Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's position on gay marriage may be hard to pin down, but Professor of Political Science Craig Rimmerman doesn't think it will hurt his chances to win the Democratic position to run for president. Rimmerman was quoted in the Aug. 16 Barre-Montpelier Times Argus story “Inconsistency on gay marriage issue doesn’t hurt Dean”.
“I think what it’s going to come down to is between Howard Dean and John Kerry for the nomination,” said Rimmerman. “For those lesbians and gays who want to defeat Bush, my sense is they’re going to be comfortable with either of those men.”
But the front-running candidates will be careful with the question of gay marriage, he said, both because of public opinion on the issue and because Republicans can use it to energize their conservative base.