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Republicans attack gay rights as Iowa caucus nears

As the Iowa Republican caucus race heats up and Jan. 3 nears, the GOP hopefuls are brandishing their biggest and best conservative credentials. While the polls indicate Mitt Romney has a slight lead over his closest rivals, it’s still too close to call.

Here’s a smattering of some of the latest homophobic and other quotes from the leading presidential candidates:

“We don’t come out of a background where we can buy a seat or buy, as Mayor Bloomberg did, buy the mayorship of New York. I mean if you look at how much he spent, he just wrote a check and bought it. I think that’s very dangerous to the future of American democracy. My dad served in the Army for 27 years; I was a college teacher. I’m a middle class person.”

Newt Gingrich

“Mitt Romney has defended gay marriage and even signed marriage licenses for same-sex couples, and Ron Paul doesn’t believe the government should protect the institution of marriage. I have a record of defending life, marriage, and the family, and I’ll protect them as president of the United States.”

Michele Bachmann

“We’re not first, and those polls have been all over the map and it shows we’ve made progress — it shows the people of Iowa are getting down to making the tough decisions to who they are going to support in their final analysis… Well, look, I have nothing against gay people. They have rights of every other citizen. But what they did in Iowa and what some are trying to do – not all gays – but some are trying to do is change the laws of this country with respect to what the definition of marriage is.”

Rick Santorum

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s my view… I think at the time the Constitution was written it was pretty clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. And I don’t believe the Supreme Court has changed that.”

Mitt Romney

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