If you want more data that gay men and lesbians are pretty much just like everyone else — worried about the economy, freaked out about the direction of the country and perhaps ticked at the slow pace of change with regard to their civil rights — get a load of this exit poll result.
Well, not entirely. I’m still trying to figure out what he means about civil rights. If the issue were civil rights, we already have them.
Of course, I was being sarcastic in the first sentence in the previous paragraph; I know what he means, but if we understand the term before it was politicized, well gay people have long had those rights. Government, as Thomas Jefferson understood, does not give us rights. It is our Creator who endows us with them.
Government, however, can take them away. And governments, at least here in the United States, have not prevented us from living in civil society, assembling free, speaking out publicly and voting. Yes, I know that many gay activists are upset that Congress has not acted on certain legislation near and dear to their hearts — and two bills I believe they should act on, but those bills are CRINO (Civil Rights In Name Only).
That said, it’s nice to see the mainstream media, albeit only in one of their blogs, start paying attention to the fact that gay people have the same concerns as other Americans. Capehart notes that some (probably including himself) might find the 31% of the gay vote Republicans drew as “amazing, especially when you consider that way too many people think being gay and voting Democratic are one in the same.”
But, it’s only amazing to those who live in a Beltway cocoon and/or learn about gay people from the press releases and public statements of HRC and other such groups — as well as their echo chamber in newspapers like his.
That he takes commentary from GOProud Jimmy LaSalvia does show that he’s willing to disabuse himself of some of his Betlway prejudices about gay voting behavior.
One more thing. I wonder if more people voted Republican than the polls suggested, given that many gay people who support the GOP don’t advertise their partisan inclination for fear of earning the ire and/or indignation of their politicized peers. (That is, some gay people who vote Republican would refuse to take the surveys of exit pollsters.)
NB: Fixed an egregious error in this.