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57+ LGBT Candidates Are Running For Congress

57+ LGBT Candidates Are Running For Congress

Via AXIOS

A record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for all levels of office this year, motivated in part by red states passing scores of laws targeting LGBTQ people. LGBTQ voters are among the fastest-growing parts of the electorate, and also have higher turnout than other voters. Yet there are only 11 out LGBTQ lawmakers serving in Congress. At least 104 LGBTQ candidates have mounted campaigns for House or Senate seats this year. Some of those campaigns have already ended, but as of last week, 57 candidates are still actively running, according to data provided to Axios by the Victory Fund, which supports and tracks LGBTQ leaders.

It’s a very safe bet that most f these are ‘blue’ in affiliation as the GOP doesn’t recognize GAY. BUT Bisexual Krysten Sinema has proved that wrong in the past. So just to be safe. RESEARCH BEFORE YOU VOTE.

Would You Ever Vote For A Gay Republican?

Is it considered an oxymoron in this day and age to support a gay republican running for political office? The question is coming up more and more as time passes, likely a result of our country’s evolution of acceptance of gays, the question becomes even more pertinent to address. Some often find the correlation if they were asked the same question about an African American, Hispanic American or any other racial/ethnic minority. The concept seems odd to even suggest to some but I want to keep an open mind.

This question came about (again) as I was reading about Kevin James, the openly gay candidate running for Los Angeles County Mayor. The article touches on many of the conclusions that I have.  One is that LGBT lean more Democratic. That’s probably because the democratic party doesn’t demonize us and try to strip us of our constitutional rights. They don’t spend millions in ads vilifying us or backhandedly support dangerous laws in other countries. Second is that James would appeal to republicans and could be used to further advance a political stronghold. Could this lead to acceptance of LGBT?

We know of Log Cabin Republicans and even more recently more LGBT politicians like House Representative Mike Fleck (R-Pa) that are both gay and republican. But let’s not kid ourselves here. The republican party has drastically changed in the last decade and for at least the past 50 years or so have become an extremely conservative party. It doesn’t help when they endorse candidates that have blatantly been anti-LGBT and anti-equality and don’t openly challenge anti-LGBT stances.

And that’s what brings the biggest reluctance for me. These potential leaders currently support a party in which, as a group, do not support equal rights. We’ve seen a very stubborn non-bargaining side to this era of republican that value where policy is more important than the people those policies are meant to govern. Where someone’s faith (or lack thereof) is seen as an attribute or a hindrance  We’ve seen a push for more church in our state of government rather than a more fair and derisive separation.

And Democrats are not perfect either. They’ve been laxed in enforcing policy and demanding respect but Democrats aren’t actively trying to strip American citizens of their rights.

Some feel that it may become a conflict within the LGBT community. Because LGBT has become a buzzword in which anyone that identifies with our group gets our support regardless of their political affiliation, philosophies, ideology, etc.,. In contrast the same can negatively be said about the word republican  especially after this election season. So no matter how moderate a republican is many within our community won’t ever support or vote for them.

Thus ideal is much like the notion that African Americans only voted for President Obama because he is an African American. I’ve experienced this many times when someone on twitter or in public assume that was the reason I voted for him and it’s not. His strive for education, fairness, the middle class, foreign policy and support of equal rights is why I support and voted for President Obama.

So I guess that’s my answer. That I support those that support equality above all else, regardless of political affiliation, That treating others fairly and equally with the same rights will always be urgent. All the other aspects like government spending, foreign policy, etc.,. comes next. Reviewing a candidate’s policies should be routine and never assumed because of political affiliation. That’s who gets my vote.

Go Figure: Log Cabin Republicans Upset About GOP Negative Platform On Gay Rights

Today Log Cabin Republicans are reacting to the very strong anti-gay message the Republican Party intends to deliver for the RNC next week.  Despite the progress believed to have been made the conservative gay leader Clarke Cooper, executive directior of the Log Cabin Republicans issued a statement clearly upset on his party’s anti-gay position:

“Tony Perkins may be boasting today about having written an antigay marriage plank into the Republican Party platform, but it will be a hollow and short-lived victory,”The obsessive exclusion of gay couples, including military families, from the rights and responsibilities of marriage, combined with bizarre rhetoric about ‘hate campaigns’ and ‘the homosexual rights agenda’ are clear signs of desperation among social conservatives who know that public opinion is rapidly turning in favor of equality.”

Yesterday, in wording of a much stronger language on their stance opposing gay marriage, the draft from the Republican Party will address in the Republican National Convention next week, the party will make their anti-gay marriage stance clear:

The institution of marriage is the foundation of civil society. The Republican Party platform will strongly oppose the Obama administration’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that bars recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages, in court and will support “a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman” 

The message in the draft also took direct opposition to President Obama’s Administration in his supporting gay rights stating:

“We oppose the Administration’s open defiance of this principle [of separation of powers] — in its handling of immigration cases, in federal personnel benefits, in allowing a same-sex marriage at a military base, and in refusing to defend DOMA in the courts…[W]e believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage, and promote through laws governing marriage.”

The GOP language in the draft of their statment also made note that they do support fair treatment and ”the principle that all Americans should be treated with respect and dignity,” (NOTICE HOW THEY DIDN’T SAY EQUALLY) Well here’s another clue for you Log Cabin Republicans. To me, respect and dignity go hand with equality but I surmise that the republican platform does not share in this philosophy.

In closing, Copper stated that he feels overall that the republican party is supportive of LGBT rights:

“Log Cabin Republicans advocated for the exclusion of any language calling for the return of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ – there is no longer any reference to the supposed ‘incompatibility of homosexuality with military service. We are pleased that the 2012 platform’s language on refugees no longer presents a barrier for asylum of LGBT people who are persecuted and threatened with execution in places like Iran. Finally, we appreciate the inclusion of language recognizing that all Americans have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Is that so Mr. Cooper? And again notice that they did not say EQUALLY did they? So long as they’re polite and nice to your face about denying your civil and human rights with a smile then that makes it okay? I don’t think so.

Typically I am not so blunt in the delivery of my opinion, but honestly Mr. Cooper and other Log Cabin Republicans, what the hell did you expect the platform to look like on gay rights? What about job security and making sure that you are not harassed and/or fired for being gay with laws like ENDA would enforce yet they don’t support? The republican party has voted against marriage equality in every election year and continually brought up measures to deny you your rights as a citizen of this country? So again, what the hell did you expect them to do this election? What did you expect when they use verbiage stating that the “future of marriage affects freedom” but don’t give a damn about your freedom and your rights?

I’m not gloating because I know you’re upset and I take no pleasure in seeing anyone hurting or suffering  and I disagree with several things within my party affiliation of the Democrats but they definitely don’t support hate and inequality. Hopefully you are beginning to see how damning and ass backwards the leaders in your political party have become.