Angry Gay Voters Weigh Skipping Polls

Movement leaders say Dems in for rude awakening
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2010 11:55 AM CDT
Angry Gay Voters Weigh Skipping Polls
Larry Whitt, who left the Navy after serving 12 years because he is gay, joins other protesters and supporters who watched President Obama arrive in Coral Gables, Fla. Monday, Oct. 11, 2010.   (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

If Democrats think they can depend on the gay community on Election Day, they’d better think again: Gay people throughout the US are having doubts over whether to vote at all this year, the AP reports. “We're just used as a piggyback for them to get into office,” says a gay-rights supporter who usually backs the Dems.

The AP looks at trends in Barack Obama’s Chicago: “I see lethargy at best and disgust at worst,” says the head of a gay equality group, many of whose 18,000 members are saying they’ll stay home Nov. 2 or vote against incumbents, no matter what party. “If I was a leader in the Democratic Party, I would be worried,” says a national activist. "Right now we're being treated like we're worth losing."
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