Election 2012



The 2012 Election not only puts the LGBT-friendly Obama administration’s prospects into question, but at least 10 states are struggling with marriage equality as a major issue--many of them battlegrounds in the presidential race. Stay with EDGE for continuous coverage throughout 2012!



Obama Bets Electorate Matches 2008 and Wins

By Thomas Beaumont | Wednesday Nov 7, 2012
It turned out that Americans who cast ballots looked collectively much more like what President Barack Obama had envisioned - a diverse tapestry that reflected a changing America - than the whiter, older electorate Mitt Romney had banked on.

Leading LGBT Organizations Share Their Wish List With Obama

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Nov 7, 2012
EDGE Media Network reached out to the nation’s LGBT organizations before Election Day to ask what they wanted to see from the new president, from HIV funding to protection of service members and seniors, to combating homelessness and bullying.

Given 2nd Term, Obama Now Facing New Urgent Task

By Nancy Benac and Nedra Pickler | Wednesday Nov 7, 2012
President Barack Obama faces a new urgent task now that he has a second term, working with a status-quo Congress to address an impending financial crisis that economists say could send the country back into recession.

Mitt Romney’s Concession Speech

By | Wednesday Nov 7, 2012
During his concession speech in Boston, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney congratulated President Obama for his re-election and thanked his supporters telling them "this election is over, but our principles endure."

GOP Resorts to Gay Marriage & Anti-Christian Fear Mongering

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Nov 6, 2012
Fla. State Senator Marco Rubio’s and former Ark. Governor Mike Huckabee’s anti marriage equality robocalls .

Suspense to the End, Obama, Romney Yield to Voters

By Nancy Benac | Tuesday Nov 6, 2012
Two fierce competitors who’ve given their all, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney now yield center stage to voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come.

Guns, Climate, Gays Missing in Presidential Race

By Charles Babington | Thursday Oct 25, 2012
Gay marriage, climate change, global warming or gun control did not come up during the presidential debates.

Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Romney for President

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Oct 24, 2012
The Log Cabin Republicans, a Republican gay rights group, announced on Tuesday that they will endorsee Mitt Romney for president just weeks before voting takes place.

Romney Promises No Abortion Legislation

By Steve Peoples | Wednesday Oct 10, 2012
Wading into an explosive social issue, Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president.

Wall Street’s Biggest GOP Backer Also Gay Marriage Supporter

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday Sep 27, 2012
Although Paul Singer support same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, the Wall Street hedge-fund manager has been influential with the GOP and is determined to get Mitt Romney elected this November.

African-American Christians Waver Over Vote

By Rachel Zoll | Monday Sep 17, 2012
Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day.

Fall’s Must-See Political TV: Obama-Romney Debates

By Donna Cassata | Monday Sep 10, 2012
Finally, the fall season offers the matchup sure to attract the biggest audience of the campaign: President Barack Obama going one-on-one with Republican Mitt Romney in three prime-time debates.

Obama’s Task: Keep the Race a Choice

By Ken Thomas | Friday Sep 7, 2012
President Barack Obama’s fall mission: Remind voters why they chose him in the first place, hope the economy doesn’t get worse - and paint Mitt Romney as an unacceptable alternative.

First Lady’s Message: Obama is Just Like You

By Julie Pace | Wednesday Sep 5, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama’s message to the American people was simple and clearcut: President Barack Obama is just like you.

At Democratic Convention, Record Presence For Gays

By David Crary | Wednesday Sep 5, 2012
The Democratic National Convention is a watershed event for America’s gay rights movement, which never before has been embraced so warmly by a major political party.

Dems Platform Backs Gay Marriage, Abortion Rights

By Donna Cassata | Tuesday Sep 4, 2012
Democrats unveiled a party platform at their national convention Monday that echoes President Barack Obama’s call for higher taxes on wealthier Americans while backing same-sex marriage and abortion rights.

Dems Open Convention Playing Defense of Obama

By Calvin Woodward and Julie Pace | Tuesday Sep 4, 2012
Democrats open their national convention in defense of a president who carries both the power and the burden of incumbency, offering President Barack Obama as the best choice to revive the ragged U.S. economy.

Romney, Ryan Bound By Substance, Differ in Style

By Julie Pace and Kasie Hunt | Thursday Aug 30, 2012
They’re the political world’s newest odd couple: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are bound by substance, but differ dramatically in style.

