Harris shines in debate, but racial issues haunt Buttigieg, Biden

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The 10 Democratic presidential candidates from the second night debate on June 27. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Kamala Harris pulled off an impressive performance during the Democratic presidential candidates debate June 27 as racial issues haunted Pete Buttigieg and Joseph Biden.

When the smoke cleared after the debate concluded in Miami, Harris came out as a favorite based on her responses throughout the evening that served a combination of steak and sizzle, appealing to emotion as she laid out policy.

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Garfield Wikipedia debate forces creator to clarify cat’s gender

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, courtesy of The National Gay Media Association
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Garfield is known as the lazy, lasagna-eating orange cat but some fans who thought the cartoon character could also be gender fluid led to a 60-hour Wikipedia edit war.

Podcaster Virgil Texas started the great debate when he cited an interview Garfield creator Jim Davis did for Mental Floss in 2014.

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Trump criticized over ‘affection for all things authoritarian’

By : Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade
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A human rights advocate who champions LGBT-specific issues in Africa has sharply criticized Donald Trump for suggesting he would jail Hillary Clinton over her missing emails if he were elected president.

Jeffrey Smith, a Washington-based human rights expert who has worked with LGBT activists from Uganda and other African countries, is the founding director of the Vanguard Africa Movement, which promotes good governance and ethical leadership on the continent. He told the Washington Blade that Trump “once again displayed his affection for all things authoritarian when he vowed to lock up his opponent” at Sunday’s presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Transgender Dem candidate Misty Snow faces off against incumbent Mike Lee in Utah Senate debate

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PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee underlined his differences with presidential nominee Donald Trump and defended his position on the balance between religious and LGBT rights during a debate against Democratic newcomer Misty Snow Oct. 12.

Snow, a transgender woman, challenged the incumbent on a proposal she said would allow discrimination against LBGT people.

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McCrory, Cooper blast each other on LGBT law in NC governor debate

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic challenger Roy Cooper blamed each other at every turn Oct. 11 in their gubernatorial debate, in particular regarding a state law McCrory signed limiting nondiscrimination rules for LGBT people that has received national criticism.

McCrory also declined to withdraw his support for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump for crude comments about women. Though Trump “needs to have his mouth washed out with soap,” McCrory said, so does Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “because teachers always said, ‘Don’t tell a lie.'” He cited Clinton’s troubles with private emails and the Benghazi attacks at the U.S. embassy in Libya.

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FACT CHECK: Claims in the VP debate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Not all the claims in the vice presidential debate stand up to scrutiny. A look at some of them and how they compare with the facts:

REPUBLICAN MIKE PENCE: “The fact that under this past administration, we’ve almost doubled the national debt is atrocious. … Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine want more of the same.”

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LGBT voters overwhelmingly support Clinton heading into the first presidential debate

By : Jeremy Williams
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A majority of registered LGBT voters plan to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race this November, according to the latest NBC News/Survey Monkey poll.

Polling shows that, if the election were held today, 72 percent of registered LGBT voters would support Clinton, compared to 20 percent for Trump.

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LGBT State Rep. David Richardson replies to John Stemberger’s fundraising fear-mongering gracefully

By : Billy Manes
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DavidRichardsonThanks to our friends at FloridaPolitics.com, we can stick a cup up against the virtual door and hear how a true political hero – in this case, State Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami, who happens to be gay – responds to dishonored Boy Scout (or whatever you want to call him: hate group leader, generally terrible person) John Stemberger of the Florida Family Policy Council and Florida Family Action. Stemberger issued a backhanded compliment to Richardson a few days ago via FloridaPolitics.com. To wit:

Dear Rep. Richardson:

Since your election to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012 until now, I have always known your reputation as a legislator to be one of nothing but respect for the dignity of the institution, for the legislative process and for your fellow colleagues. Even those who firmly disagree with you on matters of public policy speak highly of you, of your talents as a legislator and the unique perspective you bring to the process.

However, after the tragic and despicable acts of evil which took place right down the street from my offices in Orlando June 12, I was both shocked to learn of your repeated statements accusing your fellow legislators of creating an environment that gives rise to such horrible violence when they speak out against any LGBT bills as bad public policy in the Legislature.

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Four men and a lady: Liveblogging tonight’s Democratic primary debate

By : Billy Manes
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BENGHAZI! EMAILS! WALL STREET! SOCIALISIM! PRETENDING THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN TWO CANDIDATES! HERE COMES THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE SHOWDOWN DEBATE!!!!!!!111!!!

Tonight, just like Donald Trump’s hair, we’ll be liveblogging the Democratic stakes as Hillary and Bernie come to blows for what seems to be the first time. Though Sanders is winning the public relations game with Obama-sized rallies, Clinton is still ruling the polls (Sanders is scoring a HUGE one percent among non-white voters according to CNN). Starting at 8:30 p.m., in the depths of Anderson Cooper’s swimming-pool eyes, we will be opining on the backs and the forths of political theater; we’ll also be monitoring the outfield for comments from Martin O’Malley (the cutest), Jim Webb (meh) and Lincoln Chafee (that middle part!). Come play along if you will. It’s going to be fun, fun, fun.

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Demonstrators gather outside Supreme Court for gay marriage cases

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Washington (AP) — Demonstrators on both sides of the gay marriage debate are gathered in front of the Supreme Court, where justices on April 28 are hearing arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.

Some are waving gay rights banners. Others are carrying signs proclaiming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. One sign read, “Homo sex is a sin.”

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Bill banning gay marriage brought before Texas House

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Austin, Texas (AP) – A contentious debate is expected as a Texas House committee hears a bill barring state and local employees from licensing or recognizing same-sex marriages – even if the U.S. Supreme Court authorizes them.

The “Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act” by Magnolia Republican Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. was heard on March 25.

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Religious objection to N.C. same-sex marriage leads to bill debate

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The state House is quickly taking up Senate legislation giving North Carolina magistrates and other judicial workers the ability to refuse to carry out duties for same-sex marriages due to their religious objections.

A House judiciary committee scheduled debate March 4 on the measure, which cleared the Senate last week. Senate leader Phil Berger filed the bill in response to a local magistrate quitting his job rather than presiding after federal judges struck down North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban in October.

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