McGillis Wants to Give Your Gay Vote Some Meaning
When Darrin McGillis announced his candidacy for Governor of Florida, it was out of frustration with the current lot of democratic candidates. No other candidate, whether Democrat or Republican, is willing to discuss any opposition to Amendment 2, the most restrictive anti-gay marriage law in the United States of America.
McGillis has an entire platform for how he would run Florida if elected, but he has no illusions that he is any kind of front-runner. If elected, McGillis would score a 25% salary increase for Florida educators, cut taxes across the board, promote fairer redistricting practices and support a less money-driven election process. His interest in challenging Amendment 2, however, is the real reason he has put his name in the hat.
McGillis’ website has video showing the state-sanctioned execution of two teenage boys, put to death for having a sexual relationship in Iran. His campaign believes if more people were aware of incidents like this, and the murder of American youth because of their sexuality, they would be more likely to support LGBT issues.
McGillis is quick to point out that Democratic front-runner Alex Sink has no such statement of support on her website – not even close. “I hope she is really behind the human rights issue and not just saying only what needs to be said,” McGillis shrugs, “and I hope that Equality Florida gave her the Voice of Equality Award for the right reasons and not just because she has over $6 Million in campaign contributions ready to be spent.”
Alex Sink, currently Florida’s CFO, essentially kicked off her campaign fundraising tour by receiving recognition from Equality Florida for past deeds. But some, like McGillis, are skeptical and feel that these awards may have been given prematurely because Sink is unwilling to commit herself to repealing the most damaging anti-gay law in the state. Sink has stated that she supports overturning Florida’s ban on gay adoptions – the only law of its kind in the United States. She has not yet announced any kind of stance on other issues important to the gay community such as ENDA, DADT or Florida’s Amendment 2.
“When Sink said she couldn’t commit to gay marriage but she could commit to gay adoptions, I was offended,” says McGillis. “Someone observing the Sink campaign said she just doesn’t want to lose votes in smaller, rural communities in Florida. If you’re going to stand for equality, it should be across the board.”
To a savvy voter, it becomes apparent that what McGillis is aiming for is more acute than simply running for Governor. It seems that he wants to use the primary election to send a clear message to Democratic front-runners. The message is: You can’t have our gay votes if you’re wishy-washy on gay rights.
The issue extends beyond gay rights and taps into what voters on both sides of the aisle have been complaining about for decades. McGillis puts it like this: “The whole reason for elections is to have a debate, to weed out the candidates who will say things only to get elected and then never return your calls or stand up for what is right versus what might win them re-election.”
McGillis summarizes, “Perhaps my campaign will bring them out of the closet, so to speak, and they will make their stance clear on their homepages. Time will tell. Until then, I am a candidate for Governor who believes every person should have the right to be in love with that special someone and if they choose to marry that person, they should have that right also.”