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COMMENTARY: This election is really about love, marriage and the tie that binds us all

(Editor’s note: Barb Hamp Weicksel of San Diego, whose blogs have appeared on San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and LGBTQ Nation, will now become a regular contributor on SDGLN’s Commentary pages. Her commentaries will appear on Tuesdays.)

We sometimes focus so much on the things that we don’t have, or think we don’t have, or the things that we want, we tend to lose focus on the things that we do have.

I was reminded over the holiday weekend about the things that we have in our lives that bring us joy and make us happy. Mainly; I was reminded about the gift of love.

COMMENTARY: Mitt Romney tells hurricane victims to bootstrap it, call 211

Following his lackluster speech at the Republican National Convention in Florida last week, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney reportedly went off script Friday to make what appeared to be a well-scripted campaign stop in the Hurricane Isaac-flooded town of Jean Lafitte in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

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Point/Counterpoint: Excited for the Democratic Convention?

(Editor’s note: San Diego Gay & Lesbian News has an exclusive local media partnership with QNotes in presenting special LGBT community-oriented coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, which will be Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C.)

(Two short commentaries from qnotes editor Matt Comer and Bil Browning, founder and editor-in-chief of The Bilerico Project (bilerico.com), a partner in qnotes' special DNC coverage.)

Why I'm Not Excited About Going to the Dem Convention

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COMMENTARY: Paul Ryan swaps unborn babies for vice presidency

Less than two weeks after joining Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign as the GOP’s presumptive vice presidential candidate, U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan has publicly confirmed his erstwhile inner opportunist.

Ryan, who is “very proud of [his] pro-life record,” was faced with a choice between the dangling prize of the vice presidency and remaining true to the source of his pridefulness. Lo and behold, Ryan is surprisingly pro-choice, albeit in a 1-percent sort of way.

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COMMENTARY: The 2012 GOP platform is "a foot on the neck of American citizens"

WASHINGTON — A high ranking official from within the Democratic party on Wednesday labeled the nearly finished 50-page platform document of the Republican National Committee as a “foot on the necks of American citizens.”

The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that the GOP’s platform policies take specific aim at women’s rights and gay rights, and noted that all efforts in Tampa so far have been orchestrated by far right organizations and lobbyists, leaving moderates within the party no where to turn.

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COMMENTARY: Nothing new in GOP’s anti-woman, anti-gay platform

The GOP's anti-abortion platform hasn't changed — it is identical to that of its 2008 platform, allowing abortions only in cases of rape and incest.

The GOP's anti-gay platform also hasn't changed — it is identical to that of its 2008 platform, allowing marriage only between a man and a woman.

The Grand Old Party’s future, which includes a younger generation of social conservative and LGBTQ voices, depends on its ability to have open discussions about abortion, reproductive coercion and gay rights.

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COMMENTARY | The bold-faced lies of LGBT Weekly and Bob Filner

(Editor’s note: For the record, SDGLN Editor in Chief Ken Williams is a registered Democrat who is staying neutral in the San Diego mayoral race to maintain the ethical standards of journalism. Williams has won numerous awards during his 40 years in journalism, and previously worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. With this commentary, Williams refutes the distortion of the truth by LGBT Weekly and Bob Filner.)

“Politics have no relation to morals.” -- Niccolo Machiavelli

Gay candidate slammed over water fight article

Consider the dilemma of a very left-of-center Democrat, positioned as a "progressive" running against a gay Republican for mayor in a city that has elected Republicans to that position.

He can't exactly verbally gay-bash or openly appeal to the anti-gay vote. But, retiring Congressman Bob Filner, running for San Diego mayor, found a unique way to remind the public that his opponent, Carl DeMaio, is gay.

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COMMENTARY: At 42, Paul Ryan is out-of-step with his generation

On paper, you’d think a 42-year-old Republican would be up to speed on marriage rights, and might even, given his age, be tolerant.

To my surprise, Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, U.S. Congressman Paul D. Ryan from Wisconsin, is not only no ally to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities — he’s completely ignorant of our struggle.

When it comes to the issue of marriage equality, Ryan has consistently voted it down.

In defending his stalwart stance for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage Ryan stated:

LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: A dialogue between Gloria Johnson and Johnathan Hale

(Editor's note: San Diego community activist Gloria Johnson and Hale Media publisher Johnathan Hale exchanged emails about Hale's Letter to the Community in which he opined: "Real LGBT leaders don't put politics above Pride." The letter was the most-read story on SDGLN on Thursday and stimulated much public discussion across Social Media.

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