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

A Gay Winner & a Sore Loser

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

A Gay Winner & a Sore Loser

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Patricia Todd clearly won. Joe Lieberman clearly lost. That's how direct elections work. Todd, an out lesbian candidate, won two primary face-offs to be one of Birmingham's Democratic candidates for the Alabama state legislature--virtually assuring her victory in November--while Lieberman was turned away as Connecticut's Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.

So why did a state party committee attempt to invalidate Todd's electoral win? And why is the Human Rights Campaign still endorsing Joe Lieberman for the U.S. Senate?

Is direct democracy that difficult to understand?

Yes, Lieberman built a decent record on gay rights during his three terms in the Senate, earning a high HRC rating. But he's also one of President Bush's fiercest Democratic allies on the Iraqi war as well as energy, taxes, and judicial nominations. Lieberman even voted with Bush to strip Terri Schiavo's husband of his rights--a failed attempt to use federal power to interfere with a partner's most private and painful decisions.

HRC turned a blind eye to the Schiavo vote, and it may argue that Iraq and taxes are not "gay issues. …

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