You’d think that a group that advocates for gay rights would want to elect a gay Republican to Congress. When his fellow partisans see that a gay man supports them on the key issues of the days, cutting the size and scope of the federal government, increasing individual and economic liberty, securing our borders, Republican legislators would be less likely to see gay people as just another Democratic interest group.
More aware of the diversity of the gay community, Republicans working with a gay man might be more supportive of state recognition of same-sex civil unions and might be willing to move forward on legislation facilitating the immigration of same-sex domestic partners.
But, instead of developing new strategies to sway Republicans, the party likely to hold the House majority at least through the next Congress, gay leaders seem ever eager to prove their allegiance to the Democratic Party. An openly gay man, Mike Gin, the accomplished mayor of Redondo Beach, is running as a Republican to fill the seat vacated by Jane Harman who resigned her South Bay (Los Angeles County) seat “to become president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars“.
Despite Mike’s sexuality and his record, the gay and lesbian auxiliary of the California Democratic Party Equality California, through its PAC, is backing Democrat Debra BowenALSO
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FROM THE COMMENTS: Benjamin in WeHo offers an important insight:
Mike Gin has been married to his husband for 16 years. EQCA is a marriage-equality organization. How could anyone be more EQCA-y than Mike Gin? Debra Bowen is an ordinary straight woman with no special relationship with gay people. Mike Gin could show social conservatives that gays have family values. They aren’t all Ted Haggards and Roy Ashburns.
All conservatives and Republicans who are concerned about gay rights should support Mike Gin in any way they can. This is a special election that will receive enormous national attention after the primary, and it is one of the first elections ever where a respectable, married gay man has a strong chance of winning a seat in Congress.
ALSO FROM THE COMMENTS: This comes as no surprise to Mark Noonan who recalls “back in 1980 when liberal Republican Millicent Fenwick was running for re-election the feminist groups backed her male, Democrat opponent. Its all about the party and all liberal groups are mere auxiliaries of the Democrat party.”