The war in Iraq
the decline in the national economy and the increase in the national debt
the right-wing majority on the Supreme Court
falling income for the middle classes while the wealthy are getting tax cuts
fighting a war while refusing to raise taxes to pay for it
the destruction of our military forces by overextending them, so that we cannot fight a war if threatened elsewhere
Neglecting the bridges, roads, railroads, electrical systems, water and sewer systems
lack of a national health-care system
And I could go on, but for me these are some of the reasons I would be willing to back a candidate who may not get a 100% rating from national gay groups.
Yes, gay issues such as gay marriage and/or civil unions. ENDA, full funding for HIV and others are important to me and they do affect me or people I care about. But the issues I listed above also affect me, and all of us, gay or straight.
I am a Democrat, as were my mom and dad and grandparents, and I am not a hawk. I believe in social and economic justice for all, not just gay people. Our issues are part of a larger picture.