Gay candidates for Congress draw interest, hope

  • metta

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    Sep 13, 2010 6:40 PM GMT

    Gay candidates for Congress draw interest, hope

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5io1B4Ln3yupBRlwhk5xVu2mRRczgD9I6V8600
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    Sep 13, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    You do realize in this current US political climate that most admittedly gay candidates are gonna lose? This is an anti-gay year in US politics. It's the year of the bigoted Teagaggers, who are roughly 85% anti-gay (last figures I checked), which is comparable to national numbers for Republican voters.

    So do gay candidates draw interest? Perhaps. But draw votes? Not likely. We just had a primary down here in South Florida, a relatively gay-friendly place, and a number of gay candidates I supported against straight opponents lost. In fact, only one of them won. And the straight opponents all made an issue of their gay opponents being "anti-family values" and were opposed by Christian churches here.

    So this article is a load of crap, given the current US political climate. Gay hope in the US? Not a snowball's chance in Hell. This is the dawn of the new Christian Taliban.
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    Sep 13, 2010 7:40 PM GMT
    We really need to work harder on not allowing the other side to own the word family. We have families as well. If anyone is anti-family, it is the hypocrites of the other side.
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    Sep 13, 2010 7:45 PM GMT
    metta8 saidWe really need to work harder on not allowing the other side to own the word family. We have families as well. If anyone is anti-family, it is the hypocrites of the other side.

    You are preaching to the choir with me. But that is the reality we face in US politics today.
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    Sep 13, 2010 8:37 PM GMT
    In MA, we have an election for governor coming up in November. Republican Charlie Baker is running and his pick for Lieutenant Governor is Richard Tisei, the minority leader of the senate. If Baker gets in there's a chance that someday Tisei could become the first gay governor of this state.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_R._Tisei
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    Art_Deco saidYou do realize in this current US political climate that most admittedly gay candidates are gonna lose? This is an anti-gay year in US politics. It's the year of the bigoted Teagaggers, who are roughly 85% anti-gay (last figures I checked), which is comparable to national numbers for Republican voters.

    So do gay candidates draw interest? Perhaps. But draw votes? Not likely. We just had a primary down here in South Florida, a relatively gay-friendly place, and a number of gay candidates I supported against straight opponents lost. In fact, only one of them won. And the straight opponents all made an issue of their gay opponents being "anti-family values" and were opposed by Christian churches here.

    So this article is a load of crap, given the current US political climate. Gay hope in the US? Not a snowball's chance in Hell. This is the dawn of the new Christian Taliban.


    Yep. That was about the same percentage that democratic voters in California exposed how anti-gay they were by voting against gay marriage while simultaneously voting democrat.

    Quit pretending that the democrats are the "pro-gay" party. It's agonizing watching someone like you routinely blind yourself to reality, the reality that straight people in general tend to be against something which they feel "threatens" the idea of a family and procreation for survival.

    The important thing is not having people embrace homosexuality but tolerate it. All I care about is having the freedom, not convincing people they should love me. There are all kinds of people and attitudes I don't like and can't stand to be around, but I still believe they should have the freedom to do whatever the heck they want.

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    Sep 13, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidQuit pretending that the democrats are the "pro-gay" party.

    So please define the Republican Party in terms of gay interests. Are Republicans pro-gay, or anti-gay? Before you answer, remember I will quote to you the official national Republican Party platform.

    Democrats are gay-friendly. The present Administration and Congress have been lukewarm in their active gay support, but not overtly gay-hostile, as we saw previously when Republicans were in power.

    Your logic runs like this: Democrats didn't enthusiastically support gays, therefore we should embrace gay-hostile Republicans.

    WHAT??? Rather, we gays need to work to make Democrats more gay supportive. Republicans are a lost cause, having prostituted themselves to the extreme right-wing and Christian fundamentalists. A fanatical base they count upon for votes no matter what looneys they run for office, but not ultimately representative of the majority of Americans.

    You can spew your extreme right-wing rhetoric here all you like, but I doubt you'll gain any converts. Which is your purpose for being here, as most of us here have already determined.