Wednesday, August 08, 2007

An Interesting Statistic

Within the last several years, it has become particularly known that certain faith-based organizations have deep ties to right-wing politics. Organizations such as Exodus International and efforts by some vocal conservative evangelicals have revealed an underlying theme: being gay is both bad for America and good for the Republican party. It is good because it can gather support from religious organizations who have duped into believing that there is a gay agenda out there wanting to molest America's children while entrancing them into a deviate and deathly lifestyle. As a response, if you elect a good and faithful Republican (just not this one or this one), then they promise that such a dastardly thing won't happen.

Unfortunately for many Republicans, gay and lesbian Americans are responding against such a political scapegoating. And, so are many straight Americans. But this post is about the gay and lesbian folk who are voting in opposition to the evil strategy and association between misguided evangelicals and the politicians who are using them.

A study this spring by San Francisco-based Community Marketing Inc. found that an eye-popping 92.5% of gay men reported that they voted in the 2004 presidential race, and almost 84% said they cast ballots in the 2006 midterm election. Among lesbians, the results were almost as impressive; nearly 91% said they voted in 2004; for the midterm, the figure was 78%.

By comparison, the Washington-based Committee for the Study of the American Electorate put the turnout for all Americans eligible to vote at about 61% in 2004 and roughly 40% in 2006.

Thanks to Queerty for this post.

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