Gays: Start fretting over Atlanta’s Herman Cain

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imageHerman Cain is besties with the Family Research Council and a Baptist Church, so forgive us if we’re less than thrilled that the Atlanta radio host and pundit is readying his presidential run.

Besides, aren’t there enough Tea Party-loving, anti-gay conservatives with their eyes on the White House prize in 2012?

Cain is a former pizza chain executive turned radio host on WSB who in 2004 lost a GOP primary to future Sen. Johnny Isakson. He’s a devout Christian and associate Baptist minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta. Not satisfied with three hours of radio blather each night, Cain is considering setting his ambitions a little higher.

Cain, a Republican, said he is “one step closer” toward announcing a bid for president after the GOP’s big sweep of the November midterm elections.

For now, Cain said he is putting out feelers and “prayerfully considering” a run, and he will make a decision sometime early next year.

“Right now I’m in the process of contacting people who are very enthusiastic about a campaign,” Cain said. “Over the next few weeks, we’ll be seeing if we can tap into the energy we saw [in November],” for a presidential bid.

Cain jumped on the Tea Party bandwagon, attending more than 20 events since his inaugural speech in April 2009. You know those Tea Party folks – the ones who pushed conservatives to be more, well, conservative when it comes to fiscal policy. As the movement has grown, it’s gotten more anti-gay, even targeting Sen. Scott Brown for his vote supporting the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

If that’s not enough to make a gay nervous about Cain, there’s also his allegiance to the Family Research Council. Cain includes them on his list of “Intelligent Thinkers Allies.” Think of the Human Rights Campaign and then picture their evil twin. That’s the FRC, so right-wing that they are among a handful of conservative groups throwing a tantrum over the inclusion of conservagays at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

If you’re still not convinced to be wary of Cain, there’s also this: While he spends much of his time writing and pontificating about the economy, how much Democrats suck and what makes up the perfect conservative, he does pounce on social issues.

Asked about his beliefs on homosexual “marriage,” Cain said his position is clear: “Marriage is between a man and a woman.”


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