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Gay groups head to Tampa for GOP convention


We're just a handful of days away from the kickoff of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., where attendees are expected to nominate former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney to represent the party in the upcoming fall presidential election.

Possible hurricanes aside, officials in Tampa are expecting more than 50,000 delegates, media and other convention visitors to descend on the city in the coming days, including representatives from gay conservative groups like Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud.

Gay groups will need to shake off an unwelcome feeling amid reports that this year's Republican Party platform remains as anti-gay as ever.

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Report: Republican Party platform draft as anti-gay as ever

The Republican Party is busy preparing for its upcoming convention in Tampa, Fla., where it is expected to officially nominate former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney as the party's candidate for the fall presidential election.

Ahead of the convention, GOP insiders have been carefully crafting the party's platform, a set of “core principles” that GOP candidates are expected to adhere to once in office.

Though it hasn't been released yet, reports have surfaced calling the proposed platform “the most conservative platform” in GOP history.

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Gays, God, the GOP (and pot) in heated Ga. congressional race

Doug Collins and Martha Zoller

Outside the fairly safe bubble of Atlanta, gay people are often demonized and looked down on, especially by political candidates who want to show voters how conservative and godly they are. And this year is no exception.

State Rep. Doug Collins and conservative talk-show radio host Martha Zoller are in a fierce runoff race for the newly drawn 9th Congressional District in very conservative North Georgia. They face off again on Aug. 21 after neither gathered the 50 percent plus 1 vote needed to avoid the runoff in the July 31 primary.

Collins continues to peck at Zoller over a past statement she made that she supported civil unions. Zoller continues to deny this. Thanks to Peach Pundit, we are privy to a video the Collins campaign has put out hammering his belief that Zoller wants nothing more than all gay people to get married, which goes against God and nature, of course.

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Gay political group endorses Romney

GOProud, a national organization that advocates conservatism and gay inclusion in the Republican Party, announced today its endorsement of former Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

“President Obama and his friends on the left want this election to be about divisive social issues, because the President’s record on jobs and the economy is indefensible,” Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud executive director, said in a statement released today.

LaSalvia echoed the sentiment of many gay conservative voters.

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Romney claims GOP title after Texas primary win

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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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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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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Gingrich campaign courts Georgia’s gay voters

Newt Gingrich courts Georgia's gay voters

Former Speaker of the House and GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich really wants your vote. At least, that's the impression we got when we saw Gingrich's campaign ads appearing on our website late yesterday afternoon.

Gingrich, a serial adulterer, has made no bones about his anti-gay positions and the threat gay marriage would bring to “traditional” marriages should they become legal across the country. The anti-gay rhetoric has hit a fever pitch this election cycle, with all of the party's major candidates signing a National Organization for Marriage pledge to defend “traditional” marriage.

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