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WATCH LIVE: Sen. Marco Rubio Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is announcing his entry into the 2016 presidential race in Miami.

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Gay Couple in Clinton Campaign Announcement Video Extend Wedding Invitation to Hillary

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Three weeks ago, Nathan Johnson and Jared Milrad were asked to participate in a video featuring Americans ready to start a new chapter in their lives. Little did they know the footage of the two of them excitedly talking about their upcoming nuptials would be featured in the launch video for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.

"We were really excited to see that our interview was featured in the campaign announcement,” Milrad told the Washington Blade. “It was particularly moving to see Secretary Clinton feature a gay couple engaged to be legally married, the first of any major presidential candidate. To us, this decision demonstrates Secretary Clinton’s commitment to LGBT equality and the type of inclusive leader she would be as president.” 

The couple, who split their votes between Clinton and Barack Obama back in 2008, are now hoping the former First Lady can take part in their wedding July 19. 

More on the couple here


Rand Paul Is 'A Different Kind of Republican Leader' In 2016 Campaign Kick-Off Ad: WATCH

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is expected to officially announce his entry into the 2016 presidential race tomorrow and has released a campaign ad touting that on April 7th "a different kind of Republican will take on Washington."

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Speaking before a group of religious leaders at a private prayer breakfast in Washington D.C. last month, Rand Paul suggested that the marriage equality debate was taking place because the country is facing a "moral crisis."

Previously, "Rand Paul: Calling Same-Sex Unions 'Marriage' Really 'Offends' Him" [tlrd]

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Ted Cruz to Launch Presidential Bid Tomorrow at Liberty University

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is expected to announce his run for president tomorrow at an appearance at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, Politico reports:

Cruz, a Republican who was elected to the Senate in 2012, will become the first announced candidate of the presidential campaign. [...]

Cruz, 44, will be bypassing the traditional exploratory phase of the campaign, his aides said.

Cruz, a darling of the Tea Party and right-wing Christian crowds, earlier this past week introduced a disapproval resolution targeting the District of Columbia's LGBT protections. Last month Cruz reintroduced a bill that would prohibit the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in states that ban them. 

Cruz's rabidly homophobic birther father Rafael meanwhile, has been busy speaking out against various LGBT nondiscrimination measures popping up in cities across Texas. 


Equality California Becomes First LGBT Organization to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President in 2016

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Equality California has taken a preemptive step in the 2016 race for the White House and become the first LGBT organization to endorse Hillary Clinton for president, the group confirmed in a statement today:

"We want Hillary Clinton to run and are ready to mobilize our 800,000 members to help her win," said Equality California's Executive Director Rick Zbur. "We're enthusiastic about her candidacy because she has the best record of accomplishment on LGBT issues of any potential candidate. Equality California is ready for Hillary!"

As Secretary of State, Clinton championed the rights of LGBT people around the world, making LGBT rights and acceptance a global priority. In 2011, Sec. Clinton gave a historic speech on International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva, saying: "Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights."

Under Sec. Clinton's leadership, the Department of State used its full range of diplomatic and development tools to combat violence and discrimination against LGBT people worldwide. Thanks to her efforts, LGBT rights became a core principle of U.S. foreign policy in an unprecedented way.

Throughout her career in public service, she has been a champion for LGBT equality and acceptance within the United States. In a video message, Sec. Clinton states "I believe America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being - that's who we are, it's in our DNA."

EQCA also included a two-page fact sheet on Clinton's record on LGBT issues, which Chris Johnson over at the Washington Blade notes does not mention the late timing of her endorsement of marriage equality in March 2013. Clinton was one of the last big name Democrats to do so. 


Out Former Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard Enters 2017 Mayoral Race

Longtime politician and gay rights activist Cathy Woolard has tossed her hat into the ring in the race to become the next mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. The GA Voice broke the news yesterday.

WoolardIn 1997, Woolard made history by becoming the first openly gay elected official in the state of Georgia - as a member of the Atlanta City Council. Just a few years later, she would not only become the first female president of the City Council, but also the first openly gay one, too.

She explained why she finally decided to run for the big seat.

“I’ve probably been thinking about this since I was in office, off and on...In politics, timing is everything and I had some friends running the last couple times and just decided this time that I’m going to do it. I’ve been thinking hard about it and what’s in store for me at this point in my life and I’ve never let go of how much I love Atlanta and all the wonderful things as a city we can do going into the future, not the least of which is finishing the Beltline.” 

Woolard has not announced a start date for her campaign though the ambitious politician says that she's "going to run hard." Soon after Woolard's announcement, state Rep. Margaret Kaiser also announced her intention to run, bringing the total number of official candidates to two. The mayoral election will take place in 2017.

Watch a video interview with Woolard from 2014, wherein she talks about marriage equality, civil rights and the election of gay political candidates, AFTER THE JUMP...

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