Author Archives: Lisa Keen

Two weeks, two candidates, many differences

Both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton can be said to represent the "most pro-gay" major party presidential candidate in history. But there are significant differences in how their positions and records stack up. Here's a look at the

Last debate: Both candidates use LGBT issues

Marriage equality, the Orlando nightclub massacre, and the execution of gays in some foreign countries all came up during the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas Wednesday night.

U.S. House: Races of top interest to LGBT voters

LGBT candidates and issues are playing a role in many of the close contests between Democrats and Republicans vying for U.S. House seats next month.

2nd debate: Rolling downhill without wheels

Democrat Hillary Clinton made clear that preserving marriage equality would be a top consideration for her in choosing Supreme Court nominees. Republican Donald Trump said his top priority would be to choose someone in the mode of Justice Antonin Scalia.

US Senate: 57 percent chance of new majority

Election data guru Nate Silver calculates there's a 57 percent chance Democrats might win the majority in the U.S. Senate November 8. LGBT issues are playing in several of the key states that would decide such a victory.

VP debate: Stark silence on LGBT issues

Given Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence's recent very public struggle to defend a new Indiana anti-gay law, many expected the issue would come up in Tuesday's vice presidential debate. It didn't. And Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine made

VP candidates: A record of difference on LGBT issues

Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence have very different records on LGBT issues.

LGBT candidates: still some gay-baiting

A few openly LGBT candidates for public office have suffered some of the old gay-baiting and scare tactics of the past, but most of the record number of LGBT candidates this year seem to be finding acceptance --or rejection-- to

First debate: Trump leans on feud with Rosie

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump once again relied on his long-standing feud with lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell to deflect criticism of his record of making derogatory remarks about women. Most political commentators scored the first presidential debate for Democrat Hillary

Supreme Court: Three cases to watch

There will be at least one case before the U.S. Supreme Court this session testing the ability of groups to claim an exemption to state laws based on their religious affiliation. A second case is asking the court to decide