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    June 16, 2009

    Obama's major speech on LGBT rights

    Posted by: Andoni

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    Before you get too excited, this hasn't happened yet. When I was sitting on the island of Symi, Greece I was getting despondent over the inaction in Congress on LGBT rights. Remembering the president's promises during the campaign, I thought the answer was a major address to the nation by President Obama on LGBT rights -- to jump start things in Congress.

    The president has a great way of explaining issues. Just think of his speech in Philadelphia on race and the one in Cairo on Muslim relations with America. When people listen to his well reasoned speeches, a lot more people nod their heads in agreement after the speech. Do I think LGBT rights warrants a major address by the president? Yes, I do. It is the civil rights issue of our time and should be one of the major issues of this presidency.

    I began writing a post suggesting a major speech by Obama on LGBT rights sometime in the early fall, but couldn't quite get the words right on paper. Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover, however, have done me one better. They wrote the speech the president should give. Juan and Ken are the founders of EqualityGiving an organization of major LGBT donors and activists. The link to the speech is here. And at the risk of eating up too much server space (sorry, Chirs), I copy it in its entirety below.

    This is the LGBT speech Obama should give. The bold print are his actual words from this year's Pride proclamation.

    "Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.  Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born.

    "LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society.  There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities.  LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country's response to the HIV pandemic.

    "I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration.

    "The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done.
      In the last four decades legislation has been enacted in many states to ensure that we hold our most dear American Promise: that we are all equal under the law. However, no state provides full legal equality to guarantee that each person is treated equally independently of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

    "Other states fall far behind in what most Americans believe to be fair and just.

    "Congress has not passed a single piece of legislation in the four decades since Stonewall to ensure that Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are treated equally under the law. So, millions of Americans remain denied this American Promise.

    "In these same four decades, Congress has passed two pieces of legislation that do the exact opposite and that actually openly discriminate against those Americans. As I said in my campaign, I support repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell legislation, as well as the repeal of the entire Defense of Marriage Act.

    "I am here to tell you that yes, we can end discrimination. And that yes, the time for this is now.

    "Many will argue that while equality is a worthwhile goal, civil rights have been given incrementally. They will also tell you that we have other important priorities.

    "But I ask: Where is our moral compass when we knowingly continue to allow members of our society to be unequal under the law? Where is our moral compass when we have laws that openly discriminate against some members of our society?

    "How do you tell a parent that the daughters and sons they love so much will not be treated equally under the law? That one will be able to serve his country, while the other will be fired for doing the same thing? That one will be able to marry and raise a family with all the protection that the law affords, and the other will not?

    "We may not agree with every person. But we have to respect them. And the law has to apply equally to every person in the same way.

    "Many of the problems that we face require solutions that are complex. Many of these problems have different solutions, which some uncertainty about which solution might be best.

    "For instance, Congress already analyzed and enacted legislation on one of our most important and difficult problems: the economic crisis. Work is underway now on healthcare reform.

    "But inequality under the law is not a difficult problem to fix. We just have to ensure that all citizens are covered by our existing laws in the same way. No more and no less. We also need to repeal two laws which fly in the face of equal protection under the law: the Defense of Marriage Act, which not only acts against the rights of the States, but also religions, and the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy that acts against the national security of our nation because it deprives our armed forces of personnel we need.

    "There is never an ideal time to enact legislation for equal rights. Yet every moment that passes, and we don't act, injustice continues. There are always reasons to delay. But ensuring that we live to our highest promise of equality needs to happen now. It is our moral imperative, since delays just end up denying the rights and protections to those who do not deserve to be left out.


    HATE CRIMES

    "First, I want to commend the House of Representatives for approving the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. As a senator, I was a co-sponsor of this legislation, and I am asking the Senate to act swiftly to approve it.

    "Some say that a crime is a crime and there is no need to distinguish crimes motivated by prejudice against a minority. The reality is that our judicial system considers, as it should, the intention of the criminal. The punishment is not the same, and it should not be, if somebody kills a person by accident versus somebody killing a person with predetermination.

    "Hate has no place in our society. Respect for each individual is the glue that keep us together.

    "Today, we already have hate crimes laws for those who are victims of crimes based on their race, color, religion and national origin. It is important to add gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability to those laws." Rest assured that adding this language to our existing laws in no way gives special rights to homosexuals, since hate crimes against someone for being a heterosexual would be also included in this law.


    NON DISCRIMINATION

    "Most Americans are very familiar with several pieces of civil rights legislation that protect Americans against discrimination. Most people naturally assume that those protections also cover lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

    "They do not.

    "The first legislation covering LGBT individuals was introduced 35 years ago. I am asking Congress today to introduce an expansion of the civil rights legislation to cover non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodation, public facilities, credit, and federally funded programs and activities."


    DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL

    "My most important responsibility as President is to protect our country. Because our national security is at stake, we cannot continue to fire personnel from the military, just because of their sexual orientation. All of our dedicated service members are vital to our national security, and we have spent large sums of money and time training them.

    "Since the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy has been in effect, more than 12,000 service members have been discharged to the detriment to our national security, just for who they are, and not because of their actions or performance.

    "I am thinking of service members like Sergeant Eric Alva, a marine, who was awarded a purple heart and was the first American soldier wounded in Iraq. He was discharged for being gay; and Lieutenant Daniel Choi, a West Point graduate and an Arab linguist, also discharged just for being gay.

    "Therefore, today I am signing an executive order asking for a temporary suspension of investigations and discharges of service members because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Of course, behavioral problems will continue to be aggressively investigated and prosecuted.

    "I am also asking Congress to pass without delay the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009.

    "Effectiveness and cohesion of our military forces is based on trust. Each service member needs to trust each other with their own lives. Critical to this trust is integrity and the ability of our service members not to have to hide who they are and whom they love.

    "As when the military was integrated with female service members, we know that our troops are professional and capable of interacting appropriately. We know that our allies, such as Great Britain, Israel, Canada, and Australia have successfully integrated gays and lesbians into their militaries. I believe that our armed services personnel are capable of acting professionally.

    "I have also asked Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to modify regulations within the next 60 days to ensure that all service members are treated equally and that inappropriate behavior is punished whether it is between a members of the same gender or of different genders.


    MARRIAGE

    "Our country is very divided on the issue of same gender marriage. I have expressed my own opinion on the subject before.

    "Yes, marriage has a religious component.

    "Some religions do allow same gender couples to marry, others don't. It is not the role of the government to interfere with religion or favor one religion over another. For example, most religions do not allow divorce. However, led by Ronald Reagan while he was Governor of California, no fault divorce has been adopted by all states.

    "Let me say this, in no uncertain terms, to all Americans: the government does not currently, and will not, tell your church whom they can or cannot marry.

    "In addition, the rights of the States need to be protected: civil marriage licenses have been and should continue to be the prerogatives of each state. When the Defense of Marriage Act was approved by Congress in 1996, no state allowed same gender couples to marry.  Today, six States do, while several others allow either civil unions or domestic partnerships. Other states have their own Defense of Marriage Acts or constitutional bans against same gender marriage.

    "The principle at stake is that the federal government does not, and will not, issue marriage licenses. However, the federal government needs to honor all the licenses issued by the States, not just those of opposite gender couples. Therefore, I am asking Congress to repeal the Federal Defense of Marriage Act without delay and to ensure that all the 1,138 federal benefits, such as social security, immigration, and hospital visitation, that apply to opposite gender married couples are applied without discrimination to all couples legally married or otherwise joined by a civil union or domestic partnership legally recognized by a State.

    "Today I am proud to say that I signed an executive order providing domestic partners of federal employees many of the benefits of married spouses."


    EDUCATION

    "One of my main priorities is education. This is a requisite for our country to be competitive in the 21st Century. Our hearts were broken when in the space of two weeks in April, two young people committed suicide after being repeatedly bullied because of a perception that they were gay. One was a middle schooler. The other was in elementary school. Our thoughts and prayers go to their families.

    "I want to send a clear message to all children: in America you can be free to express who you are. Bullying should not be part of our vocabulary. Every child should grow up in a society that respects their differences.

    "Youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment. One of the critical components of learning is to have a safe environment for children to develop to their full potential. This means, among other measures, schools free of drugs and free of bullying. Bullies target other children based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and others. I am asking Congress to immediately pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2009, which has bipartisan support.


    THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW

    "These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation.  As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected.  If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit.  During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.   

    "Some people will argue that we cannot do so much, so fast, while the country is dealing with an economic crises, is engaged in two wars, desperately needs healthcare reform, needs education reform, and needs to address the problems with the environment.

    "I say: we cannot afford to NOT take care now of these blights on our American Family to ensure that we live to our highest value: That we were all created Equal.

    "The time has come to live to our highest aspirations. To send the message that while we may not agree with each other all the time, we all share the aspiration of living in a society in which none of our members faces discrimination. And a reminder that we were all created equal.

    "I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

    "Because if some of us are not equal, none of us are equal."

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    1. InExile on Jun 16, 2009 2:36:39 PM:

      I wish he would give a speech like this! Imagine what a great day that would be? A speech like this could move mountains if he would just do it!

    1. Michael on Jun 16, 2009 3:29:29 PM:

      Applause, respect all around for the good-intentions, and much appreciation for all the hard work Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover have done to advance gay equality. But there are some shocking flaws in it. How can we expect HIM to get it right if even WE can't get it right.

