Candidate Positions on GLBT Issues
Bill Bradley - Democrat
Supports the right of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. States he is opposed to all forms of discrimination, including orientation based. Would support domestic partnerhip protections but believes that marriage is a "religious issue." Opposed to California Knight amendment.
Al Gore - Democrat
Supports passage of national hate crimes legislation.
Supports ENDA. Supports legal protections for domestic partnerships, but opposes gay marriage.
Gary Bauer - Republican
Opposes gay marriage and what he terms "special rights" for gays and lesbians. This former head of the Christian Coalition would not be our friend.
George W. Bush - Republican
Opposes extension of hate crimes legislation to cover hate crimes against gays and lesbians. Opposes gay marriage. Opposes adoption by gays and lesbians. Does not believe that sexual orientation sould be included in non-discrimination laws. A reader from Texas shares about Bush that, "Te actively supports a current law which makes same sex relations a crime ("sodomy") and has attacked opponents for favoring elimination of the law ( which is still enforced)."
Steve Forbes - Republican
Long rumored to be gay, nevertheless has gone on record with statements that suggest he would oppose civil rights protections for gays and lesbians and he supports the Boy Scout ban.
Orrin Hatch - Republican
Hatch claims tolerance for all, but believes that homosexuality flies in the face of the teachings of the bible. He has stated that he cannot decide (it's up to him?) whether homosexuality is inborn or a choice.
Alan Keyes - Republican
His campaign literature state that "the effort to equate homosexual and lesbian relations with legal marriage represents a destructive assault on the heterosexual, marriage-based family." He also says, "It is wrong to treat sexual orientation like a race." Along with, "I oppose any efforts to use government power to impose views that contravene religious conscience on matters such as homosexuality and abortion."
John McCain - Republican
Per Votesmart, on the votes that the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force considered to be the most important in 1991-1992, Senator McCain voted their preferred position 0 percent of the time.
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Harry Browne - Libertarian
Believes that the government does not have the right to legislate regarding "personal matters, groups or marriage." (Be aware, that stance cuts both ways.)
Pat Buchanan - Reform Party
Do you really need to ask? (Please see Religious Reich Archives.)
John Hagelin - Natural Law Party
The party supports "legislation to protect all minorities" but takes no stance on gay marriage.
David McReynolds - Socialist
Favors right to marry, but opposed to hate crimes legislation, believing that trial for the crime is sufficient, regardless of motivation. Has been out himself since 1969.
Ralph Nader - Green Party
Green Party Platform 2000: We support the rights of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in housing, jobs, civil marriage and benefits, child custody; and in all areas of life, the right to be treated equally with all other people. Nader has not commented on any GLBT issues in his speeches. Similar to Forbes, there are more than a few rumors that Nader might be gay.
Howard Phillips - The Constitution Party
Against "special rights" for gays and lesbians. Party platform includes provision: "Under no circumstances should the federal government continue to subsidize activities which have the effect of encouraging perverted or promiscuous sexual conduct. Criminal penalties should apply to those whose willful acts of omission or commission place members of the public at risk of contracting AIDS or HIV."
Donald Trump - Reform Party
Specifics of position not known, however he was quoted as stating he will do everything in his power to keep Buchanan from winning the Reform Party nomination and its $12 million in matching funds because he does not want Mr. Buchanan to be able to fund his "politics of hate" at citizen expense.