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    February 01, 2008

    Huckabee the gay rights moderate?

    Posted by: Chris

    Huckabee Wasn't it Mike Huckabee who advocated quarantining people with AIDS and keeping gays out of the military because homosexuality presents a "dangerous threat to public health"? That Huckabee was certainly not on display campaigning in San Francisco this week, according to the New York Sun.

    At a news conference, Mr. Huckabee said he opposed discrimination against gays in the workplace. "I don't think people should be hired or fired on that basis. There are people who have worked in the governor's office for me who were gay, and it was never an issue," he said.

    However, when asked whether he would support a federal law to ban discrimination against homosexuals, the former Arkansas governor equivocated. "I'd have to study that to find out, are there instances where people are being fired for that express reason? If there is, then that would have to be, certainly, examined," he said.

    That's better than John McCain, who has said that opposes discrimination against gays is "un-American" and yet also opposes any civil rights laws that would actually protect against it. Mitt Romney favored workplace discrimination laws in the past but it's unlikely he does now, after being born again as an anti-gay evangelical.

    The Sun story otherwise documents how most gay Republicans, who favored gay rights moderate Rudy Giuliani, are now expected to flock to McCain. That's likely, but McCain is deserving only if measured by the low bar set by George Bush, since the only practical difference is McCain's federalism-based opposition to a federal marriage amendment.

    While it's safe to say that almost no disillusioned gay Giuliani backers are giving Hillary Clinton a second look, I've heard more than a few gay Republians say that Barack Obama, rather than McCain, was their likely second choice.

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    1. Tim on Feb 1, 2008 10:59:10 AM:

      hmm I'm undecided, I despise McCain but will probably vote for him if Hillary and Obama keep vowing to pull troops out of Iraq. But as a guiliani hopeful, i feel drawn to vote for Obama. I think he'd do a fine job but after reviewing history, I'd rather have a nixon than another JFK. For those who have forgotten it was JFK that gave us, the cuban missile crisis, the bay of pigs, and Vietnam. His pluses were self esteem, the space race, and charisma.
      Nixon on the other hand ended Vietnam, opened up China, and avoided any new conflicts. on the down side he gave us watergate, which I have always thought was overblown. Not that I would have trusted him with kids.
      ...Hillary if only she had divorced Bill I'd probably pop that way.

    1. Lucrece on Feb 1, 2008 11:12:16 AM:

      Hmmm, I'm wondering when you will cover the LCR defends McCain debacle, or would that be too much for Kevin to endure?

    1. Andoni on Feb 1, 2008 11:17:48 AM:

      I would like to correct the historical record as someone who lived through the Vietnam War. Nixon was elected in 1968 in part because of his "secret plan" to end the war. That war continued until 1975, a year after Nixon left office.

      Nixon did not end the Vietnam War. Nixon made a political career of saying he would end the Vietnam War.

      And when the war ended in 1975 it was on significantly worse terms than we were offered in 1969 when he first took office. During that period, another 25,000 US soldiers lost their lives.

    1. Kevin on Feb 1, 2008 12:02:44 PM:

      Lucrece: I'm happy to address the LCR-McCain robocall thing. Why wouldn't we? I'm working on a post about the GOP side right now...

    1. Larry Wilcox on Feb 1, 2008 4:17:42 PM:

      Kevin

      Please support Mike Huckabee. He is the perfect candidate for the Log Cabin Republicans. His family kills animals, think women are inferior (something we can all agree on) wants to quarantine those with HIV (something that should have be done years ago)he wants to get rid of the IRS so it can't fuck up televangelist, he supports religious liposuction and registers at Target for yearly wedding gifts. This is the man who standards are low enough to
      bring together even those right wingers living abroad....
      unless of course they transfer those HIVers to your part of the world and then you will just have to move again.

    1. Kevin on Feb 1, 2008 4:28:34 PM:

      *cue theremin music*

    1. Craig Ranapia on Feb 1, 2008 5:47:54 PM:

      Larry Wilcox:

      Silly chap. Log Cabin Republicans are like Self-Hating Jews for Hitler. You also forgot that the Huckster relaxes after a hard day on the campaign trail by biting the heads off cute kittens, drinking their blood and plotting where to put the gulags when he acieves world domination.

      *cue theremin music*

    1. Lucrece on Feb 1, 2008 5:57:32 PM:

      Kevin: I look forward to it, then ;).

    1. Tim on Feb 2, 2008 5:39:41 PM:

      Thanks for the reminder Andoni. I had forgotten. hmm not many choices really.

    1. Monster Beats Sale on Nov 30, 2011 3:11:08 AM:

      drinking their blood and plotting where to put the gulags when he acieves world domination.

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