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COMMENTARY: Translating Mitt Romney

16 October 2012 Presidential Debate excerpt:

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COMMENTARY: Latino activists join with marriage advocates. Will it work?

The kerfuffle concerning undocumented immigrants and legalizing same-sex marriage are usually competing and unresolved hot-button issues for voters heading toward the ballot box. Immigration advocates and LGBTQ rights groups have long tried to get its constituencies working together.

Historically, the efforts have been abysmal.

But organizations like Casa de Maryland, a community organization advocating for undocumented immigrants has formed an alliance with Equality Maryland and the Latino GLBT History Project.

LGBT celebrities tout Obama's achievements for gay community

Some of America's most visible LGBT celebrities are speaking out in a new campaign video in support of President Barack Obama's re-election efforts.

Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family"), Zachary Quinto ("American Horror Story"), George Takei ("Star Trek"), Chaz Bono, comic Wanda Sykes and tennis great Billie Jean King appear in the video titled "Obama Pride: LGBT Americans for Obama."

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COMMENTARY: The myth of the tolerant Republican

So, the question I was asked is this: “Barb, do you really think I’m a bad person because I’m a Republican?” That question was followed by this: “You know I support gay rights; how can you say I don’t based on the fact that I’m voting for Mitt Romney? I’m not like Michele Bachmann or Rush Limbaugh and don’t you say I am.”

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COMMENTARY: Ryan dumps First Amendment for faith; does Romney?

Until a few years ago, I had a neighbor named Donna. Widowed well before she was ready, she plodded on, alone in her leaky house, unread mail and remembrances piling up in dusty corners. We invited her to holiday meals, cared for her dying cat, and, when the 2007 wildfire forced our town’s evacuation, she came with us, enjoying a prolonged pajama party in a small, borrowed apartment, raucous with four women.

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Editor's Notebook: Vote! Your rights are on the line!

My official election ballot arrived in the mail on Tuesday, and I was as excited as always to exercise my right to vote.

I’ve voted in every single presidential election since I became eligible to vote, and my streak will continue this year when I mail back my ballot today.

COMMENTARY: At long last, dignity?

CAPE NEDDICK, Maine -- If you live for 80 years, Chuck Bennett told me, you see things you never imagined. Crazy, fantastical stuff.

A man on the moon. “Amazing,” he said.

The Soviet Union’s disintegration. “Also amazing.”

And on Nov. 6, if the polls are right and his hope is fulfilled, the people of Maine may pass a referendum for same-sex marriage, which no state has adopted by popular vote before.

“That’s equally amazing to me,” he said. Ten minutes later, he circled back to say it again. “I would like to reiterate how amazing it is.”

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COMMENTARY: The double-edge sword of same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage has been both a flashpoint and an aspiration for decades. An entire generation has come of age knowing of marriage equality: legal, sanctified unions for any couple that chooses a life of commitment.

And like it or not, gay marriage has been a two-edged sword.

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COMMENTARY: Prop 35 on human trafficking poses a progressive dilemma

It is a no-brainer to predict that the anti-human trafficking ballot initiative in California, Proposition 35, will pass by a landslide in November. The measure’s increased prison sentences and fines for labor and sex traffickers are popular responses to crime.

Even Maxine Doogan, spokesperson for the measure’s primary opposition, said Prop 35 is going to pass: “Everyone is against human trafficking. Of course we need to throw the book at human traffickers.”

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COMMENTARY: Will Obama’s support of marriage equality keep some blacks home on Election Day?

African-Americans have worked hard to get the vote and to get a man of African descent in the White House.

In 2008 we came out in unprecedented numbers with Obama taking 95% of the black vote, thanks to the help of his biggest support base -- African-American ministers and their parishioners.

In this 2012 presidential election, Obama's biggest support base will dropped precipitously. And it will be because of both the Democratic Party's and Obama's pronouncement on marriage equality.