Gay Presidential DebateLogo and HRC are hosting the first ever presidential debate focusing on gay issues tonight at 8pm Central time** (Update below). This is a pretty monumental event for the gay community, and I'm excited. It will be nice to see a debate on gay issues that is not centered around the argument that gay people are immoral (since that's where this issue has been in the last couple of elections). Hopefully it will also turn the issue from a "talking point" to something more personal. As this writer says, "I am not an issue; I am a human being," and I'm tired of having gay issues discussed as if there aren't real people be affected here.
Unfortunately, the debate will only include the Democrat candidates. It's not that the Republican candidates weren't invited. You see, they just couldn't make it. Most of them couldn't even bother to respond to the invitation. I understand that they aren't interested in this particular issue, but to not respond is pretty telling of what they really think. You guys can draw your own conclusions there.
I'll admit, the debate makes me nervous because gays have been used as such a wedge issue in the past. I'm nervous about what sound bites the far right is going to come up with to attack candidates with later. In the end, though, it's the right thing to do. I just hope the right thing to do ends up paying off in the long run.
So, tonight at 8pm you know where I'll be. You guys should watch too and let me know what you think.
Tiltsatwindmills pointed out in the comments that the HRC hosted a very similar (and some say better debate) back in 2003. Here's a post comparing the two. Very interesting. I wonder how HRC and Logo are getting away with calling this the first even of it's kind.