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  GOP hopefuls court gay voters (AZ GOV)
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Last EditedThomas Walker  Aug 21, 2006 11:40am
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MediaNewspaper - Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
News DateMonday, August 21, 2006 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTwo of the four Republican candidates for governor are courting an unlikely constituency in their long-shot bids to win the hearts of Republican voters:

Gays and lesbians.

Scottsdale businessman Mike Harris and Gilbert resident Gary Tupper questioned what Harris called their party's "holier than thou religious attitude." They said independent voters, including gays and lesbians, could help turn the tide in an election where most Republican voters still are undecided. Both candidates trail in the polls just weeks before the Sept. 12 primary.

Their comments appeared in Aug. 10's Echo Magazine, a statewide gay publication that devoted its most recent edition to gay Republicans. The two candidates said there's a place in the Republican Party for gay men and women.

"When two people are in a loving relationship for a long time, God bless 'em," Harris said in an interview with The Arizona Republic. "Who are gay people? They are our brothers, our sisters . . . They are our family. The Republican Party is on the way to imploding with their holier than thou religious attitude."
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