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Supreme Court Campaign Finance Ruling: Gay Impact?

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Gay rights supporters across the country are fretting about how last week’s US Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance could doom LGBT equality efforts, and other progressive causes.

Civil Rights attorney Emma Ruby-Sachs wrote on Huffington Post “If you control a corporation” (you) “probably vote Republican.” She said ” As an LGBT person in the United States, more Republican donations should be a scary thing.”

Jon Davidson, legal director of gay group Lambda Legal agrees. He says corporate interests will want to see more anti-gay measures on ballots across the country.

Davidson: “It is a way of driving more conservative voters to the polls, and trying to bring in a whole range of candidates who will be more sympathetic to this kind of unholy alliance between the religious right and business interests.”

MSNBC host Keith Olberman put it more bluntly on Thursday, saying “throw (the evangelicals) some red meat to feed their holier-than-thou rationalizations, and they won’t care what else you do to this corporate nation.”

Davidson said it’s ironic that conservatives are applauding this ruling – when it’s a perfect example of the very kind of decision they traditionally rail against.

Davidson: “One has to recognize it as a very activist decision, striking down a majority view here – that’s what the conservatives say courts shouldn’t be doing.”

Davidson and Courage Campaign founder Rick Jacobs also said they were troubled by a separate opinion, published by Justice Clarence Thomas – in which he said the ruling should have gone further, to allow political activity to remain anonymous. In his opinion, he specifically cited the alleged harassment of gay marriage opponents, at the hands of marriage supporters, to justify his position.

–Aaron McQuade

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Written by OutQ News staff

January 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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