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Lindsey Graham Prematurely Spills His 2016 Presidential Plans

No need to wait till June 1 for the official announcement, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is already pretty much a go for 2016, The Washington Post reports:

Graham"I will make an announcement on June 1st. You're all invited to come -- spend money when you do -- and I will tell you what I’m going to do about running for president," Graham said on CBS "This Morning."

Although Graham initially declined to say if he is running when asked by the CBS hosts, he nonetheless indicated he is pursuing the GOP nomination – potentially declaring his candidacy ahead of schedule.

"I'm running because of what you see on television. I'm running because I think the world is falling apart. I've been more right than wrong on foreign policy," Graham said. "It's not the fault of others, their lack of this or that that makes me want to run. It’s my ability in my own mind to be a good commander in chief and to make Washington work. “

Earlier this month, Graham told the Boston Herald that society and the nation must "move forward" if the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide. 

Hillary Clinton Is Ready to Earn Your Vote This Summer in Hilarious SNL Cold Open: VIDEO


Last night's SNL season 40 finale opened with a summertime-themed segment featuring a vote-hungry Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) ready to ramp up her campaign and take full advantage of the next year and a half until November 2016.


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SNL Trolls the Anti-gay GOP Presidential Candidates' Attempts to Appeal to Young Voters: VIDEO


The Southern Republican Leadership Conference kicked off SNL's cold open this weekend, with a DJ (played by Cecily Strong) attempting to get the crowd hyped up about the "cool" 2016 GOP presidential pack despite these candidates holding some decidedly uncool positions on issues like gay rights.

"Put this guy in prison because he’s gonna steal your vote,” warned DJ Strong as she introduced Ben Carson. “But watch out because if sexuality works out the way he says it does, he’s gonna turn gay.”

Introducing Marco Rubio, DJ Strong teased that the Florida senator "believes marriage should be between one man and one sexy mamacita."



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San Antonio Mayor Who Called LGBT Protections 'Waste of Time' Advances To Runoff Election: VIDEO


Anti-gay San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, who recently called the city's LGBT protections a "waste of time," has advanced to a runoff for the seat. 

Meanwhile, the openly gay mayor of a small Texas town was defeated for re-election after he said "bigotry won out." 

Taylor will face Leticia Van de Putte, a former state senator who is a staunch LGBT ally, as they vie to lead the nation's seventh-largest city. Taylor was appointed to the position after Julian Castro, also an LGBT ally, stepped down to join President Barack Obama's cabinet. 

VandePutteVan de Putte (right) was the top vote-getter in Saturday's general election, with 31 percent to Taylor's 28 percent. Because no one received more than 50 percent, they will meet in a runoff June 13. 

Taylor, who voted against the nondiscrimination ordinance as a member of the City Council in 2013, apologized after calling it a "waste of time" last month. But the apology didn't go over well with the Human Rights Campaign or local LGBT advocates.  

Taylor later announced she will finally lay out a plan for implementing the ordinance on May 13, in advance of the runoff. On Friday, Equality Texas issued an action alert calling on people to support Taylor's proposal. 

Van de Putte, meanwhile, has a long history of support for the LGBT community, including voting against the state's marriage ban as a senator in 2005. However, LGBT groups endorsed the third-place finisher, former state Rep. Mike Villarreal, in part because Van de Putte opposes extending the nondiscrimination ordinance to cover private employers. 

Although Saturday's margin was close, Van de Putte remains the favorite because Hispanic and progressive supporters of Villarreal, who finished third with 26 percent, presumably will migrate to her camp. 

Now that she's in a runoff against Taylor, Van de Putte is also likely to receive support from local, state and national LGBT groups. 

PierceElsewhere, in tiny Valley Mills, Texas, gay incumbent Jerry Pierce (right) lost his bid for re-election as mayor, by a margin of 244 votes to 100. WacoTrib.com reports: 

Pierce is openly gay and said he’s faced some prejudice for that. He said he witnessed hateful messages on social media after the election results came out.

“Unfortunately, from the things I’m seeing posted on Facebook it looks like bigotry won out,” Pierce said.

Watch a report on the San Antonio election from Fox 29, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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GOP Establishment Seeking to Tweak Party's 2016 Anti-gay Marriage Platform with Sen. Rob Portman's Help


An interesting tidbit of news out of CNN today:

PortmanWhatever the Supreme Court decides, social conservatives active in the Republican Party are vowing to leave tough language opposing same-sex marriage in the GOP's 2016 platform.

But a group of establishment GOP leaders wants to drop the language, believing it hurts the party with young people and some other voters.

And CNN is told they hope Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will take a lead role in reshaping the platform.

Watch CNN's John King discuss Portman's possible 2016 role, AFTER THE JUMP...

Portman, you'll likely recall, became the first sitting GOP senator to back same-sex marriage. That was back in March 2013. Since then Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, and Mark Kirk, as well as a handful of GOP House members, have joined the growing ranks. 

Wrote Portman in an op-ed for The Columbia Dispatch shortly after his announcement:

Portman2Two years ago, my son Will, then a college freshman, told my wife, Jane, and me that he is gay. He said he’d known for some time, and that his sexual orientation wasn’t something he chose; it was simply a part of who he is. Jane and I were proud of him for his honesty and courage. We were surprised to learn he is gay but knew he was still the same person he’d always been. The only difference was that now we had a more complete picture of the son we love.

At the time, my position on marriage for same-sex couples was rooted in my faith tradition that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love, a blessing Jane and I have shared for 26 years.

The Republican Party's current platform, last updated in 2012, has this to say on the issue of marriage:

The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation. It has been proven by both experience and endless social science studies that traditional marriage is best for children. Children raised in intact married families are more likely to attend college, are physically and emotionally healthier, are less likely to use drugs or alcohol, engage in crime, or get pregnant outside of marriage. The success of marriage directly impacts the economic well-being of individuals. Furthermore, the future of marriage affects freedom. The lack of family formation not only leads to more government costs, but also to more government control over the lives of its citizens in all aspects. We recognize and honor the courageous efforts of those who bear the many burdens of parenting alone, even as we believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage. We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity.

Of the six declared GOP 2016 candidates for president, four (Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Marco Rubio) are completely opposed to marriage equality. Carly Fiorina has remained vague on the issue saying recently that the debate over same-sex marriage "is an important conversation that is going on in homes, churches, and communities across the country. I think that the worst thing the Supreme Court can do right now is shortcut this conversation."

Rand Paul, meanwhile, remains "offended" by same-sex marriage but says he's open to gay couples signing marriage "contracts" just as long as religion isn't involved. 

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Ben Carson Worried 'Other Groups' Will Want to Marry After Gays Get Equal Rights: VIDEO


Speaking with CNBC's John Harwood, retired neurosurgeon and 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked to elaborate on his opposition to marriage equality.

Said Carson:

“Recognize that if you change the definition of marriage for one group, what do you say to the next group? Do you say, ‘Well, we changed it for this group, but that’s it, we’re not changing it for anybody else.’ Does that seem fair?” 

When pressed on what "other groups" he was referring to, Carson remained vague but said bigamy was one "possibility." Seeing as Carson has previously compared gay people with pedophiles and people who have sex with animals, one can only imagine what perversions the soft-spoken nutbag had swirling around in his head. 

It's just too bad the media is always playing "gotcha politics" with him when he shares his prison sex and bestiality related fantasies. 

Watch the segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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