Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s so-called “largest gay civil rights organization”, took the Democratic presidential to task when they distributed a queer questionnaire to Hillary, Barack, Johnny and the rest.
The candidates are pretty uniform in their beliefs, with everyone opposing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, state decision making in terms of marriage and equal rights non-discrimination with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. No shocker on those fronts. There is however a bit to discuss in terms of Dennis Kucinich…
Ohio-based Representative Kucinich counts as the only candidate who overtly supports same-sex marriage. The goofy – and sweet – faced Congressman’s campaign cries:
I believe that equality of opportunity should be afforded to all Americans regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. For that reason I support the right of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons to have the full protections and rights afforded under civil law including the right to marry the person of their choice.
I firmly believe that this nation must take a new direction…away from policies that discriminate against targeted groups of citizens because their lifestyles are “different.
His choice of words – “lifestyles”?? – may be debatable, but you can’t argue with his competitive criticism:
The leadership of the Democratic Party is content to advocate a state-by-state approach to the issue of same-sex marriages, cloaking its lack of resolve with the words “civil unions.” On this issue, as on every other, the mainstream political leadership of our nation finds political expediency and political popularity preferable to political courage.
Taking a stand against the majority of one’s party? Now that’s courage!