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The 'Conservative Woodstock' Kicks Off

What to watch for at CPAC

(Newser) - The Conservative Political Action Conference—which Politico calls "the conservative Woodstock" and the Christian Science Monitor calls "the Super Bowl of conservative activism"—is currently under way in National Harbor, Md. What to watch for during the 41st annual CPAC—this one, Politico notes, is "the...

Barney Frank Gives Hagel a Pass on Gay Comments

But Republican group is less forgiving

(Newser) - With Afghanistan and defense spending at stake, Barney Frank is willing to overlook an anti-gay remark. "I was hoping the president wouldn’t nominate" Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, the gay-rights activist and former Democratic lawmaker tells the Boston Globe . But "as much as I regret what Hagel...

Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Romney, With Qualifications

Group disagrees with Mitt on gay marriage

(Newser) - Log Cabin Republicans, the largest GOP group representing LGBT interests, has endorsed Mitt Romney for president despite his opposition to gay marriage. "It is clear that in today’s economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority," says the group's executive...

Barney Frank Defends 'Uncle Tom' Comments

Log Cabin Republicans 'acquiesce' to 'the masters'

(Newser) - A backlash erupted over Barney Frank's comments that Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud members are gay Uncle Toms . Frank doesn't care: He doubles down on his comments and defends them in the Huffington Post . Frank explains that gay Republicans who claim to be improving the GOP's attitude...

Barney Frank: GOP Gays Are 'Uncle Toms'

Plus, he slams 'Myth Romney' at convention

(Newser) - Barney Frank blasted "Myth Romney's" economic record at the Democratic National Convention yesterday, but the Massachusetts congressman got almost as much attention for remarks he made earlier in the day. Frank, who is openly gay, slammed gay Republicans for praising Paul Ryan, despite his opposition to gay marriage...

Coming From Massachusetts: Hill's First Gay Republican?

Richard Tisei thinks his sexuality could actually be an advantage

(Newser) - Richard Tisei is hoping to become Capitol Hill's first openly gay Republican this November—and he thinks his sexuality might actually help. Being gay is a "non-issue" in Tisei's left-leaning district, he tells the Hill ; indeed, he thinks being pro-gay-marriage and pro-choice will be marks in his...

Is GOP Warming Up to Gay Marriage?

Many Republicans now prefer to focus on other issues, says Politico

(Newser) - With public acceptance of same-sex couples on the rise, Republicans have quietly turned away from the once hot-button subject and toward economic issues, reports Politico . Not that the GOP is pro-gay marriage now—but it's not vehemently pushing to ban it anymore either, with some lawmakers discreetly removing calls...

Obama Urges Court to Reinstate DADT
Obama Urges Court
to Reinstate DADT

Obama Urges Court to Reinstate DADT

... so it can die in a more 'orderly' way

(Newser) - The Obama administration says repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy is going smoothly—but it wants a court to reinstate the ban on gays in the military as soon as possible. For a little while anyway. The Justice Department filed a motion yesterday asking a...

Court Scuttles 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Ruling kills policy ahead of military repeal certification

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has hammered what could be the final nail into the coffin of the Pentagon's ban on gays serving openly in the military. The court reinstated an earlier injunction blocking the military from enforcing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, reports the San ...

Appeals Court Extends Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Policy to stay in place while government appeals

(Newser) - The law barring gay men and women from serving openly in the military will remain in place until at least next spring, a federal appeals court has decided. The three-judge panel voted 2-1 in favor of continuing to block a decision from a lower court which banned the Pentagon from...

Pentagon Can Enforce 'Don't Ask'—Again

Confused? Another ruling will do doubt some soon

(Newser) - Keeping track of the "don't ask, don't tell" developments? Good luck with that. It's once again OK for the Pentagon to enforce the policy while the legal case proceeds. But considering it told recruiters only yesterday not to do that, the actual effect of today's ruling is what may...

White House Calls on Court to Keep 'Don't Ask'

Military-wide injunction 'untenable,' government argues

(Newser) - The Obama administration says it's still committed to repealing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay service members, but it doesn't want a judge to immediately halt the program. A federal judge in California declared the policy unconstitutional earlier this month, and the Justice Department has filed...

Judge Strikes Down 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Federal judge declares ban on gays unconstitutional

(Newser) - A federal judge in California has declared the ban on gays serving openly in the military unconstitutional, and said she will issue an order overturning the "don't ask, don't tell" policy nationwide. Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the policy violates the First and Fifth Amendment rights of gay service...

Meghan McCain: 'Old School' GOP 'Scared Sh**less'

Senator's daughter says there's 'a war brewing in the Republican Party'

(Newser) - Meghan McCain says “old school Republicans” are “scared shitless” of the future, Huffington Post reports. The new GOP it-girl told a friendly audience of Log Cabin Republicans that “too many Republicans want to cling to past successes. We’re seeing a war brewing in the Republican Party....

Top McCain Aide Comes Out for Gay Marriage

Support consistent with conservative values, Schmidt argues

(Newser) - Backing what he calls "a sound conservative argument," a top McCain campaign operative is explaining his newly public personal support for gay marriage, CNN reports. Steve Schmidt will address the Log Cabin Republicans today and urge them to reverse their position. “No other exercise of one's liberty...

Meghan McCain: GOP Needs to Rock Out Its Inner Gayness

Opposing gay marriage is 'un-Republican'

(Newser) - It’s time for a gayer GOP, Meghan McCain writes in the Daily Beast. Opposing gay marriage is anathema to the GOP's founding beliefs of personal freedom and liberty, charges the mini maverick, and it’s a political misstep, too. Ditching the anti-gay rhetoric is critical to restoring the party’...

Arnold Comes Out Against Gay Marriage Ban

'California people are much further along on that issue,' he says

(Newser) - Arnold Schwarzenegger told a group of gay Republicans yesterday that he will oppose a move to ban same-sex marriage in California, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. “I will always be there to fight against that,” he said, sparking applause at the San Diego convention of Log Cabin Republicans....

GOP Gays Feel Party Has Strayed
GOP Gays
Feel Party
Has Strayed

GOP Gays Feel Party Has Strayed

Focus on fiscal restraint lost in courting Christian conservatives

(Newser) - Log Cabin Republicans are growing in number, but they’re also growing in frustration that the Grand Old Party is abandoning fiscal prudence for social extremism. Claiming 20,000 members in 40 chapters, the 30-year-old gay conservative group says the Republican platform will lose its relevance unless it looks beyond...

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