Republicans afﬁrm anti-gayviews in platform, speeches
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
TAMPA, Fla. — The Republican Partythis week ofﬁcially nominated formerMassachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as itscandidate for president at a conventiondelayed by the arrival of Hurricane Isaacand punctuated by anti-gay platformlanguage and speeches.(The Blade has had staff in Tampa allweek; visit washingtonblade.com forcomplete coverage of Mitt Romney’sThursday acceptance speech and allrelated developments this week.) Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, whochaired the Republican Party platformcommittee, touted the marriage languagein the manifesto — which endorses a U.S.constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage throughout the country — inaddition to backing other conservativepolicies like making abortion illegal.“This platform afﬁrms the traditionalmeaning of marriage and the sanctity of human life, defends religious freedomand Second Amendment rights and callsfor a balanced budget amendment,”McDonnell said.Speakers at the Republican NationalConvention hammered President Obamafor what they said were failed economicpolicies while largely staying away fromsocial or LGBT issues — although marriagewas a cornerstone in a high-proﬁle speechby former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum.The former Republican presidentialcandidate talked about running for theWhite House and shaking hands withpeople from many walks of life as he
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OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
17 LGBT delegates fromregion headed to Demconvention
By MICHAEL K. LAVERSmlavers@washblade.com
As Democrats prepare for their party’supcoming convention in Charlotte, localLGBT delegates stress they look forwardto representing the community at thequadrennial gathering.“I’m excited to be going to theconvention and I’m honored to representD.C. in Charlotte,” said LateefahWilliams, president of the GertrudeStein Democratic Club. She is amongthe four openly LGBT delegates whowill represent the nation’s capital at theDemocratic National Convention thatwill kick-off on Sept. 4. Gay labor activistGregory Cendana is among them, whileDemocratic activist David Meadowswill serve as an alternate. “My goal is toprovide a voice for all D.C. residents,particularly the LGBT community.”Jeffrey Richardson, director of theMayor’s Ofﬁce of GLBT Affairs and theformer vice chair of the D.C. DemocraticParty, has attended two previousconventions as either a delegate or avolunteer. He told the Blade that thisyear is different in part because thepresumptive nominee is the incumbentpresident.“We’ll be focused on how we will unitethe party, unite the base to ensure thatPresident Obama gets re-elected,” saidRichardson.Earl Fowlkes, CEO of D.C. BlackPride and a member of the DemocraticNational Committee, will attend his ﬁrstconvention as a delegate. “I’m glad I’mgoing with all these people from D.C.,which is wonderful,” he said. “I’m reallyvery happy because this administration,this president has been so forthright in hisskill in really creating a better environment
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Delegates to the Republican National Convention cheered party leaders this week after aone-day delay due to Hurricane Isaac.
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Charlotte, here we come
Romney accepts GOP nomination
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The Blade will have a reporting teamin Charlotte starting Monday to coverthe Democratic National Convention. Visit washingtonblade.com forupdated reports all week.
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