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More gays voting Republican now than in 2008, says exit poll

Thursday, November 4, 2010

An exit poll on Tuesday announced that roughly 30% of gay voters are now voting Republican. Wait…. WHAT?

It seems more and more gay voters are more concerned about other issues than they are about their own civil rights.

Gay men, lesbians and bisexuals made up 3 percent of those casting ballots in House races on Tuesday, and 31 percent of them voted Republican.

By itself, that number is amazing, especially when you consider that way too many people think being gay and voting Democratic are one in the same. But that percentage is ominous news for a White House viewed with suspicion by many gay men and lesbians, because that’s four percentage points higher than the change election of 2008.

Let me be clear about this folks, I’m not happy with the Democrats. I’m upset with what I see as feet-dragging and empty promises and I think we need a new solution to achieve full federal equality. But that does NOT mean the Republicans!

As a whole, Republicans hate us. Let me reemphasize that, the Republican Party hates us. In fact, many of the State Republican Party platforms include provisions stating they want homosexuality criminalized.

Different political ideologies are one thing, you may be a conservative on many issues and that’s ok! But bottom line is economic or military ideologies cannot ever outweigh our civil liberties.

What good is anything else if we do not have the same rights as everyone else?

Have your own feelings and leanings towards other political parties if you wish (goodness knows too many in our country don’t even think), but NEVER vote for a party which won’t even recognize your value as a human being.

South Carolina

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6 more reader comments:

  1. I appreciate Mr. Ethington's sentiment, but we as individuals are not defined by our sexuality. We have other things in our life that concern us. There are other reasons to vote Republican, and there are Republican candidates who don't platform on an anti-gay basis. Our rights will be given to us, it is only a matter of time – the wheels of change have started turning. But we still need to be concerned about a variety of other inflictions our country is facing. We cannot be blind to them.

    Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 7:42am
  2. Bronzey, couldn't agree with you more. I think before anyone just throws their vote to the democrats because they think they are gay friendly, they should keepin mind that Bill Clinton (democrat) did not run on an anti gay platform but he DID sign the Defense of Marriage Act. None of these people, democrat or republican are what they seem. They are politicans that want power.

    Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 10:45am
  3. Adding my two pennis to the comments. I am also in agreement with Bronzey and bipartisan451. Also, it is a great opportunity to show politicians that yes, we have political clout, and yes, we are just as strong aand comparable as the christian right.

    Posted on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 7:38am
  4. "In fact, many of the State Republican Party platforms include provisions stating they want homosexuality criminalized."

    Besides Montana and Texas, which other states makes it "many"?

    Posted on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 9:20pm
  5. Here's what it comes down to: Obama has done precisely jack-shit on LGBT issues, so given that the Democrats won't make good on their promises, you might as well vote Republican so at least you don't have to be a gay man looking for work in the second great depression.

    Posted on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 11:54pm
  6. If we'd back off the marriage thing, and accept Civil Unions as a real means of full rights of marriage even more gays will vote Republican. My good Republican friends all are for Civil Unions, bar none!


    Posted on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 9:13am