Saturday, October 07, 2006

Foley was champion of gay rights

So the radical gay left kills one of the republicans most likely to support them only because he preferred to stay in the closet.

I think this goes to show how truly insane the radical gay outing crew really is. Only hate crazed morons would kill their friends.

Palm Beach Post
... On other issues, Foley pushed legislation supported by the gay community to expand health-care benefits for gay partners, remove discrimination against gays in the workplace, increase federal spending on AIDS and include in federal hate-crimes law crimes against people because of their sexual orientation.

He also voted against the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have amended the Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman and to deny marital legal benefits to same-sex couples.

One former aide described the difference between Foley's votes for the Defense of Marriage Act and against the Federal Marriage Amendment as a vote to uphold states' rights in the first instance and against altering the Constitution in the second.

While he did not publicize it, Foley was ranked as one of the top Republicans on biennial congressional scorecards issued by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest organization dedicated to "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality," according to its Web site.

For the 108th Congress (2003-04), Foley received a score of 88 percent, tied for the highest score among the Florida delegation. During that session, he co-sponsored or voted for seven of the eight legislative measures identified by the campaign as important to the gay community. By comparison, 13 of the delegation's 18 Republicans scored zero.

In the previous Congress (2001-02), the campaign gave Foley positive marks on five of the six issues it scored. The Human Rights Campaign's political action committee recognized his support on gay issues by contributing $27,000 to him since the 2000 election cycle.

"In general, we think he's taken the right positions, not just for the gay community but for the country," said Roberta Sklar, spokeswoman for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "He's a moderate Republican who has generally voted for fairness and equality."

Yet Foley hid his sexual orientation from voters and remained a Republican despite numerous anti-gay positions taken by GOP leaders who used gay marriage and gay rights as political red meat...

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