There Are No Good Gay Candidates

I hope that Casey, one of our regular commenters, won’t mind me stealing a blurb from one of our recent email exchanges:

In response to the recent revelation of a McCain gay-baiting phone automated phone call, Casey had this to say:

I note that there is no indication that McCain himself approved the script… and I remember that no candidate is perfect. Obama had McClurkey on his campaign. Bill Clinton bragged in ads about passing the Defense of Marriage Act. Hilary lies, claiming Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was supposed to be a transitory measure, and Ron Paul, right after saying “sure” gays should have the rights of marriage, followed it up by saying “just so they don’t expect to impose their relationship on somebody else,” and voted for the defense of marriage act.

I would add that John Edwards has moral qualms with gay relationships, Romney did a 180 like it was his job, and Huckabee is, well, Huckabee.

The fact of the matter is: no major presidential candidate is taking gay and transgender people seriously. I take comfort in know that years later people will look back upon the speeches our politicians are making today and say “What were they thinking??” History will judge them.

That being said, history will judge us if we base our decision on which politicians to support based upon their negligible distinctions in LGBT issues. There is a war in the Middle East, a genocide in Darfur, ravaged communities along the Gulf coast. We have domestic security and complicated economy theory to work out. There are far too many children without health care and veterans not being properly looked after. Gay and transgender people know the sting of oppression and what it feels like to be overlooked by the national consciousness.

I’d like to know what other issues are on the hearts of our readers. Please share with us so we can find ways to improve our society together!

4 Responses to “There Are No Good Gay Candidates”
  1. KipEsquire says:

    “voted for the defense of marriage act”

    Just to be clear, Ron Paul was not in Congress when DOMA was voted upon. He said he would have voted for it had he been serving at that time.

    He did, however, sponsor a jurisdiction-stripping bill to block judicial review of federal DOMA.

    He also said that, were he a state legislator, he would “do all I could to oppose any attempt by rogue judges to impose a new definition of marriage on the people of my state.”

    His rabid anti-gay bigotry is sufficiently demonstrated without any need to err regarding the vote on federal DOMA.

  2. Brian says:

    I think we can all agree that no candidate (save Kucinich and Gravel) are completely acceptable when it comes to recognizing and valuing gay and trans people and their relationships. With that in mind: What other issues are there affecting America that we should be concerned about and what can we do about them?

  3. Casey says:

    Heya Brian – gotta say, I was amused to see my name mentioned in the blog today, and no worries about posting that part of our correspondence, especially since I very much appreciate the substance of the post. (Oh, and my bad, Kip – I was writing that off the top of my head, and had I known it was likely to be published, I’d have double-checked that information. Thanks for further proving my point about Paul, though.)

    So, other issues I care about – national security comes to mind first and foremost, followed quickly by free trade and rational fiscal policy that includes somehow addressing the entitlement issues we have with social security and medicare, and being a Californian, I want to see a humane and just solution to the illegal immigration issue. Legal critter that I am, Supreme Court nominations are big to me, too (I like judges like Roberts and Thomas and appreciate their view of the Constitution, while Ginsberg and Stevens tend to drive me nuts).

    In the end, though, I’ll admit that I’m looking for a candidate whose character, experience and temperament seem well-suited to the position – I want guts, pragmatism and just a touch of idealism. I’ve come down supporting McCain for the above reasons, but flawed as they are, there are a few respectable candidates in the race, and I’m glad to see an acknowledgment that there’s a bigger picture out there to take account of.

  4. Matt says:

    Everyone is fully aware of my commitment and concern regarding LGBT issues, but I also have deeply felt concerns regarding health care and the plight of low-income workers and middle class America. Specifically, there is no excuse for poverty in America. None. We are among the richest nations in the history of humanity and, yet, we have millions of children living in absolute poverty within our own borders. Our health care system is almost to the point of being beyond repair and millions of people are uninsured (for many reasons).

    Although I also am deeply committed to seeing our government follow its own Constitution, I can’t bring myself to support Paul, given his rabid and unapologetic bigotry.

    I’m still saddened by Edwards’ departure from the campaign trail and, to be honest, I really don’t know if I’ll be able to support Clinton or Obama with a full commitment.

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