Biden Applauds Gay Activists in Provincetown

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Aug 28, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden told LGBT activists in Provincetown, Mass., that they are improving civil rights for everyone in the country and said they are "freeing the soul of the American people."

Family Research Council Wrote GOP’s Anti-Gay Union Plank

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Aug 22, 2012
The GOP’s platform opposes all gay unions. FRC President Tony Perkins brags that he wrote the statement. Among the blowback: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who says the fight for gay marriage is a ’fight for all our rights.’

Parties Not Expected to Get Bold in Platforms

By Stephen Ohlemacher | Monday Aug 20, 2012
Although the Democratic Party has added gay marriage to its platform, many say voters should not look for many bold pronouncements when Republicans and Democrats adopt party platforms at their national conventions.

Romney: Never Paid Less Than 13 Percent in Taxes

By Charles Babington and Steve Peoples | Friday Aug 17, 2012
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declared Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade

HRC Gives Paul Ryan a Zero on LGBT Issues

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Aug 15, 2012
The Human Rights Campaign recently slammed Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, and gave him a score of zero when it comes to LGBT issues.

Romney, Obama Agree: Boy Scouts’ Gay Ban Is Wrong

By Jason St. Amand | Friday Aug 10, 2012
Officials from Mitt Romney’s campaign confirmed that the Republican presidential candidate stands by comments he made in a 1994 debate where he said that he believes gay people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts of America.

Dems Draft Platform Backs Gay Marriage

By | Friday Aug 10, 2012
A draft of the Democratic Party’s official party platform includes support for gay marriage for the first time, months after President Barack Obama said he was in favor of same-sex unions.

Romney: ’I Have Paid Taxes Every Year’

By Steve Peoples | Monday Aug 6, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared Friday that he has "paid taxes every year - and a lot of taxes" as he rejected an anonymous claim that he hadn’t paid taxes for a decade on his vast personal wealth.

Poll: 65 Percent of Democrats Support Gay Marriage

By David Crary | Wednesday Aug 1, 2012
The partisan gap over same-sex marriage continues to widen, with 65 percent of Democrats now supporting it compared to 24 percent of Republicans, according to poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

Dems Move to Formally Back Gay Marriage

By Julie Pace | Tuesday Jul 31, 2012
The Democratic Party is moving to include support for gay marriage in the official party platform for the first time, a Democratic official said Monday, marking a key milestone for advocates of same-sex unions.

Is it Just the Economy? Other Issues May Play Role

By Jim Kuhnhenn | Tuesday Jul 17, 2012
As the economy colors and polarizes voters’ attitudes, the Election Day outcome for President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney may be decided on the margins by narrower issues that energize small but crucial slivers of the population.

High Court Upholds Obama Health Law by 5-4 Vote

By Mark Sherman | Thursday Jun 28, 2012
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul, including the hotly debated core requirement that nearly every American have health insurance.

Romney Response to Supreme Court on Health Care

By | Thursday Jun 28, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s response to Thursday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold President Barack Obama health care law.

Frustrated Liberals Want More From Obama

By Steve Peoples | Friday Jun 8, 2012
They are trying to be hopeful, but the Democratic Party’s most passionate voters are struggling to hide their frustration with President Barack Obama.

Warning Signs for Obama on Path to Electoral Votes

By Thomas Beaumont | Tuesday May 29, 2012
President Barack Obama faces new warning signs in a once-promising Southern state and typically Democratic-voting Midwestern states roughly five months before the election even as he benefits nationally from encouraging economic news.

Obama Team Trumpets New Polling on Gay Marriage

By Julie Pace | Thursday May 24, 2012
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is beginning to express some confidence that the president’s historic, yet politically risky, embrace of gay marriage may not hurt him in the November election.

THE RACE: Polls Show Presidential Race Tightening

By Tom Raum | Wednesday May 23, 2012
With about five months to go, the presidential race is tightening, polls show, with voters nearly evenly divided between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, his likely Republican challenger.

Don’t Bet on Mitt Romney Winning in Massachusetts

By Steve Peoples and Thomas Beaumont | Thursday May 17, 2012
Don’t bet on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney winning his home state or even trying.

Obama on Gay Marriage: ’Right Thing to Do’

By Julie Pace | Tuesday May 15, 2012
President Barack Obama on Monday defended his view that gay couples should have the right to marry, saying that the country has never gone wrong when it "expanded rights and responsibilities to everybody."

Obama: Economy, Not Gay Marriage, Will Decide Vote

By | Tuesday May 15, 2012
President Barack Obama says it is "hard to say" whether his new stance supporting same sex marriage will hurt his re-election.

