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CNN Exit Polls: 27% of Gays Voted for McCain

CNN's exit poll data says that 27% of gays voted for McCain in this election.

MccainAccording to the Log Cabin Republicans, that's up from 20% four years ago. They write: "That equals 1.3 million votes - the most any Republican candidate for President has received."

I reported last June that 14% of gays favored McCain while 60% favored Obama. That's quite a jump, and both numbers astonish me, quite frankly.

This was a candidate who didn't even know what the acronym LGBT stood for. He also didn't believe in gay adoption, supported a ban on gays in the military, worried if his clothing looked too gay, isn't sure if condoms stop the spread of HIV, thought same-sex marriage ceremonies were okay as long as they were fake, and promised right-wing religious groups that he's speak out against LGBT causes.

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  1. "... proudly voted absentee (in Missouri, state I haven't lived in for three years--amazingly, I'm still registered there)"

    Come to think of it, you may have broken the law by voting absentee from a Missouri address. They may put your ass in jail.

    What's your real name? Tell me, god-dammit!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 6, 2008 4:35:34 PM

  2. YAY! We no longer have to hear that bullshit about how Missouri is a bellwether! Thanks, Mark!

    And guys, Prop 8 may have passed, but at least in an Obama administration no SC judges who would potentially bar SS-marriage at the federal level are likely to be appointed. With McCain all bets would have been off.

    This is just a temporary setback. All movemements have them.

    Posted by: Jason (A) | Nov 6, 2008 4:48:26 PM


    Thanks, but I actually took the time to check with the local election board. I was eligible to vote in MO so long as I was still registered and only voted of course, I voted where my vote mattered more. You know, Obama, on his website, encouraged people in my situation to do this very thing to vote for, I used it to vote against him.

    Posted by: Mark N Chicago | Nov 6, 2008 5:14:20 PM

  4. Simply put:

    A gay man voting for McCain is just like a Jew voting for Hitler.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 6, 2008 5:31:36 PM

  5. Voting for someone who uses the word 'gay' as a weapon, to organize bigots and exploit minorities, is dumb. It is fucking dumb.

    Our country saw the largest surge in middle class population when those at the top were being taxed the most. How can anyone claiming to vote for McCain for 'fiscal reasons' be so willing to ignore that?

    Personally I think a huge amount of this is based on fear, which produces bigotry, selfishness, and hate. Frankly, I hope Obama's presidency can reduce some of that in this country, because I have had enough of it.

    Posted by: Thomas | Nov 6, 2008 5:51:36 PM

  6. Sorry folks....the truth has to come out and that is the oerwhelming majority of African Americans in CA did NOT SUPPORT OUR CIVIL RIGHTS.
    And Barack Obama gave them cover with his "religious" beliefs.

    As Dan Savage notes

    "African American voters in California voted overwhelmingly for Prop 8, writing anti-gay discrimination into California’s constitution and banning same-sex marriage in that state. Seventy percent of African American voters approved Prop 8, according to exit polls, compared to 53% of Latino voters, 49% of white voters, 49% of Asian voters.

    "I’m not sure what to do with this. I’m thrilled that we’ve just elected our first African-American president. I wept last night. I wept reading the papers this morning. But I can’t help but feeling hurt that the love and support aren’t mutual.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Nov 6, 2008 6:19:56 PM

  7. ^In the midst of all the hand wringing about AAs and Prop 8 in California it seems to being going unnoticed that African Americans in ARKANSAS voted 54% AGAINST a ban on same-sex adoption. So I'm actually not sure what the happened in California.

    Posted by: Jason (A) | Nov 6, 2008 6:30:29 PM

  8. Like everyone's stated.

    Just cause your gay don't mean you care about ALL civil rights.

    Just cause your black don't mean you care about ALL civil rights.

    Etc, etc..

    Over and up.

    Posted by: Rowan | Nov 6, 2008 6:37:21 PM

  9. How dare some gays think for themselves? How dare they not march in lockstep with everyone else?

    Sorry being gay is a progressive state.
    Any same-sexer who votes Republican in 2008 may be homosexual but is not gay.

