Wednesday, July 21, 2004

'Values' can be troublesome.

I'm sure we've all been following the 'Values' debate between Bush and Kerry. What are the important values? Restricting a woman's right to choose (aka upholding the ideals of sexual morality) or telling the truth to the nation you lead before committing it to a war with dire consequences? 

Or perhaps true values are found in being insensitive towards the GLBT community! Hey, what better way is there to secure the votes of patriotic 35-65 year old white males than by institutionalizing hatred towards homosexuals? Well it's nice to know that Pres. Bush can't do this without upsetting the proverbial waters, and this time in the GOP itself.

Here's an excerpt from an article found on The Advocate:
Patrick Guerriero, executive director of conservative gay rights group Log Cabin Republicans, has been getting asked one particularly humorous question a lot these days: "So who are you going to vote for? John Kerry or Ralph Nader?" After all, he and his group of gay Republicans have seemingly been hung out to dry by the Bush administration and its backers in Congress. This week Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate pushed for but failed to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. A procedural vote on the proposal needed 60 votes to pass but went down on Wednesday by a vote of 48 votes backing the amendment to 50 against. Still, Guerriero and his fellow gay conservatives have been left feeling beleaguered by all the antigay rhetoric that surrounded the Senate debate. "I do a lot of soul-searching," Guerriero admitted. "Our membership is ticked off."
Feel free to peruse the entire article. It's a good read.

As it stands now Bush's anti-GLBT position is a selling point to maintain his far-right constituency. On the other hand, gay rights often ends up antagonizing some parts of Kerry's support base. Many blacks maintain conservative views on social issues due to their strong connection to the Church. It's nice to know that the Log Cabin cats will speak out against injustice even if they have an -R behind their name.