Gay Marriage Shift Gives Obama Fundraising Boost

By Beth Fouhy and Ken Thomas | Monday May 14, 2012
President Obama has seen an uptick in fundraising since he announced his shift on gay marriage, with some Democratic rainmakers citing renewed interest from LGBT donors who had been urging the president to clarify his stance on the social issue.

Gay Marriage, Abortion Back in Campaign Spotlight

By David Crary | Monday May 14, 2012
Abortion and gay marriage. For years, they’ve been lumped together as the paramount wedge issues of U.S. politics - hot-button topics in the vortex of sexuality, personal freedom and public policy.

GOP: Economy Tops Gay Marriage as Campaign Issue

By Laurie Kellman | Monday May 14, 2012
Republican activists want to use Obama’s stance on gay marriage - public opinion is about evenly split - to paint the president as a flip-flopper and to boost Mitt Romney’s image in the eyes of conservatives who are still warming to him.

Romney Denies Targeting Classmates for Being Gay

By Kasie Hunt | Friday May 11, 2012
Mitt Romney apologized Thursday for "stupid" high school pranks that may have gone too far and moved quickly to stamp out any notion that he bullied schoolmates because they were gay.

Obama Criticizes Romney as ’Backwards on Equality’

By Jim Kuhnhenn | Friday May 11, 2012
President Barack Obama wasted little time casting his historic embrace of same-sex marriage as a political wedge issue Thursday, telling a Hollywood fundraising crowd that it shows how his vision of the country differs from Republicans.

Romney to Shift Focus From Gay Rights to Economy

By Kasie Hunt and Philp Elliott | Friday May 11, 2012
Republican Mitt Romney is trying to return the focus of his campaign to the sluggish economic recovery and his vision for America after spending a day restating his opposition to gay marriage and shrugging off a report that he had bullied a gay classmate.

Romney Stands by His Opposition to Gay Marriage

By Kasie Hunt and Sean Murphy | Thursday May 10, 2012
Mitt Romney on Wednesday reaffirmed his view that marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman, highlighting a sharp contrast with President Barack Obama.

Primaries Reflect Conservative Enthusiasm for 2012

By Kasie Hunt | Wednesday May 9, 2012
In a show of conservative enthusiasm, a tea-party backed Republican vanquished six-term Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar in a GOP primary and North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state’s gay marriage ban.

Obama Voices His Support for Gay Marriage

By Julie Pace | Wednesday May 9, 2012
President Barack Obama says he now supports same-sex marriage, ending months of equivocation on a subject with powerful election-year consequences.

Obama’s Vague Gay Marriage Stance Under Scrutiny

By Julie Pace | Tuesday May 8, 2012
President Barack Obama’s election-year vagueness on gay marriage is coming under fresh scrutiny after Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Vice President Joe Biden announced their support for marriage equality.

Santorum Endorses One-Time Rival Romney

By Philip Elliott | Tuesday May 8, 2012
Former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum urged his supporters to back fellow Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign Monday in a late-night email that ignored that Santorum once calling Romney the "worst Republican in the country" during their bitter contest.

Obama Cabinet Member Backs Gay Marriage

By | Monday May 7, 2012
Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, says he supports gay marriage.

Impatient Gay-Rights Groups Keep Pressure on Obama

By David Crary | Friday May 4, 2012
Gay-rights activists and organizations are on the president’s case these days, pressing him for further steps on two fronts and suggesting that political timidity is holding him back.

Romney Wanted Gay Spokesman to Stay on the Job

By Kasie Hunt | Friday May 4, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he wanted an openly gay spokesman who resigned from his campaign this week to stay on.

Democrats in GOP-Leaning House Races May Aid Obama

By Thomas Beaumont | Thursday May 3, 2012
Republican-leaning areas in states vital to President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects are drawing top-tier Democratic congressional candidates who, even if they lose, could help turn out the vote and boost Obama’s chances of winning a second term.

Romney’s Gay National Security Spokesman Resigns

By Kasie Hunt | Wednesday May 2, 2012
Mitt Romney’s national security spokesman resigned Tuesday after critics questioned his conservatism because he is gay.

Gingrich Suspends Presidential Campaign

By Philip Elliott | Wednesday May 2, 2012
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday officially ended his topsy-turvy campaign.

Obama and Romney: Where They Stand On the Issues

By Calvin Woodward | Tuesday May 1, 2012
A look at where Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney stand on a selection of issues, including gay rights, abortion, immigration and more.

