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January 6, 2012 | By James Oliphant
Those skeptical of whether Rick Santorum has what it takes to win a general-election contest this fall have focused on, among other things, his drumbeating on social issues in a year when Republican strategists believe hitting President Obama on the economy is the way to win the White House. Santorum's potential vulnerability on that score was on display Thursday night in New Hampshire, where he was challenged on his views on gay marriage. Santorum is an ardent, outspoken opponent of gay marriage, favoring an amendment to the Constitution that would define marriage as solely between a man and a woman.
October 2, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
President Obama joined the nation's largest gay rights group in celebrating the new ability of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military, saying that "we believe in an equal America that values the service of every patriot. " Obama's remarks came at the Human Rights Campaign's annual gala dinner Saturday night, held just a couple weeks after the demise of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. That policy was repealed by Congress last December and came to an official end Sept.
October 1, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Tribune Washington Bureau
President Obama joined the nation's largest gay rights group in celebrating gays and lesbians being legally allowed to serve openly in the military, saying that “we believe in an equal America that values the service of every patriot.” Obama's remarks came at the Human Rights Campaign's annual gala dinner on Saturday night, an event that came just a few weeks after the demise of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy, which was...
September 23, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
A conservative gay rights group on Friday condemned Rick Santorum for his comments during a GOP presidential debate, which they said showed disrespect to U.S. servicemen. In a statement, GOProud, which represents conservative gays, lesbians and transgender individuals, condemned Santorum's comments and called on him to apologize to the Stephen Hill, the gay soldier who asked the candidates whether they would seek to circumvent the repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy.
September 16, 2011 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"We Were Here" shows that a situation you think you know can be something you haven't known at all. That is the surprise, and the power, of this unexpected film. An extraordinarily moving examination of how the AIDS epidemic both devastated and transformed San Francisco's gay community, this clear-eyed and soulful documentary brings us inside the contagion in a way that is so intimate, so personal, you feel like you're hearing about these catastrophic events for the first time. It's not surprising that "We Were Here" comes from producer-director David Weissman and editor/co-director Bill Weber, the team responsible for 2002's "The Cockettes," one of the few documentaries about San Francisco in the deliriously countercultural 1960s that allows you to experience what it felt like to be there.
August 9, 2011 | Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
Fred Karger, Republican candidate for president, knows there is no chance he will be the GOP nominee, much less the next leader of the free world. "I'm not delusional," he says, though one might wonder what, exactly, he is thinking. Karger is no political naif. He spent nearly 30 years as a campaign advisor to several of California's top Republicans and served as an election strategist for corporate clients, including cigarette maker Philip Morris. His trophies — a home a block from the ocean in Laguna Beach, a second one above Laurel Canyon and a silver Mercedes to ride between the two — speak to his success.
June 30, 2011 | James Oliphant
Gays and lesbians deserve to be "treated like all Americans," President Obama said at Wednesday's news conference, but he stopped short of endorsing same-sex marriage. "I'm not going to make news on that today," he joked in response to a reporter's question. The president has been on the record as opposing same-sex marriage, but has sought to navigate a middle position by saying the matter should be decided by individual states, not the federal government. Speaking in the East Room of the White House, Obama lauded the recent move by the New York Legislature to legalize same-sex marriage, calling it "a good thing.
June 22, 2011 | Tim Rutten
The current debate over marriage equality in the New York Legislature is a matter of importance to all, because at its heart it's about finally extending basic rights to those to whom they have been denied. The state's Assembly already has approved a measure legalizing same-sex marriage; debate continues in the Senate, where proponents of equality are reportedly one vote short of passage in a chamber with a Republican majority. A vote could come as early as Wednesday, and if the measure passes, New York will become the largest state to have adopted marriage equality through legislation.
April 29, 2011 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
It may be hard for those who grew up watching "Will & Grace" to imagine the shock and excitement when Mart Crowley's "The Boys in the Band" caught fire off-Broadway in 1968, becoming one of the most discussed, derided and defended dramas of its era. A play about a group of gay men gathering for a birthday party and indulging in wicked, often self-lacerating repartee about sex, drugs and the indignities of aging doesn't sound all that controversial....
January 11, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Shirtless and squeezed into tight jeans, a hunky undercover Palm Springs police officer hovered in a shadowy parking lot and lured men cruising the Warm Sands neighborhood. The June 2009 gay sex sting netted 19 public indecent exposure arrests, and disbelief and outrage have festered in this desert haven ever since. This is Palm Springs, "the gayest city in America," a gay tourist destination governed by an openly gay mayor and home to the sexually charged White Party, a dance and music festival that attracts tens of thousands of gay men every year.
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