The Rise of Anti-Gay Beltway Power Broker Cleta Mitchell – For Her, It’s Personal

By: Monday April 8, 2013 5:40 am

There’s a great piece up at The Atlantic by Jonathan Krohn that profiles Cleta Mitchell, who was the primary force behind GOProud’s exclusion from CPAC last year (and was embarrassed this year when her anti-gay panel featuring NOM’s Brian Brown was sparsely attended, while GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia was on a standing-room only panel).

She’s a partner in the powerful firm of Foley & Lardner and has among her client base of DC social conservatives Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC). Mitchell was referred to by the Wall Street Journal as “the consigliere” when it comes to campaign finance law, embraced by virtually all of the teahadist candidates.


Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) Now Supports Marriage Equality – After His Gay Son Comes Out to Him

By: Friday March 15, 2013 8:17 am

It’s kind of sad that there’s no empathy or common sense for the support of the civil right of gays and lesbians to marry until the issue smacks you in the face when a loved one comes out to you. But I’ll take the reality check — the act of coming out, as I’ve said many times before, is the most powerful bit of activism one can do. And Will Portman did just that — he came out to his dad, Senator Rob Portman, who has been on the record supporting both the Defense of Marriage Act and the Federal Marriage Amendment during his career.

And the father saw the light.

Right Wing CPAC Crackup over Gay Rights Group

By: Wednesday December 29, 2010 11:30 am

CPAC, the venerable right-wing gathering, has a problem over its welcoming of the conservative gay group GOProud, fomenting into a full-fledged revolt by several right-wing fundie groups, who are now boycotting CPAC over GOProud’s participation.

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