Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Not Antigay Enough: Far-Right Leaders Wage Political War over President Bush's "Pro-Gay" Bent. (Election 2004)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Not Antigay Enough: Far-Right Leaders Wage Political War over President Bush's "Pro-Gay" Bent. (Election 2004)

Article excerpt

Is President Bush too gay-friendly? That's what a number of U.S. religious-right leaders are charging. And if the president doesn't change his ways, some conservatives are threatening to withhold their support for his 2004 reelection bid.

In a scene right out of the movie The Star Chamber, a group of powerful religious-right leaders on May 6 grilled Marc Racicot, chairman of the Republican National Committee, about a meeting he'd had with the Human Rights Campaign, a gay advocacy group, in March. They also expressed their displeasure with what they say is the GOP's general failure to strongly support U.S. senator Rick Santorum's recent remarks in favor of antigay sodomy laws.

Robert Knight, who as director of the far-right Culture and Family Institute was part of the May 6 gathering, published an account in the Institute's Culture & Family Report. According to Knight, when asked whether it is normal for two men to have sex, Racicot, who will head Bush's 2004 campaign, answered, "No, of course not." But the former Montana governor did point out the insidiousness in what his inquisitors were asking of lawmakers. …

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