Late last year, when Pete Buttigieg first began reaching out to potential donors in advance of his long-shot presidential bid, one of the people he consulted was Howard Dean. Dean is remembered by most political observers as surfing a massive grassroots wave from nowhere thanks to his early and fervent opposition to the Iraq war, an argument that flooded him with small online donations at a time when the Internet was only just beginning to de-stabilize American politics. But Dean reminded Buttigieg of something lost in popular memory: his early support for civil unions.
Obama and McCain disagreed on a wide range of issues. The issues that received substantial attention during the campaign included the following:. The Iraq war headed the list in this area Gordon
Write to Katy Steinmetz at katy. He also says that he supports affirmative action for gays and lesbians. Ina copy of his typed responses was unearthed and printed in the Windy City Times.
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, right, and husband, Chasten Buttigieg, acknowledge supporters at a campaign event in West Hollywood, Calif. Jae C. It is being postponed. For many of these influential donors, this will be their first ever chance to contribute to a viable gay presidential candidate—something that would have been hard to fathom just over a decade ago, when their choices were a field of top prospects who opposed same-sex marriage, or just over a generation ago, when the Democratic campaign viewed LGBTQ money as too risky to take.
A lot has changed in the past 11 years. There has also been a major cultural awakening around transgender rights and gender identity. At the same time, though, conservatives are mounting a war on trans people in both military and civilian life, LGBTQ people lack anti-discrimination protections in the majority of states in America, and the fight to explicitly ban discrimination against people over their sexuality or gender identity at the federal level has yet to be won.
The White House front-runner said in an interview with MTV he did not support same-sex weddings and believed "marriage is between a man and a woman". But the Illinois senator reaffirmed his opposition to a proposition on the ballot in California that would change the state constitution to overturn a ruling that recently gave gay couples the right to marry. The Democratic presidential nominee voiced strong support for civil unions between same-sex couples "that provide legal rights to same-sex couples so that they can visit each other in the hospital if they get sick, so they can transfer property to each other.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's campaign has had to consider his sexual orientation as he tries to connect with black voters. Joe Darby, a prominent pastor in Charleston, S. A fellow pastor quickly interjected.
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key. Although the exit poll shows Clinton received strong support from LGBT voters, one of its more striking findings is President-elect Trump received the lowest percentage of support from LGBT voters than all previous Republican presidential nominees since exit polls began measuring the LGBT vote. Matt McDermott is a senior analyst for Whitman Insight Strategies, a public opinion polling firm that closely monitors but does not conduct the presidential election exit polls.
When Pete Buttigieg stood before thousands in the heart of South Bend, Indiana, to formally announce his entrance into the race in mid-April, the year-old mayor embraced the historic nature of his quest: if elected, he would be the first openly gay president to occupy the White House. Bernie Sanders — in a sign of those shifting forces within the party this cycle. Inthen-Democratic presidential nominee and Massachusetts Sen.
John McCain Believes the institution of marriage is a union between one man and one woman. Says states and local governments should set their own marriage policies. Voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of During an interview inMcCain said: "I think that the present laws that clearly prevent a discrimination of any kind certainly [apply] to gays and homosexuals as well.