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Former NY Governor George Pataki Enters 2016 GOP Presidential Race: VIDEO

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George Pataki, a Republican who served as Governor of New York from 1995-2006, launched his presidential bid this morning with a campaign announcement video touting (among other things) his leadership during the September 11 attacks.

"We understood we were all Americans who had been attacked and were going to rise up together and we did," Pataki says in the video. "We need to recapture that spirit, that sense that we are one people. When we do, we will stop empowering politicians and empower ourselves with the opportunities to have an unlimited bright future.

Pataki is the only declared GOP candidate to explicitly endorse same-sex marriage

TIME notes Pataki's chances at capturing the GOP nomination, however, are slim:

In a Quinnipiac University national poll of the Republican field released Thursday morning, Pataki received no support, and he faces a steep uphill climb even to make the debate stage in August. In a New Hampshire WMUR poll this month, Pataki placed at 2% in the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Watch Pataki declare his candidacy, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Marco Rubio: Gay Marriage 'A Real And Present Danger' For Christians - VIDEO

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Anti-gay Presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio has claimed that same-sex marriage would represent a “a real and present danger” to Christianity, reports The New Civil Rights Movement.

Speaking with David Brody on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Rubio - who thinks the idea of same-sex marriage is “absurd” - said:

"We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech. Today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a bigot. So what's the next step after that, after they've done going after individuals?

"The next step to argue is that the teachings of mainstream Christianity, the catechism of the Catholic Church, is hate speech. That's a real and present danger."

Earlier this month, Rubio held a fundraiser for the Center for Arizona Policy, which is widely known for its support of conversion therapy.

Watch Rubio's comments and Brody's boss Pat Robertson get misty-eyed, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rick Santorum Is Running For President Again

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Former Pennsylvania Senator and notoriously anti-gay stalwart Rick Santorum is expected to announce his second bid for the Presidency today. Santorum came in second place when seeking the Republican Party's nomination in 2012 behind Mitt Romney. Political experts question whether Santorum will be able to duplicate or surpass his past success given the crowded field of GOP candidates, many of whom are vying for the evangelical votes that catapulted Santorum so far.

The AP reports:

The prospective Republican field already includes four sitting senators, four governors, four former governors, two business leaders and a retired neurosurgeon.

Santorum won 11 states in the last presidential primary contest, yet his early longshot status may keep him out of presidential debates altogether.

Only those who place in the top 10 of national polls will be allowed to participate in the first Republican presidential debate in August, according to guidelines released by network host Fox News. Santorum and fellow 2012 candidate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, are among those on the bubble.

Much of Santorum's past success was tied to his performance in Iowa, where he scored a narrow victory over Mitt Romney in the nation's first presidential nominating contest. Facing little competition for the state's influential evangelical vote, Santorum impressed voters by touring Iowa's 99 counties in a pickup truck. [...]

Meanwhile, on the ground in early-voting states like Iowa and South Carolina, Santorum starts off as well-known among voters and key activists. But a new crop of Republican competitors like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been aggressively touring the states in recent weeks as well. And some voters prefer a fresh face in an election season expected to feature Hillary Rodham Clinton on the Democratic side.

Santorum is expected to make his announcement today at 5PM EST. 


Ted Cruz Decries 'Mandatory Gay Marriage,' Calls Backlash Over Anti-LGBT Indiana Law 'Heartbreaking' - VIDEO

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Sen. Ted Cruz claims the Democratic Party is trying to impose "mandatory gay marriage" on America at the expense of religious freedom, and says recent backlash over anti-LGBT laws in Arkansas and Indiana was "heartbreaking." 

Cruz first made the comments at the "Watchmen on the Wall" conference sponsored by the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group, in Washington on Thursday. Cruz spoke immediately after Wayne Grudem, a theology professor known for his views that men have spiritual leadership over women, and who told the crowd that FRC President Tony Perkins is a modern-day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Time reports:  

“The modern Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme, that they have determined that their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states trumps any allegiance to religious liberty under the First Amendment,” Cruz told the ballroom. “We’ve got an obligation, as this conference recognizes, to be watchmen on the wall.” ... 

