Is Ben Carson softening his message on gay rights?

The Republican presidential field’s current frontrunner Ben Carson said Wednesday night he is not a homophobe and believes “our constitution protects everybody regardless of their sexual orientation.” Carson...
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LGBT pundits react to Romney’s debate riff on two-parent families

Presidential debate

A number of LGBT bloggers expressed dismay Tuesday night that no question about same-sex marriage was posed during the first two presidential debates or in the only vice presidential debate.

But at a most unexpected moment during the Oct. 16 debate, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stumbled into an awkward riff about the importance of two parents being married before having children.

That set off a flurry of reaction among various LGBT bloggers who were posting their reactions to the debate live on Twitter.

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Obama cites ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in first debate

The first Presidential Debate

No questions concerning LGBT issues were posed during the first presidential debate Wednesday night, but President Obama made a direct reference to one.

Near the end of the 90-minute debate, responding to a charge from Republican challenger Mitt Romney that he has not worked well with Republicans, President Obama pointed to a number of examples where his administration worked with Republicans with success. One example he cited was repeal of the ban on gays in the military.

Immediate reaction from many commentators — mainstream and LGBT —held that Romney dominated the debate and that Obama failed to take some political shots he had at his disposal.

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Get your LGBT on at Atlanta presidential debate watch parties


Tomorrow is the first debate between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney and several watch parties are planned by Democrats and Republicans.

For LGBT voters who want to watch with other LGBT voters, politicos and allies, there are two specific parties being sponsored by Georgia LGBT political groups. The debate begins at 9 p.m. and is slated to last 90 minutes.

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GOP presidential hopefuls debate same-sex marriage

GOP presidential contender Michele Bachmann

There's no denying the economy is the main focus of politicians contending to be the next president of the United States. Last night's GOP debate on Fox News focused largely on the subject, but other topics, like foreign policy and social issues, were also discussed.

There were only a handful of questions directed to candidates about same-sex marriage, and there weren't any surprises in the answers.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took the first question on marriage when he was asked if he believed state lawmakers have the right to legalize same-sex unions as recently happened in New York.

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GOP candidates debate and gay voters lose

Republican debate on CNN

Last night, the Republican contenders seeking the nomination for the presidency of the United States participated in the second GOP debate of the 2012 election cycle. Held in New Hampshire, the debate was broadcast on CNN and was sponsored by the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Seven Republicans attended and answered a wide range of questions on topics from the economy and jobs to foreign policy and social issues. CNN's John King moderated.

Several LGBT issues were covered during the debate, including the upcoming repeal of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy and whether or not the candidates supported a federal constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

Most candidates said that they would leave the decision to restate the policy to the military commanders, but Minn. Rep. Michele Bachmann said that if elected, she would keep  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in place.