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USA, South Carolina: Democratic Senate Candidate Calls Out Gubernatorial Candidate on Marriage Equality

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Jay StamperIn South Carolina, the Democratic candidate trying to oust Lindsey Graham supports marriage equality. But the Dems’ candidate for governor does not.

Fitsnews reports:

Jay Stamper (pictured) – the only Democrat running for the Senate seat held by liberal “Republican” Lindsey Graham – challenged 2014 gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Vincent Sheheen (D-Camden) to come out in support of gay marriage. In fact he created an online petition in which voters urged Sheheen to “please reconsider” his opposition to “marriage equality.”

“Imagine for a moment what it’s like to be gay and in high school in South Carolina,” Stamper wrote in the petition. “Maybe you don’t need to imagine. But try to put yourself in the place of an adolescent looking for acceptance but facing disapproval and bigotry from classmates, teachers, even family members. Now imagine that same student in civics class, studying the South Carolina Constitution and learning that even his own state’s laws sanction discrimination against him.”

I guess Sheheen didn’t get the memo that the Democratic Party now supports marriage equality whole hog.

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USA, Nebraska: Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Marriage Equality

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Annette DubasNebraska State Senator and candidate for Governor Annette Duba just came out in support of marriage equality. In Nebraska. Let me repeat that. In Nebraska.

Towleroad.com reports:

The Democratic hopeful from Fullerton, Nebraska shared that it was her brother’s coming out 26 years ago that set her on the path towards embracing marriage equality: “I came to realize I support marriage equality awhile ago,” Annette Dubas says. “It’s not an abstract idea to me.” … She says she is talking about same-sex marriage because she wants to elevate the subject, because there is still fear about coming out in small Nebraska towns, because having a gay brother changed her.

She lives in Nebraska. In Nebraska.

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USA, Virginia: GOP Alleges Potential Democratic Governor Would Not Defend Marriage Equality Ban

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffeThe GOP in Virginia is playing the gay card. They are alleging that gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and Atty. Gen. candidate Mark Herring have a “secret plan” to kill state’s ban on gay marriage.

The Times Dispatch reports:

Democrats have a secret plan for legalizing same-sex marriage in Virginia. Republicans might call it that, believing it an effective way to drive dispirited conservatives to the polls in November. But there’s nothing secret about it. It’s as plain as the legal protocols and precedent on which this potential scheme depends. Put another way: A Democratic governor and a Democratic attorney general might pursue procedural options that could leave the state’s prohibition on same-sex marriage with virtually no one to defend it.

Quite a secret plan, isn’t it? Don’t defend a law that’s unconstitutional.

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Virginia, USA: Attorney General Candidate Mark Herring Supports Marriage Equality and LGBT Rights

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Mark Herring, Virginia Attorney General CandidateVirginia is famous for its hugely anti-gay attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who has tried to force VA colleges to drop LGBT rights provisions, among many other things. Now his democratic challenger is speaking out on LGBT rights. The Washington Blade reports:

The Democratic state senator who represents portions of Loudoun and Fairfax Counties said during a conference call that he would adopt a non-discrimination policy in the Attorney General’s office that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Herring also stressed he would support boards of visitors of the commonwealth’s public colleges and universities’ efforts to ban anti-gay discrimination against their employees and students — current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in 2010 recommended these institutions remove LGBT-specific provisions from their non-discrimination policies.

Also:

Herring, who also supports marriage rights for same-sex couples, said he would work with advocates to end what he described as Virginia’s discriminatory adoption and foster care policies to ensure “placement decisions are always based on the best interests of the child and that no child in Virginia is denied a loving home.”

What a contrast between the two candidates – one is a GOP far-right conservative who never met an anti-gay measure he didn’t like; the other supports the LGBT community in ways both large and small.

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South Carolina, USA: Mark Sanford of “Appalachian Trail” Fame Squirms Over Marriage Equality Question

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Mark Sanford, South CarolinaBack in the running for political office, disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford ( you may remember the famous “hiking the appalachian trail” dodge) was put on the spot on marriage equality by CNN’s Jake Tapper:

“Who are you to deny love between two men or two women, when you are somebody who talks about following his heart, regardless of the laws and traditions of the state of South Carolina? Why are you sitting in judgment of same-sex couples, when you have had the life you have had?”

His squishy answer:

SANFORD: Well, I think that it’s important not to redefine my view, which to an extent, what you just described, is. What I’ve said is, I indeed back in 1996, voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, I was a member of Congress, you know, just as President Clinton signed the bill into law, and just as President Clinton, and just as President Obama up until about a year ago allegedly believed and prescribed that same law.

