Party’s call for federalmarriage amendmentvexes Log Cabin
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Revelations this week that theRepublican Party platform wouldinclude strong opposition to same-sex marriage and an endorsement of the Federal Marriage Amendment hasrenewed debate over whether LogCabin Republicans should withholdits endorsement of presumptive GOPpresidential nominee Mitt Romneybecause of the anti-gay language.This week, 112 members of theRepublican Party approved platformlanguage that afﬁrms marriage asbetween one man, one woman;criticizes judges for “court-orderedredeﬁnition of marriage”; attacks theObama administration for no longerdefending the Defense of MarriageAct; and endorses a Federal MarriageAmendment. Buzzfeed revealedthe draft language on marriage ina report on Monday and quotedTony Perkins, president of the FamilyResearch Council, as taking credit forwriting the marriage language.
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Corkins faces chargesafter Family ResearchCouncil attack
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, a former part-time volunteer for D.C.’s LGBT communitycenter, is scheduled to appear in court fora joint preliminary and detention hearingtoday, following last week’s shooting at theFamily Research Council headquarters. Visit washingtonblade.com for updatedcoverage on his scheduled appearance.Corkins was ordered held without bondlast Thursday by a federal judge one dayafter the FBI and D.C. police apprehendedhim for allegedly shooting a securityguard in the lobby of the Family ResearchCouncil headquarters, one of the nation’sleading anti-gay groups.The FBI placed Corkins in custody
shot security ofﬁcer Leo Johnson in thearm. Police said Johnson, who sustaineda non-life-threatening wound, and otherguards wrestled Corkins to the ﬂoor andtook away the gun.One of the charges is the federaloffense of interstate transportation of aﬁrearm and ammunition. The second is aD.C. offense of assault with intent to killwhile armed.FBI ofﬁcials said the ﬁrearms charge was
have each adopted anti-gay positions, including support for aconstitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
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