A Big Question for Gay Republicans
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Published in: September-October 2004 issue.


TO MOST gay and lesbian Americans, it’s an easy choice deciding who to vote for in the 2004 presidential election. John Kerry is the most pro-gay candidate ever to run for President, while George W. Bush is pushing for an anti-family Constitutional amendment to prohibit same-sex marriage. Yet the decision on how to vote is considerably more difficult for conservative gay and lesbian Americans. President Bush’s endorsement of the anti-marriage amendment has jeopardized their support. However, for most, scruples of conscience leave them uneasy about voting for Senator Kerry. It’s a dilemma that many gay conservatives may not resolve until they step into the voting booth.

If the phrase “gay Republican” is often treated as an oxymoron, it’s because most people assume that all gay men and lesbians are Democrats. In fact, exit polls show

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