LOS ANGELES, September 27, 2004 ( – Democratic Presidential candidate, John Kerry, granted an exclusive interview to the national homosexual activist magazine, The Advocate, on September 16.

In the preamble, Advocate writer Chris Bull describes Kerry as “an ardent gay rights supporter.”“One of the original cosponsors of legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation,” he continues, “Kerry has achieved a nearly unblemished voting record on the issue. In 1996 he was the only senator up for re-election to vote against the antigay Defense of Marriage Act. Three years earlier he went before the Senate Armed Services Committee to testify in favor of revoking the ban on gays and lesbians in the military.”“I was the only elected senator up for reelection to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996,” Kerry boasted in the interview. “It was a tough position to take, but I took it because I thought [the bill] was outright gay bashing. My support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and civil unions has been complete.”  Kerry outlined his support for hate-crimes legislation, similar to Canada’s Bill C-250: “I think we can pass” hate crimes legislation, he said.  When asked if he thought the Senate could muster the votes to block an amendment to the constitution to ban homosexual marriage, Kerry said, “I will oppose any constitutional amendment.”“I approve of gay adoption. I approve of gay parenting,” he said.  The Democrat presidential candidate described Supreme Court Justice Scalia’s dissent in the Lawrence v. Texas case that legalized sodomy for the state as an “extreme, homophobic, mean-spirited dissent.”

Kerry criticized President Bush’s abstinence message for preventing HIV/AIDS: “The president’s HIV/AIDS policy is a cave-in to the right wing. It defies common sense and reason. It’s a completely craven posture about how the world works and how life works.”

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