Category:  Campaign ‘08

Martin loses U.S. Senate bid Georgia

imageIt's finally over.

After a four-week runoff tacked on to a long election season, the U.S. Senate race in Georgia is over. It didn't quite end the way gay Democrats in the state -- or national Dems, for that matter -- had hoped, with gay-friendly challenger Jim Martin getting thumped by incumbent Saxby Chambliss in a nearly 15-point win. But it's done.

Also Tuesday, two candidates endorsed by statewide gay rights group Georgia Equality did win their runoff campaigns. Sara Doyle beat Mike Sheffield 51.8 percent to 48.2 percent in a Georgia Court of Appeals race. Tangela Barrie also defeated Johnny Mason for a Superior Court Judge slot in DeKalb County, 56 percent to 44 percent.

Jim Martin’s U.S. Senate bid down to today

imageJim Martin's got his gay creds in order.

He supports gay issues other than same-sex marriage, has the backing of the Human Rights Campaign and the National Stonewall Democrats, amassed an army of gay campaign volunteers, appears proudly at gay events and supported gay issues as a state lawmaker. (His opponent, Saxby Chambliss, received a failing score recently from HRC.)

But if you need more reasons to cast a vote today in favor of Martin, who is trying to prevent Chambliss from winning a second term as a U.S. Senator from Georgia, consider this: Patricia Mock.

There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

Black gay activists back Martin in race

imageA new coalition of black gay activists on Friday endorsed Jim Martin, the gay-friendly Democrat locked in a runoff for a U.S. Senate seat from Georgia.

The Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition, a new group that says it's committed to a social justice agenda, says Martin's long record of public service includes supporting workplace protections for gays, adoption rights for same-sex couples and increased funding for HIV prevention. The group also credits Martin for supporting a women's right to choose.

"The Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition believes that President-elect Barak Obama brings a new leadership to America and that Jim Martin can bring a new kind of leadership to Georgia,” says Rev. Dr. Kathi Martin, a founding member of the coalition.

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Obama win ‘historic milestone’ for gays

Gay rights leaders called Tuesday’s election of Democrat Barack Obama as the nation’s 44th president a development of historic proportions for the advancement of gay and transgender civil rights.

Activists noted that gays played an unprecedented role in the Obama campaign, providing thousands of volunteers in states and towns across the country in an effort to help elect a candidate they believe to be the most gay-supportive presidential nominee in U.S. history.

“I think the election of Barack Obama, and what will potentially be the makeup of the House and the Senate, puts us in a position to achieve more in the next four years than we have in the last 40,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign.


Obama wins, gays lose in four states

imageGay men and lesbians cheered on the election of Barack Obama, who mentioned them in his victory speech, while tempering their celebrations Tuesday night in the wake of stinging rebukes in four states.

Election Night 2008 proved to be a mixed bag for gays across the country. While Obama is poised to become the nation’s most gay-friendly president, he takes office as voters in three more states approved bans on same-sex unions and another banned adoptions by gay couples.

Meanwhile, more than 70 percent of the record-breaking 111 gay candidates endorsed by the Victory Fund won their races on Tuesday, including a gay man who will become the third openly gay member of the U.S. House.

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Anti-gay measures likely in four states

A proposed ban on same-sex marriage in California — widely seen as the most momentous of the 153 ballot measures at stake nationwide — remained undecided early Wednesday.

The proposed constitutional amendment would limit marriage to heterosexual couples, the first time such a vote has taken place in state where gay unions are legal.

Sponsors of the ban declared victory early Wednesday, but the measure's opponents said too many votes remained uncounted for the race to be called.    READ MORE »

Record number of gay candidates on ballot

From town councils to statehouses to Congress, a record number of LGBT candidates are running for office today. Nearly 90 of them have been endorsed by the Victory Fund, a gay advocacy group that helps LGBT candidates win election.

In Colorado, Jared Polis (D) is seeking to become the third openly gay member of Congress.

Polis, a 33-year-old entrepreneur who made millions creating Internet-based businesses, is the Democratic nominee and overwhelming favorite in the 2nd District, encompassing his hometown of Boulder.    READ MORE »

America votes on gay marriage, adoption

Gay rights activists in Arkansas, Arizona, California, and Florida used their last day of campaigning before Election Day to urge voters to choose equal rights. How did they fare? Poll results going into the election show it’s going to be a close call across the board.


Senate race in Georgia down to wire

Once trailing by nearly 40 points behind U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Midtown native Jim Martin had closed the gap to within the margin of error of most polls a week before the Nov. 4 election.

Martin, who championed gay causes during the 1980s and ’90s in the Georgia House, went from a long shot after soundly defeating DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones in an Aug. 5 runoff to put him the position of credible challenger as Election Day draws close.    READ MORE »

Anti-gay robo calls surface in S.C. race

Voters in Lancaster and York counties are getting automated phone calls from a phony gay organization that says it supports the Democratic candidate for the local South Carolina state Senate seat, a move a national group called “gay baiting.”

