AP story says gay voters are angry at Democrats, suggests more voters may vote Green Party

(excerpt from) An AP story posted at Long Island Press
Gay voters angry at Democrats could sway election
by Associated Press on October 24th, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) — Kate Coatar is seriously considering voting for Green Party candidates instead of Democrats, whom she normally supports. James Wyatt won’t cast a ballot at all because he no longer trusts anyone to fight for causes important to him.

If Democratic candidates are counting on long-standing support from gay voters to help stave off big losses on Nov. 2, they could be in for a surprise.

Across the country, activists say gay voters are angry – at the lack of progress on issues from eliminating employment discrimination to uncertainty over serving in the military to the economy – and some are choosing to sit out this election or look for other candidates…

Wyatt…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.”…

13 thoughts on “AP story says gay voters are angry at Democrats, suggests more voters may vote Green Party

  1. Chris Cole

    I have asjed the same question of other LGBT folks, about their loyalty to the Democratic Party. After all, I reminded them, Democrat Bill Clinton signed DOMA and didn’t eliminate DADT, even when he had DEm majorities in both houses. In my own state, The Dems had controlled the legislature for a 100 years, but we still had the Crime Against Nature law on the books. their answer was always that they had to vote Democrat to keep the Republicans from atking over. But the next logical question was, What MORE could the Republicans do that wasn’t already being done by the Democrats? As a Libertarian I was pledging to end DADT, repeal DOMA, and end the Crimes Against Nature law. But somehow I wasn’t worthy of support.

  2. Ross

    Kimberly, in the headlines you should really put a comma there instead of a period and there’s no need for a period at the end.

  3. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    Ross at #3:

    Dear Ross,

    You are probably correct.

    But, heck, I filed three stories today. You filed none.

    Perhaps you should post some stories instead of critiquing mine.

    -KW

  4. Ross

    Kimberly, I didn’t mean to insult you. I was just pointing it out because that’s how I was originally told to write the headlines and that’s how I’ve seen the other contributors doing it.

  5. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    Ross,

    It is no big deal.

    But, it is better to give pointers to fellow contributors/writers via e-mail, or our list-serve.

    Not a big deal.

    -Kimberly

  6. Catholic Trotskyist

    Kimberley and Ross seems can’t get along, just like a lot of left-wing third party people. If they can’t get along with each other, how can they govern the nation? This is why they are suceptable to Ralph Nader Mike Kavlan criminal conspiracy. Gays should go libertarian; they don’t really care about the economic social prograsm anyway. This way the moderate conservative Christians can move towards the Democrats, and GOD’S HOLY PROGRAM OF CATHOLIC TROTSKYISM CAN MOVE FORWARD. The new libertarian gays might be more open to PLAS, so that at least would be a good thing.

  7. Kimberly Wilder

    Catholic Trotskyist,

    Thank you for your always amusing and thought-provoking post.

    I believe that you may be overstating the problem.

    I find that Americans are not used to intimacy and conflict resolution.

    Every once in awhile, when people work together on a project or in a small space, they have to say or do things to create space for themselves, clear the air, express their needs, etc.

    People do it at various levels of gracefulness depending on their current state of well-being and/or how adamant they are.

    So, I think it is okay for people to exchange some prickly banter here and again. It keeps things real, and provides hope that when they get into government, they will know how to create change without being frightened of the inevitable prickly feedback from the status quo.

    It’s all good.

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