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Romney claims GOP title after Texas primary win

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It's about as official as it gets, without actually being official. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney likely secured the Republican nomination and will face President Barack Obama in the November general election after winning yesterday's Texas primary, according to multiple media outlets.

The victory pushed Romney over the 1,144 delegate mark needed to claim the GOP nomination. Romney, the frontrunner and only legitimate candidate still campaigning on the GOP side, will look to shore up support from his party's base and choose his vice president in the coming weeks.

“I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee,” Romney said in a statement released after last night's Texas primary.

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Still gay in the GOP?

Still gay in the GOP

Lower taxes, more personal freedom and less government interference in the lives of Americans are the core principles of the Republican Party. At least, that’s what the GOP says. According to critics, including many LGBT people, what it does once in power is actually very different.

The anti-gay charge in recent years has been led by conservative groups, often with religious ties, like the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. These groups overwhelmingly support GOP candidates in local and national elections.

Republicans know a large portion of their base view homosexuality as inherently sinful. They also know to get elected, they have to sell their conservatism as well as their religious credentials.

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[Video] The best reaction to Romney’s response to Gingrich’s presidential pull out

Newt Gingrich FINALLY suspended his GOP presidential bid today amid dreams of moon colonies and hating on Barack Obama.

Gingrich didn't explicitly endorse his opponent, Mitt Romney, in his farewell speech/lecture today. (A full endorsement is forthcoming, apparently.) But Romney apparently tried to play nice, even though he and Gingrich are as likely friends in real life as Sharon Needles is with, well, any other drag queen who gets in her way.

Romney tweeted this after Newt's farewell speech today:

 .@NewtGingrich has brought creativity and intellectual vitality to American political life. Proud to call him a friend.

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Gay mom booted from Boy Scouts finds an unlikely ally in Mitt Romney

 Boy Scouts of America: Reinstate Cub Scout leader who was removed for being gayMitt Romney's changing positions on issues over the years is fodder for late-night TV comedians, political opponents and disgruntled Republicans, who say he's no different than Barack Obama on many of the country's most important issues.

I guess that means Romney is also a Muslim Communist terrorist sympathizer who goes around promoting class warfare?

Take the 1994 Romney for example. That Romney said he would do more for gay rights than then-Sen. Ted Kennedy during a debate leading up to that year's election. Romney also said that he supported an inclusive Boy Scouts of America, where he sat on the organization's board of directors for the better part of a decade.

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Spring Preview: Big screen light on gay fare

Bully movie

Judging from available information, there will be as many LGBT faces on movie screens this spring as on the committee drafting the Republican platform.  Even Focus Features, which gave us “Beginners” last year and “The Kids Are All Right” the year before, has nothing to offer.

While hoping for some surprises, we’ll mention a few titles that still should interest our readers.

Fresh from their Oscar triumph with “The Artist,” The Weinstein Company has two films with Atlanta dates to be announced.  “Bully” is the documentary about school bullying that’s stirred up a storm because of the Restricted rating that will keep unaccompanied youngsters from seeing it. 

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Mitt Romney’s Super Tuesday

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Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney claimed six of yesterday's 11 primaries to come away the evening's big winner.

Romney won a majority vote in Alaska, Idaho, Ohio, Virginia, Massachuettes and Vermont. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum claimed the top spot in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Voters here in Georgia decidedly chose former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who claimed nearly half of all the GOP's primary ballots cast in his home state.

Romney finished second in Georgia, with 25.9 percent of the votes cast. Santorum finished third with 19.6 percent and Libertarian-leaning Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tx.) finished fourth with a mere 6.5 percent of the total, according to the Associated Press.

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Super depressing Tuesday

March 6 is so-called Super Tuesday, when voters in Georgia and nine other states will go to the polls for the Presidential Preference Primary. With President Barack Obama unchallenged for the Democratic nomination, this year the only “preference” for LGBT voters may be which Republican demagogue we prefer to have bash us all the way to November.

To be certain, the GOP has never been exactly friendly to LGBT rights — especially on the national level, where pandering to the social conservative base overshadows the good intentions of more moderate Republicans.

Still, it’s hard to recall a year when the Republican presidential field has been so uniformly and vocally hostile on gay issues. A recent GA Voice cover story by writer Ryan Lee and political cartoonist Mike Ritter panned the candidates as a circus, but their shenanigans grow less entertaining every day.

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[Video] Mitt Romney finally gets ‘glitter bombed’

Mitt Romney gets glitter bombed

It was bound to happen. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney was finally the target of the much-dreaded “glitter bomb.” During a campaign stop in Minnesota, Romney was the target of not one, but two separate instances involving gay rights activists.

The mastermind behind the bombing was Robert Erickson, a Minnesota gay rights activist who's made a habit of ruining a perfectly good GOP campaign event by showering presidential candidates with glitter.

Erickson has targeted Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Tx.), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) with glitter bombs during events in his home state. He also led the barbarian horde into the Christian-based counseling clinic run by Bachmann's husband in protest of the clinic's use of “reparative” therapy.