In his remarks, Ted Cruz portrayed religion in America as under “assault” and referenced “heartbreaking” religious freedom battles in Indiana and Arkansas, where state lawmakers backed down from laws that critics said would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Cruz made similar statements on Friday during an interview with conservative radio host Eric Metaxas, according to a report from The Houston Chronicle:

"We are seeing today profound threats to religious liberty in America, the greatest threats we've ever seen and just a couple of months ago we had the battles in Indiana and Arkansas when they passed their religious freedom restoration acts," Cruz said. "What happened afterwards was heartbreaking. We saw, number one, a perfect storm of the modern Democratic Party that has gotten so radical and so extreme in its devotion to mandatory gay marriage that they've decided there's no room for the religious liberty protected under the First Amendment. And sadly Democrats joined with big business in an effort to vilify our religious liberty. But what was most striking is how many Republicans, including Republicans running for president in 2016, ran and hid in the hills, were afraid to stand and be counted. I think that Indiana and Arkansas, as Reagan put it, were a time for choosing, that was a sorting moment."

Meanwhile, video has surfaced of an incident we told you about earlier in the week, in which Cruz got into a testy exchange with reporters about gay marriage during a visit to Beaumont, Texas. 

Watch the clip from KBMT-TV, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Ted Cruz Promises To 'Always, Always, Always' Defend Christians' Right to Discriminate Against Gays: VIDEO

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Virulently anti-LGBT senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has promised to "always, always, always" stand for the right of Christian business owners to discriminate against gay people, reports Right Wing Watch.

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— Watchmen on the Wall (@WatchmenPastors) May 21, 2015

Speaking yesterday at the "Watchmen on the Wall" conference - sponsored by the highly profitable Family Research Council and presided over by head honcho Tony Perkins - Cruz said:

“The modern Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme, that they have determined that their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states trumps any allegiance to religious liberty under the First Amendment."

Lamenting that other GOP presidential hopefuls were silent following opposition to "religious liberty" bills in Indiana and Arkansas, Superbigot Cruz promised the homophobic gathering "I will always, always, always stand and fight for religious liberty of every American!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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Texas Republican Comes Out For Gay Marriage As State House Passes 'Pastor Protection Act'

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The first Republican Texas lawmaker in history has come out in support of same-sex marriage. 

GOP Rep. Sarah Davis, who represents a Houston-area district and had previously expressed support for civil unions, came out for marriage equality in an interview Thursday about her decision not to sign a hateful anti-gay letter issued by the House Republican Caucus last week.  

The Texas Observer reports: 

“I just don’t agree with the sentiment of the letter,” Davis told the Observer. “I don’t feel the need to pass legislation or vote for legislation that prohibits two adults who love each other to be able to be joined in a civil union or marriage. It does not affect my marriage.” ... 

Davis noted that she’s received endorsements from two LGBT groups, Log Cabin Republicans and Equality Texas. She was the first Republican to receive Equality Texas’ endorsement, a decision that drew criticism from some LGBT advocates, in part because she hadn’t come out for same-sex marriage.

“I haven’t had an opportunity to vote, but I’ve spoken about the issue,” Davis said. “In situations where I’ve been asked, I’ve always stated my position, so I don’t think this is new ground that I’ve just staked out.”

Meanwhile, the Texas House on Thursday approved the so-called "Pastor Protection Act" in a 141-2 vote. The state's two openly LGBT lawmakers voted in favor of the bill, including Democratic Rep. Celia Israel, who said on the House floor: 

Israel.Celia"Let me reassure those pastors out there: Some fine day, my partner and I are going to get married in the great state of Texas. The Supreme Court will hopefully take care of that issue for us. When that day comes, rest assured to those pastors and preachers who take a more literal interpretation of the Bible, that my partner and I will not be going to them to bless our unions. I will be going to someone who loves us and respects us for who we are and the way in which we have taken care of one another. So if we see this issue as a reiteration of what is in the United States Constitution, which is a respect for religion, this Roman Catholic urges you to vote yes." 

The anti-LGBT Texas Pastor Council issued a hateful statement celebrating passage of the Pastor Protection Act:  

Screen shot 2015-05-21 at 4.32.59 PM"This bill is a small step of protection in a much larger war against religious freedom raging across America and well underway in Texas," said Dave Welch, President of Texas Pastor Council Action, an ethnically and denominationally diverse coalition involving pastors in all major cities in Texas. "We are very pleased that SB 2065 survived efforts to weaken its scope that does nothing more than puts in Texas law protections for pastors to do what we have been doing since the birth of this nation - exercise our faith in obedience to God and with the support of our Constitution and laws."

Welch said they plan to revisit other bills that died during the session, particularly if the U.S. Supreme Court "goes rogue" and overturns Article 1, Section 32 of the Texas Constitution defining marriage as a union only of one man and one woman. "We will not yield on inch of the rights given us by God, the freedoms purchased by the blood of patriots and part of our national DNA to those attempting to recreate our moral laws, culture and laws according to those with a deviant sexual lifestyle or gender confused." 


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