President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

Gays Could Win Presidential Election for Barack Obama, Says Gallup Report

Guess ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and taking a strong pro-gay marriage stand could help President Barack Obama's re-election effort.

According to the Gallup Report, with the presidential race running so tight, gays' and lesbians' overwhelming support for Obama could help him edge out Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

"When LGBT voters are added to the electorate," a press statement from UCLA's Williams Institute declares, "Obama moves slightly ahead of Romney. These findings suggest that the highly Democratic vote of the LGBT population could be enough to swing a very close election toward Obama."

The Gallup Report was conducted by Williams Institute Distinguished Scholar Gary J. Gates and Gallup Editor-in-chief Frank Newport. Their exhaustive research was based on more than 120,000 interviews of LGBT men and women, the largest such sample ever collected, according to the Williams Institute.

They found that 71 percent of LGBT Americans who are registered voters back the re-election of President Obama. Interestingly, 22 percent of LGBTs support Romney.

That huge pro-Obama percentage, concludes Gates and Newport, may be the extra push the president needs to win the presidential election.

The Gallup Report also points out that LGBTs aren't all bleeding heart liberals.

Forty-five percent of gay individuals consider themselves as "liberal or very liberal."

Twenty percent say they are "conservative or very conservative."

Thirty-five percent think of themselves as "moderate."

"While LGBT voters clearly tilt toward Democratic candidates," Gates says in a press release, "it was clear from the data that the community is not a monolithic political group, and notably, LGBT Americans who express more conservative political preferences share many of the traits common to other Americans with those political views."

During his four years in office, President Barack Obama helped push through and signed legislation that ended "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the ban that disallowed gays from serving openly in the military.

Obama also backed off defending the anti-gay marriage Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court.

And Obama stated publicly that he supports legalized gay marriage.

It's not far-reaching to say that Obama has done more to advance the equality of American gays and lesbians than any other president in the history of the United States. But will they be sure to go out and vote for him on November 6?

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

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