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  Joe Walsh In 1996: I'm The Most 'Gay-Friendly Republican Around'
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Last EditedCOSDem  Oct 24, 2012 09:51pm
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News DateThursday, October 25, 2012 03:50:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIt was just four days ago that conservative Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) dismissed gay marriage as a "socioeconomic issue" that can have a negative impact on the children of LGBT parents.

But a look back at Walsh in 1996 reveals a far different politician: one who prided himself on being the most pro-gay rights Republican in town.

"If there's a more gay-friendly Republican around, I'd like to meet them," Walsh said in an interview with the Windy City Times.

Walsh, who at the time was running against former Rep. Sid Yates (D-Ill.), cast himself not just as liberal, but as being out front on social issues that appeal to Democrats. He vowed that, if elected to Congress, he would support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, vote to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell, enact domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples and be an all-around leader on gay issues.
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