CLEVELAND, Ohio -- High-tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel says he's proud to be gay and proud to be a Republican - but most of all, proud to be an American.
And that declaration is winning Thiel loud cheers at the Republican convention.
The PayPal co-founder is the first person to give a GOP convention speech and acknowledge being gay.
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Thiel says the culture wars are distracting Americans from important economic issues. He says debates over transgender people and bathrooms are "a distraction from our real problems."
His speech caused a stir on social media. First off, it caused a lot of people to go to Google to find out more about him:
And plenty of people talking about his speech -- from all sides of the political arena:
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The Associate Press contributed to this report.