Bachmann pauses in Iowa tour to talk 'myth' of Kinsey Report
December 18th, 2011
06:45 PM ET
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Bachmann pauses in Iowa tour to talk 'myth' of Kinsey Report

Clarion, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann continued her super-charged bus tour across Iowa Sunday, attending several more events to shake hands and sign autographs.

Her events have been largely of the meet-and-greet variety - get in and out as fast as she can. The campaign has instituted a "no questions" policy at a majority of her stops this weekend to keep things moving, and that generally applies to both the media and to Iowa voters.
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Filed under: 2012 • Gay rights • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
Gingrich on homosexuality: It's both nature and nurture
December 15th, 2011
06:49 PM ET
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Gingrich on homosexuality: It's both nature and nurture

(CNN) - GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich on Thursday said he believes homosexuality stems from a "combination of genetics and environment."

"I don't believe in genetic determinism, and I don't believe there's any great evidence of genetic determinism," Gingrich said before The Des Moines Register's editorial board. "There are propensities. Are you more likely to do this, or are you more likely to do that? But that doesn't mean it's definitional."
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Santorum gets testy as students raise social issues
December 6th, 2011
03:41 PM ET
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Santorum gets testy as students raise social issues

Sioux Center, Iowa (CNN) - At times Rick Santorum came across as testy and some might say condescending at an event with students Monday night at a conservative Christian college in rural northwest Iowa.

During a question and answer session, a couple of Dordt College students –one former and one current– within the span of about 20 minutes of each other gave the Republican hopeful an earful about his positions on social issues.
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Frank discusses coming out as gay, going out as congressman
November 29th, 2011
05:34 PM ET
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Frank discusses coming out as gay, going out as congressman

Washington (CNN) - Barney Frank wasn't the first member of Congress to publicly reveal he was gay, but he was the first to do so voluntarily, he told reporters Tuesday in talking about his decision to retire.

Still, Frank said, he didn't come out about his sexuality until he was 47.

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Filed under: 2012 • Barney Frank • Gay rights • House of Representatives
Leno questions Bachmann over gay rights, HPV vaccine
September 17th, 2011
09:09 AM ET
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Leno questions Bachmann over gay rights, HPV vaccine

(CNN) - Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann defended her position on gay rights, the HPV vaccine and the debt ceiling as she made her debut on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Bachmann has more usually been the butt of Leno's jokes - a point he made as he thanked her for being a good sport.

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Santorum decries charge of bigotry
August 31st, 2011
10:26 PM ET
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Santorum decries charge of bigotry

(CNN) – Presidential candidate Rick Santorum defended his position on gay marriage Tuesday while speaking to students at Pennsylvania State University, and slammed CNN's Piers Morgan for questioning him as a "bigot" in a pre-taped interview that aired Wednesday night.

"I had Piers Morgan call me a bigot, because I believe what the Catholic Church teaches with respect to homosexuality," Santorum said, heatedly. "So now I'm a bigot because I believe what the Bible teaches."
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Poll: New Yorkers want same-sex marriage law to stay put
August 10th, 2011
09:00 PM ET
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Poll: New Yorkers want same-sex marriage law to stay put

Washington (CNN) - Just weeks into a new law that recognizes same-sex marriage in New York, a new poll finds a majority of voters in the state not only support the legislation but would resist efforts to overturn it, as well.

According to a NY1/YNN-Marist poll released Wednesday, about 55 percent of voters favor same-sex marriage in the Empire State, while 37 percent are against it.
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Filed under: Gay rights • New York • Poll
Perry clarifies views on marriage, again
August 3rd, 2011
04:14 PM ET
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Perry clarifies views on marriage, again

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry voiced support for a federal marriage amendment Wednesday, a departure from earlier comments in support of states' rights.

The Republican governor, who is considering a run for the White House in 2012, said he supports a federal amendment to the Constitution defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
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Feinstein: Americans are more open to gay marriage
July 24th, 2011
12:37 PM ET
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Feinstein: Americans are more open to gay marriage

Washington (CNN) - Making her case for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday that Americans are now more open to homosexuality.

"As time goes on, what I find is more and more people have gay friends, they have gay relatives," Feinstein said on CNN's "State of the Union." "People are much more forward with their thinking about this now. I think they're much more open to it."
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First New York couples wed under new same-sex marriage law
Lailah and Rachel Pepe are photographed waiting on line to get married at the Brooklyn City Clerk's office on July 24, 2011 in New York City.
July 24th, 2011
09:29 AM ET
3 years ago

First New York couples wed under new same-sex marriage law

NEW YORK (CNN) - A city official married the first couple in New York City to wed under the state's new law allowing same-sex marriage Sunday.

Phyllis Siegal, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, were married in a chapel at the city clerk's office as a crowd of onlookers cheered.

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Filed under: Gay rights • New York • Same-sex marriage
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