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Which presidential candidate is most supportive of gay rights?

Asked by deepseas72 (1047 points ) January 3rd, 2008

Can you suggest any good websites on this topic?

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boydieshere's avatar

I’m pretty sure Kucinich is the strongest supporter of gay rights, but unfortuantely I don’t have any websites to reference.

sferik's avatar

Dennis Kucinich or Mike Gravel according to GlassBooth.

deepseas72's avatar

Kucinich has decided to back Obama. Who, out of Obama, Clinton, and Edwards, is the most supportive of gay rights?

sferik's avatar

GlassBooth gives them all 81% ratings because they all strongly support civil unions, allowing gays to serve openly in the military, and extending federal rights and benefits to same-sex couples but oppose gay marriage.

For what it’s worth, Elizabeth Edwards has come out in support of gay marriage.

Obama and Edwards both have pages on their websites dedicted to LGBT issues. I couldn't find anything on Hillary Clinton's site.

Also, check out this clip from a Democratic debate with responses from many of the candidates about gay and lesbian rights.

hossman's avatar

You’d think, since Clinton is constantly being accused of being lesbian, that she’d be a little more up front about her position.

Riser's avatar

We need to avoid moving in favor of a candidate who is strong on a single issue. We are all victims of this – unfortunately its in our selfishness that we do this.

Hillary is a barking contradiction but she is no better or worse than any of the others… unfortunately.

deepseas72's avatar

I would hardly vote for a candidate based on their stand on a single issue. This issue does, however, greatly matter to me. Thus, the question. I think the previous answer assumed a great deal, and incorrectly.

Angelina's avatar

You can google to see whether LGBT publications and organizations have endorsed a candidate, and then read those endorsements. Also, it’s always a good idea to check the candidates’ website. They should have a statement on their stance on LGBT concerns there.

Riser's avatar

but make sure to see how they’ve voted in the past. Saying and doing are two completely different things.

deepseas72's avatar

I don’t even know where to start on the previous answer! First, why would anyone suggest that Mrs. Clinton is a lesbian? Could it be they are steriotyping lesbians as course or sting willed women? That in itself is highly offensive. Lesbians come in every shape and size, and cannot be discerned by their personality. I dare say none of us has any information about her sexual habits and preferences(which are no ones business but her own) and therefore cannot make an educated statement about her sexuality. She has chosen to couple with a male partner, and has never claimed to prefer any other,so what reason can be given to label her otherwise? Like so many, she deals with the usual prejudice that comes with being a strong woman. Second, it makes absolutely no sense to say that because someone acuses her of being a lesbian, she has to be crystal clear on her favor or disfavor of homosexuality. She needs to be clear on her stand on gay rights for one reason and one reason alone: she is a politician, and needs to be clear on the issues that matter to this country and the people in it! Her sexuality and any RUMORS of such do not factor into it. By the way, I’m an Obama supporter, so don’t try using that as an explanation for my irritation.

Riser's avatar

@deepseas: if that was directed at me then I have been misunderstood. I was talking about all candidates in general. What they say they are in support of and WHAT THEY VOTE FOR are two different things, I see where the miscommunication came from and I apologize.

deepseas72's avatar

riser: that exhausting rant of mine was intended for Hossman. I certainly meant no offense to you; you’ve provided some wonderful commentary!

Riser's avatar

thank you deepseas. I am always worried about being the culprit of miscommunication.

hossman's avatar

Calm down, deepseas. I have no idea where your rant is coming from. I did not state I was accusing Hillary Clinton of being a lesbian. I have never seen anything of Ms. Clinton suggesting she has any physical attraction to anything, as every photo op with her husband seems to lack sincerity and be posed, but that probably has more to do with the individuals involved than their gender.

I am, however, correct in stating that Ms. Clinton has had to deal with repeated suggestions she is a lesbian. I have seen such comments in sources ranging from credible news sources to standup comedy. I would imagine it is simply a susceptible target for others, as personal attacks and parodies find whatever they may to latch onto, much as Mr. Bush’s squint is a frequent source of parody. My suggestion is that since this is a fact for her, I would think we would see her campaign be more prepared to address various LGBT issues than they appear to be at this time. My statement does imply that other candidates, certainly unfairly, do not have to deal with said innuendo. I don’t believe I’ve seen anyone suggest Mr. McCain may be gay.

I fail to see any offense in my post.

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