BY PHILIP ELLIOT AND ALAN FRAM, ASSOCIATED PRESS
TAMPA, Fla. -- Republicans emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform at their national convention Tuesday that would ban all abortions and gay marriages, reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and cut taxes to energize the economy and create jobs.
MARRIAGE: The platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage. It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The Sterile Cuckoo, the film that made Liza Minnelli a movie star and earned her a first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, will be released Oct. 16 for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD.
From Olive Films:
August 28, 2012 – The Sterile Cuckoo will be released on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time on October 16, 2012 by Olive Films. Alan J. Pakula’s 1968 directorial debut stars Liza Minnelli (Cabaret) as Pookie Adams, a relentlessly kooky coed who falls in love with a reserved young college student, Jerry Payne (Wendell Burton). She actively pursues the shy boyish-man and helps him through the tough first months in school. They both benefit from the relationship; he gains self-confidence and she’s now able to come to grips with her unhappy home life, but sadly he gradually outgrows her. This very realistic and heartbreaking love story received two Oscar® nominations, one for Minnelli (Best Actress) and one for Fred Karlin and Dory Previn for their song, “Come Saturday Morning”.
“The Sterile Cuckoo is a kook named 'Pookie,' a wacky, wisecracking, motherless, outrageously adorable, collegiate gamin (from a novel by Jack Nichols) who comes on like gangbusters. Liza Minnelli plays the role, and her fragile, funny, freshman love affair with an undergraduate entomologist (Wendell Burton in his first screen role) is in a class by itself … It is Minnelli's one-woman show.” - The Hollywood Reporter
1969 | Color | 107 Minutes | Rated PG | Anamorphic Widescreen
News release from Log Cabin Republicans:
Young Conservatives and Log Cabin Republicans Call for Freedom to Marry in Full-Page Ad in Tampa
Also Highlighting Marriage as Conservative Value in Brunch During RNC
(Tampa) - With the Republican National Convention in full swing, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry and Log Cabin Republicans will be running an ad in Wednesday's Tampa Tribune calling on the GOP to support the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples.
The full-page color ad, featuring photos of same-sex couples and their families, emphasizes that the freedom to marry is fully consistent with principles valued by conservatives: freedom, personal responsibility, and the importance of family. The ad comes in the wake of the party's extreme stance on marriage in its draft platform, which includes support for a federal constitutional amendment banning the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Tony Perkins, the president of the anti-gay Family Research Council, authored the marriage plank, which is expected to be ratified at the convention.
"Gay or straight, Republicans are united in the belief that strong families are critical to a free society," said R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans. "As fellow conservatives, Log Cabin Republicans actually agree with Tony Perkins about the importance of family values. The difference is, we believe that the freedom to marry is directly in line with the core ideals and principles of the Republican Party - less government, more individual freedom, personal responsibility and the importance of family."
"The writing is on the wall for the Republican Party: Stand up for the values they say they believe in, or risk being seen as irrelevant with younger conservatives," said Sarah Longwell, Vice President at Berman and Company and a member of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership committee. "This is a party that should support freedom - for all people, and all families."
The ad reads:
"The Institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. Its success as an institution will determine our success as a nation."
Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, GOP Platform
We agree. That's why Log Cabin Republicans and Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry believe that government should stop denying marriage licenses to committed gay and lesbian families. As conservatives, we believe that the freedom to marry is directly in line with the core ideals and principles of the Republican Party.
Family values means valuing ALL families.
Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is hosting a complimentary brunch at the convention today, in partnership with Log Cabin Republicans. The program will be MC'ed by Margaret Hoover, a political strategist and CNN contributor who also is a member of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership committee. Andrew Langer, the president of the Institute for Liberty, will also speak.
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From A. Jay 'Andy' Eddy of Broward Log Cabin Republicans, who are in Tampa for the GOP national convention :
Florida's Log Cabin Council of Clubs hosted a private fun-filled gathering at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant for 135 invited guests and dignitaries. Those who attended the Tampa event were in Florida for the 2012 GOP National Convention. The guests enjoyed a full open bar, a carving station with a choice of meats, and an array of other tasty delights on a beautifully decorated buffet table.
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