I'd like to say I'm surprised, but I've talked with my GayOP friends and it was evident to me that they were falling in line behind McCain. When you look at the ridiculously low bar that they lay out, it's evident why. To sum it up, you don't have to support gays and lesbians, just don't go out of your way to slight gays and lesbians.
"On the most important issue that LGBT Americans faced in the last decade—the federal marriage amendment—Sen. John McCain stood with us. Now we stand with him," said Log Cabin Republicans President Patrick Sammon.
Never mind that McCain campaigned heavily for a gay marriage ban in his native Arizona.
Sen. McCain is a different kind of Republican. He understands the GOP lost its majority in Congress in 2006 largely because the Party focused on divisive social issues.
Not divisive? I turn to these two recent comments by McCain:
“I think it’s a fundamental tenet of our party to be pro-life but that does not mean we exclude people from our party that are pro-choice. We just have a — albeit strong — but just it’s a disagreement. And I think Ridge is a great example of that. Far more so than [New York City Mayor Michael] Bloomberg, because Bloomberg is pro-gay rights, pro, you know, a number of other issues.”
"I think that we've proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no, I don't believe in gay adoption."
He certainly isn't making these comments to secure the gay vote. He's playing to the religious right because he feels like he needs to give them something for their support. The Log Cabin Republicans just offered their support for free.
To be fair, I don't blame them entirely. Because Democrats (read Clinton) couldn't provide anything of value in regards to gay rights, gay Republicans who relate more closely to the GOP principles don't have any good reason to jump ship.
That said, what I saw last week in speeches from Obama, Teddy Kennedy, and both Clintons was respect. John McCain has not shown that respect (certainly not in the above comments).
John McCain has backed away from comments made in the New York Times on Sunday, where he said he didn't "believe" in gay adoption. He went on to say he would encourage straight couples to adopt.
In a clarification, his staff (note: not the candidate himself) released a statement yesterday, noting the candidate didn't support a federal ban on gay adoption and that he felt it should be left up to the states (the Log Cabin folks released a statement praising him for that).
I'm more worried about the rest of the clarrification:
McCain’s expressed his personal preference for children to be raised by a mother and a father wherever possible. However, as an adoptive father himself, McCain believes children deserve loving and caring home environments, and he recognizes that there are many abandoned children who have yet to find homes. McCain believes that in those situations that caring parental figures are better for the child than the alternative," - Jill Hazelbaker, Director of Communications
Anyone else find it offensive that we're the worst-case scenario, just above the slop scene in Oliver.
• Millionaire Matchmaker could go gay next season. Insert "It's already on Bravo, isn't it?" joke here.
• A study shows that gay latino couples adopt children more than others.
• Hillary tells the Blade that she talks about gay issues all the time.
“I talk about gay issues frequently,” she said. “I’ve been a longtime friend of the gay community — I’ve been talking about these issues since 1999 when I first ran for Senate and went on record as the first major candidate to say we’re going to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ I talk about ending discrimination all the time.”
• Sydney's big gay Mardi Gras kicks of 30 years. Couldn't really find a tasteless and/or shirtless picture from the scene. My bad.
Lambda Legal, The Charleston School of Law, and AFFA
"An Overview of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Law"
with Gregory R. Nevins, Senior Staff Attorney
Lambda Legal Southern Regional Office
Friday, February 1st, 2008
1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
at the Charleston School of Law
385 Meeting Street, BellSouth Room 101
Charleston, South Carolina 29403
My partner and I have been together for nearly six years. We made the decision to adopt twice since we have been together. Both our bundles of joy make us laugh almost everyday. They love us unconditionally and we love and protect them with all our energy. I'm talking about our two dogs. One was adopted at the age of 1.5 years old from a dog rescue and the other at the age of 2 years old captured our hearts and she came from the SPCA in Summerville. They are fun-loving sisters who use their charm on anyone they meet. If you are a gay or lesbian couple considering adoption and don't want to fight the red tape of having human children. Consider adopting a pet and giving it all your love and attention. Having worked for an SPCA, I saw many gay and lesbian couples adopting pets. Let's face it, it saves on college tuition!! LOL
Local SPCAs have their own websites where they feature photos and descriptions of the animals up for adoption. Do an internet search for Frances R. Willis SPCA (Dorchester County), Doc Williams SPCA (Berkeley County) or the John Ancrum SPCA of Charleston County.
Another avenue is to visit www.petfinder.com and see all types of breed specific rescue organizations in the Lowcountry, and throughout the state and nation. They also wonderful descriptions and photos of the animals available. They will typically make an appointment with you and interview you to make sure the adoption will work based on size of your home, lifestyle (working 40 hours or retired, not sexual orientation), children in the house, other pets, etc.
Give it a try! You will receive the unconditional love of a grateful, lost, abandoned or abuse pet who is seeking a loving and forever home!