No Defending John McCain on Gay Issues
Queen please! That’s the first thought that came to mind when I read the sycophantic opinion piece called In Defense of John McCain by Scott Tucker, communications director for Log Cabin Republicans, making excuses for John McCain weak record on GLBT issues. Tucker’s piece was published in the Washington Blade and is a response to a column by Chris Crain pointing out McCain’ serious shortcomings when it comes to GLBT civil rights.
I get that there are seriously slim pickings among the Republican presidential contenders when it comes to GLBT issues and that that puts gay Republicans in an extremely difficult position, but to attempt to defend John McCain’s weak record on GLBT issues must be some sort of sick joke.
McCain has failed to co-sponsor any of the six pieces of GLBT related legislation currently pending in the Senate including the hate crimes bill and a bill to provide funding to reduce teen pregnancy and STD rates. He scored a 33% on the most recent Human Rights Campaign Congressional Scorecard. In 2006 McCain supported the proposed amendment to Arizona’s constitution that would have prohibited marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships.
Tucker claims that it took “enormous political courage” for McCain to vote against the Federal Marriage Amendment. Big whoop! McCain simply voted, as he and all members of Congress should have, against sullying the U.S. Constitution with a discriminatory and divisive amendment. McCain doesn’t deserve a cookie for that. He was doing his job and defending the Constitution.
Tucker further goes on to try and excuse McCain’s pandering to anti-gay evangelicals when McCain spoke at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University by bringing up the Donnie McClurkin mistake that the Barack Obama campaign made. The key difference is that Obama has strongly and consistently supported GLBT civil rights and when called on the carpet by gay Democrats for allowing McClurkin to speak at a campaign event he acknowledged the situation and Obama made amends. Obama has continued to speak about his support for GLBT rights often while McCain avoids talking about our issues at every turn.
It can’t be easy being gay and Republican. The majority of the Republican leaderships wants you to disappear and some gay Democrats call you an oxymoron. But, Log Cabin needs to make a choice. Are they really about building support for GLBT civil rights in the GOP, or are they simply about pimping Republican politicians with questionable records on gay issues to GLBT voters?
Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Advocacy, Barack Obama, Conservatives, Democrats, John McCain, LGBT, Opinion, Politics, Republicans. Tags: Chris Crain, gay rights, John McCain, Log Cabin Republicans.