    Any woman who votes Republican in 2008 may be female but is not a feminist.

    The Gay Movement is just that - a progressive MOVEMENT.

    There are homosexuals that vote Republican in 2008 --- but there are not any people in the Gay Movement that vote Republican.

    Just as there are not any Feminists who vote Republican.

    And any man or woman of any sexuality that voted for a man and woman who are against EVERY goal of the Gay Movement are barely qualified to be called human, let alone GAY.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Nov 6, 2008 6:52:27 PM

  10. RRGG, as a black gay man, allow me to say one thing: F*ck you.

    Posted by: Fredo | Nov 6, 2008 11:37:16 AM

    Hey Gay Black man --- the black vote did hurt us .... if you can accept that the bigotry in the black community hinders the Gay Movement that is your issue.

    Yes we KNOW the majority of voters against Prop 8 were white, and there were asians and latinos as well....

    What I think you as a Black Man should try to understand is the most PROGRESSIVE GAY PEOPLE consider people like MLK to be our hero. Especially the Gen X crowd.

    The younger progressive gays are even more color blind. The gay community (all cries of racism aside - yes we hear we do not reach out enough to the black community) is for the most part progressive and very much came of age supporting and FIGHTING for CIVIL RIGHTS and working against racism.

    OR at least that is how they see it.

    Yes white attacked our community.

    To have Black people turn against us in such huge numbers is a shocking truth for many of us who have lived our lives working for and supporting Affirmative Action in the workplace - and supporting diversity to be inclusive.

    So forgive the Gay Community for RIGHTFULLY feeling betrayed by this group... the Black Community ... so much for the Rainbow Coalition that Jessie Jackson spoke of.

    I want my rainbow back from the bigots in the black community.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Nov 6, 2008 7:03:50 PM

  11. African American voters in California voted overwhelmingly for Prop 8, writing anti-gay discrimination into California’s constitution and banning same-sex marriage in that state.... at 70 percent


    with this election and this prop 8 vote --- NEVER again should any AFFIRMATIVE ACTION program stand

    the black community was given every chance to show that once free it would not then try to enslave another group to second class citizenship

    this community was expected to live by a higher standard - to live by the example they preached and taught us

    they failed in California
    how dare they go dancing into the polls when gay people fought for their freedom - including the black gay man who helped organize the March on Washington

    how DARE they when Corretta Scott King spent the last YEARS of her life speaking out in favor of Gay Marriage

    they ignored their own Civil Rights leaders so they could get a leg up and kick another group DOWN

    damn them
    to think I used to support the United Negro College Fund ... not another penny

    Posted by: Walter B | Nov 6, 2008 7:10:50 PM

  12. I know a gay man who voted for McCain. He jerked off to Shock and Awe and the illegal invasion of Iraq - no joke. He's a soulless capitalist to compensate for the fact he's gay. And now he blames the black minority for Prop 8. Sick.

    Posted by: privilege | Nov 6, 2008 8:07:50 PM

  13. No doubt a full 35 - 40% are Manhunt supporters as well.

    Posted by: Marc | Nov 6, 2008 10:54:29 PM

  14. Marc, Obama also drove a lot of young voters to the polls, who overwhelmingly voted against Prop 8.

    So, what's your point?

    Posted by: Fredo | Nov 7, 2008 1:54:25 AM

  15. Btw, WalterB, you seem to forget that some of "your" community is also "our" community, meaning that there are also black gay persons within the community as well as black supporters of LGBT causes.

    Don't go burning any bridges.

    Posted by: Fredo | Nov 7, 2008 1:57:00 AM

  16. White people in the California Central Valley and the North voted for Prop. 8. There are a hella lot more white people there than than black/hispanic voters in urban areas. Rather than blame black/hispanic people for voting Yes, talk to the white people in the trailer parks. So 70% of the black community voted for Prop 8. How many white gays reached out to the black community about this proposition? White gays rested on their white priviledge and assumed that black people would vote no. You are white first and gay second. How many ads for No on 8 featured black couples? Asian couples? Latino couples? The gay community as presented itself as another white racist group who has no interest in people of color unless it's for their own needs.

