The following list of endorsements includes candidates recommended by WiG, Fair Wisconsin/HRL-PAC and Planned Parenthood. Endorsements are based on candidates’ positions on equality, reproductive freedom and women’s health.
Five candidates for governor are divided on gay marriage in Maine, where, a year ago, voters rejected a same-sex marriage law adopted by the legislature.
Two of the candidates – Democrat Libby Mitchell and independent Eliot Cutler – say they support efforts to recognize same-sex marriages.
Despite his anti-gay stance on the campaign trail, GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker has a history of hiring and promoting gay staffers. Open and closeted gays have held key positions on his political campaigns, in his Assembly office (when he represented Wauwatosa in the Legislature) and within his administration as Milwaukee County Executive.
In an election season when upset victories by fringe-right candidates have dominated the news, Milwaukee County Supervisor Chris Larson bucked the trend by mounting a successful challenge from the left. An outspoken progressive, Larson took 61 percent of the vote on Sept. 14 against moderate incumbent Jeff Plale in an expensive, nasty and closely watched Democratic primary in Wisconsin’s 7th Senate District.
“All eyes in the nation are on us,” state Rep. Leah Vukmir warned the audience seated in Wauwatosa West High School’s auditorium. It was one of the few statements made during the ensuing 90-minute debate on which both Vukmir and her opponent, incumbent state Sen. Jim Sullivan, agreed.
Fair Wisconsin has issued the following endorsements for the general election on Nov. 2.
The Human Rights Campaign is pumping added dollars into Minnesota before the Nov. 2 election, hoping to nurture a climate favorable to legalizing marriage for same-sex couples in the state.
WiG endorses the following candidates in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary election. Additional endorsements will be made prior to the Nov. 2 general election.
The Log Cabin Republicans recently announced a second round of Congressional endorsements in the Nov. 2 general election.
“We have a number of Republican candidates across the country that are supportive of our ideals – a free market economy, a strong defense, smart tax policies, sound fiscal discipline and, without question value equal treatment for all Americans,” LCR executive director R. Clarke Cooper said.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson said he’d support repealing the military’s ban on openly gay troops if the military supports it.
Johnson is challenging pro-equality U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold’s bid for a fourth term. He made the remark concerning “don’t ask, don’t tell” while taking questions from reporters at the Milwaukee Press Club on Sept. 24.
Laure Rondeau, an 82-year-old Catholic, supports Providence, R.I., Mayor David Cicilline for Congress because he wants to get the troops out of Afghanistan and says Washington is losing sight of what’s happening to regular people.
If you’re a progressive LGBT voter or ally looking for a candidate to enthusiastically support in the Democratic primary for Milwaukee County sheriff, you’re out of luck.
Incumbent Dave Clarke and his challenger, MPD Lt. Chris Moews, both say they support basic civil rights for LGBT people. But neither makes a strong case for that position, and during our interviews it was obvious that neither has given our community much thought beyond how to leverage it for votes. Moews, however, proved more conversant about our issues.