Gov. Pence of Indiana keeps mum on stance on anti-discrimination bill

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence isn’t saying whether he would have signed the state Senate’s failed proposal for extending antidiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Pence declined to say Wednesday what he would do if the bill had made it to his desk.

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Hawaii governor blames primary loss because he supports same-sex marriage

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HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage.

Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii’s open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for gay marriage and because they think his party rival, state Sen. David Ige, is an easier target to beat in the general election.

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Rubio: Opposition to same-sex marriage faces ‘intolerance’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face “intolerance” from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said July 23 in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives.

In remarks he said were likely to get him criticized as a bigot, the Florida Republican told an audience at Catholic University that a strong America is impossible without Americans who hold strong values. Seeming to seek a debate over those values, he criticized liberals who defend abortion rights for women but not protections for “the unborn.”

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Rick Scott won’t take clear stance on marriage equality ruling, appeal

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Bonita Springs, FL – Florida Governor Rick Scott dodged reporters’ questions about what he thought about the July 17 ruling that found the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

On July 18 South Florida reporters asked Scott what he thought about the ruling and immediate appeal made by Florida Attorney Pam Bondi, and he wouldn’t directly answer any of their questions, the Miami Herald reported.

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Nonprofit loses grant over gay marriage stance

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Catholic organization has decided to cut off long-standing funding to a Portland immigrant rights group that works with day laborers over its affiliation with an organization that supports same-sex marriage.

Voz Workers’ Rights Education lost a $75,000 grant in June from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which is the national anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Vatican reaffirms anti-gay marriage stance

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The Vatican is digging in after gay marriage initiatives scored big wins this week in Maine, two other states and Europe, vowing to never stop insisting that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

On Tuesday, Maine voters approved of same-sex marriages, as did Washington state and Maryland. With 98 percent of Maine precincts counted, the initiative won 53 percent to 47 percent. Gay marriage laws also advanced in Spain and France.

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