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25 October 2010

AP: Gay Voters Mad At Democrats, May Stay Home On Election Day

Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran an Associated Press article that discussed the impact GLBT voters might have on the midterm elections.

According to the report, gay voters across the country are angry at the Democratic Party for pimping them out to get elected, only to later engage in double-talk on critical issues in the GLBT community such as ending Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT).

If Democratic candidates are counting on long-standing support from gay voters to help stave off big losses on Nov. 2, they could be in for a surprise.

Across the country, activists say gay voters are angry — at the lack of progress on issues from eliminating employment discrimination to uncertainty over serving in the military to the economy — and some are choosing to sit out this election or look for other candidates.

Webber, Tammy (2010-10-24). Gay voters angry at Democrats could sway election. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2010-10-25.

I can't say I don't agree with gay voters being angry at the Democratic Party.

In a huge case of irony, a Republican group has done more to end DADT than the Democrat-controlled Congress and White House. Gay-friendly groups on the left, like the Stonewall Democrats, have used the continued existence of Don't Ask Don't Tell as a fundraising tool while the Log Cabin Republicans actually got the discriminatory policy struck down as unconstitutional.

Black, white, gay or straight, voters are smart.

They know when a political party is using them attain or maintain power. Voters know it takes more than just words. It also takes work. And quite frankly, in 2010, the Democratic Party's rhetoric on GLBT issues don't match it's record.