OUTSPOKENIN THEIR OWN WORDS “I don’t think it’s very con­tro­ver­sial to sug­gest that a can­di­date who fa­vors gay mar­riage and free con­tra­cep­tion might have more ap­peal to a younger de­mo­graphic. Does any­one want to ar­gue … that there are more gay rights orga

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“Obama va­ca­tions with Reg­gie Love, Not Michelle: More ‘gay’ grist for the ru­mor mill.” —Stu­art Stevens, Mitt Rom­ney’s lead pres­i­den­tial cam­paign strate­gist, in an op-ed about what caused Rom­ney to lose to Pres­i­dent Obama. (Washington Post, Feb. 24) “The so­cial and civil dis­crim­i­na­tion that per­sists as long as our fed­eral government does not rec­og­nize same-sex mar­riage is in­ex­cus­able. Add in the fi­nan­cial dis­crim­i­na­tion gay and les­bian cou­ples face and the cur­rent pol­icy be­comes all the more in­de­fen­si­ble.” — CNBC fi­nan­cial ex­pert Suze Or­man, who is a les­bian, in a col­umn for CNN about how same­sex cou­ples are hurt by in­her­i­tance tax, lack of So­cial Se­cu­rity spousal ben­e­fits, and more. (CNN. com, Feb. 25) “I only knew of Robyn as her as­sis­tant, some­one she grew up with, since she was a teenager. I just knew the het­ero­sex­ual side of Whit­ney.” — Mu­sic in­dus­try mogul Clive Davis, writ­ing about

Whit­ney Hous­ton in his new mem­oir, “The Sound­track of My Life.” Davis said he saw Hous­ton in “brief re­la­tion­ships with men,” de­spite ru­mors that she had a les­bian re­la­tion­ship with Robyn Craw­ford, who had worked as her as­sis­tant. (TheGrio.com, Feb. 25)

— Head­line on the web­site of anti-gay Pas­tor Scott Lively, De­fendtheFam­ily.com, link­ing to a report that Pres­i­dent Obama went on a trip with his aide, Reg­gie Love. (RightWingWatch.org, Feb. 21)

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