Republican John Boehner: I’m suing Obama over his ‘flippant dismissal’ of the Constitution

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The Speaker of the US House of Representatives has defended his decision to sue President Obama over his “abuse” of executive orders.

Last month, Obama confirmed plans to sign an executive order banning anti-gay workplace discrimination, after the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was stalled by Speaker John Boehner in the House of Representatives.

Boehner subsequently announced last week that he plans to file a lawsuit against the President for

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US: Former Republican Governor files legal brief in favour of same-sex marriage

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The former Republican Governor of Floria has filed a legal brief supporting the introduction of same-sex marriage.

Charlie Crist, who was Governor of Florida until 2011, endorsed Barack Obama in 2012 and eventually defected to the Democratic party.

He first announced his support for same-sex marriage last year, but today actively filed an amicus legal brief in favour of the measure, as part of Equality Florida’s ongoing lawsuit to overturn the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

In the brief, Crist – who is also a former Attorney General – wrote that he is in a “unique position” to provide a perspective to the court, given he himself opposed equal marriage as Governor.

He wrote: “In just the last six years, our society has evolved and moved past the prejudices rooted in our past.

“Further, science has uniformly reached the conclusion that heterosexual marriages are just as valued and revered as they have ever been; and children raised by gay and lesbian parents fare just as well as kids raised in straight families.

“Thus, with the arc of history now, in fact, bending toward justice, this issue of marriage equality will almost certainly not even be an issue for the children and grandchildren of this State.

“But it is still the duty of those in the present to recognize that the legitimacy of government depends upon its willingness to fairly, transparently, and equitably administer the law.

“That goal is frustrated by denying an entire class of citizens equality in the institution of marriage simply because of who they are and whom they love.”

Nadine Smith, the CEO of Equality Florida, said: “As former Governor, and as someone who previously supported this measure, Charlie Crist’s words matter a great deal.

“He has taken the same journey the majority of Floridians have taken in realizing that this ban serves no purpose but to disparage and discriminate against gay couples and our children.”

In April, the state’s current Attorney General, Pam Bondi, claimed that equal marriage “would impose significant public harm”.

She added that recognising same-sex marriage would cause “significant financial and logistical problems” for state pension and insurance programs, despite the conspicuous lack of problems in any of the 19 states which already recognise same-sex marriage.

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First openly gay congressman attacks Victory Fund for backing gay Republican

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The first member of Congress to come out as gay has attacked the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund for backing a gay Republican candidate against a straight pro-equality Democrat.

Barney Frank – who came out in 1987 and retired from the House of Representatives last year – spoke out in support of straight Massachusetts Representative John Tierney, who is facing a challenge backed by the Victory Fund from openly gay Republican Richard Tisei.

He told Huffington Post: “I do believe it is very important to support gay and lesbian candidates, but the notion that we will tell an incumbent who has been absolutely perfect on gay, lesbian, bisexual

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Barney Frank Urges LGBT Community To Vote Against Gay Republican Candidate

Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), left, is facing a challenge from Republican Richard Tisei. (AP Photos, File)

WASHINGTON — The campaign for Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District has received a significant amount of national attention this cycle, in large part because Richard Tisei, the challenger in the race, could become the first openly gay Republican elected to Congress. Tisei received a nice boost in February, when the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund endorsed him despite the fact that incumbent Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) has an exceptionally strong record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

The race has presented LGBT advocates with a dilemma that a few years ago might have seemed too good to be true: Support an openly gay Republican candidate who could perhaps help convince his colleagues to evolve on equality, or stay with a Democratic congressman who is straight but has been a stalwart on these issues?

On Capitol Hill Wednesday evening, a group of Democratic and LGBT donors came together to make the case that the latter was still the best option for the gay community.

As the Washington Blade reported last month, two of former Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) staffers organized Wednesday’s fundraiser for Tierney, in large part to “blunt” the Victory Fund’s endorsement of Tisei.

Frank, who attended the event, did not hesitate to criticize the Victory Fund’s decision.

“I do believe it is very important to support gay and lesbian candidates. But the notion that we will tell an incumbent who has been absolutely perfect on gay, lesbian, bisexual

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US: Republican Senator announces support for equal marriage after HRC endorsement

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A Republican senator in Maine has become the fourth sitting Republican to indicate support for same-sex marriage, following an endorsement for her re-election from a major gay rights group.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced its support for Senator Susan Collins on Wednesday, despite criticisms that she had not yet come out in favour of same-sex marriage.

Yet mere hours after receiving the HRC endorsement, Senator Collins made an announcement of her own, setting out her support for same-sex marriage.

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US: Republican Representative claims paedophilia is a ‘sexual orientation’

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A debate on charter schools in Raleigh, North Carolina, was marred Tuesday after a Republican Representative suggested that an amendment to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation might be used to protect paedophiles.

After Democrat Representative Susan Fisher proposed an amendment to law on charter schools to prohibit schools

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US: Republican candidate compares same-sex marriage to polygamy

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A Republican candidate for the House in Washington state has compared same-sex marriage with polygamy.

When asked his position on same-sex marriage on Thursday at a candidate forum, Republican Pedro Celis brought up polygamy.

He said: “Marriage is something more for religion to decide… Is this marriage or not? Polygamy

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Republican congressman: It was ‘hasty’ of local party to censure me for supporting same-sex marriage

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A Republican congressman who was censured by his own local party for backing same-sex marriage has said the action was “hastily pursued”.

Last month, Pennsylvania lawmaker Chalie Dent – who sits in the US House of Representatives – said that “life’s too short” to stand in the way of people who want to be able marry.

On Thursday, Republicans in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania passed a motion of censure, condemning Dent for his comments.

Reacting today, he said: “The members of the Lebanon County Republican Committee and I are likely going to agree more than 90 percent of the time. This is just one of those issues where we have a difference of opinion.

“As a Republican, I believe this issue is a matter of individual freedom and personal liberty.

“It is inconsistent to decry the overreach of Big Government with one breath and then demand that Big Government invade our homes and intrude in our personal lives with the next.

“I wish the members of the Committee had given me the courtesy to explain my stance to them before taking the action they hastily pursued.

“Now that this is behind us, I look forward to working with the Committee and its members to ensure the success of our candidates in November.”

Despite passing the censure, which marks a strong disapproval, committee chairman Casey Long said the party would continue to support Dent in his re-election bid.

Same-sex marriages began in Pennsylvania last month, after Judge John Jones struck down the state’s constitutional marriage ban.

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Republican Senator: We have to get over same-sex marriage and focus on other issues

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A Republican Senator has urged his party to get over issues such as same-sex marriage, in order to get ahead at the upcoming elections.

Senator Ron Johnson said on CNBC’s Squawk Box that he opposed same-sex marriage, but that if voters approve same-sex marriage, he would accept it.

He said: “I’m pretty traditional guy, almost 60 years old. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. But again if the voters decide that they want gay marriage I’m not going to oppose it,” reports ThinkProgress.

Rather than issues such as same-sex marriage, GOP leaders must communicate positions on economic and foreign policy he said.

“Social issues are going to primarily be decided in the states through democratic process and that’s the why it should happen… I’ll certainly go with the judgement of the American people in terms of where they want to fall on, whether it’s abortion issues or gay marriage or wherever,” he continued.

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