Election Issues


Election Issues: Gay Rights

August 17, 2008
by findingDulcinea Staff
Senators Obama and McCain disagree over the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the Defense of Marriage Act and the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Learn more about their conflicting stances in findingDulcinea’s survey of key issues in the November election.

Obama’s Policies

Senator Obama supports a repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, civil unions for gay couples, a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and a Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act for gay individuals. He discusses his views on the gay rights movement today along with his policy choices in an interview with The Advocate, an LGBT news site. He does not support a federal law for gay marriage but believes it should be up to the states to individually define marriage.

McCain’s Policies

Senator McCain also takes a federalist view toward gay marriage, believing that the decision should be left to the states, and opposing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. He has been harshly critical of courts, however, that sanction gay marriage instead of their state legislatures or referendums. He appeared in an ad supporting an Arizona ban on gay marriage, favors the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the military, voted for the Defense of Marriage Act and voted against the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He has met, however, with the leader of the “Log Cabin Republicans,” a gay organization that supports Republican candidates.

Gay Marriage

The California Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage within the state and the impending November referendum that would reverse the court’s decision has become a flashpoint in the campaign for the presidential candidates’ positions on gay marriage. The Los Angeles Times describes how each candidate has relatively quietly staked a position in the debate and the potential political ramifications.

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