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Visible_vote_logo_hrc For the first time in a U.S. presidential campaign a debate was held specifically to discuss issues important to gay voters (e.g., anti-discrimination legislation, same-sex marriage, HIV/AIDS, immigration reform, ending "Don't Ask Don't Tell").  Sponsored by the LOGO cable network and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Visible Vote '08: A Presidential Forum aired the evening of Aug. 9, 2007.  Six Democratic candidates participated: Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Mike Gravel; Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich; and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson.  Questions were asked by HRC's Joe Solmonese, journalist Jonathan Capeheart and lesbian rock musician Melissa Etheridge.  (Republican candidates were offered a similar platform on a different date but none responded.) 




Dennis_kucinich Bill_richardson Only Kucinich (far right) and Gravel came out in support of same-sex marriage; the others favored civil unions.  The one gaffe of the night was when Bill Richardson (near right) said that he believed being gay was a choice.  He rescinded (or "clarified") his comment the following day.


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