In some ways I think the GLAA rating is hilarious and what GLAA has really done is rate itself into irrelevancy and given itself a failing grade.
I actually belonged to GLAA briefly in the early 90s and participated in one candidate rating (where no Libertarian candidate was involved) and was upset to see that they automatically gave incumbents extra points over challengers, as long as the incumbent had done even a slight bit for gay rights. An incumbent for example who had slowly evolved to supporting civil unions would get more points than a challenger who campaigned for gay marriage.
I think it’s clear the surviving GLAA members (who are not very numerous – this is a rating put out by a few people – if you dig through their website you find only a few names, Rick Rosendall and Bob Summersgill, their third active member, Barrett Brick, passed away this year) are statists. (One GLAA officer actually tweeted two years ago when I ran for Congress as a Libertarian in 2012 that no one need pay any attention to me, the day I picked up petitions, since I was running as a Libertarian – and I then got a high enough vote, 16,700 votes, to get the Libertarian Party permanent ballot status in DC). They actually say in their press release on the scoring that they “interpreted” my (lengthy) answers as “negative or non responsive” because they don’t like libertarians, because it is an “unusual” ideology that “distrusts” government. Which this year of all years means the GLAA has shown themselves to be completely antiquated and out of touch with public sentiment.
But beyond this there is a brown nosing/rent seeking element to GLAA’s ratings. They actually rate the Green Party members almost as low as they do the Libertarians, and give their high rankings to, as the headline of their press release crows, incumbent Democrats. One suspects the Greens would fund all the programs GLAA likes to put gays on the dole and give them a government housed, state controlled gay community center at a much bigger budget than the Democrats. But since the Democrats are much more likely to be elected, GLAA members want to curry favor with them.
I suppose I should send a Valentine’s bouquet to the GLAA for their statism and bigotry. If they’d just ranked me slightly below the incumbents with whom they are currying favor, I’d not be able to say much. As it is, the irony means the non-gay political blogosphere is already covering their farcical ratings, and giving my campaign and DC Libertarians much more favorable exposure among sympathetic voters than we would have gotten this weekend without them.
The Wrong Kind of Gay
February 14, 2014 by BruceMajors
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