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But volunteers who've been calling the 18,000 or so members of Equality Illinois to urge them to vote have been getting an earful. Many members say they won't vote or will vote against incumbents, regardless of their party affiliation or stance on gay issues.
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"Once they're elected, they're not fighting for things like civil unions or same sex marriage or ending 'don't ask, don't tell' because they're hot button issues," said Wyatt, who usually supports Democrats. "We're just used as a piggyback for them to get into office. It's absurd."
It didn't help that the controversy over the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays erupted less than two weeks before the election, when a judge overturned it, then Obama's justice department decided to fight the judge's decision. On Thursday, the Defense Department declared that "don't ask, don't tell" is official policy but set up a new system that could make it tougher to get thrown out of the military for being openly gay.
"If (candidates) can mobilize the gay community and get them out to vote, it could make all the difference in the world in some of these key races," said Garcia.
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Across the country, activists say gay voters are angry at the lack of progress on issues from eliminating employment discrimination to uncertainty over serving in the military to the economy and some are choosing to sit out this election or look for other candidates.
longer trusts anyone to fight for causes important to him.
If Democratic candidates are counting on long standing support from gay voters to help stave off big losses on Nov. 2, they could be in for a surprise.
Wyatt, 35, a maintenance worker at the Center on Halsted, a community center serving Chicago's GLBT community, said politicians only court gay voters at election time.
President Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago, with its large, politically and socially active gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, offers a snapshot of what some are calling the "enthusiasm gap" between voters who came out strong for Obama and other Democrats in 2008 and re energized Republican base voters, including tea party enthusiasts who say they are primed to storm the polls.
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And in places like Cook County, Ill., where the gay population represents about 7 percent of voters, that could mean the difference between victory and defeat in some races, said Rick Garcia, director of public policy for Equality Illinois. One of those races is a much watched and close battle for Obama's old Senate seat between Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk.
know who to vote for, and the election is a week away."
Whether or not that's the case, Wyatt isn't the only one who feels that way.
This year's Michael Kors Wallet Uk election is a stark contrast to 2008, when the gay community turned out in droves to elect Obama and help Democrats regain control of Congress. "People were clamoring and very excited about the change that then candidate Obama promised America," Garcia said. "Now I see lethargy at best and disgust at worst."
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