The editors of Gaywired.com asked me to write a piece on why gays should vote for John McCain. They just posted it, John McCain Better for All Americans, Not Just Gays. Here’s the opening:
From the outset of the 2004 campaign, I had intended not only to vote for George W. Bush, but also to contribute to his campaign. That all changed on February 24 when the president announced his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA). A week later, in the California Republican primary, I wrote in Rudy Giuliani for president.
For the first time since 1992, I considered voting for someone other than a Republican for President of the United States in the general election. I debated voting Libertarian or not voting at all. I paid close attention to the then-presumptive Democratic nominee, John Kerry. The more I listened to Kerry, the more I realized how clueless he was about the threats facing our nation abroad and how similar his domestic policies were to the failed ideas of Jimmy Carter and other liberal Democrats, policies rejected even by Bill Clinton, the most recent Democratic president.
By the spring of 2004, I returned to Bush, albeit reluctantly, largely because he understood international threats and had a strategy for confronting Islamofascism. Given the stakes in that election, I overcame my unease about his endorsement of the FMA and voted for him, but did not contribute to his campaign as I had initially anticipated.
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