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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Idaho Marriage Equality

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Harley BrownYou gotta love this guy – Harley Brown supports gays and Idaho marriage equality, even though he’s a Republican running for governor in Idaho. reports:

Harley Brown is one of the most colorful contenders for Idaho governor, both in personality and appearance. The Republican biker showed up to the debates last Wednesday in leather gear and a crass attitude that was so over the top it was more entertaining than insulting. Despite frequent use of slurs and blue language (which appeared to stem from ignorance rather than hate, but still necessitated that the debate be on a 30 second delay), Brown shattered some misconceptions by coming out as very pro-gay and pro-gay marriage. When speaking about the striking down of Idaho’s gay marriage ban, Brown said:

I’ve picked up my fair share of the gay community [as a cab driver in Boise] and they have true love for one another. I’m telling you, they love each other more than I love my motorcycle. You know, they’re just as American as a Medal of Honor winner…I’m glad that judge made that decision…I know I’m not really talking like a Republican.

I love this guy – does he have a chance in hell of winning? Maybe not, but he sure is refreshing.

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USA, Ohio: Ballot Initiative Put on Hold; Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Ruling

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

A couple new stories coming out of Ohio on marriage equality. First off, FreedomOhio is putting its referendum on overturning the state’s ban on hold pending the upcoming ruling.

On Top Magazine reports:

FreedomOhio, the group working on a ballot initiative to repeal Ohio’s ban on gay marriage, announced Friday that it is placing its initiative on hold. FreedomOhio will “hold its original petition for marriage equality in a state of readiness for filing, while collecting signatures on a new petition with revised language,” the group said in a statement. Explaining that it wanted to “ensure that the right language is placed on the ballot at the right time,” the group said it will “continue to work with in-state LGBT groups and allies.”

The group subsequently announced plans to work on an initiative for the Equal Housing and Employment Act.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Ian James, executive director of FreedomOhio, says the organization plans to begin circulating a petition for the Equal Housing and Employment Act. The initiated statute effort takes time and multiple steps, starting with the group needing to collect roughly 116,000 valid signatures to get the idea before state lawmakers. The General Assembly then would have four months to act on the proposed law. Depending on that outcome, another petition could be circulated to get the proposal before voters.

Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Ed FitzgeraldFinally, Ohio gubernatorial hopeful Ed Fitzgerald (D, Cuyahoga County) announced his support for the pending ruling.

On Top Magazine reports:

Cuyahoga County Executive and Ohio gubernatorial hopeful Ed Fitzgerald on Friday applauded a federal judge’s preliminary ruling ordering Ohio to recognize the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples… “As governor, I will support marriage equality and work to move Ohio forward for all its residents,” Fitzgerald, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Who you love and commit yourself to should not be prohibited by governments.”

Ohio’s current Republican Governor John Kasich opposes marriage equality.

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USA, Texas: Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Endorses Marriage Equality

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy DavisWendy Davis, who stood up for abortion rights in Texas in a dramatic filibuster, has come out in favor of marriage equality in Texas.

Joe.My.God reports:

Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis today endorsed same-sex marriage and called on her election opponent, Texas AG Greg Abbott, to stop defending the state’s ban. “It’s my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Davis told the Express-News editorial board. Davis, D-Fort Worth, said she is “pleased” that the state’s constitutional definition of marriage, as being between a man and a woman, is under challenge in federal court. “I think that what we see happening at the federal level in terms of constitutional interpretations on that provide some hope that it may be found unconstitutional,” she said.

Change comes even to the Lone Star State, slowly but inevitably.

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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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USA, Illinois: GOP Divided Over Marriage Equality in State

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Illinois GOP Chair Pat BradyWe have a couple new stories this morning illustrating the divide in the GOP over marriage equality in Illinois. First off the ACLU hired the former Republican Chair to work on the marriage equality bill effort.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Pat Brady left his GOP post earlier this year after he said he supported gay marriage. He later started what he describes as a government affairs firm with Matt Strawn, the former chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. It’s called Next Generation Public Affairs, Inc. The firm announced Tuesday that it’ll help the ACLU’s Illinois chapter lobby GOP lawmakers. So far, two Illinois Republicans say they’re in favor.

