The Associated Press reported on Sunday that the LGBT community is so angry about the lack of movement on LGBT rights that many plan not to vote. Some are even voting against the incumbent even if that means voting Republican. The story was picked up by over 80 publications nationwide, because gays could hand the election to the Republicans.
If Democratic candidates are counting on long-standing support from gay voters to help stave off big losses on Nov. 2, they could be in for a surprise.
Across the country, activists say gay voters are angry - at the lack of progress on issues from eliminating employment discrimination to uncertainty over serving in the military to the economy - and some are choosing to sit out this election or look for other candidates.
While I understand the anger, and am extraordinarily disappointed by the lack of movement on our issues during the last two years, are we really prepared for two or more years of Republican control at the federal level and, perhaps worse, the loss of Democratic majorities at the state level?
In Washington state our Democratic majority will bring us marriage equality in the next one or two years max. However, if people do not return their ballots with votes for Democrats, we are screwed.
Likewise in Iowa, Chet Culver a very pro-equality governor is in serious jeopardy against anti-gay Terry Branstad. Do we really want to lose Iowa's marriage equality? Call me selfish, but I don't.
In New York, Illinois, and Minnesota, we have the opportunity to turn those states towards equality, or the serious chance of losing them to inequality for years. Is that a good strategy?
There are good Democrats, like Congressmen Jim McDermott who have been working for our rights for decades, yet if we lost the Democratic majority in the House as some predict, their work will be over until Republicans are defeated again.
There are good people who have fought hard for us who we need to re-elect. There are good people who will fight hard for us who we still need to elect. There are even gays, lesbians, and transgender people running for office. We need to show them all the support possible with our time, money, and votes.
Yes, we can be angry. Yes, we can be selective with how we spend our time or money, but to do nothing is the worst strategy possible.
I'm curious, if those of you who plan not to participate in the election have a plan for November 3 when Republicans are in control. I don't see a remotely possible path to our equality while they are in charge. Do you?