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About Walter Olson

Writer and author long associated with causes and publications on the libertarian Right.

The global rise of the gay Republican

By Walter Olson.  Olson is senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a frequent commentator on U.S. politics and policy.

As a spate of news coverage reminds us, openly gay politicians are an emerging force in Republican politics across America, from U.S. Congressional hopefuls Carl DeMaio (profiled here by Jamie Kirchick) and Richard Tisei (Purple Elephant interview with Tisei), to the scattering of GOP state legislators beginning to emerge in heartland states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, many affiliated with the Log Cabin Republicans.

Things are much farther advanced in the United Kingdom, where the number of openly gay Tories in Parliamentary office Continue reading