Commentary & Opinion
Bush "Best President" on Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Opinion Piece Says
July 10, 2008
Although HIV/AIDS was "promoted as an important reason" for gays and lesbians to elect former Democratic President Clinton in 1992, it is "unquestionable" that Republican President Bush "has done more to fight AIDS than any president in history," David Benkof of GaysDefendMarriage.com writes in a Philadelphia Daily News opinion piece. The "people pushing Bush to fight the epidemic at home and abroad are overwhelmingly conservative Christians -- the same people we keep hearing gay leaders tar as narrow-minded and bigoted" -- Benkof writes.
According to Benkof, Bush's HIV/AIDS efforts "have done little to convince gays and lesbians that on at least one of their top issues, Republicans have performed better than Democrats." Benkof writes, "For years, I've been asked, 'How can you be a gay Republican?' In 2008, I can answer, 'Because on one of the gay community's top priorities, Republicans outshine Democrats hands down'" (Benkof, Philadelphia Daily News, 7/9).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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