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The 5 best (and by ‘best,’ we mean worst) Ga. Republican quotes on LGBT issues

Georgia GOP Chair Sue "Free Ride" Everhart isn't the only Republican in the state to spout off ridiculous nonsense about LGBT people. We hesitate to post this list today, lest you think these quotes are an April Fool's Day joke. But no, Georgia conservatives actually said all of these outrageously offensive, painfully stupid things about gay people.

Here are the five of the dumbest things prominent Georgia conservatives have publicly said about LGBT issues, culled just from the last three years of GA Voice coverage.

The Marietta Daily Journal deserves credit for first publishing several of these, a dubious honor for the city in Cobb County, which approved the infamous 1993 resolution declaring homosexuality incompatible with community standards — prompting protests that ultimately cost Cobb the chance to host events in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

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Anti-gay politicos may flock to race to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss admitted an anti-gay blog comment originated from his Atlanta office

The race to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) could turn into a battle over who is the most anti-gay. Most of the popular candidates indentified in recent survey of voters have records of opposing LGBT equality, including frontrunners Sonny Perdue and Karen Handel.

Chambliss announced late last week his intention to retire at the end of his current term in Washington, D.C., which ends in 2014.

“After much contemplation and reflection, I have decided not to run for re-election to the Senate in 2014,” Chambliss said in a statement released to media Jan. 25.

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Karen Handel resigns from Susan G. Komen Handel has resigned her post with Susan G. Komen for the Cure following the national uproar over the breast cancer non-profit's decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, according to a story by the Associated Press.

The AP, which obtained a copy of the resignation letter, said Handel "supported cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood" but said politics played no role. She announced her resignation Tuesday.

Handel joined SGK in April 2011 as the senior vice president of public policy.

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Ga.’s LGBT Health Initiative raises $1,000 over Komen funding flap

The Health Initiative, which focuses on LGBT wellness, says it raised nearly $1,000 in 24 hours as a response to Susan G. Komen for the Cure's defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Posted Thursday to the Health Initiative's Facebook page:

"Thank you, to all of you have donated to the Health Initiative's Health Fund in the last 24 hours. With the nearly $1000 you've raised, we will provide up to 20 breast exams/mammograms or 7 annual physicals for uninsured women through our partner, Planned Parenthood. And now the second part of our request - if you know of any lesbian or other member of the LGBTQ community without insurance who is delaying a screening or healthcare, please send them our way. Because of your support, we can help."

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Will gay-baiting continue in Ga. governor’s race?

GOP candidate for Governor Nathan Deal

Georgia politicians resorting to gay-baiting in their campaigns sometimes seems as seasonal as the Dogwood blossom, and after being in full bloom during the Republican primary for governor, anti-gay tactics may not return for this fall’s general election.

“I don’t perceive [gay issues] as being an issue in this race, moving forward,” said Brian Robinson, spokesperson for former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, who won the Aug. 10 Republican runoff after running weeks of television commercials attacking former Secretary of State Karen Handel for supporting gay rights when she ran for Fulton County Commission in 2002 and 2003.

“We were in a very hard-fought campaign [against Handel], and we just, we had to fight,” Robinson told the Georgia Voice. “We were focused on talking to Republican voters in the Republican primary, and we were focused on communicating a message that Nathan Deal is the true conservative, and he has been unwavering in his principles.”

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Speaking Out: Readers react to governor’s race

Deal vs. Barnes: Readers react to governor’s race

Re: Election discussions at (Aug. 11)

Editor’s note: GA Voice readers had plenty to say about Nathan Deal’s victory over Karen Handel in the Aug. 10 GOP gubernatorial primary runoff. Deal, who attacked Karen Handel on gay issues, now faces Democrat and former Gov. Roy Barnes and Libertarian John Monds on the November ballot.

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‘Daily Show’ weighs in on anti-gay Ga. GOP runoff

Last night’s "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" highlighted the Republican gubernatorial runoff between Karen Handel and eventual winner Nathan Deal.

The segment highlighted the endorsements Deal and Handel received in the run-up to Tuesday’s vote. Deal was endorsed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Handel received the backing of “Momma Grizzly” Sarah Palin.