Santorum Wants Promises From Romney Before Backing

By Philip Elliott | Tuesday May 1, 2012
Rick Santorum wants to ensure the GOP’s policy platform represents conservatives’ interests. Newt Gingrich wants help retiring his campaign debt and repairing his reputation.

GOP Follows Romney’s Lead in Parrying Democrats

By Andrew Taylor | Monday Apr 30, 2012
Now that Mitt Romney has emerged as the likely GOP presidential nominee, congressional Republicans increasingly are taking their cues from him even if it causes heartburn and grumbling among conservatives unhappy about having to beat a tactical retreat.

Romney Wins N.Y., Pa. and Three Other GOP Primaries

By | Wednesday Apr 25, 2012
Mitt Romney has completed a five-state sweep of Republican presidential primaries, adding a victory in New York to earlier wins in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware.

Gay Man Challenges Incumbent R.I. Senator

By Joe Siegel | Wednesday Apr 25, 2012
Gay former Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Todd Giroux is taking on incumbent U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in the state’s Democratic primary.

Cantor: Country Continues to Strive Towards Equality for All Americans

By Michael K. Lavers | Thursday Apr 19, 2012
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said during a Politico breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that the country continues to "strive" to "provide equal treatment to everybody."

More Congressional Democrats Back Marriage Equality in Party Platform

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Apr 17, 2012
Nevada Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is among the more than half a dozen Democrats who announced their support of a proposal to add marriage equality to their party’s 2012 platform on Tuesday.

Donors At Odds With Romney Over Marriage Equality

By Jason St. Amand | Sunday Apr 15, 2012
Some of Mitt Romney’s most important financial donors are at odds over the Republican’s negative views on same-sex marriage as they have been strong supporters of marriage equality.

Poll: Party Platforms a Mystery to Many

By Jennifer Agiesta | Thursday Apr 12, 2012
A new poll finds a sizable share of the public is unsure which side the presidential candidates’ political parties take on some of the country’s most divisive issues, including the size of the federal government, gay rights and abortion.

Santorum’s Early Success Pushed GOP to the Right

By Connie Cass | Wednesday Apr 11, 2012
From obscure former senator driving a pickup truck across Iowa, Rick Santorum made a surprising - he calls it miraculous - leap to become the most formidable threat to Mitt Romney’s march to the Republican nomination.

Santorum Suspends GOP Presidential Campaign

By Marc Levy | Tuesday Apr 10, 2012
Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, clearing a path for Mitt Romney to become the nominee.

Former DNC Chairs Endorse Proposed Marriage Equality Platform Plank

By Michael K. Lavers | Wednesday Apr 4, 2012
Former Democratic National Party Chairs Howard Dean, Donald Fowler, Steve Grossman and David Wilhelm on Wednesday endorsed a proposal that would add marriage equality for same-sex couples to their party’s 2012 platform.

Romney Wins Wisconsin, Maryland, D.C. GOP Primaries

By David Epso and Kasie Hunt | Tuesday Apr 3, 2012
Mitt Romney tightened his grip on the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, sweeping primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington D.C., with time left over to swap charges with President Barack Obama.

Obama Could Face Election-Year Jam on Gay Marriage

By Julie Pace | Monday Apr 2, 2012
President Barack Obama could be caught in an election-year bind on gay marriage, wedged between the pressure of supporters who want him to back same-sex marriage and the political perils of igniting an explosive social issue in the midst of the campaign.

Santorum Looks to Deny Romney a Win By Any Means

By Philip Elliott and Steve Peoples | Tuesday Mar 27, 2012
Rick Santorum, showing signs of fatigue and frustration while grasping for strategies to right his unsteady White House bid, is trying to derail Republican front-runner Mitt Romney using any means available - even contradictory messages.

Gay R.I. Congressman Faces Tough Re-Election Campaign

By Joe Siegel | Monday Mar 26, 2012
A Brown University poll in February found that freshman Congressman David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has a dismal 15 percent approval rating. In spite of a tough re-election campaign, LGBT organizations and some of Cicilline’s constituents continue to back him.

Romney Says He’s No Etch A Sketch, is Conservative

By Philip Elliott | Thursday Mar 22, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tried Wednesday to shake accusations that he’s an inconsistent conservative after a top adviser compared the campaign’s shift from primary fight to general election to an Etch A Sketch.

