Anderson displaying a friendly auto bumper sticker at a rally in Miami
Independent John Anderson has actively courted
the lesbian/gay vote, speaking to gay groups and
being interviewed by gay publications, such as THIS
WEEK IN TEXAS.
Representative Anderson has endorsed a bill
which would forbid discrimination due to sexual orientation in housing and employment, especially
He opposed Congressman Larry McDonald's first
anti-gay amendment to the Legal Services Corporation
Bill in 1977. Anderson says, "Congress ought to
be ready to enact legislation that would make it
clear that the gay community should not be made to
suffer discrimination in housing, employment and
opportunities in society generally." He further
states, "The State has no business interfering in a
private, consensual relationship."
Anderson has admitted that he retains much of
his conservative philosophy, but insists he has
seen the error of many of his early beliefs. He
has never specifically addressed his three attempts,
in his early days in Congress, to introduce a Constitutional Amendment recognizing "Jesus Christ as
the Spiritual Father of our Country."
The latest national polls give Anderson 9% of
the vote and he now seems unlikely to carry a
single state. An AFL-CIO poll released in mid-October gives him 4% of the vote in Texas, trailing Ed
Barry Commoner is the Citizen's Party nominee.
The Citizen's Party philosophy is a combination of
socialist and libertarian. Commoner has approximately
1 percent of the vote nationally. He isn't on the
ballot in Texas.
Ed Clark, the Libertarian Party candidate,
says, "The right to love the person you want, regardless of gender, seems to me a very basic
freedom. I can't understand the mentality of a
person who would try to deny that right."
Clark states he is totally opposed to sodomy
laws and would repeal them as soon as he was elected.
When he was running for Governor of California in
1978, Clark campaigned against the Briggs Initiative.
"I ran radio, television and newspaper ads
highlighting my opposition. I insisted that gay
people have the same right to teach in the public
schools as any other Americans. At the same time,
I believe that parents who, however wrongly, don't
want gays teaching their children, have a right to
select schools of their choice. That's shy I've
proposed a system of education tax credits to allow
more students to choose the kind of school they want."
Clark promises, "As President, I would imredi-
ately issue an executive order banning discrimination
against gays in the military and other government
Clark also opposes sexual preference discrimination in child-custody cases and in inmigration. In
fact, he opposes government intervention in almost
any phase of a person's private life. "In the
White House Conference on Families, for example,
you have a situation where different groups feel
they have to fight for control of some government
prpogram. Instead of toleration and harmony, government encourages political and social conflict."
"I think the principle ot equal rights must
be extended to all people, gay and straight, tolerant and homophobic. People should be free not only
to associate with others, but not to associate with
them as well. Thus, I'm opposed to legislation that
would force the individual who is prejudiced against
gay people to employ them in a private business,
rent or sell an aprtment or house to them, or allow
them into his place of business. Freedom is for
Essentially, the Liber-tar in Platform is reducing government intervention in private matters.
Clark wants to transfer most government services
to the private sector, repeal all laws concerning
private, consensual conduct, reduce U.S. military
intervention abroad, and substitute private retirement plans for Social Security. "I'm proposing to
cut every American's taxes in half and cut government spending at the same time."
Ed Clark has about 3 percent of the .vote,
nationally. The AFL-CIO poll for Texas, which was
released in mid-October, gives him 5 percent,
leading John Anderson.