Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter believes
America is ready for a gay president 'in the near future'
Former President Jimmy Carter believes the U.S. is ready to elect a
gay president 'in the near future.'
'I think the entire population has come tremendous strides forward in
dealing with the issue of gays,' Carter said in an interview with the
website Big Think.
'I don't know about the next election, but I think in the near
future, because step by step we have realized that this issue of
homosexuality has the same adverse and progressive elements as when we
dealt with the race issue.'
Carter served one term as commander-in-chief and then lost his bid
for re-election to Ronald Reagan in 1980.
He went on, 'I would say that the country is getting acclimated to a
president who might be female, who might, obviously, now, be black, and
who might be as well a gay person.'
President Obama is the first black president.
Former Bill Clinton adviser and interviewer James Carville then
wondered, 'How do we know we haven't had one?'
America has had one bachelor president, James Buchanan, from 1857-61.