In their blind hatred of the GOP, many gay activists have missed one of the biggest stories impacting gay and lesbian Americans in this election.
While the Republican vice presidential nominee did indicate her support of a federal marriage amendment, on at least four occasions in this campaign, she has said we should treat gay and lesbian citizens fairly, not judging us by our difference.
At the same time, we’ve learned that when John McCain learns “a friend is gay, he says it doesn’t make any difference.”Â The Republican nominee conducted an interview with the Washington Blade, “the first known time a Republican presidential nominee has agreed to an interview with a gay publication.”
And as I recounted in an essay for that paper, not only was I, an openly gay man, credentialed as press at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, but the GOP also made Log Cabin welcome there as well, even dispatching top campaign aides to their various events in the Twin Cities.
Despite this clear evidence of progress, Dale Carpenter wrote last month, “Time and again gay conservatives have been called self-hating, treasonous, and selfish. It’s the worst vitriol against gay conservatives I’ve seen in fifteen years in this movement.“Â (Emphasis added.)Â As with anything by Dale, just read the whole thing?
What explains this bile, this failure to see a Republican Party becoming increasingly open toward gay people?
I see it constantly in the comments to our blog, some so vicious I don’t approve them when they’re caught in our (increasingly capricious) spam filter (but do save them as .pdfs).Â Why do these people hate us so?Â Why do they persist in describing a Republican Party which may once have existed but lives now primarily in the fevered imaginations of its critics.
Why, if they claim to favor a society inclusive of gay people, do they fail to note increasing evidence of that inclusion?Â Is it because they “need” an enemy to demonize and find villain in the GOP?
Is it that their partisanship defines them?