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January 10, 2012 12:00 pm ET

Gingrich Denies Facts About Same-Sex Adoption In Massachusetts, D.C.

During an appearance on the January 10, 2012, edition of CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich attempted to advance his claim that the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. had forced Catholic Charities and other religious institutions to put an end to their adoption services. O’Brien attempted to correct Gingrich by pointing out that, in both cases, Catholic Charities were simply being asked to abide by non-discrimination laws in order to receive public funding. Gingrich rejected O’Brien’s explanation, but her analysis was exactly correct.

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October 11, 2011 10:31 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - October 9, 2011

Sunday's political talk shows were chock full of the misinformation that we've come to expect from conservatives. On CBS' Face The Nation, presidential hopeful Herman Cain told viewers that his 9-9-9 economic plan was revenue neutral and disputed the charge that it is regressive. However, his plan would cut taxes for the very wealthy and "disproportionately tax lower and middle income earners." Cain also appeared on CNN's State of the Union, where he claimed that 50 percent of taxpayers account for just 3 percent of all taxes. On NBC's Meet the Press, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) claimed that businesses are not hiring because of regulatory uncertainty. That is not supported by the facts, however: Economists and business owners point to weak consumer demand, not uncertainty. And finally, Rick Santorum, another presidential contender, continued his homophobic ways by telling Fox News host Chris Wallace that being gay is a choice.

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June 27, 2011 11:28 am ET

Seriously Extreme: Rep. Bachmann's Journey To GOP Presidential Candidate

Today, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) formally announced that she is seeking the Republican presidential nomination at an event in Iowa. In a field of lackluster candidates, Bachmann is an unabashedly polarizing figure whose statements, agenda, and policy positions are not only often factually inaccurate but are also frequently imbued with extreme, hateful, homophobic and even violent rhetoric. The fact that she is considered a viable representation of the Republican party sends a stark message about the toxicity of the GOP in 2012. Often the Affordable Care Act's most apoplectic opponent, Bachmann has suggested that health care reform will result in "death panels" as well as "school-based sex clinics," and that it could allow a 13-year-old girl can be taken to an abortion clinic during a school day to "have their abortion, be back and go home on the school bus that and dad are never the wiser." She has rallied those against the Affordable Care Act to stand together, saying, "What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing." She has used such extreme rhetoric to oppose other policies as well, calling the federal tax code a "weapon of mass destruction" and referring to Wall Street reform as "thuggish." Additionally, Bachmann has proposed eliminating the minimum wage and cutting billions from veterans' benefits. She also voted against a bill providing for 9/11 first responders' health care and then bragged about it, calling it "new spending." Michele Bachmann's increasing legitimacy as a presidential contender speaks volumes about the atmosphere within the Republican party today.

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May 11, 2011 12:18 pm ET

Newt Gingrich: A History Of Hypocrisy

As disgraced former Speaker Newt Gingrich tweets his way into the GOP presidential race for 2012, we are reminded of his outstanding record of political and moral malfeasance in his decades-long effort to promote himself. From his personal and professional ethical transgressions to his crusade against the working class, Gingrich continues to thrive in the shadows of fiscal corruption and the spotlight of right-wing hyperbole. Despite his rocky marital past and remarkably hypocritical and extremist rhetoric, Gingrich unabashedly vaunts himself as the country's moral compass without a hint of irony, consistently waging an ideological war in an effort to maintain his own relevance.

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April 06, 2011 10:13 am ET

RNC Attacks Its Own On New "Hope Isn't Hiring" Site

The RNC's newfangled campaign website has a cutting-edge campaign strategy: attack President Obama for signing a policy that GOP members of the House and Senate endorsed.  In a litany of attacks on President Obama's stance on social issues, the RNC cites the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. However, the RNC elides the fact that the battle for repeal hinged on Republican support for passage. At the end of the day, 15 Republicans in the House and eight in the Senate voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a move that was backed by an overwhelming majority of the American people.

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February 09, 2011 3:08 pm ET

Memo To CPAC: Gay Conservatives Were Around Long Before GOProud

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January 21, 2011 5:45 pm ET

After Promoting Anti-Gay Rhetoric, Breitbart is Named to Gay Group's Board

GOProud, the conservative group for gay conservatives and their allies, just appointed Andrew Breitbart to their board. However, Breitbart and his contributors at his BigPeace, BigGovernment, BigJournalism and BigHollywood sites have repeatedly engaged in incendiary anti-gay rhetoric. Additionally, his contributors have actively opposed the repeal of Don't ask Don't tell, and opposed GOProud's inclusion in the conservative conference CPAC.

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December 29, 2010 1:56 pm ET

Eight Out Of Nine Countries Allowing Same-Sex Marriage First Allowed Gay Soldiers To Serve Openly

Following the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, Equality Matters finds that most countries to legalize same-sex marriage first allowed gays soldiers to serve openly. Of the nine countries that allow same-sex marriage and have a standing military, eight of them first allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in their militaries.

