Election 2004

The 2004 post-election spin quickly latched onto "values" as an explanation of the results for both the presidential vote and for passage of all 11 anti-gay state constitutional amendments. In doing so, many sought to scapegoat the freedom to marry movement and with it the entire gay community. An analysis of the actual voting data, along with post-election surveys, proves that view wrong.


Blog Posts Related to Election 2004

Voice for Equality: Laura Ricketts

Laura Ricketts is co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and CEO of Ecotravel.com. Ricketts is also a board member of Lambda Legal and the Housing Opportunities for Women organization.

Ricketts' ownership stake in the Cubs is uniquely noteworthy because it makes her the first openly gay owner of a major-league sports franchise.

Former first lady Laura Bush urged her husband not to make the freedom to marry an issue in 2004

Former first lady Laura Bush has written in her memoir, "Spoken From the Heart," that she urged her husband not to make marriage equality a significant issue in the 2004 election because they had - and still have- "a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay." Bush writes, "[A]t that moment I could never have imagined what path this issue would take and where it would lead."

Karl Rove and his Gay Dad

It's not exactly startling to see that Karl Rove has denied he was aware his own father was gay, even as he guided the GOP into anti-gay wedge politics in the last decade (the Christianists, he coolly calculated, had potentially way more votes for the GOP than gays and their families). But it is important to note that it is untrue that he had no idea his dad was gay or that he was unaware it was the reason for his parents' divorce.

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Resources Related to Election 2004

Findings from Polling on Ballot Measures Regarding Same-Sex Couples

This study shows that strong public education and personal conversations are necessary to change minds about marriage, and that campaigns are ineffective at convincing people to support marriage.

The Democratic Party, “Moral Values” and Gay Rights: The Marriage of Politics and Principle

Refuting the myth of the 2004 elections that mobilizing anti-marriage voters won Pres. Bush re-election.

The Money Behind the 2004 Anti-gay Marriage Amendments

Analysis of contributions to anti-gay amendment battles

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