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  1. GingerlyColors 3 Nov 2012, 6:48am

    A gay Republican or Democrat – quite an interesting choice. On Tuesday US voters will not only be voting on who will be President for the next four years but also a whole range of positions from Congressmen and Senators, mayors, councillers, sheriff and other positions right down to dog catchers. Importantly Washington State, Maryland and Maine will be voting on the issue of marriage equlity. The outgoing Mayor of San Diego, America’s most desirable city to live in believes the Republican Party is shifting it’s position with regards to LGBT rights although the GOP has become polarised in recent years with the emergence of the Tea Party movement. It will be interesting to see how things change by the next Presidential election in 2016. Don’t forget that our Conservative Party which gave us Section 28 is now considering introducing marriage equality here although there are still plenty of dissenting voices in the party.

  2. The caption under the picture is wrong. Annise Parker is the mayor of Houstin Texas, which is much larger than San Diego and she’s gay.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 3 Nov 2012, 1:10pm

    One repubican mayor “changing” doesn’t necessarily mean their party is changing. Currently, you can’t be a republican if you support equality for LGBT people, equal marriage notwithstanding. It’s just not acceptable to the majority of them.

    GingerlyColors, our conservative party is in no way near comparable to the republican party. Hell will freeze over before a republican candidate for the presidency will endorse equal marriage, believe me. Not for decades if ever. It’s political suicide and their jobs are far more important than our equality.

    1. GingerlyColors 4 Nov 2012, 4:27pm

      Time will tell, Robert. I believe parties do evolve over time. No doubt the Conservative Party was opposed to giving women the vote 100 years ago but ended up giving us our first (and only) female Prime Minister, under whose tenure saw the introduction of Section 28. Polls in America show an increasing support for marriage equality although the country remains polarised on the issue. While the Seaboards and big cities like Chicago are LGBT friendly, some of the Bible-bashing Mid-West states remain rabidly homophobic. America is a big country and it is a lot further from New York to Los Angeles than it is from London to Moscow. In both the USA and Europe homosexuality is no longer criminalized anywhere thanks to US Supreme Court and ECHR rulings but attitudes towards gay vary.

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