He goes on to point fingers at the Supreme Court, unelected judges, blah blah blah. It’s absolutely sickening to watch these philandering conservatives get all high and mighty about the sanctity of marriage when it comes to gays and lesbians. That they can’t see the blinding hypocrisy…

See the whole video at the link above.

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Massachusetts, USA: What Does GOP Senate Hopeful Michael Sullivan Really Believe About Marriage Equality?

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Massachusetts, USA: Passage From Landmark Marriage Equality Ruling Becomes Popular Wedding TextIn the race to fill Senator John Kerry’s seat after President Obama tapped him for Secretary of State, GOP candidate Michael Sullivan has gotten himself into hot water over the issue of marriage equality, WBUR reports:

First he was against it:

Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said Sullivan is out of touch with Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004. “One issue people in Massachusetts have decided is equal marriage rights for our gay and lesbian neighbors,” Walsh said. Sullivan said Wednesday he’s a “traditionalist” on marriage, believing it should be between a man and a woman.

Then he was sort-of for it, later the same afternoon:

Later Wednesday, Sullivan’s campaign issued a statement saying he believes the federal Defense of Marriage Act should be overturned. The act denies legally married gay couples a range of federal benefits available to married same-sex couples. “I believe DOMA should be reversed and the federal government should respect those states that recognize gay marriage by providing those couples with the same level of benefits,” Sullivan said in the statement.

Genuine change of heart, or blatant pandering? You decide.

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Virginia, USA: Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe Endorses Marriage Equality

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Terry McAuliffeFinally a little good news out of Virginia. Democratic gubernatorial candidate (and former DNC chair) Terry McAuliffe backed marriage equality for the first time. The Washington Blade reports:

“I believe everyone should be treated fairly,” the former Democratic National Committee chair said in response to a question on the subject during a Google chat. “I personally favor civil marriage for committed couples of the same-sex.” McAuliffe’s comments come a week after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, against whom he will likely face in the commonwealth’s gubernatorial election later this year, reaffirmed his opposition to nuptials for gays and lesbians during an appearance on News Talk with Bruce DePuyt.

Ken Cuccinelli has been actively anti-gay during his tenure as attorney general. The two are currently tied in the polls.

Ohio, USA: State Senate Candidate’s Family Members Chide Him on Anti Marriage Equality Stance

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Ohio Senate Candidate's Family Members Chide Him on Anti Marriage Equality StanceOhio Republican Senate hopeful Josh Mandel married into one of Ohio’s most wealthiest and most prominent Jewish families. But they’re also mostly Democrats — and some haven’t been too keen on his Senate candidacy against liberal stalwart Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Now some of Mandel’s cousins-in-law have taken out an ad in the Cleveland Jewish News rebuking him for his opposition to same-sex marriage and to gays serving openly in the military. In their open letter, the cousins note that one of their family members has a same-sex spouse and, like Mandel, has served in the military.

The cousins-in-law conclude:

Josh, as you know, our roots are deep in the Cleveland area and we have friends and family we love throughout Ohio. This family is sprawling and diverse, but it has always believed strongly in the values of equality and inclusiveness. Your discriminatory stance violates these core values of our family. Nevertheless we hope that over time, as you advance in years and wisdom, you will come to embrace the values of inclusiveness and equality as well.

Authored By Danial Trelman – See the Full Story at Capital J

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New Mexico, USA: GOP Congressional Candidate Blasts Marriage Equality

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

New Mexico, USA: GOP Congressional Candidate Blasts Marriage EqualityNew Mexico GOP Congressional hopeful Heather Wilson blasted marriage equality in a recent debate with Congressman Martin Heinrich last week. HRC has endorsed Heinrich for re-election.

When asked directly about marriage equality, Wilson came out against marriage for loving, committed same-sex couples, and justified her opposition by claiming the reason “is the potential for children.

“I mean, children don’t mature for almost two decades … they can’t fend for themselves and anybody who’s worked with children who don’t have an intact family knows that they’re much more likely to be in trouble with the law, they’re much more likely to have trouble in school, they’re much more likely to be parents before they’re adults themselves…”

See the Full Story at HRC.org

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Alabama, USA: Chief Justice Candidate Says Marriage Equality Will Destroy America

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Roy Moore, fired from his job as Alabama’s most powerful judge in 2003, is scapegoating gays in an effort to get his old job back.

Running to once again be the chief justice of Alabama’s supreme court, Moore told a group of Tea Party supporters on Saturday that “same-sex marriage will lead to the ultimate destruction of our country” (no explanation on why that hasn’t already happened since marriage equality is legal in six states and Washington, D.C.). His statement received applause. Moore also denigrated the Democratic party for supporting LGBT rights.

Authored By Neal Broverman – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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