When i was in St. Paul, I heard former Congressman Jim Kolbe recount how John McCain reacted when the Arizona Senator learned his House colleague was gay:
It doesn’t make any difference, you’re a great legislator, you’re going to be a great legislator tomorrow. Â You’re my friend, you’re going to be my friend tomorrow.
Turns out Jim Kolbe’s experience was not unique. When then-Tempe Mayor (and current president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)) Neil Giuliano publicly came out as gay, McCain reacted in a similar manner:
“John was the first to tell the religious right, ‘This doesn’t make a damned bit of difference,”’ Giuliano said, remembering how McCain went out of his way to call him a good mayor and a great friend. ”Politically in Arizona, McCain should have done just the opposite. Instead, he came right to my defense. He’s a loyal friend.”
An interesting pattern. Two cases, similar reaction. When John McCain learns a friend is gay, he says it doesn’t make any difference. Â And that’s the way it should be, that our sexuality shouldn’t change the way others treat us.
John McCain treats gay people as individuals. Another reason I’m proud of my party’s presidential nominee.