Waymon Hudson

McCain: An Enemy to the LGBT Community

Filed By Waymon Hudson | August 21, 2008 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: DOMA, Don't Ask Don't Tell, ENDA, gay rights, HRC, Human Rights Campaign, John McCain, LGBT rights

The Human Rights Campaign PAC has released a blistering report on Republican presidential candidate John McCain's long and solid record against LGBT rights. The report, entitled John McCain: A Record of Opposing the Interests of GLBT Americans, shows that a vote for McCain will be a vote for 4 more years of the devastating anti-LGBT policies of the Bush Administration.

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A breakdown after the jump...

From the HRC website:

A Record of Opposing the Interests of GLBT Americans

OPPOSED Ending Discrimination Against GLBT Americans in the Workplace. Senator McCain cast a deciding vote against the federal Employment Non Discrimination Act.

OPPOSED Protecting GLBT Americans from Hate Crimes. Senator McCain voted three times against expanding the federal hate crimes law to include sexual orientation.

PROPONENT of Discriminatory Military Policy. Senator McCain supports Don't Ask, Don't Tell and does not believe that gays should serve in the military.

OPPONENT of Equal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples. Senator McCain voted for the Defense of Marriage Act which prohibits same-sex couples from receiving federal rights and benefits in any state.

ACTIVELY SUPPORTED State Ban on Domestic Partnerships. Senator McCain campaigned for a ban on same-sex relationship recognition in his home state of Arizona - even appearing in a campaign television ad.

SUPPORTED the Confirmation of Anti-GLBT Equality Judges. Senator McCain voted to confirm President Bush's judicial nominees who had taken anti-GLBT positions. He has pointed to Justice Samuel Alito as a role model for future Supreme Court appointments.

SUPPORTED a Discriminatory HIV/AIDS Policy. Senator McCain supported a Jesse Helms strategy to cut off funding for prevention efforts aimed at the gay community and voted to prohibit foreign nationals with HIV from immigrating to the United States.

I would also add that McCain has come out in support of Florida's Amendment 2 and California's Prop 8.

(h/t LGBT for Obama)

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