    Posted by: Ricky | Nov 7, 2008 8:07:54 AM

  17. Black people are only 10% of the entire voting electorate this year in Cali--how can we be blamed for Prop 8 passing (we're also on 6.7% of the entire state population)? It looks like older people over 65 really turned out against it, which is how it passed. But people always expect Black allegiance when they've done none of the work.

    Posted by: Ricky | Nov 7, 2008 8:09:48 AM

  18. I supported Obama through various big events that I asked the party to help publicize to our local radio and tv outlets. I was told no on every single one of them. Why? "Because those aren't really events that we're trying to focus on." Celebrities coming to Las Vegas to support a candidate not news? That's all the news here was, as long as the celebrities were at straight venues. Even though the Obama Pride campaign was very well organized by a group of wonderful and dedicated people, it never was really publicized outside of the community. That's fine. We all know that too much "gay" on the candidate would've been death to the campaign.

    I'm black. Black people don't like gays. That's how it is. Not all of course. But, go ahead, ask a black teen in any "'hood" in America what he thinks of gays. If you live in West Hollywood or Chelsea be prepared to get your feelings hurt. I've had black guys online tell me they thought I was "cute" but that I looked too much like a "faggot Punk" because of the way I was dressed or how my hair was cut. It is what it is.

    All too often white gays don't see past their own nose. They think the entire world thinks or should think like them. To a lot of Black (and Asian and Hispanic) gays the whole gay marriage thing is a white issue. A lot of minority groups would never even think of getting married due to the fact that couldn't face their families again. Their moms' reaction is far more important than their "rights".

    So many people thought that because they were "progressive" enough to support a Black man (gee thanks) "the Blacks" would return the favor. Why? How many white gays have ever tried to reach out to a local black church and build a bridge for the day that prop 8 came up for a vote? The Mormons (who don't even think blacks are people) knew enough to reach out. They were better organized and thought outside of the box.

    They won.

    Now, maybe gays will see that they need to do a little bridge building and get this idiocy overturned.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Nov 7, 2008 12:50:16 PM

  19. Ok - this blog is filled with more craziness than a chicken pen in extreme heat. I am to believe it is ok for gays to vote against their own interests (i.e. for mccain) but, god forbid, anyone else to do the same (i.e. african americans for prop.8)? what kinda sense does that make? We are soooooooo fucked as to think this.

    Posted by: Richard Smith | Nov 9, 2008 5:39:29 PM

  20. The truth is that the Republicans are not in it for the money. There are lots of rich Democrates as well. The Republicans are followers of truth. They love the gay people, they just do not condon the against nature way and it is bad for the country and the children growing up. In the beginnning was a man and a woman and God married them. They are Adam and Eve. It is not right that Gay's should target the Mormons and badmouth them. They voted in a free election and the Mormons would never treat the Gays the way they were treated at the Temple in CA. It just goes to show how mean and hateful the Gays are and that they don't want a (the Mormons) minoity to have freedom of voting. It was a fair election. Are the Gays against free election?

    Posted by: Honesty | Nov 17, 2008 8:50:21 AM

  21. To the guy who said that Mormons don't even think blacks are people. He is confused and knows nothing about the Mormons. The blacks go to the temple as same as do all the other nationalities who are members of the Mormon Church. The blacks have every right that anyone else does in The Church. The Mormon Church loves all people to include the blacks. Go to the Mormon church some time and find out the truth before you make statements that are not true.

    Posted by: Honesty | Nov 17, 2008 8:56:48 AM

  22. If you wish to know the truth about the Mormons, go to or LDS.ORG. You can look up just about any subject as to what they believe. May God be with you in your search for truth.

    Posted by: Honesty | Nov 17, 2008 9:00:02 AM

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