Former Oklahoma senator accused of sexual misconduct

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) | A former University of Oklahoma student alleges he was touched and kissed inappropriately by former university President David Boren on several occasions almost a decade ago when the man worked as a teaching aide for the onetime governor and senator.

The allegations by Jess Eddy, now 29, appear to be at the center of an investigation being conducted for the university by Jones Day, one of the world’s largest law firms, into whether Boren sexually harassed male subordinates. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has also opened an investigation.

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Roy Moore, vocal opponent of LGBT rights, wins Alabama race

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Roy Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who was removed from the bench for calling on the state to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage, won the Republican primary against U.S. Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), the interim senator appointed to replace Jeff Sessions upon his confirmation as attorney general, by a margin of 54.6-45.4.

Moore won by a substantial margin even though President Trump, who remains popular in Alabama, backed Strange and traveled to the state for a rally on behalf of the interim senator. Upon Moore’s win, Trump tweeted he spoke to the victor on election night for the first time and he “sounds like a really great guy who ran a fantastic race.”

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GOP senator regrets saying guy in tutu ‘kind of asks for it’

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A Republican senator from Wyoming said April 25 he regrets his poor choice of words after telling students a man who wears a tutu to a bar and gets into fights “kind of asks for it.”

Sen. Mike Enzi said in a statement that his comments at Greybull High School and Middle School last week were about respect, tolerance and the dangers of bullying.

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Hillary Clinton decries hate in Orlando in new LGBT op-ed

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Editor’s note: This piece was penned exclusively for the Philadelphia Gay News and shared with Watermark and other LGBT outlets nationwide.

PGN reached out to the Democratic and Republican candidates for president, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to discuss LGBT issues in advance of next month’s election. Clinton provided PGN this exclusive op-ed detailing her LGBT-rights record and her goals for future LGBT-equality efforts. The offer remains open for Trump.

(Clinton wrote an exclusive op-ed for Watermark in June following the Pulse tragedy. You can read that here).

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Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis on the importance of joining forces between the LGBT and women’s rights communities

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ORLANDO – When former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis stood strong against a state and a Republican Party that maligned her until the witching hour, she actually stood strong, on her feet, for 11 hours on June 25, 2013. She filibustered. At issue were the rights of women, the closing of Planned Parenthood clinics in her state, human rights at large. It would lead to a national media storm and failed campaign for governor.

“I definitely feel like I came out stronger from that, but much more important than that, I feel like people who support reproductive freedoms came out stronger,” Davis told Watermark just before a Sept. 9 Hillary Clinton campaign appearance at the University of Central Florida with congressional hopeful Stephanie Murphy.

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Kaine says Catholic Church might change on marriage equality

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is predicting that the Roman Catholic Church may eventually change its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Kaine is a devout Roman Catholic as well as a U.S. senator from Virginia and a former governor of that state. He told the Human Rights Campaign during its national dinner Sept. 10 in Washington that he had changed his mind about same-sex marriage and that his church may follow suit one day.

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GOP senator, son of Jon Huntsman join LGBTQ rights group

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A state Republican lawmaker and a son of Utah billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. were named Aug. 29 as some of the newest board members of LGBTQ-rights group Equality Utah.

Sen. Steve Urquhart and James Huntsman were named to Equality Utah’s Board of Directors.

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Rubio tells pastors love LGBTs, stand firm for “traditional marriage”

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ORLANDO (AP) – Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told faith leaders in Orlando Aug. 12 that they must love LGBT people and accept them into the church, even if the pastors stay firm in their belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Rubio delivered his address the day after protesters condemned his plans to speak to the group, saying many of the speakers at the Pastors & Pews conference have been notoriously anti-gay.

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Nebraska lawmakers avoid vote on employee anti-discrimination bill

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LINCOLN (AP) — More than a dozen opponents of a bill that would ban discrimination against gay and lesbian workers in Nebraska refused to cast votes during debate May 15, quietly halting any further action on the issue in 2015.

After more than four hours of discussion, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, requested it be held over until next year.

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Guest Column – Creep of the Week: Ted Cruz

By : D'Anne Witkowski
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D'AnneWitkowskiCapBefore I begin this column I’d like to first offer an apology.

You see, I have a bad habit of referring to anti-gay politicians and talking heads using pejorative terms like “ass,” “asshole,” “dick” and “dickhead.” I’ve done some soul-searching and realized that I can no longer do this in good conscience and I sincerely apologize.

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Republicans asked if they would attend a gay wedding

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Would you go to a gay wedding? That is the question being proposed to several Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential race.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who recently announced his run for the Republican presidential nomination, was presented with the big question by Fusion host Jorge Ramos. Despite his objections to gay marriage, he said that he would go if invited.

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Rubio talks morality at anti-gay fundraiser

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Orlando – Sen. Marco Rubio told an anti-gay group that moral issues need to be part of government debate and that the United States needs to do more to protect religious freedom abroad.

“The moral well-being of our nation is our business. It’s everybody’s business,” Rubio said to applause at the Florida Family Policy Council fundraising dinner Nov. 16. “The debate we should be having isn’t whether or not we have a right to talk about values and morals in the public square, the debate we should be having instead is which values and morals our nation should focus on.”

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