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Maryland Marriage Equality Update with Martin O'Malley and Michael Steele: VIDEO

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Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley appears in a new ad for Question 6 in Maryland.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And David Mixner reports on some ugly campaigning from the GOP there:

In Maryland millions of voters will go to the polls tomorrow to vote marriage equality up and down. It is very close.

On the same ballot is a statewide version of the "Dream Act" and a measure to build another casino in Maryland. Besides marriage, I am huge supporter of the Dream Act and until yesterday couldn't have cared less about the casinos.

That is not the case any more.

This weekend former GOP National Chair Michael Steele sent out a slate to all Republicans (it was NOT the official Republican slate) and asked them to vote yes for the casino and AGAINST marriage equality and the Dream Act. This slate was financed by interests from the casinos.

The love you and then hurt you approach simply won't work for us anymore.

Every LGBT voter in Maryland, every supporter who cares about our rights, and every person who believes in honesty and decency should - when they go to the polls in Maryland tomorrow -  vote NO on the casinos and YES for marriage equality and the Dream Act.

The LGBT community must not be jerked around anymore and I urge you to send a powerful message. If you live outside the state but know Maryland voters call them and pass on the message.

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Watch: Michael Steele Tells Rachel Maddow That Anti-Gay Initatives are 'Sexy, Juicy, Fun to Talk About'

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Rachel Maddow corners former RNC Chair Michael Steele about the ongoing culture wars and anti-gay initiatives that are part of the GOP agenda as much as ever, such as the Republican drive in Congress to remove D.C.'s marriage equality law.

Maddow asks Steele why anti-gay measures are front page and not the economic initatives Republicans claim to have at the top of their agenda.

Says Steele: "It's front page because it's sexy, juicy, fun to talk about."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Also, I've posted a preview clip of Maddow's segment airing tonight about slain LGBT Ugandan activist David Kato.

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Wisconsin GOP Leader Reince Priebus Elected RNC Chair

Reince Priebus has been elected chair of the Republican National Committee.

Political Ticker:

Priebus Priebus remains largely unknown to Washington's political class but is now tasked with rebuilding the committee's damaged relationship with deep-pocketed GOP donors and raising hundreds of millions of dollars to compete with President Obama's re-election campaign.

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Priebus led his opponents from the outset but hit a ceiling of roughly 50 votes after four series of votes at the Gaylord Hotel complex just outside.

That left the rest of the field - former Bush administration official Maria Cino, former Missouri GOP Chairwoman Ann Wagner and Michigan National Committeeman Saul Anuzis - rushing into private rooms to discuss possible deals with rivals.

Their backers on the committee, meanwhile, worked the room whipping up votes, but no candidate managed to build up a bloc of votes to match Priebus.

Former RNC Chair Michael Steele dropped out earlier on Friday after realizing he would not be reelected.

"I will step aside because I think the party is ready for something different," said Steele before the fifth ballot for chairman began. He immediately threw his support to former RNC official Maria Cino's candidacy.

Even in defeat, however Steele was unapologetic about his time in office. "I hope you all appreciate the legacy we leave," he told the 168 members of the RNC. "Despite the noise, despite the difficulties, we won."

When asked about marriage equality at the RNC Chair debate on January 3, Priebus told those assembled: “It’s foundational in our lives… I don’t believe anybody should be denied dignity in this discussion, everyone should be loved. But at the end of the day, I believe that marriage — through the sanctity of marriage — should be between one man and one woman.”


Watch: RNC Chair Candidates United Against Marriage Equality

Today, the Republican National Committee held a debate between the candidates for chairman.

RncdebateCurrent RNC Chair Michael Steele and the four candidates vying to replace him  — Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, Former RNC Co-Chair Ann Wagner, Former Michigan GOP Chair Saul Anuzis, and Former Deputy RNC Chair Maria Cino — all agreed on one thing: gays don't deserve the right to marry.

Said Priebus, who is considered the front-runner (in terms of commitments): “It’s foundational in our lives… I don’t believe anybody should be denied dignity in this discussion, everyone should be loved. But at the end of the day, I believe that marriage — through the sanctity of marriage — should be between one man and one woman.”

Watch a clip of all their statements, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via the wonk room)

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Watch: Stop8.Org's Matt Baume Takes on RNC Chair Michael Steele

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I've posted some of Matt Baume's (Stop8.org) videos before — see here, here, and here. Today Baume announces he'll be stepping up his video coverage of Prop 8 this year as the court case comes to a head, and her's his latest, a takedown of RNC Chair Michael Steele's latest interview, which we posted in full HERE, in which he says the GOP will respond with force if Prop 8 is struck down.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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RNC Chair Michael Steele: If Prop 8 is Struck Down, the GOP Will Form 'Strong Front Line' to Stop Same-Sex Marriage

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The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) posted a lengthy interview with Republican Party chair Michael Steele about his personal philosophies and the party's strategy for fighting same-sex marriage over the next two years.

Steele, who insists banning same-sex marriage around the country is not something that's "anti-gay", says the GOP will work hard at the state level to stop same-sex marriage initiatives [my transcript]:

"For us, going forward, we'll look to the leadership in Washington for any legislative or federal efforts to address the issue of marriage, between man and woman, traditional marriage. But also especially at the state level where I think the battle is really going to be fought over the next couple years, and we want to be in partnership through our state party organizations working with state legislative leadership to stand firmly and squarely behind the defense of marriage.

NOM's Frank Cannon asks Steel, "If the federal courts were to strike down the California law and discover a federal right to gay marriage, in essence, would you fully stand behind the Republican platform's call for federal marriage amendment?"

[my transcript]

Says Steele: "Oh, absolutely. Without hesitation or doubt. In fact we would partner with our leadership in the House and our governors and leadership in the state legislatures to create a very very strong front line if you will, on that issue. I can't again stress how important that is for how we will lead as a people, and how we will see ourselves as a nation. And again, that is not to the exclusion of anyone, it's not anti- anyone, or any group. It's just so fundamental and foundational, I think it needs to be protected."

Watch the full interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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