"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
There are certain character flaws which I would consider as being 'unforgivable' in a candidate. People who are for fostering unequal treatment for gay people (unequal treatment for any oppressed group) have a character flaw which cannot be accepted. It speaks either to their willingness to embrace a belief system that is cruel or even to foster such a belief system and extend it (in some cases). As such, no matter how much one might agree with the candidate on other issues, this single issue does in fact morally exclude the candidate from consideration for election.
This should apply to anyone considering the candidate, but one certainly is surprised when some gay people themselves minimize the significance of this character flaw. One can only assume that gay people are not immune to rationalization. Which is completely unsurprising since they are humans.
As to the criticism of 'single issue voting'. I will reiterate: There are some issues which speak to the character of the candidate, and which remove that candidate from consideration. This is one of them. When a candidate has shown they don't at all "get" the issues surrounding the matter... like, hospital visitation rights, for example. The insensitivity is not just mind boggling, it is symptomatic of evil.
You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.
Its official. Gay people should only vote based on whether or not a candidate supports gay marriage and NOT unimportant issues like debt, deficit, unemployment, crime, energy policy, gas prices...
But the fact is, the comment DID include the ridiculous KKK reference as pretty much half of it's entire point and largely providing context to the only other sentence that was stated. Considering she has continued forward to label Republicans as Nazi's and reaffirmed the statement that they're on par with the KKK....yeah, I'm not going to view her deranged comment outside of the very clear, purposeful, twisted context she presented it in.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.