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Report: GOP Florida Senator Mel Martinez Resigning

A sudden announcement. Florida Republican Senator Mel Martinez is resigning.

CNN: Martinez "Earlier this year, Martinez said he would not run for re-election in 2010. Under Florida law covering a Senate resignation, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist will get to appoint a successor until the next general election. Crist himself is running for that seat."

Politico reports: "He made the announcement at a morning staff meeting, where he said he will not be returning to the Senate after the August recess. Martinez has been rumored to be interested in the presidential opening at Florida State University, but had denied the speculation. The position just opened up in June, after university president T.K. Wetherell announced he was stepping down. It’s the second time that Martinez has resigned from a high-profile Republican office in the last several years. He stepped down as chairman of the Republican National Committee in October 2007 to focus more on his legislative responsibilities as a senator."

Martinez has been a vocal opponent of marriage equality. He said, in 2006, "It isn't good enough to say, 'Leave it up to the states.'...If we leave it up to the states we will see the erosion of marriage that we've seen by activist courts, which we otherwise will not see if we protect the institution of marriage at the federal level." Martinez, however, had no problem hiring gay staffers.

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road.jpg Massachusetts school informs parents of transgender janitor's transition from male to female. "Pro-family" groups apoplectic.

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road.jpg North Miami's openly gay mayor Kevin Burns to make run for U.S. Senate seat of Mel Martinez.

road.jpg Michael Phelps won't be charged for smoking pot, and neither will his friends: "I’m glad this matter is put to rest. But there are also some important lessons that I’ve learned. For me, it’s all about recognizing that I used bad judgment and it’s a mistake I won’t make again. For young people especially – be careful about the decisions you make. One bad decision can really hurt you and the people you care about."

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road.jpg Oklahoma to erect Ten Commandments monument on grounds of state capitol? "State Representative Mike Ritze said his bill would authorize installation of a monument similar to the one that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled could remain on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol. It would use the Ten Commandments text from the King James Version of the Bible."

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road.jpg Anti-gay Holocaust denier declines Pope Benedict's appointment as a bishop after public outrage: "Gerhard Maria Wagner said the "fierce criticism" had persuaded him to ask not to be named auxiliary bishop of Linz. Father Wagner has described Hurricane Katrina as God's punishment for the sins of New Orleans, and the Harry Potter novels as satanic. The Catholic news agency Kathpress says the Pope has agreed to the request."

road.jpg L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Pastor Rick Warren have breakfast: "Evangelical minister Rick Warren brought a message of unity and civility to more than 1,000 people who attended the annual Los Angeles Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast today, avoiding mention of his outspoken opposition to gay marriage and abortion rights...Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was less circumspect, and acknowledged his support of same-sex marriage and 'a woman’s right to choose.' He mentioned that he had performed marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples...'We won’t always agree,' Villaraigosa told the audience gathered at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel downtown. 'But we can agree on basic civil rights. We may not agree on Roe vs. Wade, but we both want to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortion.'"

New Anti-Gay RNC Chair Martinez Has No Issue with Gay Staffers

Incoming RNC Chair Mel Martinez, who has been vocal in his opposition to gay marriage and also attacked one of his opponents for supporting hate crimes legislation based on sexual orientation, had no problem hiring (at least two) gay staffers.

Dowless_fordhamJohn Dowless, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition of Florida, worked for Martinez as a political consultant and arranged lunches with conservative religious leaders for Martinez during his 2004 Senate race.

A top staffer on that Senate campaign was Kirk Fordham, a former chief of staff to sex predator Mark Foley and to Republican Congressman Tom Reynolds, from whose staff he most recently resigned in the wake of the Foley scandal.

As John at AmericaBlog notes: "Of course, in the end, the joke may be on the religious right base of the Republican party. Martinez didn't just have the openly-gay Kirk Fordham as a top aide on his Senate campaign, he also had a second top aide who was gay. Mr. Martinez may play a homophobe on TV, but he doesn't have a problem having key advisers who are openly gay. Which is great. But it also means that Martinez's personal commitment to the anti-gay agenda is more than just a little suspect."

Mel Martinez to Replace Ken Mehlman as RNC Chairman

Martinez_1Florida Senator Mel Martinez is set to replace outgoing chair Ken Mehlman as head of the Republican National Committee at the end of January.

Among Martinez' recent accomplishments, the Florida Senator's office was the source of the Terri Schiavo "talking points" memo, which his legal counsel drew up, detailing the political advantages to Republicans of intervening in that case. Martinez, of course, supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and expressed his belief in June 2006 that it shouldn't be left up to the states: "It isn't good enough to say, 'Leave it up to the states.'...If we leave it up to the states we will see the erosion of marriage that we've seen by activist courts, which we otherwise will not see if we protect the institution of marriage at the federal level."

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