ad info

CNN.com
 MAIN PAGE
 WORLD
 ASIANOW
 U.S.
 U.S. LOCAL
 ALLPOLITICS
  TIME
  analysis
  community
 WEATHER
 BUSINESS
 SPORTS
 TECHNOLOGY
 NATURE
 ENTERTAINMENT
 BOOKS
 TRAVEL
 FOOD
 HEALTH
 STYLE
 IN-DEPTH

 custom news
 Headline News brief
 daily almanac
 CNN networks
 on-air transcripts
 news quiz

 CNN WEB SITES:
CNN Websites
 TIME INC. SITES:
 MORE SERVICES:
 video on demand
 video archive
 audio on demand
 news email services
 free email accounts
 desktop headlines
 pointcast
 pagenet

 DISCUSSION:
 message boards
 chat
 feedback

 SITE GUIDES:
 help
 contents
 search

 FASTER ACCESS:
 europe
 japan

 WEB SERVICES:
 TIME on politics Congressional Quarterly CNN/AllPolitics CNN/AllPolitics - Storypage, with TIME and Congressional Quarterly

Gay Republicans seek recognition

By Maria Hinojosa/CNN

August 30, 1999
Web posted at: 6:06 p.m. EDT (2206 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- These days, it seems as if it is good politics for conservatives to address the annual convention of gay Republicans.

"Keep pushing the Republican Party because you're pushing it in the right direction," New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told the Log Cabin Republican convention over the weekend.

That is a far cry from the 1992 Republican convention, when the party's far right wing attacked the gay community.

"Bill Clinton and Al Gore represent the most pro-lesbian and pro-gay ticket in history," said Pat Buchanan at the 1992 GOP convention.

The convention crowds responded with enthusiasm. But now, some Republican candidates are taking a less confrontational approach.

"There is a place in the party for a lot of people from all walks of life and I hope they support my candidacy," said Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the current front-runner for the 2000 GOP nomination.

Gay Republican may sound like an oxymoron but it is not, according to the Log Cabin Republicans.

"There are many false stereotypes about gays and lesbians in America and one of those is that we are all liberal Democrats," said Steve May, a Republican member of the Arizona Legislature.

May is the other face of gay America, the conservative, we-look-just-like-you face of the members of the Log Cabin Republicans.

"Overall, it is much more of that we want to be included, and we want someone to stand up to people demonizing in our party," said Rich Tafel of the Log Cabin Republicans.

But another gay political advocate says that is too little to ask for from the Republican Party and from a candidate like Bush, who still supports anti-sodomy laws.

"I think in the past they wouldn't take our money and they would insult us to our face. I think going forward they're going to take our money and their going keep insults quiet, but their policies have to change," said Matt Foreman, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, a gay advocacy group in New York.

According to several polls, gays and lesbians make up about 5 percent of the national electorate. The Log Cabin Republicans claim one out of every three of those gay voters is a Republican. As more gays and lesbians become a more open part of American society, the challenge will be to see how politicians on both side of the aisle try to appeal to those voters.


VIDEO

Larry King Live Highlight: Arizona congressman Steve May on being gay and in the military (8-31-99) video Windows Media: 28K | 80K


CAMPAIGN 2000

New Hampshire sets February 1 primary date (9-28-99)

Arizona governor endorses Bush over McCain (9-28-99)

Bradley unveils $65 billion plan for universal health care (9-28-99)

Gore receives endorsements of Shaquille O'Neal and Bill Cosby (9-28-99)

MORE HEADLINES


FOLLOW THE MONEY

How much money have the candidates raised? Here are their quarterly reports to the Federal Election Commission.


VIDEO

McCain officially announces Presidential candidacy (9-28-99) video Windows Media: 28K | 80K

VIDEO ARCHIVE


TIME THIS WEEK

The art of being Bradley

How Gore's campaign went off the rails


'TOONS
On the wrong track

Bob Lang: On the wrong track (9-28-99) more

Mike Luckovich: "There's a whine in the air" (9-22-99) more


MESSAGE BOARD

Democratic Presidential Primary

GOP Presidential Primary

Third Party Candidates



MORE STORIES:

Monday, August 30, 1999

Search CNN/AllPolitics
          Enter keyword(s)       go    help





© 1999 Cable News Network, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.
Who we are.