Romney Wins Puerto Rico, GOP Campaign Continues

By Philip Elliott and Ben Fox | Sunday Mar 18, 2012
Mitt Romney scored an overwhelming win Sunday in Puerto Rico’s Republican presidential primary, trouncing chief rival Rick Santorum even as the two rivals looked ahead to more competitive contests this week in Illinois and Louisiana.

Shaheen: Efforts to Repeal N.H. Marriage Equality Law Are "Unfortunate"

By Michael K. Lavers | Friday Mar 16, 2012
In an exclusive interview with EDGE earlier on Friday, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen described the bill that would repeal the Granite State’s marriage equality law as "unfortunate."

GOP Fight for Delegates Stretches to Puerto Rico

By David Epso | Thursday Mar 15, 2012
An upbeat Rick Santorum barreled into Puerto Rico on Wednesday in pursuit of another campaign-bending victory in a Republican presidential race where suddenly no primary is too minor and no delegate is conceded.

New Poll: Santorum Most Trusted with Gay Marriage

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Mar 14, 2012
A new poll shows that the ultra-conservative GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is the most trusted when it comes to gay marriage.

Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi in GOP Fight for the South

By David Epso | Tuesday Mar 13, 2012
A resurgent Rick Santorum swept primaries in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night, upending the race for the Republican presidential nomination as he sought to push Newt Gingrich toward the sidelines.

Santorum Wins Kansas Caucuses, Romney Strong in Wyoming

By David Espo | Saturday Mar 10, 2012
Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses in a rout on Saturday and Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney showed strength in Wyoming, a weekend prelude to suddenly pivotal Southern showdowns in the week ahead.

Gay Republican Challenges Long-Time Mass. Congressman

By Michael K. Lavers | Friday Mar 9, 2012
Former Massachusetts lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Richard Tisei told supporters in Washington, D.C., on Monday that he would be a "very strong advocate" for LGBT Americans on Capitol Hill.

Santorum: I’m Conservative Candidate for Alabama

By Jay Reeves | Friday Mar 9, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum appealed Thursday for votes in Alabama’s upcoming primary, calling the state the "heart of conservatism" and casting himself as the best fit for its voters.

Romney, Santorum Share Super Tuesday Momentum

By Laurie Kellman | Wednesday Mar 7, 2012
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are trying to make the most of a mixed Super Tuesday, each claiming a measure of victory but unable to settle the most tumultuous race for the GOP presidential nomination in decades.

Romney, Santorum Show Ohio GOP Ideological Divide

By Jennifer Agiesta | Wednesday Mar 7, 2012
Moderate, secular and well-educated people propelled Mitt Romney to victory in Ohio’s Republican presidential primary while Santorum drew robust support from the state’s most ardent conservatives and eked out a modest margin among the working class.

Villaraigosa Backs Proposal to Add Marriage Equality to Democratic Platform

By Michael K. Lavers | Wednesday Mar 7, 2012
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who chairs the 2012 Democratic National Convention, announced on Wednesday that he supports the inclusion of marriage for same-sex couples in the party’s platform.

Santorum: I’ll ’Unmarry’ ALL Same-Sex Couples

By Jason St. Amand | Monday Mar 5, 2012
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says that if he is elected president, he would not only ban gay marriage but also nullify all existing same-sex marriages in the country.

Romney Wins Washington Caucuses, Focuses on Ohio

By David Epso | Sunday Mar 4, 2012
Mitt Romney rolled to a double-digit victory in Washington state’s Republican presidential caucuses Saturday night, his fourth campaign triumph in a row and a fresh show of strength in the run-up to 10 Super Tuesday contests.

Analysis: Snowe Departure Will Widen Partisan Gulf

By Charles Babington | Thursday Mar 1, 2012
The surprising retirement of moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine moves congressional centrists a step closer to extinction and highlights the great paradox of American politics.

Gay Billionaire Funds Ron Paul on the Down Low

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Feb 28, 2012
Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, has donated $2.6 million to a super PAC that supports GOP presidential candiate Ron Paul. Unlike other candidate’s supporters, Thiel prefers to stay behind the curtains.

GOP Leader Calls Santorum ’Homophobic’

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday Feb 23, 2012
Former Wyoming senator, Alan Simpson, recently called GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum homophobic and says Mitt Romney has the best chance of beating President Obama in the upcoming election.

A $1M Donor for Every Presidential Hopeful

By Stephen Braun | Thursday Feb 23, 2012
Just two dozen ultra-wealthy donors are behind a surge of million-dollar contributions to the new breed of political committees during the presidential campaign.

