Roll Call: Sexual Orientation ‘Nonissue’ on Campaign Trail

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    Jul 24, 2012 12:55 PM GMT
    http://www.rollcall.com/issues/58_10/Orientation-Nonissue-on-Trail-216369-1.html?pos=hftxt

    A gay candidate for Congress walks into a bar. No joke: Nothing happens.

    A record number of openly gay candidates are running for Congress this cycle, and the reaction, among a huge swath of voters, has been a collective yawn.

    “It’s really becoming a nonissue,” Democratic consultant Steve Elmendorf explained. “If you look at a lot of these districts where people are running, the fact that they are gay is not really that important to the campaign.”

    All across the country, serious contenders for Congress who are openly gay — Democratic and Republican — said their sexual identity plays almost no role in their election efforts.

    “No one cares,” said Kyrsten Sinema, who is openly bisexual and a top candidate in the Democratic primary in Arizona’s 9th district. “It’s about my history of work in the district. ... They don’t care three straws about the other stuff.”

    Other openly gay challenger candidates with a real shot of coming to Congress include: Sean Patrick Maloney, taking on freshman Rep. Nan Hayworth (R) in New York’s 18th district; Mark Pocan (D), running in Wisconsin’s open 2nd district; Mark Takano (D), running for California’s new 41st district; and Richard Tisei (R), taking on Rep. John Tierney (D) in Massachusetts’ 6th district. There are at least four other openly gay Congressional candidates this year, according to a count from the pro-LGBT-equality Human Rights Campaign, but all are long shots in states such as Idaho.

    Tisei, who could very well become the only openly gay Republican Member of the 113th Congress, said that while his sexual orientation gets a lot of national media attention, voters are focused on other things, such as the economy.
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    Jul 24, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    It plays no issue only depending on where they are representing.

    I will use Texas as an example. In Houston, yes an openly gay congressmen could get elected. Out in West Texas where I was born, no chance in hell. Notice how most of these candidates are up in NY,Mass.

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    Jul 24, 2012 1:55 PM GMT
    In the vast majority of the US, the majority of people still fear queers, getting buttfucked or having their children converted. That is why they hate us.
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    Jul 24, 2012 2:22 PM GMT
    LIEV saidIn the vast majority of the US, the majority of people still fear queers, getting buttfucked or having their children converted. That is why they hate us.
    I don't think the vast majority of Americans harbor any distrust or hatred towards GLBT Americans. That is just all the hot air coming out of the fundamentalist lunatics and they are definitely not a majority in the US. All those so called fears of getting fucked up the rear end and having their children converted from heterosexuality into homosexuality is all largely unfounded. It is just all propaganda from the psychopathic religious right.
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    Jul 24, 2012 2:35 PM GMT



    From this website: http://2012.republican-candidates.org/Karger/


    "His decision to run as an independent, while unexpected, wasn’t entirely surprising. The conservative heart of the Republican Party can hardly be expected to throw their support behind an openly gay candidate."
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    Jul 24, 2012 2:54 PM GMT
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    LIEV saidIn the vast majority of the US, the majority of people still fear queers, getting buttfucked or having their children converted. That is why they hate us.
    I don't think the vast majority of Americans harbor any distrust or hatred towards GLBT Americans. That is just all the hot air coming out of the fundamentalist lunatics and they are definitely not a majority in the US. All those so called fears of getting fucked up the rear end and having their children converted from heterosexuality into homosexuality is all largely unfounded. It is just all propaganda from the psychopathic religious right.



    No, you are mistaken. Come out of New York and say that to people who aren't within the safety of New England, a few gayborhoods scattered around the country, or San Francisco.
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    Jul 24, 2012 2:59 PM GMT
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    roadbikeRob said
    LIEV saidIn the vast majority of the US, the majority of people still fear queers, getting buttfucked or having their children converted. That is why they hate us.
    I don't think the vast majority of Americans harbor any distrust or hatred towards GLBT Americans. That is just all the hot air coming out of the fundamentalist lunatics and they are definitely not a majority in the US. All those so called fears of getting fucked up the rear end and having their children converted from heterosexuality into homosexuality is all largely unfounded. It is just all propaganda from the psychopathic religious right.



    No, you are mistaken. Come out of New York and say that to people who aren't within the safety of New England, a few gayborhoods scattered around the country, or San Francisco.
    No I am not mistaken, many Americans throughout the US see sexual orientation as a total non issue. It is only the most outlaying rural areas, tiny hamlets and hick towns that there is entrenched homophobia. Most Americans really don't care anymore.
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    Jul 24, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    as Fred Karger, the first openly gay Republican candidate says of MITT:


    " I just don't think Mitt Romney is well-suited for the job right now. He's got a great record of flip-flops. I think we need some new, fresh ideas." Karger finished his attack on Romney by openly declaring himself as “the anti-Romney candidate.”

    Their spat began when Romney, a Mormon, refused to support Karger in condemning the Church of Latter Day Saint’s opposition to same-sex marriage and their subsequent support of the California Marriage Protection Act ballot.

    The NON-ISSUE OF SEXUALITY is our goal. Our progress in this direction has been impressive in the last year alone.

    But MITT GETS WORSE. He's vowed to the Religious Right that he will support DOMA and stand against us.

    His Gay Republican defenders can only offer us the comfort of "WE DON'T BELIEVE HIM."


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    Jul 24, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    For local and Congressional races, there may well be some Gay or Gay-friendly Republicans.

    But it's not enough to hear "I'm cool with The Gays." from these guys.

    Are they supporting MITT and thus his anti-gay policies--------while thinking of themselves as a 'Friend of the Gays'?

    In other words, ARE THEY SCHIZOPHRENIC....in the way that Gay Republicans tend to be?