Candidate Mandy Powers Norrell said Wednesday that the Alliance for the Advancement of Gays and Lesbians does not exist and says the calls that began Tuesday are likely illegal.    READ MORE »

Obama surge confounds gay marriage

In 2003, Rev. Roland Stringfellow, who had served as pastor of a fundamentalist Baptist church in Indiana for a decade, resigned quietly rather than face his African-American congregation and explain that he was a gay black man.

"At that time, the best thing was not to proclaim it," Stringfellow told "When it comes down to being a black man, oftentimes we are forced to make a decision, 'Is my community or family more important than my own well-being?' We choose to live in silence and play the role, living on the down low."

Today, 39, and living in San Francisco, Stringfellow belongs to a more socially liberal church and hopes to be married one day. He is openly fighting California's Proposition 8 - a ballot initiative to outlaw recently legalized gay marriage - and cultural prejudices in his own community.

But Stringfellow's views may not be typical of most minorities in California, who could hold the key to the future of gay marriage in the most populous state in the nation. If passed, it will amend the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.    READ MORE »

Attacks on Obama use gay marriage

Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of the Boy Scouts.

All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is elected president, according to a new addition to the campaign conversation called "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America," produced by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family Action.

The imagined look into the future is part of an escalation in rhetoric from Christian right activists who are trying to paint Obama in the worst possible terms as the campaign heads into the final stretch and polls show the Democrat ahead.    READ MORE »

Ellen knocks Palin over gay marriage

Ellen DeGeneres had a message for Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on her talk show Wednesday: "We should all be equal."

The TV host took aim at the Alaska governor for favoring a federal ban on gay marriages.    READ MORE »

Gay attorney plays key role for McCain

Trevor Potter, a former chair of the U.S. Federal Election Commission who is gay, is serving as the top lawyer for the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

As the campaign’s general counsel, Potter has been identified by newspapers such as the New York Times and Washington Post as one of the nation’s most highly regarded experts on U.S. election laws. Potter has been credited with helping draft the McCain-Feingold Act, a bipartisan federal measure that reformed federal campaign finance laws.

But few mainline news outlets have reported on Potter’s other role as a high-level, openly gay adviser to McCain.    READ MORE »

Palin supports federal gay marriage ban

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin says she supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, a break with John McCain who has said he believes states should be left to define what marriage is.

In an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network, the Alaska governor said she had voted in 1998 for a state amendment banning same sex marriage and hoped to see a federal ban on such unions.    READ MORE »

Obama’s gay help in battleground states

Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign is seeking help from gay voters to win some surprising new battleground states in November’s election.

Dave Noble, who is in charge of mobilizing the gay vote for Obama, said Democrats are “really expanding the map and there are states in play for Barack Obama that haven’t been in play for Democrats in years past.”

Foremost among the new competitive states in this year’s election is Virginia, which has not been claimed by a Democratic presidential candidate since President Lyndon Johnson won the state in 1964. A Rasmussen poll published Monday found Obama leading Republican presidential nominee John McCain in Virginia, 50-47.    READ MORE »

Tim Riley focused on Georgia Senate

imageTim Riley, a gay Democrat, is looking to blaze a new trail in his largely rural district in North Georgia. He's running for the state Senate and if successful, will become only the second openly gay member of the Georgia General Assembly.

A candidate for the District 47 seat in the Georgia Senate, Riley has been quietly running as an openly gay man and said it hasn’t been an issue in his largely rural district. Senate District 47 includes half of Athens/Clarke County and large swaths of the surrounding countryside, including the small towns of Jackson and Madison.

“To be honest with you, no one is fighting me on gay issues, and I think finally, finally we are opening up,” Riley said. “I’m just very hopeful that the tide is changing slowly but surely.”

Riley is running against Ralph Hudgens, the Republican incumbent, on the Nov. 4 ballot.


Did gay rumor snub Condi’s VP chance?

Was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice considered and later dropped as a possible vice presidential pick by top advisers to GOP presidential nominee John McCain because of persistent rumors that she’s a lesbian?


McCain silent on gay adoption, group says

The Republican candidate for President of the United States has declined to say how he would protect families headed by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Americans.

The Family Equality Council, an advocacy group for LGBT parents, wrote to Senator McCain and his Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama in July.

FEC asked both candidates to outline their plan to "recognise, respect, protect and celebrate all of the loving families [they] seek to represent."    READ MORE »

Clinton speaks for Biden at HRC dinner

Senator Hillary Clinton addressed guests via satellite Saturday night at the Human Rights Campaign annual fund-raiser in Washington D.C. in place of vice presidential candidate Senator Joseph Biden, who cancelled all his weekend campaign events due to his mother-in-law becoming critically ill.

Clinton told the room of nearly 3,000 people it was a "privilege" to fill in for Sen. Biden because of the work she had proudly done with HRC is previous political battles. "Together with the Human Rights Campaign on the front lines, we took back the Congress in 2006 and together we're going to take back the White House," she said.    READ MORE »