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the gays in their fight for equal rights. And I support the
women and the Ukrainians and the Armenians and every group
that has been suject and is continually subject to discrimination
or oppression. That's my nature. And with respect to
women it takes two roles -- that is to say, two reasons. One
is I believe in it; the other is it's very politically saleable.
Getting less so, just as support of equal rights for blacks
or bringing them to the point where they have equal rights
in a whole host of areas is less saleable. But it is still
right to do.
Then I would say in my district, in a very parochial way,
I have the only district in the country that has less than
two people per apartment. It has 1.8 persons per apartment.
I saw some figures someplace -- someone did a little research
on it -- I think 56% of the people in my district are single:
single means separated, divorced or unmarried. And a large
percentage of those -- I don't know what the breakdown is,
but it's surely at least 50% -- are women. And, by the way,
I do very well statistically with the young women voters.
I think I get a higher percentage in that group than in any
So for those reasons -- moral and politically -- I support
You've mentioned your support of the gays. Looking back,
was this a factor when you were a city councilman?
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