Romney and Santorum Trade Accusations in Ariz. Debate

By David Epso | Thursday Feb 23, 2012
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum traded fiery accusations about health care, spending earmarks and federal bailouts Wednesday night in the 20th and possibly final debate of the roller-coaster race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Gingrich Says He’s in The Race to Stay

By Beth Fouhy | Tuesday Feb 14, 2012
Republican Newt Gingrich on Monday dismissed calls to drop out of the presidential contest in order to set up a direct contest between rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Romney and Paul: Not Allies but Not Foes, Either

By Steve Peoples | Monday Feb 13, 2012
Mitt Romney and Ron Paul rarely even acknowledge each other in the Republican presidential race, focusing their attention and attacks on rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum instead.

Former SLDN Staffer to Challenge Mich. Congressman

By Michael K. Lavers | Monday Feb 13, 2012
Trevor Thomas on Monday announced his campaign to unseat Michigan Congressman Justin Amash. The announcement caps off weeks of speculation that the former Servicemembers Legal Defense Network staffer would challenge the first-term Republican.

Obama Raises $1.4 Million at LGBT Fundraiser

By Michael K. Lavers | Friday Feb 10, 2012
President Barack Obama cited the end of ’don’t ask, don’t tell’ as one of his administration’s most important LGBT-specific accomplishments at a Washington, D.C., fundraiser on Thursday that raised $1.4 million for his re-election campaign.

They’re Back: Social Issues Overtake US Politics

By Laurie Kellman | Friday Feb 10, 2012
All of a sudden, abortion, contraception and gay marriage are at the center of American political discourse, with the struggling - though improving - economy pushed to the background.

Santorum Amplifies Faith in Way GOP Rivals Don’t

By Brian Baskt | Friday Feb 10, 2012
Rick Santorum stirs his ever-growing crowds when he promises to right a country awash in "immoral debt" and to replace an administration he argues has "callousness toward life and family and faith."

Santorum to Conservatives: Don’t Settle for Romney

By Charles Babington | Friday Feb 10, 2012
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum implored conservatives on Friday not to settle for Mitt Romney’s moderate record in a speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

Santorum Sweeps Three Republican Contests

By | Wednesday Feb 8, 2012
Republican Rick Santorum is looking to capitalize on a string of stunning victories on Tuesday that snapped his four-state losing streak and raised new questions about front-runner Mitt Romney’s clout with conservatives.

Romney Intensifies Fight For Social Conservatives

By Steve Peoples | Wednesday Feb 8, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shifted his focus from the economy to abortion, religious freedom and gay marriage in recent days, part of an intensified effort to win over social conservatives in states voting Tuesday.

In Minn., Rightward Drift Challenges Romney

By Patrick Condon | Monday Feb 6, 2012
Minnesota once took pride in progressive reform and political consensus. Then last summer warring leaders shut down state government during a political fight in the Capitol. Vitriol commonly erupts and people are arguing over whether to ban gay marriage.

Romney Cruises to Victory in Nevada GOP Caucuses

By David Espo | Saturday Feb 4, 2012
Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney cruised to victory in the Nevada caucuses Saturday night, notching a second straight triumph over a field of rivals suddenly struggling to keep pace.

Romney: Not Focused On Poor, They Have Safety Net

By Kasie Hunt | Thursday Feb 2, 2012
Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, confident after his Florida primary victory, ended up inviting criticism Wednesday when he said he’s "not concerned about the very poor" because they have an "ample safety net."

Romney Wins Big in Florida, Routing Gingrich

By David Epso and Steve Peoples | Tuesday Jan 31, 2012
Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding smartly from an earlier defeat and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney’s Former Intern Says Gay Rights Flier is Legit

By Jason St. Amand | Monday Jan 30, 2012
Romney has denied that his campaign created and distributed gay rights fliers during the 2002 Boston Gay Pride weekend but a former intern has step forward and claims that the campaign authorized the supportive pink fliers.

Gay Marriage Returns to the Political Spotlight

By David Crary | Thursday Jan 26, 2012
With a flurry of coast-to-coast developments this week, same-sex marriage is back in the political spotlight and likely to remain there through Election Day as a half-dozen states face potentially wrenching votes on the issue.

Santorum: I’ll Ban Gay Marriage in Every State

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday Jan 26, 2012
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum recently appeared on CNN’s "Piers Morgan Tonight" and was grilled about same-sex marriage. The politician furthered past comments by saying he would outlaw gay marriage if elected president nationally and statewide.

