Saturday, November 6, 2010

Prediction: Gays will regret voting GOP to spite Obama


Because Obama dragged his feet on some issues,  did we need to vote in agents of regression???

 ". . . because the election centered around jobs and economy, Denis Dison of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund anticipated that many LGBT Americans would be in for a surprise.

“I think a lot of people will wake up on Wednesday morning and say, ‘Oh, my God, we’re going to be in the desert for a little while,’” said Dison, director of communications.

Dison said it was tactically brilliant for the Tea Party movement and Republicans to steer clear of social-issue discussions such as gay rights and abortion because many of their candidates trend so far to the right of the nation as a whole.

“I think there will be a rude awakening at some point,” Dison said. “I understand that people are so fed up with unemployment and joblessness, but a lot of candidates will have been elected that do not reflect mainstream American values when it come to LGBT equality.”. . . Source:The Advocate 

In the wake of the seismic change brought about by Election Day results on Tuesday, supporters of LGBT rights are making new plans to advance their agenda in Congress as many signature bills now seem out of reach.

On Tuesday, the Republicans swept back into power by winning a majority of seats in the U.S. House and by shrinking the Democratic majority in the Senate.
CNN on Wednesday projected the GOP will take control of the U.S. House in the 112th Congress by winning at least 60 seats in the election — far more than the 39 seats the party needed to take control of the chamber.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), who was given a score of “0″ on the Human Rights Campaign’s most recent congressional scorecard, will likely replace House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in that role when Republicans come into power in the next Congress.   And already,  Tony Perkins is gloating:  From Joe.My.God:"Writes distraught liberal blogger, Will Neville: 'Two years from now, we will look back on November 2, 2010, as the day that far-right Republicans ushered in the most anti-choice, anti-sex ed, anti-LGBT, anti-family planning Congress in our nation's history.' We certainly hope so!

"Seventy-four judges were up for retention in Iowa--and only the three who imposed same-sex 'marriage' on the state are now unemployed. Coincidence? Of the Maine legislators who redefined marriage in 2009, 22 woke up Wednesday morning without jobs. In at least six state legislatures, where a push for same-sex 'marriage' was imminent, Democrats lost their majorities. Say what you will about these midterm elections. But the message to politicians and judges is that there is a political price to pay for imposing a pro-homosexual agenda on people without their consent." - Family Research Council executive director Tony Perkins. 
 Nevertheless,  this rationalization comes from Slog the Stranger:  Let me be clear: gay people who vote for Republicans need to have their heads examined. And, as I said after the presidential election in 2008, the difference in the gay vote for Kerry in 2004 and the gay vote for Obama in 2008 is a rough measure of just how many rabid gay racists are out and out there. In 2004 77% of the gays voted for Kerry; in 2008 70% of the gays voted for Obama. Only racial animus can explain the gay votes that the McCain/Palin ticket picked up. But if we're not going to see any progress on LGBT civil rights under Democrats—despite the promises and once-large-but-now-just-a-memory majorities—a significant chunk of gay voters are going to give up on the Dems and vote their economic self-interest, or vote Republican, because...
to which this reasonable,  I think,  poster retorts:
"Yeah, thanks for all the work done by people like you on the left to drive down Dem voter enthusiasm. Best of luck with the total lack of regress you assure we'll see under our new teabagger legislators."

And finally,  from Religion Dispatches:
Despite the wins, however, progress on measures near and dear to the hearts of LGBT Americans now may be dead on arrival with many newly elected anti-gay Tea Party backed candidates like Rand Paul and Pat Toomey preparing to take their seats in the Senate.

Advocates on both sides of the aisle almost uniformly agreed that the large agenda items such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Defense of Marriage Act repeal, and passing domestic partner benefits for government employees would be nonstarters in the 112th Congress. But most also agreed that "don't ask, don't tell" repeal might still garner bipartisan support.
The only gay people who seem to be happy with the results are the gay Republicans over at GOProud. Christopher Barron, chairman of the Board of GOProud said the LGBT community should see the opportunities for economic equality that a Republican majority in the House could bring.

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