Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, a former Republican U.S. senator who became an independent after he left the Senate in 2006, slammed the GOP on the issues of gay marriage and immigration. Two weeks ago Chafee signed a bill into law making Rhode Island the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. He said that moderate Republicans who’ve supported gay rights, like Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, haven’t come out for marriage equality because they’re worried about being challenged from the right in a primary. “From the old days, of when in the '50s and Eisenhower, and '60s and Rockefeller, the Republican Party stood for, ‘Take care of the finances and stay away from my life -- keep the books in black ink and leave me alone,’” he said in an interview on SiriusXM OutQ.
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