Reporting that the “largest gay rights group in New Jersey has just voted unanimously to stop giving contributions to all political parties (they only gave to Dem. committees)”, John Aravosis predicts:
I suspect we’ll see other state gay rights groups follow NJ’s lead, which is based on, whether intentionally or not, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Give campaign that . . . our Netroots allies, launched in November. And perhaps it’s time that national gay rights group did the same, rather than simply serving as an appendage of the Democratic party instead of serving their own community.
As I’ve written previously, I believe the boycott that John has spearheaded has helped spur the Administration to move forward on DADT. That said, I’m delighted to see John recognize yet again what we and other gay conservatives have been saying for many years about HRC and their allied groups. They act more like the gay auxiliaries of the Democratic Party than independent groups advocating for gay rights.
To be sure, while we offer similar criticisms, we would likely seek different solutions. We agree on repealing DADT, but part company on other issues. All that said, I admire anyone who stands for their principles without engaging in name-calling and misrepresentation (or any other form of mean-spirited attack). From all that I have read on this issue, John, the folks at Queerty and Pam Spaulding have focused on their opposition to Democratic Party inaction on issues of concern to them.
So, kudos to them for standing tall for their beliefs. And special thanks to John for giving me a great title for a post.