John McCain's campaign advisers say that he will not seek to "soften" anti-gay and anti-choice planks in the Republican Party platform.
McCain associates told The Washington Times that his operatives are not going to work behind the scenes to eliminate the party's calls for constitutional bans on abortion and homosexual marriage before the GOP convention in September.
Previous Republican nominees, such as former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, have sought to alter the party's positions, which are honed and released in the platform immediately before the nominating convention.
I guess this really should come as no surprise. Despite the traditional media's love for calling McCain a "maverick," he is nothing of the sort when it comes to GLBT civil rights.
McCain has failed to co-sponsor any of the six pieces of GLBT related legislation currently pending in the Senate including the hate crimes bill and a bill to provide funding to reduce teen pregnancy and STD rates. He scored a 33% on the most recent Human Rights Campaign Congressional Scorecard. In 2006 McCain supported the proposed amendment to Arizona's constitution that would have prohibited marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships.
McCain has also surrounded himself with anti-gay right-wing evangelicals like pastors Rod Parsley and John Hagee.
So when McCain's campaign and Log Cabin Republicans try to hoodwink you into voting for John McCain in November, remember that his "straight talk" really is all about is straight and GLBT people need not apply.