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Anderson Cooper decimates Texas lawmaker's anti-gay argument

Anderson Cooper battled Texas state Rep. Bryan Hughes on Wednesday night over his support for gay conversion therapy programs.

The Texas Republican party recently voted to endorse "reparative therapy" in their platform, which now says that "no laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy."

Cooper hosted Hughes for Wednesday's "Keeping Them Honest" segment, and asked him to respond to medical professionals who have said that conversion therapy is harmful to kids.

Gay marriage dividing Republicans

The newly-adopted Texas Republican Party platform stirred up a national debate over the discredited "reparative therapy" for gays, arguably setting the stage for pro-marriage equality Republican activists to force change as concerns resurface that the party's own actions further stymie relevance and growth. Marriage equality promises to be a forefront watershed issue for the Republican Party in the lead up to the 2016 Presidential Election.

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Editor's Notebook: Memo to NOM, you've lost the culture wars

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court made it really clear -- without actually saying anything of substance -- that third-party groups have no legal standing in federal cases involving state issues.

For a while now, the high court has set a precedent that third-party groups should butt out of issues like marriage equality because it is none of their business. These groups cannot show how they are "harmed" by marriage equality.

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GOProud reacts to claims it is "shutting down for good"

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today GOProud – a national organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government and respect for individual rights – made the following statement in response to a recent article that was published about GOProud “shutting down for good.”

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Scott Lively stirring Russia's homophobia pot: A timeline

When it comes to ardent anti-LGBT advocate Scott Lively, it's best to know the spot on the globe to which he is most fully directing his focus. After all, this is the man most internationally known for his commitment to turning Uganda into a country defined by hostility for LGBT people, so much so that his advocacy in the African nation sparked a still-ongoing crimes against humanity lawsuit against the Massachusetts activist and gubernatorial candidate.

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Brunei's Sharia law will be rewarded by Obama's fast-track trade deal

Boycotts and protests of the famed Beverly Hills Hotel have shined a bright light on the oil-rich nation of Brunei's recent imposition of Sharia law, a brutal criminal code that now includes amputations and floggings for some offenses and the stoning to death of known gays, lesbians, transgender people and others, as homosexuality and adultery are now considered crimes that should be punished by a torturous execution.

Letter to the community: Local official comes forward to repudiate lie by HRC's Fred Sainz

I was dismayed to learn of the attempt by Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign to smear congressional candidate Carl DeMaio with a tale that has now been exposed as a lie.

Sainz falsely claimed that DeMaio refused to speak out against Proposition 8 in 2008 because he was afraid of political blowback and possibly hurting his chances to win a San Diego City Council seat.

Rep. Scott Peters scrubs website, removes blog with gay slur

SAN DIEGO, California -- Congressman Scott Peters (D-San Diego) today scrubbed his website of an offensive blog post after the Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) noticed that it contained a gay slur and demanded the freshman Democrat issue an apology.

The AmericaBlog blogger used the anti-gay slur, "Mary," to describe Peters' openly gay Republican opponent, Carl DeMaio.

This morning, LCR executive director Gregory T. Angelo wrote:

LCR demands Scott Peters apologize for promoting blog using gay slur against Carl DeMaio

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) today is calling on Congressman Scott Peters (D-San Diego) to remove and apologize for an opinion piece promoted on his campaign website that refers to his gay Republican opponent Carl DeMaio using the slang term “Mary.”

The piece originally was posted on AmericaBlog and contained false and grossly-distorted claims about DeMaio’s record on LGBT issues.

Open letter to the community: HRC's Fred Sainz is wrong about Carl DeMaio and Prop 8

(The Daily Beast on Saturday published a piece titled “Gay Republican Runs Against The LGBT Lobby: He’s the first major candidate to put his partner in a campaign ad. Why are pro-gay groups against him?”

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