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Gay Repubs Threaten to Withhold Support

Sunday, 29 February 2004 12:00 AM

Some of them do not plan on voting for him in November.

One member, David Catania, a Washington, D.C., city councilman who has raised nearly $80,000 for the president's re-election, tells Newsweek, "You know the concept of buyer's remorse? I've got it. I want my money back."

Catania, who is a delegate to the GOP convention this summer and holds a seat in the platform committee, which shapes the party's official agenda, is dropping his fund-raising efforts and no longer plans to vote for Bush, report Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Debra Rosenberg and Senior Editor Mark Miller in the March 8 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, March 1).

Now Catania intends to fight the amendment on the platform committee and work against a second Bush term.

In 2000, the Austin 12 met with the then Governor George W. Bush, who was eager to burnish his image as a "compassionate conservative." Even though Bush declared himself "a better man" after the meeting, four years later, even his most devoted gay supporters are wavering,

Newsweek reports. "I have always accepted the president's opposition to gay marriage," says Charles Francis, a longtime Bush family friend and a D.C. consultant who organized the Austin meeting. But for the Austin 12 -- all of whom spoke with Newsweek last week.

Bush's endorsement of a constitutional amendment is a step too far. "It writes inequality into the founding document, and we can never support that," Francis tells Newsweek. Many of the 12 say they won't vote for Bush at all, Newsweek reports.

The 12 argue that Bush had a solid record on gay issues until the marriage amendment. Bush even appointed one of the 12, Scott Evertz, as his first AIDS czar.

A White House aide acknowledged that Bush has friends "who are homosexual. He understands their position, but they might understand that he has his principles." Some of the 12, like Evertz and former congressman Steve Gunderson, say they're deeply disappointed but so far continue to support Bush.

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