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Michelle Nunn puts hat in ring for Ga. Senate seat, says she favors gay marriage

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Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, officially jumped into the race today as a Democrat to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss — and she's already been tagged as being President Obama's "hand-picked liberal" by none other than gay-hating GOP candidate Karen Handel.

Nunn is CEO of Points of Light, a nonprofit with close ties to the Bush family.

In an interview with Jim Galloway, political reporter for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Nunn said she personally favors marriage equality.

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Presidential race: ‘It’s our equality, stupid’

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“It’s the economy, stupid.”

Campaign strategist James Carville’s tagline for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential race has been a political catchphrase ever since.

“It’s about the empathy, stupid.”

That’s the headline Slate.com writer Dalia Lithwick used to sum up the importance of President Barack Obama’s May 2012 announcement that he had come to personally support same-sex marriage.

“It’s our equality, stupid.”

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LGBT pundits react to Romney’s debate riff on two-parent families

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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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Georgia Equality releases endorsements for November general election

Early voting is underway and while many are focused on the presidential race, there are plenty of state and local races that Georgia Equality wants voters to be aware of as they head to the polls.

Today the state's largest LGBT political advocacy organizations released its 2012 endorsed candidates for the Nov. 6 general election:

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Election reshapes gay caucus in Ga. legislature

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Three out of four openly gay incumbents in the Georgia General Assembly proved victorious in the July 31 primary, while gay challengers in contested races were less successful. A lesbian attorney also won a seat on the Fulton County State Court in the July 31 vote.

Rep. Karla Drenner, Georgia's first openly gay state legislator, was unopposed for reelection in House District 86.

Rep. Simone Bell, the first openly lesbian African-American state legislator in the nation, came out on top in the Democratic primary for State House District 58.

With 95.83 percent of precincts reporting, Bell had 58.84 percent of the vote, compared to 41.16 percent for Rep. Ralph Long, according to unofficial results from the Fulton County election office.

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Gay vs. gay-friendly race turns ugly over alleged anti-gay flier

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State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta), the only openly gay man in the Georgia General Assembly, claims homophobic tactics are being used by his opponents, including distributing what he called an anti-gay flier in predominantly African-American neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta.

The flier, provided to GA Voice by Taylor via email, reads: “The Real Rashad” with a photo of Taylor. Below the photo the flier states: “The only openly gay male in the Georgia General Assembly [AJC 5/27/11]; Accused of using his position in the Legislature to solicit sexual relationships [AJC, 5/27/11]; Former roommates with Khaatim El [APN, 1/20/11]; Possibly lived with a male lover on Moreland Ave [APN, 6/11/12].”

The statements come from articles published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta Progressive News.

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Georgia Equality makes early endorsements of gay candidates in state House races

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Georgia Equality has issued early endorsements for state Representatives Karla Drenner, Simone Bell and Keisha Waites as well as candidate Ken Britt. All are openly gay.

The state LGBT advocacy group has endorsed Bell and Drenner in their past elections. Britt, who is running in his first race, is a former board member of Georgia Equality. Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, said today no endorsement of gay State Rep. Rashad Taylor has been made. He is facing strong LGBT ally and incumbent Pat Gardner for re-election.

The announcement of the early endorsements was made at an LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party on Saturday held at the Democratic Party Headquarters. House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams attended the meeting to urge members and supporters to work hard this election season, especially before the July 31 primary, to ensure progressive candidates are elected.