McCain and Obama remain mostly coy on gay issues

Posted by JD Uy
September 20, 2008 12:56 AM |

''We would like Sen. Obama to be much more emphatic in his opposition to Amendment 2. We'd like his campaign to acknowledge that in a stronger way.''

Stephen Gaskill, a spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party's gay and lesbian caucus, referring to Proposition 2, an amendment to that state's constitution that would strengthen a ban on gay marriages and also remove benefits for all domestic partnerships, too. The 37 words to be added to the Florida Constitution are reportedly: "Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized." (Associated Press)

''No matter where you fall on the issue of marriage, people are seeing these divisive tactics for what they are.... McCain has been quite skilled at wrapping up discriminatory views in a nice package. I couldn't tell you where his heart genuinely is.''

Joe Solmonese of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. (Associated Press)

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