Log Cabin Criticizes Democrat Scare Tactics on Social Security

McCain Plan Would Provide Social Security Fairness for LGBT Families

July 10, 2008 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Blogger Tumblr

(Washington, DC) – Democratic partisans are attacking Republican Sen. John McCain for supporting a plan that would provide Social Security fairness for LGBT families. "Following election year clockwork, Democrats are trying to scare people about Social Security," said Log Cabin Republicans President Patrick Sammon. "Democrats seem more interested in employing election year scare tactics than supporting basic fairness for gay and lesbian families."

The current system discriminates against gay and lesbian families because they can't leave their benefits to a partner; as married straight couples do. This week, Senator McCain re-iterated his support for Social Security personal savings accounts for younger workers. Personal saving accounts would allow LGBT people to leave their benefits to anyone they want.

Americans United for Change, a Democrat group working to stop sensibile Social Security reform, criticized McCain for having the courage to propose an honest reform proposal. The Democratic National Committee and Democrat Congressional leaders – like Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) – joined in the attacks on McCain.

"Democrats support a Social Security status quo that discriminates against gay and lesbian workers," continued Sammon. "Senator McCain's common-sense plan provides fairness and will save Social Security for the next generation. Sen. Barack Obama, on the other hand, proposes Social Security tax increases that will hurt our economy and cost us jobs."

"Instead of launching cynical election year attacks aimed at scaring older voters, Barack Obama and Democratic leaders should join John McCain in supporting voluntary personal savings accounts," said Sammon.