These two anti-LGBT Republicans may run for Senate in 2018

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann may run for U.S. Senate. Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key

Shakeups in the U.S. Senate led to news Tuesday that two prominent Republicans and former presidential candidates who have anti-LGBT records — Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann — may run in 2018.

Following passage of tax reform legislation, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced he’d retire after four decades in the Senate, opening the door for Mitt Romney, who had publicly mulled the idea of running for the seat.

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Top 5 Nation & World Stories of 2014

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Marriage equality swells to 35 states
2014 was a banner year for marriage equality. At this writing, 35 states have full marriage rights for same-sex couples. In an additional 10 states, judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to marry. Those states on the pending list include Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Ohio and Tennessee.

NYC Mayor sits out St. Patrick’s Day Parade
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasiobecame the first mayor in decades to sit out the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, deciding to skip one of his city’s signature celebrations because the event organizers refuse to let participants carry pro-gay signs. “I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city,” said de Blasio. “But I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade.”

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Gov. Scott would veto an Arizona-style anti-gay bill

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Tallahassee – Gov. Rick Scott said he would veto an Arizona-style anti-gay bill if a similar one was to come through the Florida Legislature. Although he avoided this question when he was asked on national television, he drove home a point to extremists in the Republican party of the consequences if Florida was pushed in a similar direction as Arizona was.

Finally acknowledging that any kind of discrimination is unjust, immoral and economically reckless, he has been widely criticized by his Democratic opponent former Gov. Charlie Crist for not speaking out about the issue. Scott was on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown Feb. 26, where he was questioned about the issue three times and his stance and avoided the question all three times.

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The Arizona Effect: Other states are still in danger of discriminatory legislation

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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On Feb. 26, there was a collective sigh of relief as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the Senate Bill 1062, which brought a national spotlight for its use of religious rights to discriminate against LGBTs in refusing service to them. Brewer, throughout the week, received criticism from big businesses like Apple and even big names like GOP Sen. John McCain. Even Gov. Rick Scott released a statement saying he would have vetoed an Arizona-style anti-gay bill if it were passed through Florida Legislature.

In other states, similar bills have been also sent back to committees, withdrawn or flat out failed to make it pass legislation.

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