The article isn’t a great shock. I always suspected a good deal of gay money would flow to President Obama’s re-elect, regardless of what he did on DADT or marriage. But. It was clear that there was growing disaffection in the community, and that disaffection spread like a virus to other key Democratic constituencies and the media.
I truly believe that the administration’s mishandling of gay issues at the beginning set the tone for the media coverage of, and conventional wisdom about, the entire administration. So it’s good, and important to their re-election chances, that they finally nipped it in the bud by moving forward on a number of key issues like DADT and marriage.
What’s interesting to me is that the gay Republicans are still trying to claim that Romney isn’t all bad on gay stuff.
But some gay Republicans say Romney is not totally close minded on LGBT issues. “On gay issues, where Romney stands is not as black and white as it seems,” said R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization for gay and lesbian Republicans. “One thing he has been consistent on, as governor and as a candidate for president, is he has spoken in broad terms about ending discrimination in the workplace. He has said there is no room for it.”
Romney is for ENDA? False.
In December 2007 Romney appeared on Meet the Press and was asked by Tim Russert whether he still supports ENDA. Here’s how the exchange went:
MR. RUSSERT: You said [in 1994] that you would sponsor [Sen. Ted Kennedy's federal] Employment Nondiscrimination Act. Do you still support it?
GOV. ROMNEY: At the state level. I think it makes sense at the state level for states to put in provision of this.
MR. RUSSERT: Now, you said you would sponsor it at the federal level.
GOV. ROMNEY: I would not support at the federal level, and I changed in that regard because I think that policy makes more sense to be evaluated or to be implemented at the state level.
In fact, Mitt Romney opposes ENDA, opposes the repeal of DADT, opposes the repeal of DOMA, and opposes marriage. Barack Obama is for ENDA, for the repeal of DADT, for the repeal of DOMA, and for marriage.
That gives Romney a 0% record on the most important issues to the community. (And if you think he’s good on gay partners’ immigration rights or trans rights, you’re high). Obama hasn’t been perfect on our issues, but with some cajoling we got significant – I’d even say “historic” – movement on marriage, DOMA, and DADT.
How much more black and white would Log Cabin like it?