It's all about the political dance. What can we say or commit to without offending or alienating the different groups we try to appeal to. The gay issue is one of the major issues for me that make me look to the 'other' side. I have always voted with Republicans, but I have a duty to protect the cival rights of those I love and respect. Following the Moral issue post, Democrat runners Clinton and Obama, who very openly support gay rights, had not said anything to discredit the Morality statement from General Pace, Why? Especially since they openly fight for gay equal rights? This article tells us why :
While both Clinton and Obama are courting gays and lesbians, and would allow them to serve openly in the military, the Democratic front-runners have been curiously reticent about challenging the statements of the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff.The highest-profile pol to say homosexuality is not immoral?
"So why the dance? Clinton and Obama supporters, speaking on condition of anonymity, said both might have been trying to avoid offending socially conservative Democrats, particularly churchgoing African-Americans, who share Pace's views.
Later, an Obama spokesman said the senator, in fact, disagrees with Pace
That sequence was remarkably similar to Clinton's responses Tuesday. When an ABC reporter asked her about the issue, she replied, "Well, I am going to leave that to others to conclude."
Later, a Clinton spokesman said the senator, in fact, also disagrees with Pace.
Steve Sanders, a gay Democrat who sat on the party's platform committee in 2000, said Clinton and Obama are engaged in a delicate balancing act. "Hillary and Barack have made very public overtures to religious Americans. They are trying to figure out how progressive Democrats can also make appeals to Americans of faith. It's a work in progress."
So what I take from this is basically, Clinton and Obama didn't want to speak up because they are also courting Church going people. So if they actually follow through and stick up for the gay and lesbian community...instead of just making promises, they might alienate a portion of their voting community. So I ask myself, are they really going to follow through with the promises they are offering the gay community? Or are they saying it to get the vote?
Attention Democrat runners...my vote is undecided...you may still get my republican ass to elect you, but don't make empty promises...show me, prove to me that you will follow through!!!