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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

John McCain on gay issues

A Q&A interview with John McCain was published today by the Washington Blade , a gay newspaper in DC. I think McCain's position on gay issues represents a positive shift by the Republican Party, and while gays will disagree with his opinions on some things like gay marriage, McCain is at least making an effort to reach out. As he put it in the interview:

I hope gay and lesbian Americans will give full consideration to supporting me. The stakes are high in this election. I will have an inclusive administration and I will be a president for all Americans.


I was particularly impressed with his answer to the question "what personal experiences or friendships in your life have shaped how you view gay issues?":


I have known former Congressman Jim Kolbe for 25 years. We first ran for Congress in Arizona the same year — in 1982. We served together starting in 1985. He’s a great American who spent two decades serving his country in Congress. Like me, he also served in Vietnam so we have a special kinship. When he came out in 1996, there was no question that I would stand by him. He’s a friend and a patriot and has been an admirable public servant, and a good example of why someone’s sexuality should not be relevant in public life.

I have also known former Tempe Mayor [Neil] Giuliano for many years. He headed Mayors for McCain in our 2000 campaign. I stood by him when there was an effort to recall him in 2001, led by people who objected to him being an openly gay public official. He was a hard-working public servant and someone I have great respect for.

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