With the Presidential race right around the corner next year, republican candidates are battling each other to take on Barack Obama for the White House. Experts and analysts feel that one of these candidates will most likely become the next POTUS due to the low poll numbers of the current President and the dismal state of the economy even after several attempts to revive it through aggressive spending and policies.
Most people in the LGBTQ community are liberal and vote democrat however, it is the moderate and independent vote that choose the President. Far right conservatism is in this year and there is no shortage of it with 8 potential nominees, so here is a breakdown of each candidate and their views and policies regarding LGBTQ including marriage, military, civil unions and fair workplace rights. Then I will assign a numerical rate each one on how friendly they are to the LGBTQ community. with 1 being the most friendly to 10 meaning they chase homosexuals down the street with a big stick on Sundays after church.
Michele Bachmann: Bachmann might be one of the harsher opponents to same sex marriage and civil unions, even going as far to put an amendment in the Federal Constitution out right banning them, so even state laws that allow them would be over ridden. She has not been shy about being heavily religious and family oriented. Bachmann has stated before that women should be “submissive” to their husbands. Her best and most ignorant quote,
“This is an earthquake issue. This will change our state forever. Because the immediate consequence, if gay marriage goes through, is that K-12 little children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal, natural and perhaps they should try it.”
Her stance on the more or less died down issue of “Don’t ask don’t tell”, Bachmann stated July 13, 2011,
“I would keep the “don’t ask/don’t tell” policy.”
According to her being homosexual is a mental disease and Satanic accompanied with “personal enslavement”. Bachmann and her husband owned a Christian counseling clinic that offered “reparative” therapy to patients seeking to “cure” their homosexuality.
Bachmann rating: 9
Herman Cain: Cain has stated that he was against “DADT” military policy and would not have changed it, but he proclaims that he would not bring up the issue if he were to become president since there are more important issues to be addressed. Cain like most of the candidates, has also mention putting a ban on same sex marriage in the Constitution thus not allowing state to give their citizen that right, however he has also proclaimed that it is really not a non-issue saying,
“I will not sign any legislation that is going to weaken traditional marriage, but I am not going to make getting a constitutional amendment on traditional marriage the centerpiece or the leading issue of my administration. We have a few issues relative to national security, the economy, spending immigration and education that I think we ought to focus on first.”
Herman Cain seems to be less interested in social aspects in this Country than the other candidates.
Cain’s rating: 6
Rick Perry: Mr. Flip Flopper first proclaimed that states should be able to decide on the issue of same sex marriage, unfortunately his tune has changed for a constitutional ban since saying
“Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That’s New York, and that’s their business and that’s fine with me. That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business… I am not, as some in this race have said, OK with New York doing what they’re doing. What New York did was wrong. I will oppose it and I will go to New York, if necessary, and help overturn it.”
Hold on speedy, New York can figure out its own policies, like you stated earlier. Rick Perry has also compared homosexuality to alcoholism in a book he wrote. And just like the other candidates he signed the National Organization for Marriage Pledge, meaning he too would amend the Constitution.
Perry’s rating: 7
Newt Gingrich: Newt is obvious is one of the LGBTQ’s worst enemies. While other candidates oppose same sex marriage, he is adamant about not giving any benefits to gay couples including the right to adopt, medical coverage, and most any other luxuries opposite sex couples have. But do not worry, he will throw out a bone and say gays should have the right to estate trust permissions and medical permissions. He believes homosexuality is a choice and a sin, and would want a Constitution amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Ironically, he has been the candidate that speaks heavily on taking power from the Federal Government and giving it back to the states. Gingrich swears he is pro traditional family, even though he has been married three times (including leaving one wife with cancer for another woman) and has a half sister involved in a same-sex marriage. Newt is a staunch conservative and has stated that lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military is dangerous to the troops and that he would meet with the top brass of the military and find ways to put “Don’t ask don’t tell” back in place or something else more strict.
Gingrich’s rating: 9
Mitt Romney: Mitt is an interesting character throughout his political life. As Governor of a more liberal state he enacted some polices, including a universal health care bill, that are more “lefty” than conservative. During the early nineties, he is on record saying he believed in the rights for gays to have civil unions and serve openly in the military even before it was a hot issue. Now that he can see the presidential chair in sight, most of those stances have changed to be more in tune with the Republican fan base. His opponents have not been shy to bring up his past “malfeasance” though. Now in the 21st Century Romney has expressed opposition for civil unions saying that he would want to see marriage limited to being between a man and a woman and be protected under the Federal Marriage Amendment which would modify the US Constitution and prohibit same-sex marriage. Romney frequently told Republican audiences that every child has a “right to have a mother and father” but also acknowledged that same-sex couples have a “legitimate interest” in adopting children. Romney is against the idea of letting gays and lesbians serve actively in the US Military. In addition, he has said that he would not support over-turning the ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ legislation in 2008. I personally believe that Romney would soften on his views of the LGBT community if elected given his past however he would ramp up the rhetoric in 2016. He was Governor of the first American State to issues same-sex licenses.
Romney’s rating: 5
Ron Paul: Ron Paul, like Cain, feels that this issue is not an important one in America. He has stated that marriage is a religious ceremony and should not be under the jurisdiction of the Federal or State government. He voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 however supported the Defense of Marriage Act. Paul has said that recognizing same-sex marriage at the federal level would be “an act of social engineering profoundly hostile to liberty” When asked in a debate for the 2008 Presidential nomination about supporting gay marriage he said,
“I am supportive of all voluntary associations and people can call it whatever they want.”.
Ron Paul is the hardest to figure out because he doesn’t speak much about gay rights and I believe that he feels all people should enjoy the same rights and not be divided into groups based on sexuality or any other aspect.
“The government has no business in your private life, you know, so if one person is allowed to do something, so should everyone else. The whole gay marriage issue is a private affair, and the federal government has no say.”
Paul voted to overturn the DADT and has received much criticism from his opponents for it. He recently told the Iowa State Daily that straight service members are “causing more trouble than gays” with their disruptive sexual liaisons.
Paul’s rating: 4
Santorum and Huntsman: Their thoughts and potential policies on LGBTQ issues are irrelevant. Neither has a chance with so very little of the vote. But since you asked, besides having the worst last name (Google santorum if you dare) Rick Santorum is heavily against gays in the military and same sex unions. He had a very awkward moment in one GOP debate that lead to a lot of heat from the LGBTQ community when he addressed a concern from Stephen Hill, a recently open gay soldier, via a Youtube video on whether the new appeal of DADT would be continued under his presidency. Huntsman on the other had is the most pro gay candidate (that’s not hard to do with this bunch) besides maybe Rob Paul, and is in favor of civil unions and other rights afforded to the LGBTQ that heterosexuals enjoy.
Santorum’s rating: 8
Huntsman rating: 3
This is a detailed graph on the candidates stand provided by Ned Flaherty and Marriageequality.org.