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Fla. Republican Senate Hopefuls Uniformly Antigay

Fla. Republican Senate Hopefuls Uniformly Antigay


All four Florida Republicans seeking their party's nomination for U.S. Senate came out against marriage equality during a debate in Orlando Saturday, with only Mike McCalister (pictured) taking the slightly more flexible position that the matter should be left up to individual states.

Former U.S. senator George LeMieux, former state representative Adam Hasner, retired Army colonel McCalister and former Ruth's Chris CEO Craig Miller "all said they oppose embryonic stem cell research, gay marriage and civil unions, providing gays and lesbians protection under hate crime laws, Internet gambling and the recent deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling," reports the Associated Press.

McCalister said, however, that while he opposes same-sex marriage, he thinks each state should be able make the decision whether to legalize it. He also was the only candidate not to state unequivocal opposition to abortion.

The four are vying to run against Democratic senator Bill Nelson in 2012. The debate was sponsored by the Florida Family Policy Council and the West Orlando Tea Party.

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