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

Pleased, Not Thrilled

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

Pleased, Not Thrilled

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Despite his record on gay issues, activists wonder about Lieberman

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, Al Gore's choice as his running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket, is a leading cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban antigay workplace bias. He has voted for increased AIDS funding and cosponsored the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The Human Rights Campaign has given him a perfect rating for the current session of Congress.

So why are gay and lesbian activists not exactly turning handsprings over the choice of Lieberman? As a U.S. senator from Connecticut for 12 years, Lieberman has a long (if low-profile) history of support for gay rights but with enough exceptions to make activists wonder if he is as committed to gay causes as Gore is.

"Senator Lieberman's record is one that bears studying and watching," says National Gay and Lesbian Task Force executive director Elizabeth Toledo. "He has a generally strong record on issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. At the same time, Lieberman, like Clinton and like Gore, has not always proven to be a friend of the progressive community when we needed him. …

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