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Significant shift in out gay voting power?

ABC has an interesting bit up about the effect of out gay citizens as a voting bloc, since visibility has increased, mostly because anti-gay amendment efforts have motivated more people to come out.

The report from the Williams Institute at UCLA examines recently released census data, documenting a 30 percent increase in the number of same-sex couples in the United States over five years, from nearly 600,000 couples to almost 777,000 in 2005. The increase is five times the rate of growth in the U.S. population, according to the study.

According to the study, the states with the biggest increases were also states that endured recent political slugfests over gay marriage, battles the gay community lost. M.V. Lee Badgett, research director at the Williams Institute, said that instead of those losses driving “gay men, and lesbians and bisexual people back into anonymity and silence… the campaign against gay rights may have the opposite effect.”

The thinking is that in close races, out gay (and angry) citizens may play a key role in close races, voting for pro-equality candidates, or, absent a decent choice, turn away rank homophobes.

I’m not too sure — ~20% of LGBT folks actually voted for the clown in chief last time around; I don’t think we’re as cohesive a group as the MSM may think, and certainly not numerous enough, absent additional voter support from allies, to turn an election in most states.

What do you think?

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