Romney Takes On Gingrich in Final Fla. Debate

By David Epso | Thursday Jan 26, 2012
An aggressive Mitt Romney repeatedly challenged Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich in a fast-paced campaign debate Thursday night, ridiculing the former House speaker’s call to build costly projects in key primary states and to colonize the moon.

State of the Union Focuses on Economy, Jobs

By Ben Feller | Tuesday Jan 24, 2012
Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama called Tuesday night for a flurry of help for a hurting middle class and higher taxes on millionaires in his State of the Union address.

Video: Santorum Again Heckled on Campaign Trail

By Michael K. Lavers | Monday Jan 23, 2012
In the second time in as many days, protesters challenged former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum over his opposition to marriage equality and other LGBT-specific issues on the campaign trail.

Heated Charges, Counter-Charges in Fla. Debate

By Steve Peoples | Monday Jan 23, 2012
Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich clashed repeatedly in heated, personal terms Monday night in the latest GOP debate in Tampa, Fla.

Gingrich Wins Big in South Carolina Primary, Crushes Romney

By David Espo and Thomas Beaumont | Sunday Jan 22, 2012
In a stunning upset, Newt Gingrich has the South Carolina Republican presidential primary by over 40% and by double digits ahead of Mitt Romney, resetting the race with no clear frontrunner.

Surreal Day for GOP Contenders Ends in Gingrich Attacking Media

By David Espo | Friday Jan 20, 2012
Santorum becomes official winner in Iowa caucuses. Perry drops out, endorses Gingrich, whose ex-wife tells ABC he wanted ’open’ relationship. The already-bizarre GOP race to face Obama just got a lot weirder, culminating in a debate among the Final Four.

Perry Abandons Presidential Bid, Backs Gingrich

By Kasie Hunt | Thursday Jan 19, 2012
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced earlier on Thursday that he has abandoned his presidential campaign. Perry also endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

A Gay Small Town N.Y. Mayor Runs for Congress

By Wickham Boyle | Wednesday Jan 18, 2012
Matt Alexander, the gay mayor of Wappingers Falls in Dutchess County, seeks to highlight his small town roots in his bid to unseat incumbent Congresswoman Nan Hayworth in November.

Video: Mother of Gay Son Asks Santorum About Same-Sex Marriage

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Jan 17, 2012
A mother of a gay son pressed former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum on his opposition to marriage for same-sex couples at a campaign stop in Myrtle Beach, S.C., coffee shop on Monday.

Jon Huntsman Drops Out of GOP Race, Endorses Mitt Romney

By Kasie Hunt and Philip Elliott | Monday Jan 16, 2012
Jon Huntsman abandoned his once-promising campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday and endorsed Mitt Romney as the man "best equipped to defeat Barack Obama’" in the fall.

Rivals Assail Romney in S.C. Republican Debate

By Thomas Beaumont and Beth Fouhy | Monday Jan 16, 2012
In the latest Republican presidential debate on Monday, Mitt Romney defended his record as a venture capitalist, insisted he bears no responsibility for attack ads aired by his allies and grudgingly he might release his income tax returns in the spring.

Social Conservative Leaders Back Santorum

By Thomas Beaumont | Sunday Jan 15, 2012
A week before the pivotal South Carolina primary, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s campaign received a boost with the endorsement of a group of evangelical leaders and social conservatives in a last-ditch effort to thwart Mitt Romney.

Obama Pledges ’Change Will Come’

By Ken Thomas | Friday Jan 13, 2012
President Barack Obama scooped up campaign cash in his Chicago hometown on Wednesday, promising supporters that change can still come if they work even harder this time around.

Romney’s most recent denial of LGBT support latest in decades-long flip-flop

By Hannah Clay Wareham | Thursday Jan 12, 2012
The former MA gov’s presidential campaign denies he OK’d pro-gay message released at 2002 Pride.

Romney Wins New Hampshire

By Michael K. Lavers | Wednesday Jan 11, 2012
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney easily won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. Jobs and the economy were top issues among voters, but former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum faced increased scrutiny over his position against marriage equality.

Economy, Jobs and Marriage Top Issues for Gay N.H. Voters

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Jan 10, 2012
The economy, jobs and marriage are among the top issues for gay New Hampshire voters who will cast their ballots in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Jan. 10.

"Fred Who?" Openly gay Karger ready for NH primary

By Hannah Clay Wareham | Monday Jan 9, 2012
The Republican presidential candidate has been on the ground in the Granite State for more than a year, targeting the "protest vote."

