Anti-LGBT Democrat narrowly holds seat in Ill. primary

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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One of the last remaining Democrats with an anti-LGBT record narrowly clung to his seat Tuesday night when the smoke cleared after a primary battle against an opponent backed by progressive groups.

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) was declared the winner early Wednesday morning against challenger Marie Newman, according to the election results from the Chicago Sun-Times,. With 483 of 500 precincts reporting, Lipinksi claimed 50.9 percent of the vote compared to the 49.1 percent won by Newman.

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Anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill is back — and Trump has promised to sign

By : CHRIS JOHNSON OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has reintroduced legislation in the U.S. Senate seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of “religious freedom” — and President Trump made signing the legislation a campaign promise during the 2016 election.

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Trump fortifies anti-LGBT positions, taps Santorum as adviser

By : Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
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Donald Trump has fortified the anti-LGBT positions he’s expressed over the course of his campaign by tapping as an adviser former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a two-time presidential candidate with a notoriously anti-LGBT record.

The actions are the result of Trump’s creation of a 35-member Catholic Advisory Council, which includes, in addition to Santorum, other individuals with anti-LGBT records.

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