What does this mean for Cox and Taylor? What could it mean for Ralph Reed in a close primary battle with Casey Cagle?
Gays and lesbians, who are concentrated in Fulton and DeKalb counties, are furious at Cox, for what they call a “flip-flop” on the gay marriage issue. Two years ago Cox blasted the Republican-authored constitutional gay-marriage ban as “unnecessary.” But she recently backed a call for a special legislative session to reinstate the ban after it was thrown out by a Superior Court judge.
“I had a [Cathy Cox] bumper sticker on my car. I made a contribution. I even stuffed some envelopes for her,” said Joshua Stewart, 27, of Atlanta. “Now I won’t be voting for a Democrat in the gubernatorial election.”
Cox says her position on gay marriage has remained constant, and she has reached out to gay leaders in an attempt to explain her reasoning.
Many gays, however, say they will vote in the Democratic primary, but boycott the gubernatorial slate entirely. Some, like Stewart, plan to cross over and vote in the Republican primary in an attempt to derail conservative candidate Ralph Reed, who is running for lieutenant governor.