Former President Jimmy Carter tells Big Think that even as the fight over Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell continues, he believes Americans are ready for their first gay president (that we know of–I think we’ve all heard the rumors about “life-long bachelor” James Buchanan).
Carter says the response to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have done a lot to melt the resistance to non-straight-white-guys in the White House:
Step-by-step, we have realized that this issue of homosexuality has the same adverse and progressive elements as when we dealt with the race issue 50 years ago, or 40 years ago. So I would say that the country is getting acclimated to a president who might be female, who might, obviously, now, be Black, and who might be as well a gay person.
Watch the interview here, from Big Think:
Carter has been criticized by gay rights groups for failing to do more while he was in the White House, and even giving gay rights merely a paragraph in his most recent memoir, where he mentioned the “gay rights business.”
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