.

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Time: Can This Party Be Saved?

The Republican challenge is not about better voter-turnout software; it is about policy. We repel Latinos, the fastest-growing voter group in the country, with our nativist opposition to immigration reform that offers a path to citizenship. We repel younger voters, who are much more secular than their parents, with our opposition to same-sex marriage and our scolding tone on social issues. And we have lost much of our once solid connection to the middle class on kitchen-table economic issues.

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Bangor Daily News: Conservative values support freedom to marry

What do Clint Eastwood, Dick Cheney, Ted Olson and John Bolton have in common? All are strong, lifelong conservatives. Each has fought on behalf of smaller government. And all support the freedom of same-sex couples to marry.

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Washington Post: Gay marriage: Republicans should move on

Right Turn has made the point repeatedly that the issue of gay marriage is a generational one, a battle that social conservatives have lost. That was crystal clear yesterday. Maine, Minnesota, Washington and Maryland handled gay marriage the right way in a democracy — proponents went to the voters, made their case and won the support of a majority of their fellow citizens.

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Slate: What Are GOP Number Crunchers Helping Gay Marriage Advocates?

Gay-marriage activists maneuvering to win referenda this year in Maine and Washington State are now working with tools from an unlikely source: a Republican firm that has played a central role in Mitt Romney’s political operation since 2002 and is now also working for top Republican super PAC.

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New York Times: The G.O.P.’s Gay Trajectory

Over the past year, the main story line in the push for marriage equality has been the ardor and success with which leading Democratic politicians have taken up the fight. The Democratic governors of New York, Maryland and Washington all promoted and signed same-sex marriage laws, for which President Obama expressed his support last month.

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National Journal: Changing Times

It’s unlikely that same-sex marriage is going to push the economy out of the dominant role in this election. Indeed, short of a major international incident, it is unlikely that any other issue will displace the economic ones. But gay marriage was the most discussed issue last week. The most remarkable thing was not President Obama’s announcement that he would embrace same-sex marriage, even if it wasn’t exactly premeditated. Instead, it was a memo from a very prominent and well-respected Republican pollster suggesting that his party should treat the issue with considerably more caution than it has in the past.

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The Advocate: How We Thwarted NOM Attack Plan in New Hampshire

The National Organization for Marriage’s top-secret strategy documents disclosed Monday in a state investigation highlight that, along with working in the most cynical fashion imaginable to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks,” NOM also wanted badly to strip away the freedom to marry in New Hampshire. In fact, no state was a higher priority for NOM. Of its “$20 Million Strategy for Victory,” a full $2 million was dedicated to repealing the freedom to marry in the Granite State. Yet last week, we beat back NOM, defeating the repeal bill by a margin of 211-116, bringing over a majority of Republican lawmakers, 119-115, to our side.

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New York Times: Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Nobel Group of Donors

On a warm Friday afternoon three years ago, Rob Reiner, the director, arrived for lunch at the Beverly Hills estate of David Geffen, the entertainment mogul. Mr. Reiner and his political adviser, Chad H. Griffin, had spent six months drafting an ambitious legal campaign aimed at persuading the United States Supreme Court to establish a constitutional right of same-sex marriage.

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Salon.com: Same-sex, opposite impact

As Maryland and Washington join six other states in approving same-sex marriage, it’s clear that the era of politicians exploiting the issue for political game appears over. Just ask former Republican strategist Ken Mehlman, the man who managed George W. Bush’s 2004 campaign, noted for its aggressive anti-gay marriage stance.

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NH Union Leader: Ken Mehlman: Republicans should be for same-sex marriage

“Live Free or Die” isn’t just the official motto for a great state. As the 62nd Republican National Committee Chairman, I think it’s a mantra our party should live by. I hope that New Hampshire legislators will remember this slogan and reject proposals to strip citizens of their right to marry.

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Newsweek: The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage

Together with my good friend and occasional courtroom adversary David Boies, I am attempting to persuade a federal court to invalidate California’s Proposition 8—the voter-approved measure that overturned California’s constitutional right to marry a person of the same sex.

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