Santorum Asked Whether Anti-Gay Record Makes Him Electable

By Michael K. Lavers | Monday Jan 9, 2012
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum once again responded to a question about his opposition to marriage equality and whether it makes him an electable candidate during a Salem, N.H., town hall meeting on Jan. 9

GOP Candidates Debate Gay Marriage in NH

By Michael K. Lavers | Sunday Jan 8, 2012
Republican presidential candidates were pressed on marriage at the latest GOP presidential debate in Manchester, N.H., on Jan. 7. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney faced a similar question at a second debate in Concord on Jan. 8.

Santorum’s Backers Beg Dan to Quit Savaging the Candidate’s Name

By Jason St. Amand | Saturday Jan 7, 2012
Gay activist Dan Savage created santorum.com in 2003 -- and now the presidential candidate is asking him to take it down.

Did Homophobic Ad Derail Perry’s Presidential Aspirations?

By Eric Miller | Friday Jan 6, 2012
After his disappointing showing in the Iowa caucuses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed he would compete in the South Carolina primary. Did an ad in which he criticized gay servicemembers mark the beginning of the end of his presidential aspirations?

Santorum Faces Skeptics As He Seeks Votes in NH

By Philip Elliott | Friday Jan 6, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum faced skepticism about his support for gun rights and engaged in a hostile exchange over gay marriage Thursday, all the while emphasizing a conservative record that he acknowledges is imperfect.

Santorum Keeps Attacking Gay Marriage; Now, He’ll ’Invalidate’ Them

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jan 4, 2012
Rick Santorum says he would make current same-sex marriages "invalid" if elected president.

Obama (Or His Surrogates) Now Support Gay Marriage

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jan 4, 2012
Members of Obama’s administration have show their support for marriage equality and even Obama has told the media that his views on same-sex marriage are evolving. Activists and supporters now wonder if he will fully support gay marriage in the election.

Santorum Declares ’Game On’ After Iowa Surge

By Mike Glover | Wednesday Jan 4, 2012
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum declared that his strong Iowa showing means it’s "game on" for the party’s presidential nomination, and he’s heading to New Hampshire for round two.

Bachmann Ends Presidential Campaign

By Mike Glover | Wednesday Jan 4, 2012
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann ended her Republican presidential campaign on Wednesday, Jan. 4, after a disappointing sixth place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

GOP Candidates’ Anti-Gay Stances: Winning Strategy, Or Out of Touch?

By Peter Cassels | Tuesday Jan 3, 2012
So far, the GOP candidates have been tripping over each other to oppose gay rights, from the military to marriage. But is this a winning strategy overall? EDGE looks at unchanging attitudes in a changing electorate.

Romney Ekes Out 8-Vote Win Over Santorum in Iowa Caucuses

By David Espo and Thomas Beaumont | Tuesday Jan 3, 2012
Mitt Romney eked out a minuscule 8-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses,

Bachmann Faces Bleak Prospects at Iowa GOP Vote

By | Tuesday Jan 3, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann braced for a possible loss Tuesday in the state where just months ago she won a test vote of Iowa Republicans.

Gingrich: ’I Don’t Think I’m Going to Win’ Iowa

By | Monday Jan 2, 2012
Newt Gingrich said earlier on Monday that he doesn’t expect to win Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses after an avalanche of negative ads against him.

Should Presidential Candidates Get Involved with N.H. Marriage Debate?

By Michael K. Lavers | Friday Dec 30, 2011
Both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have endorsed a bill that would repeal New Hampshire’s marriage equality law. A potential vote could coincide with the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Jan. 10.

Gay marriage repeal a top issue in New Hampshire

By Norma Love | Monday Dec 26, 2011
Repealing New Hampshire’s gay marriage law, legalizing casinos and changing the constitution to bar an income tax are among the hottest topics facing the Legislature heading into 2012, but lawmakers might not vote on these issues until after Jan. 10.

AP Dissects Romney’s Flip-Flops

By Sharon Cohen | Sunday Dec 25, 2011
A detailed AP investigation into Mitt Romney’s stance on issues shows a candidate who has done an about-face on everything from gun control to abortion --¬†with an emphasis on anything gay.

Gingrich, Santorum: We’re Not Pandering for the Gay Vote!

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday Dec 22, 2011
LGBT citizens confront Republican candidates - who are opting to have nothing to do with the gay vote.