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December 28, 2010 10:34 am ET

Equality Matters Looks At Civil Rights Achievements From Integration Of The Military To Marriage Equality

In light of legislation repealing the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, Equality Matters reviews achievements in civil rights laws that were accomplished during the 19 years between racial integration of the military and the Supreme Court decision striking down laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Amid these groundbreaking legal changes, Martin Luther King warned that that there were still challenges to overcome in the fight for equal rights.

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December 17, 2010 4:43 pm ET

Family Research Council Falsely Claims Only Two Re-Elected House Republicans Voted To Repeal DADT

The Family Research Council emailed an outraged press release to supporters yesterday denouncing the House vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In the message, FRC voices its "huge disappointment" with Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), saying he was joined by "only one other Republican that was reelected, Rep. Ron Paul (Texas)," in supporting repeal. In fact, ten returning House Republicans voted to end the military's ban on openly gay troops.

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December 06, 2010 11:51 am ET

The Anti-Gay Family Research Council Paints Gay Troops As Sexual Predators

The Family Research Council (FRC) hosted a live webcast on Thursday in order to rally support against the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In a series of interviews, the group spun Department of Defense data to paint gay men and women as sexual predators and threats to national security through lies about military effectiveness and enlistment.

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February 11, 2010 11:17 am ET

The American Family Association's Homophobic Email Full Of Faulty Information

In an email with the subject line "Obama's new military: Gays showering with straights," the American Family Association attempted to mislead readers on the impact of the impending repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  In addition to the blatant homophobia regarding showers, the AFA fails to present any up-to-date military opinions on gay service in the military.

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January 07, 2010 3:22 pm ET

Family Research Council Spreads Homophobic Falsehoods In Misleading Email

On January 6, 2010, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council sent an email to supporters that falsely claimed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act "would require every employer in America to open every position to homosexuals... and 'transgenders'" including "Christian owned businesses and potentially Christian ministries." In reality, the bill simply prevents unlawful discrimination, and even exempts small businesses and religious organizations.

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December 17, 2009 1:10 pm ET

Rep. Steve King Peddles Old Lie That "Safe Schools Czar" Jennings Ignored "Sexual Abuse"

In October, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) joined the far-right's homophobic smear campaign against Kevin Jennings, who heads up the Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.  More than two months later, King has renewed his false attacks, which have been thoroughly debunked by Media Matters and CNN.

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November 25, 2009 11:01 am ET

Chuck Colson & The Manhattan Declaration

The Manhattan Declaration, touted as "an historic document," has been released as the official statement of various Christian individuals and groups to state their opposition to current laws regarding abortion and gay marriage.  However, the Declaration does little to conceal the past of its key author or its anti-gay agenda.

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November 19, 2009 4:24 pm ET

Family Research Council Deceives Supporters In Misleading Email

On November 19, 2009, the conservative Family Research Council sent an email to supporters that falsely claimed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act would "force churches, small businesses run by Christians, and faith-based charities to hire nonbelievers or face federal investigation." In reality, the bill exempts small businesses and religious organizations.

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October 06, 2009 6:25 pm ET

Rep. Steve King Lies AGAIN, Says Jennings Condoned "Sexual Abuse"

On October 6, 2009, Rep. Steve King wrote a letter to President Obama accusing the head of the Department of Education's Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools of "overlook[ing] sexual abuse." That is a lie. In fact, various organizations, including Media Matters and CNN, debunked this claim last week.

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October 05, 2009 11:40 am ET

Rep. Steve King Lies, Says Jennings Condoned "Sexual Abuse"

On October 5, 2009, Rep. Steve King released a statement accusing the head of the Department of Education's Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools of looking "the other way on sexual abuse." That is a lie. In fact, various organizations, including Media Matters and CNN, debunked this claim last week.

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October 02, 2009 11:47 am ET

Family Research Council Is Fervently Anti-Gay

Even before its baseless attacks on Kevin Jennings, the right-wing Family Research Council had a long history of anti-gay rhetoric and activity.

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May 04, 2009 12:24 pm ET

Don't Tell Sen. Inhofe: Americans Oppose Don't Ask, Don't Tell

On May 3, 2009, Sen. James Inhofe wrote a blog post for the New York Times arguing in favor of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which bans openly gay men and women from serving.  But Sen. Inhofe's rehashed talking points about "professionalism" can't change the facts: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is hurting our troops and Americans are ready for a change.

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April 28, 2009 6:40 pm ET

Rep. King Spouts Nonsense Regarding Hate Crimes Bill

On April 28, 2009, Rep. King issued a press release regarding the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 that was riddled with inaccuracies. King claims: "'Thought Crimes' bill will damage religious freedom in America;" in reality, the legislation will not impact freedom of thought or religion in any way.    

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