Gay issues are really sticky for most of the candidates for President. On the Democratic side, things are a little more relaxed, but only Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel will acknowledge support for same-sex marriage. Most Democrats assume that the other candidates secretly don't oppose the notion, but for political reasons just can't say so. This wink and nod approach annoys me--as it is inherently dishonest--but it is a fact of life in politics.
On the Republican side, the same thing may apply. Rudy Giuliani, for example, probably personally has no objection, but it would be political suicide for him to say so. The rest, to varying degrees may be personally unbothered or bothered by gay issues, but on their side of the aisle, it is perfectly acceptable to condemn all or part of the perceived "gay agenda."
When you get down to Mike Huckabee, however, there is no ambiguity. The former pastor is firmly against gay rights, probably on all levels. He's careful with his words--now anyway--but his real feelings shine through brightly. It will be interesting to see what the Log Cabin Republicans do with their votes, should Huckabee get the nod.
Huckabee: ‘I Don’t Know’ If People Are ‘Born’ Gay, But It’s A ‘Choice’ To Act Gay
On NBC’s Meet The Press this morning, host Tim Russert asked former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee if he believed “people are born gay or choose to be gay?” “I don’t know whether people are born that way,” responded Huckabee, “but one thing I know, that the behavior one practices is a choice.”
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