Usually when a poll indicates that a group is more than twice as likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans it is a sign that the GOP has a serious problem courting that group. Luckily, Madison's favorite "enigmatic" law professor, is on scene to demolish the conventional wisdom. Responding to a poll that shows that 31% of self-identified LGBT voters supported Republicans on Tuesday, Ann Althouse:
This doesn't surprise me. I think the split between the parties should be about the same as it is in the heterosexual population. I'd expect it to be somewhat skewed because the Democrats give the impression that they will do some things to advance gay rights.
But that shouldn't have too great an effect because: 1. Gay people are interested in all the issues, not just who purports to care about specific gay-related issues, 2. There isn't much reason to trust the Democrats to do more than pretend to care, and 3. If the GOP seems libertarian, it may appeal to those who mainly want the government to leave them alone to live their lives according to their own values.
LOL. We're talking about the party that has successfully banned gay marriage in Wisconsin, opposes allowing gay couples basic rights, including hospital visitation privileges, and which has figures in leadership positions who believe the state should bar local schools from allowing discussion of homosexuality.
The GOP is very libertarian on issues of sexuality. It makes a lot of sense if you don't think about it. Or if you never listen to anything they say about homosexuality.