Seems some gay voters are wising up to the Democrats, realizing that they only pander to the gay community when election time rolls ’round.
[James] Wyatt, 35, a maintenance worker at the Center on Halsted, a community center serving Chicago’s GLBT community, said politicians only court gay voters at election time.
“Once they’re elected, they’re not fighting for things like civil unions or same-sex marriage or ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ because they’re hot-button issues,” said Wyatt, who usually supports Democrats. “We’re just used as a piggyback for them to get into office. It’s absurd.”
Whether or not that’s the case, Wyatt isn’t the only one who feels that way.
Wyatt “won’t cast a ballot at all because he no longer trusts anyone to fight for causes important to him.”
And he’s not alone; “volunteers who’ve been calling the 18,000 or so members of Equality Illinois to urge them to vote have been getting an earful. Many members say they won’t vote or will vote against incumbents, regardless of their party affiliation or stance on gay issues.”
Wonder if phone bankers from Equality Illinois’ Golden State counterpart have been getting a similar earful. That might account for the increasingly hysterical e-mails I’ve been getting from that Democratic outfit. Despite polls showing Democrats leading out here, gay voters may well be displaying a remarkable apathy about this fall’s election.
H/t Pam Spaulding (via Facebook).