Statements about Gays and Lesbians

"In 1958, there were 16 states in this country that prohibited -- prohibited -- an African-American and a Caucasian from being married."

"Opinion polls show that the majority of Americans, and the majority of New Jerseyans, favor marriage equality for same sex couples."

Congressional Republicans have introduced dozens of bills on social issues and other topics, but "zero on job creation."

Says Rick Perry flip-flopped on gay marriage by first saying it was a state’s rights issue and then saying he was in favor of a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

"Josh Mandel used to be pro-choice, now he’s anti-choice. He used to be sympathetic towards gay and lesbians and now he’s [not]."

"Polls now show a majority of Catholics favor marriage equality."

Says scientists are "in dispute" over whether being gay is a choice.

"There's no scientific conclusion that (being gay) is genetic."

On whether judges should be allowed to place children with gay couples who wish to adopt.

"The people of Rhode Island don't want same-sex marriage."

"Full marriage equality [would provide same-sex couples] with about 1,700 rights."

Says the majority of Americans support gay marriage.

A 2005 gay pride vote "had nothing to do with discrimination."

"Between Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas over 8,000 same-sex couples are raising children."

"Massachusetts public schools teach kids as young as kindergartners about gay marriage."

"Over 80 percent of the people want the shot to vote" on whether to approve same-sex marriage, according to polls.

Says that "all those who do not answer directly to the president, they've said (repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell) is a terrible idea."

"The senior senator from Arizona (John McCain) said he couldn't support repealing 'don't ask, don't tell' because of the economy."

The Pentagon's survey about the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy found that 92 percent of service members "agree that they could serve ... in a unit in combat" without compromising "mission readiness."

Says Republican candidates in Oregon are "advocating violence" against gays.

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