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US: Gay voters were key in President Obama’s re-election success

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  1. Hardly surprising that LGBT voters favoured Obama. You would have to be completely nuts to be LGBT and vote for Romney, that would be sadistic!

    1. You mean masochistic surely [unless you're refering to the other gay voters who didn't vote for Romney and would have suffered as a result]

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Nov 2012, 1:49pm

      Gays voting for their oppressors are nothing more than a combination of two things. One is self-loathing and the other is an overdose of Stockholm Syndrome.

  2. What about gay-haters that would have voted for Obama if he wasn’t outspoken on gay rights, now decided to vote for Romney?

  3. Obama won the gay vote. Add the votes of people who support gay rights and vote accordingly. That’s a pretty convincing lobby.

  4. I hope that the remaining Tory dinosaurs take note !

    They need to remember that the last time the Tories won a general election was more than 20 years ago.

    If they still vote as the Neo-Nasty party, they’ll never win a general election again.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Nov 2012, 1:02pm

      Overall, the overwhelming majority of them, those in opposition to equal marriage, still make it the nasty party even though as a Liberal Democrat, I voted for them for the first time ever, something I did reluctantly because of my disgust with Brown’s handling of the economy, nothing more.

      George Osborne was right about losing the election if equal marriage isn’t supported by his party. Every gay vote is going to be needed if it wants a second term. I just cannot get my head around Tory opponents of equal marriage staying home on election day as a protest. A Labour government returned to power is their worst nightmare. Maybe the equal marriage issue will be their party’s wake-up call. Not supporting it will most definitely spell defeat contrary to what the hatemongering spin-masters say on the right.

  5. The tide is turning where LGBT rights in the West are concerned.

    I hope that I will see the first openly LGBT Prime Minister of the UK in my lifetime. (David Cameron thinks he or she will be a Conservative, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised.)

    The argument for equality in the West has been won, and with the demise of fundamentalist Christianity, things are gradually progressing in the right direction.

    The danger now lies with the growth of fundamentalist Islam both here and abroad, and with the increasingly homophobic stances taken by religionist African churches.

    Time now to apply our campaigning energies beyond our shores.

  6. Opponents of equality sometimes refer to what they see as the insignificance of the gay vote sometimes citing 2/3%. They seem to overlook that every out gay will have at least 2 close friends or relatives who will vote on that issue alone. Also it seems to me that they underestimate the number of closeted and/or bisexual, “bicurious” people in the community?

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Nov 2012, 12:51pm

    There is a parallel in the article for the majority of the Tories who oppose equal marriage. Do so at your own peril.

    The Widdecombes, Howarths, Minichiello’s, Dorries and others can spin it all they want, without sufficient gay votes, the Tories won’t win. If the hatemongers stay home, then what they will essentially be doing is giving the election to Labour. Every vote counts, especially the gay vote. Some will vote for the back bench bigots of course, but the party will still need as many gay votes as it can muster. I can’t believe the gang of haters hasn’t yet figured that out. They’d better be careful what they wish for. A Labour victory could send them into isolation for another 10 to 20 years. Are they quite prepared to see that happen, conscience vote or not?

  8. Tom Cotner 16 Nov 2012, 3:10pm

    They may not realize it at this writing, but I highly suspect the Republican Party, USA, will soon realize they really stepped in it when they began bashing LGBT people, not to mention women, Latinos, African Americans, and any other minority which may come to mind. Oh, how the worms will turn when this comes about — and how denial will come full front into the political picture.
    That will, indeed, be nice to watch.

  9. Jim Nashville Tn 16 Nov 2012, 4:05pm

    I was heartened by the fact that davidson county ..(Nashville) voted for Obama …I also feel that the gay vote that was for the “mitt” .. were those white gay men who feel that they are among the 1% and those who I hate to type this but are racist .. and those same men dont identify themselves as gay always using “my sexuality doesnt define me” defense ….

  10. It surprises me that there are 5% openly gay people in US but only 1% in UK. Why?

  11. I’m troubled by the way this article uses LGBT as shorthand for lesbian, gay and bisexual. Do we actually know anything about the voting patterns of Trans people? It’s all very well to be ‘inclusive’ as long as it’s not just meaningless, token inclusion.

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