Michael Crawford

HRC Report Slams John McCain's Opposition to LGBT Rights

Filed By Michael Crawford | June 07, 2008 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay rights, Human Rights Campaign, John McCain, politics

The Human Rights Campaign PAC has released a blistering report on Republican presidential candidate John McCain's pathetic record on LGBT civil rights. The report entitled John McCain: A Record of Opposing the Interests of GLBT Americans shows that while McCain maybe be a "straight" talker, he is no maverick when it comes to supporting the right of LGBT Americans to equal treatment under the law.


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I said it before and I will say it again there is no defending John McCain on gay issues.

Here are some highlights from Senator John McCain: 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 and gender identity.
  • 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.

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Good for HRC. I'm glad they're getting that information out there.

If the LCR would only listen now instead of playing the "But he's a maverick!" line... He voted against the Fed amendment. Now he's in favor of it. That's "straight talk" alright...

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

So?

When it counted, HRC opposed ending discrimination against T Americans.

So, does this latest bloviation make HRC 25% of a hypocrite, or a full-blown one?