HRC Report on John McCain’s Opposition to LGBT Rights

June 3, 2008 at 10:58 am 3 comments

The Human Rights Campaign PAC has released a blistering report on Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s pathetic record on LGBT civil rights. The report entitled John McCain: A Record of Opposing the Interests of GLBT Americans shows that while McCain maybe be a “straight” talker, he is no maverick when it comes to supporting the right of LGBT Americans to equal treatment under the law.

I said it before and I will say it again there is no defending John McCain on gay issues.

Some highlights from Senator John McCain: A Record of Opposing the Interests of GLBT Americans are after the jump.

Opposed Ending Discrimination Against GLBT Americans in the Workplace. Senator McCain cast a deciding vote against the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Opposed Protecting GLBT Americans from Hate Crimes. Senator McCain voted three times against expanding the federal hate crimes law to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Proponent of Discriminatory Military Policy. Senator McCain supports Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and does not believe that gays should serve in the military.
Opponent of Equal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples. Senator McCain voted for the Defense of Marriage Act which prohibits same-sex couples from receiving federal rights and benefits in any state.
Actively Supported State Ban on Domestic Partnerships. Senator McCain campaigned for a ban on same-sex relationship recognition in his home state of Arizona – even appearing in a campaign television ad.
Supported the Confirmation of Anti-GLBT Equality Judges. Senator McCain voted to confirm President Bush’s judicial nominees who had taken anti-GLBT positions. He has pointed to Justice Samuel Alito as a role model for future Supreme Court appointments.
Supported a Discriminatory HIV/AIDS Policy. Senator McCain supported a Jesse Helms strategy to cut off funding for prevention efforts aimed at the gay community and voted to prohibit foreign nationals with HIV from immigrating to the United States.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. algernon  |  June 3, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Yeah, I don’t think he’ll be walking Ellen down the aisle.

  • 2. K  |  June 3, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    HRC did a good job putting this together. It’s well organized, tightly written, and (yes, this is important!) foot-noted.

    Now, here’s our job: Spread the word about McCain. Every day, in every way, help get America past the MSM-promoted notion that he’s a reasonable, down-the-middle candidate. He’s not.

    McCain is an extremist. He’s a menace to all Americans, not just us. He must be defeated.

    Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s help elect more allies to the House and Senate and to state offices.

    And let’s contribute to to help defeat that vicious amendment initiative in California.

    Okay, that’s what you need to do, so why are you sitting there reading this? Get busy!

  • […] The choice for supporters of LGBT equality is clear. Obama has gone on record as being in favor of full equality for LGBT people with the exception of marriage. McCain, on the other hand, has a clear record of opposition to LGBT civil rights. […]


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