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Republicans Expect To Lose Fight Over Gay Marriage, Legal Marijuana

Republicans Expect To Lose Fight Over Gay Marriage, Legal Marijuana

Americans of all stripes predict more states will allow same-sex marriage and recreational marijuana by the end of 2014, a HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, even though other surveys have shown Republicans still oppose permitting either.

According to the new poll, 64 percent of Americans expect more states to legalize marijuana by the end of the year, while 62 percent expect more states to recognize the marriage of gay and lesbian couples.

In both cases, those expectations cross party lines. Read more »

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Poll: Big support for anti-discrimination law

Poll: Big support for anti-discrimination law

A solid majority of Americans support a federal law that would ban discrimination by employers based on someone’s sexual orientation, according to a polling memo shared with POLITICO.

Conducted by Republican pollster Alex Lundry in conjunction with the Americans for Workplace Opportunity campaign, the poll shows that a large majority of voters already think there is some version of an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that makes workplace discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation illegal. Read more »

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Young Republicans Convention Balks At Gay Marriage, Despite Poll Numbers

Young Republicans Convention Balks At Gay Marriage, Despite Poll Numbers

The official agenda for the 2013 Young Republican National Convention this week includes several subjects near and dear to the heart of the GOP: the Second Amendment, voter targeting, campaign finance and even a session on "growing minorities in our party" (read: black and Latino voters). But there is no reference to one issue that some Republicans contend will be instrumental to winning in 2016: gay rights.‬

"It's discouraging and I expect more of everybody, especially young people," said Tyler Deaton, campaign manager for the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, a project of the national gay rights group Freedom to Marry. Read more »

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Public Preferences Differ on Top SCOTUS Cases

Public Preferences Differ on Top SCOTUS Cases

A majority is holding fast in support for gay marriage, and even more Americans say legally married gays should receive full federal benefits. But opinions shift on another social and legal issue, with three-quarters – including more than seven in 10 whites and nonwhites alike – opposed to consideration of applicants’ race in college admissions.

All three issues tested in this ABC News/Washington Post poll are before the U.S. Supreme Court, with potentially landmark rulings expected by month’s end.

Attitudes on gay marriage extend the dramatic shift in recent years toward greater support for gay rights. On affirmative action, the results indicate continued resistance among many Americans to race-based preferences. Read more »

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Gays 'thrown under the bus' in immigration bill

Gays 'thrown under the bus' in immigration bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee is marking up the massive bill that leaders in both parties agree presents the best opportunity to reform immigration policy in decades. The bill contains many provisions sought by progressive groups, but lacks protections for LGBT families, specifically binational same-sex couples whose relationships are not recognized by the government.

While endorsing key provisions in the bill drafted by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” LGBT civil rights groups continue to urge the adoption of amendments that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their families. Read more »

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In Hollywood, Republican National Committee expected to double down on gay marriage

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Rob Portman changed his mind and many GOP leaders would just as soon change the subject. But socially conservative Republican National Committee members gathering in one of the most gay-friendly places in the country are pushing the party to redouble its opposition to gay marriage.

They may well succeed.

Republican National Committee members here for their spring meeting are set to vote Friday on a resolution reaffirming the party’s official position that marriage should be solely between one man and one woman. It is expected to pass overwhelmingly. Read more »

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Scores Of Republicans Sign Legal Brief Supporting Gay Marriage Ahead Of Supreme Court Arguments

At least 75 top Republicans have signed a legal brief to be submitted to the Supreme Court this week, arguing that gay marriage is a constitutional right, according to The New York Times, which got a copy of the document.

The court is preparing to take on the subject of gay marriage late next month, when it will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, and the Defense of Marriage Act. It is expected to render a decision in early summer.

The signers of the document are mostly out-of-office Republicans or former top officials, including former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), former Massachusetts Govs. William Weld and Jane Swift, and former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Read more »

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Americans Favor Rights for Gays, Lesbians to Inherit, Adopt

Americans Favor Rights for Gays, Lesbians to Inherit, Adopt

But less than half favor allowing openly gay adults to serve as Boy Scout leaders

Most Americans say gay and lesbian domestic partners or spouses should have inheritance rights and health insurance and other benefits. And a majority say gays and lesbians should be able to legally adopt children.

These findings are from a Nov. 26-29, 2012, USA Today/Gallup poll. Results from the same poll show that a majority of Americans favor the legalization of same-sex marriage, and 63% believe that discrimination against gays and lesbians is a serious problem in the United States.

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Colorado Democrats Elect State’s First Gay Speaker

Colorado Democrats Elect State’s First Gay Speaker

DENVER — Democratic lawmakers in Colorado sustained a wrenching defeat in the final days of the legislative session last spring. A bill that would have allowed civil unions for same-sex couples was blocked from getting a full vote in the State House of Representatives by Republican leaders, who knew Democrats had the votes to pass it.

But this week, Democrats here regained control of the House, buttressed by a favorably redrawn legislative map and simmering anger over the civil unions debate.

And on Thursday, punctuating the moment, Democratic lawmakers elected the state’s first openly gay speaker of the House. Read more »

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Democrats poised to embrace gay marriage

Democrats poised to embrace gay marriage

Eight years after California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the push for legalizing same-sex marriage was "too much, too fast, too soon," the Democratic Party will make history Tuesday when it is expected to be the first major party to endorse same-sex marriage in its platform.

While the plank packs no legal power, it marks a cultural milestone. Read more »

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