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MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Talks with Ken Mehlman, Richard Socarides About DOMA, Prop. 8 Cases: VIDEO

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MSNBC's Thomas Roberts today spoke with former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman who led the Republican amicus brief opposing Proposition 8, about yesterday's arguments. In a separate segment, he spoke with out gay Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and former Clinton aide Richard Socarides.

Check out all the conversations, AFTER THE JUMP...

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CNN Finds That Gay Marriage Hasn't Caused the Sky to Fall in Iowa: AUDIO

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CNN's Nova Safo visits Iowa to see how the state has changed in its attitudes toward same-sex marriage over the past four years, sitting down with Molly Tafoya from LGBT group One Iowa and former state senator Jeff Angelo, who was once staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage but has completely reversed his position:

“Most of our small towns have people in them that are gay, and live peaceful lives. They’re not made to feel like outsiders. So what occurred to me was that the political debate didn’t really match up what was going on in Iowa communities. And that’s when I thought this is just unfair. There’s no evil force that’s out there that’s trying to destroy marriage. It was people that just wanted to fall in love, and have stable families and monogamous relationships just like I do. That’s what changed my mind.”

Angelo has now teamed up with Tafoya to form Iowa Republicans for Freedom, "a group working to advance a conservative argument in support of gay marriage and to encourage more Republicans to join the cause."

Angelo's group brought Ken Mehlman to Iowa in January, if you recall.

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Rick Santorum: I Like Ken Mehlman, But Gay Marriage 'Not in the Best Interest of the Country': VIDEO

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CNN asks Rick Santorum, "why take such a strong stance against gay marriage?"

"Well, why take a strong stance for it? We should all bring to the table what we think is in the best interest of the country....I know Ken. I like Ken. I've worked with Ken for years. And Ken and I disagree on this issue. We disagree adamantly on this issue. But I respect his right to go to the court and make his case."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Romney Advisor Comes Out for Marriage Equality, Says GOP Lost the Culture Wars: VIDEO

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Romney advisor Dave Kochel is coming out for marriage equality (along with some other Republicans, presumably) and plans to make a public statement at a Ken Mehlman-organized event in Des Moines this evening.

WHO-TV reports:

Kochel helped to organize an event for the Iowa Republicans for Freedom. Monday, January 28th, the group will sponsor an event with Ken Mehlman, a former Republican National Committee Chairman and key adviser to former President George W Bush.

Mehlman has become an outspoken advocate for marriage for same-sex couples.

The event held at the Davis Brown Law Firm atrium in Des Moines will feature Mehlman’s vision of what he thinks his Republican Party should look like in the future.

No Republican presidential candidates came out in favor of same-sex marriages during the 2012 cycle, including Romney, Kochel’s candidate. But Kochel now admits, “The culture wars are over. And the Republicans, largely, lost.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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150 Game Changing Wins that Made 2012 the Gayest Year Ever

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A remarkably short four decades ago, the Stonewall Revolt of 1969 opened the flood gates for LGBT rights. The closet, so sturdy for so long, started being swept away in a rush of pride. Still, LGBT Americans lived in a culture of "tolerance," a popular euphemism for enduring.

There have been momentous years since then — both Barney Frank's 1987 coming out and the 2003 Supreme Court ruling overturning anti-sodomy laws come to mind — but when we look back in twenty years time or ten or even five, 2012 will be remembered as quantum leap for LGBT rights in the United States of America. It's the year that equality went from being a far-off dream to becoming an inevitable, immutable and irreversible reality. Even Newt Gingrich agrees!

This was the year of equality, the year the American dream came into sharper focus and the nation crossed from begrudgingly tolerating gays, and sometimes even acknowledging their relationships, to demanding our inclusion in the greater American family. Coming out is for the large part no longer a big deal, which is a big deal in and of itself.

There have never been as many out and proud elected officials; never before has Wall Street embraced us with such force; never before have so many conservatives admitted they need to shift gears on marriage equality and embrace change. This was a year of "never before" and "never again."

AFTER THE JUMP, 150 reasons why 2012 was a year of permanence for LGBT Americans, a year that the next wave of rights began its swoop across the purple mountain majesty and above the fruited plain.

And for more of our 2012 Year in Review, be sure to read "I'm Gay: 50 Most Powerful Comings Outs of 2012" HERE.

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Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman Launches Non-Profit to Attract Conservatives to Battle for Marriage Equality

Former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman has launched Project Right Side, a non-profit aimed at attracting conservatives to the fight for marriage equality.

MehlmanWrites Mehlman in a WSJ op-ed announcing the project:

Some misperceive the issue of marriage equality as exclusively progressive. Yet what could be more conservative than support for more freedom and less government? And what freedom is more basic than the right to marry the person you love? Smaller, less intrusive government surely includes an individual deciding whom to marry. Allowing civil marriage for same-sex couples will cultivate community stability, encourage fidelity and commitment, and foster family values.

PrsMehlman argues that same-sex marriage is an idea conservatives should embrace:

Conservatives don't need to change core convictions to embrace the growing support for equal rights for gay Americans. It is sufficient to recognize the inherent conservatism in citizens' desire to marry, to be judged on their work, and not to be singled out for higher taxes or bullying at school. These objectives can be achieved while also protecting religious liberty, as demonstrated by states enacting civil marriage with exemptions for religious institutions.

To help Republicans appreciate this changing environment, I helped establish Project Right Side, which commissioned leading GOP polling firm Target Point to survey 16,000 voters over the past year, over-sampling Republican and swing voters in battleground states, including 2,000 such voters on Election Night.

According to a statement on its site, "Project Right Side is a 501(c)(4) non-profit providing research and analysis to improve the political climate for gay and lesbian issues across the political spectrum."

Visit Project Right Side's website HERE.


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