Illinois State Senator Kirk DillardOn the flip side, Kirk Dillard, a GOP candidate for governor, said he wanted to repeal the state’s civil unions law.

Windy City reports:

State Sen. Kirk Dillard (24th) stated in a 2012 candidate questionnaire to that he supported rolling back Illinois civil unions, which took effect June 2011, the blog reported. In the questionnaire, published in full by Capitol Fax, Dillard writes that the civil unions law, “is a litigious nightmare!!” [sic.].

No news yet on when to expect to vote again on the marriage equality bill in the state.

Virginia, USA: Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate McAuliffe Endorses Marriage Equality

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Terry McAuliffeThe man running against far-right GOPer Ken Cuccinelli for the Virginia governorship endorsed marriage equality this week. The Times-Dispatch reports:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said Saturday that he supports marriage equality, but indicated that if elected, a repeal of the 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Virginia would not be among his legislative priorities because he would focus on the economy. “We just went through this process here seven years ago; it’s in the constitution,” McAuliffe said in an interview at the 10th annual Commonwealth Dinner hosted by Equality Virginia, one of the state’s advocacy groups for gay rights, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

It’s great that he supports marriage equality, but with no plan to take action on that belief, what good is it, really? Just because it’s been seven years, that makes discrimination alright?

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Indiana, USA: Survivor’s Rupert Supports Marriage Equality

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Rupert BonehamI’d like to make a correction on a post by Brandon over the weekend in which he discussed the situation in Indiana in which Republicans have removed a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage as part of the party platform.

In the post, Brandon claimed that Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Rupert Boneham did not mention marriage equality on his website. As many of you noted, and we have in the past on Towleroad, Boneham is a marriage equality supporter and an LGBT ally. While it’s not listed on Boneham’s ‘issues’ page, there is a link on the front page of his site to a video (which we posted when he originally made it) advocating for marriage equality.

Full Story from

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NC, USA: GOP Candidate for Governor Will Vote for Amendment One

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Amendment One and The FactsHe’d rather talk about something else – say, the economy or education. But press Pat McCrory about gay marriage, and the presumptive Republican nominee for governor will say this much – and little more: On May 8, he plans to vote for the proposed N.C. constitutional amendment reaffirming the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

That puts him in line with evangelical Christians and other parts of the GOP’s conservative base, who back the so-called marriage amendment by large margins. But it sets him apart from some leaders in Charlotte’s business community and from many moderate voters – the very groups that formed McCrory’s base during his many years as mayor of Charlotte.

Prominent Charlotte Republican Sally Robinson, for example, said it was unfair to same-sex couples who want to build a life together.

Full Story from the Charlotte Observer

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HI: GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Wants Stronger Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidate James “Duke” Aiona has promised to back an amendment banning gay marriage in the Hawaii Constitution. In 1998, voters approved a constitutional amendment granting the state Legislature the power to reserve marriage as a heterosexual union. Civil unions remain an option. The decision overruled a 1993 Hawaii Supreme Court ruling that favored gay marriage advocates.

Aiona, who currently serves as the state’s lieutenant governor, said if elected he would will propose a constitutional amendment in 2012 to ask voters whether marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman, the Star Advertiser reported.

Lawmakers last session narrowly approved a bill that recognizes gay and lesbian couples with civil unions, but Republican Governor Linda Lingle vetoed the measure.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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MN: Target Supports Anti Gay Candidate for Governor

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Target, the perceived LGBT-friendly department store chain, has contributed $150,000 to Minnesota Forward, a political action committee that supports Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, an opponent of gay marriage, reports NBC Bay Area.

Emmer, who says “I believe marriage is the union between one man and one woman,” received the money for TV ads.

Website SFist reports that Emmer is also friends with controversial musician Bradlee Dean, of the Christian rock band called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide.

Full Story from SheWired

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