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Rick Perry: ’I Stepped Right In It’ Regarding Oops Moment Linking Gays to Alcoholics

After a week of occupying numerous headlines and debates over a statement made likening homosexuality to alcoholism, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) appears to be backing away from the hot button social issue and diverting attention to the economy.

Obama Moves to Ensure Sick Leave for Gay Couples

POLITICS | By Josh Lederman | Jun 20
The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday.

Christie Joins GOP Courtship of Evangelicals

POLITICS | By Steve Peoples | Jun 20
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is joining the parade of ambitious Republicans courting religious conservatives as the early jockeying for the next presidential contest intensifies.

In this June 13, 2013, file photo, Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, speaks at the Road to Majority Conference luncheon in Washington.

Republicans: Obama Must Defend Christian Values

RELIGION | By Steve Peoples | Jun 19
Leading Republicans on Thursday insisted that America’s leaders must do more to defend Christian values at home and abroad, blaming President Barack Obama for attacks on religious freedom

Stephanie Cutter and Rick Perry

Perry’s Gay Conversion / Alcoholism Analogy Continues to Draw Fire

POLITICS | By Jason St. Amand | Jun 19
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was once again blasted this week for comments he made last week comparing homosexuality to alcoholism. He’s also been criticized for the Texas GOP’s platform, which now supports conversion therapy.

Bill Baird, a member of the national board of Dignity USA, stands outside the San Francisco Archdiocese Tuesday, June 17 as gay rights advocates delivered 30,000 petitions to Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, urging him not to participate in Thursday’s March for Marriage

Cordileone Defends Marriage March Speech

POLITICS | By Chuck Colbert | Jun 19
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, who is scheduled to speak at Thursday’s March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., is defending his decision to address the rally, a gathering his critics charge is anti-gay.

Paula Sofia

18 Seats Could Be Decided in Oklahoma Primary

POLITICS | By Sean Murphy | Jun 18
A transgendered former police officer running in a district she used to patrol and a pastor whose legislator wife made incendiary comments about minorities are among the candidates in hotly contested primary races for the Oklahoma House and Senate.

California Assembly Leader Opens Up on Gay Rights

The first lesbian to lead a house of the California Legislature says more work needs to be done to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians, especially in rural America.

President Barack Obama

Obama at NY Fundraisers, Including Gay Donor Gala

POLITICS | By Jim Kuhnhenn | Jun 18
To a raucous embrace, President Barack Obama told gay donors Tuesday that American society and its laws have advanced the cause of gay rights over the past 10 years but said the job was hardly over in the United States and especially abroad.

Darrin Gayles

Senate OKs First Openly Gay Black Federal Judge

POLITICS | By Alan Fram | Jun 18
The Senate for the first time confirmed an openly gay black man to a top-level federal judgeship on Tuesday, voting 98-0 to make Darrin Gayles a district court judge in Florida.