Where do 2012 Presidential candidates stand on LGBT issues?

Ned Flaherty at Marriage Equality USA has compiled this handy dandy chart showing where each of the twelve confirmed 2012 Presidential candidates, plus President Obama, stand on LGBT rights. Flaherty has examined the candidates’ stances on marriage rights, DOMA, adoption, and open military service, as well as several other issues, and here’s what it comes down to:

13 politicians, 12 issues, and only 1 perfect scorecard.

That perfect scorecard belongs to the only openly gay candidate in the field, Republican Fred Karger who, barring a fluke dipped in serendipity and wrapped in a miracle, hasn’t a chance in hell at being the nominee.

Note that all the people who were present in Ames, Iowa this weekend to participating the Iowa straw poll, only one person, Jon Huntsman, is in favor of civil unions for same sex couples. Between them, the three widely acknowledged leaders in the race for the GOP nomination – that’s Bachmann, Perry and Romney – have an astonishing number of red “no” squares to their names. As much as those yellow “maybe”s next to Obama’s names piss me off, it’s clear that when it comes to these issues, which will impact the lives of an estimated 31 million LGBT voters, he’s the best candidate we’ve got right now.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    It’s possible, but I don’t see there being another Democratic candidate with a chance to win the nomination. I’m far from enthusiastic about Obama, Part Two, but I suppose I’ll cast my ballot for him all the same.

    Maybe there will be a more liberal primary challenger (Though the party will try to prevent that to allow an incumbent President to run against a GOP challenger. They want to win and they don’t want Obama to be too beat up before the general election) I just hope that President Obama can learn from the mistakes of his first term and be a more effective President his last four years, should he win.

    • http://feministing.com/members/sflcircle/ SFLCircle

      Isn’t that sad? I feel the same way (about voting for Obama). I’ll vote for him but it’s not like I’m very enthusiastic about it.

      I remember when I voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries what seems like all those years ago. I was really really excited. Then when I voted for Obama in the general election in 08, I wasn’t as excited as I had been when voting for Clinton, but I was still excited. Now it’s just…well it’s definitely not the same.

      I used to be so eager to get out and vote but lately (I live in Illinois so this might clue you in more to why I feel this way) it’s just been such a downer. I feel like I can’t really get behind any candidate and I’m constantly being let down and disappointed.

      • fyoumudflaps

        I’m with ya Panda. Your story is basically 100% my path. I recall how excited I was reading James Carville say that Hillary might select Kathleen Sebelius for VP. But I was cool with Obama and in fact hemmed and hawed a bit before voting for Hillary Rodham in those primaries. I loved Obama until very recently upon his repeated tendency to tip his hand and be too much of a “people-pleaser” with people who hail from the Bizarro World. Halfway to the Core is still the Mantle and we can’t live there.

        However, seeing that spreadsheet reminds me of how hideous the other side is. South of Ron Paul that chart descends to the pits of Hades on an Acid trip. On social issues I think Big O is with us, if a bit rough around the edges.

  • http://feministing.com/members/principes/ dominick

    If you are that disappointed in the current crop of candidates then perhaps you should change tactics and look at the rather successful tactics of the tea party. The tea party became powerful not by aiming to change the views of presidential candidates, but by focusing on primary challenges to sitting house and senate members. Once they had enough success doing that, they have forced the republican presidential candidates to take them seriously.
    A primary contest against House Representatives of your own party is the easiest way to get those candidates to take you seriously. Right now democrats are mostly ignoring LGBT rights because they know that demographic will not vote for republicans. Primary them and they will stop ignoring you.

  • http://feministing.com/members/andyniable/ Andrew

    Except Obama is YES on Anti-Discrimination for Private Civilian Workers, not “Maybe.” He has stated many times he would sign fully-inclusive ENDA. Despite these numerous statements from Obama himself, the creator of this chart said he’ll only change it to “Yes” when he gets a direct reply to his inquiries to the administration. “Obama’s campaign staff knows this table has been published, so if they care what the public thinks on any issue, they’ll send me whatever corrections they want made.”
    Make of that what you will when considering this table.