Antigay Legislators Not Giving Up on ‘Turn Away the Gays’ Bills

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The Advocate
By Matt Baume
January 12, 2015

It’s a particularly unpleasant time to be a homophobic elected official. Not only are marriage bans falling across the country, but antigay animus, once considered a safe political position, is increasingly becoming a liability.

Case in point? Just look at Jeb Bush’s two-stepping efforts to backtrack on the Republican Party’s entrenched antigay positions to become a viable candidate for president in 2016.

In response, legislators who previously championed marriage bans are now adopting a more subtle tactic: proposing laws that penalize gay couples for marrying or state officials for allowing those marriages.

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