      1. Where's our "institutional memory"? Recycling his FALSE "the first" claim about gay appointments in the first 100 days is inexcusable ignorance, and Alzheimer's no excuse. That the White House called lesbian leader Roberta Achtenberg the morning after this was first issued to "profusely apologize" for forgetting her 1993 appointment to HUD was reported by MSM.

      2. "Of course, behavioral problems will continue to be aggressively investigated and prosecuted." Why the hell is ANY gay person publicly reinforcing even in this parlor game the idea that gay men and women are EVER such a "behavioral problem" in the military that WE need to resurrect Nunn's & Powell's fag fear baiting?

      Why not insert, "Of course, gay child molestors will continue to be aggressively investigated and prosecuted" in the ENDA and Education sections?

      3. Imagining words from Obama's mouth calling for Congress to pass a bill that still only exists in one chamber is meaningless.

    1. Juan Ahonen-Jover on Jun 16, 2009 4:22:29 PM:

      Michael,

      Thanks for your comments. Actually this speech was in the making for several weeks. We just did not wake up yesterday and wrote it :)

      Also, we gave it to many people for comments before submitting it.

      So, here are the answers to the *very* good points you make:

      1. In actually, one could interpret that both Clinton and Obama can take credit about the first appointment. As you know, this is what happened: Clinton appointed somebody first. But the first LGBT person confirmed by the Senate occurred first with Obama. In preparing the speech we debated the issue of whether to include that line from the declaration. We decided to keep it... let them take some credit if they deliver on the essence of the things listed on the speech.

      2. To be credible and successful this speech needs to be very realistic. If such a speech were to occur in front of a wide audience, the President needs to present both sides of each issue. And then come on the side of equality. Precisely because the issue of tight quarters in submarines was presented by Nunn and others, the President needs to confront it. First, he needs to talk about the professionalism of our service members. Then explain that being LGBT is not the issue. Performance and behavior are the issue. So, let's make clear that inappropriate behavior is not acceptable. Do not worry, everybody will check any new regulations to ensure that what they cover as inappropriate behavior is actually inappropriate behavior and it is ***gender neutral.***

      BTW, we studied his major speeches and he always presents both sides and he is not afraid to confront issues.

      3. Here I disagree. Obama has clearly indicated that he would use his bully pulpit. So this is his chance! We need him to ask Congress to pass legislation. He needs to tell them that despite that he is pushing other legislation, there are 435 members in the House who clearly can work in subcommittee to prepare and push equality legislation.

      At the end of the day, what the speech is trying to do is present both sides of the arguments (which Obama needs to do) and then come on the side of equality. And then take action immediately... first by doing now what he can do himself via executive order and then asking Congress to do their part and give them a deadline.

      Best regards,

      Juan

    1. Hawyer on Jun 17, 2009 12:39:46 PM:

      WHAT ABOUT THIS VERSION ?

      I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

      Seven score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

      And it took another hundred years for another great American – of the Democratic party I might add – to set his pen to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ending forever the legal apartheid between the races.

      Yet forty-five years later, the lives of gay and lesbian Americans are still sadly crippled by the manacles of inequality and the chains of legal discrimination. These citizens live on a lonely island of official exclusion in the midst of a vast ocean of equality. Forty-five years later, our gay brothers and sisters still languish in the corners of American society and find themselves exiles in their own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

      In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, gay men as well as straight men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her homosexual citizens are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given gay people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

      But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
      We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of inequality to the sunlit path of social justice.

      Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of social injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
      It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of legitimate discontent of gay and lesbian Americans will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Two thousand and nine is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the gays needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until gays and lesbians are granted their citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

      But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with gay pride.

      The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the gay and lesbian community must not lead us to a distrust of all straight people, for many of our straight brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

      We cannot walk alone.

      And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

      We cannot turn back.

      There are those who are asking the devotees of gay rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as homosexual Americans are the victim of the unspeakable horrors of hate crimes and legally sanctioned prejudice. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot be guaranteed the right to rent an apartment, hold a job, serve in the military of this great country, or marry the person we love. We cannot be satisfied as long as American’s gay population only has mobility from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by a household in which their parents are prohibited from marriage by public law. We cannot be satisfied as long as a gay person believes he or she has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty gay pride parade.

      I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Many of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of discrimination and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the gay barrios of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

      Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

      And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

      I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

      I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, our gay sons and daughters will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

      I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of homophobia, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

      I have a dream that my two little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the person they love but by the content of their character.

      I have a dream today!

      I have a dream that one day, down in the South, with its vicious homophobes, with its governors lips’ dripping with the words of "marriage amendments” -- one day right there, little gay boys and lesbian girls will be able to join hands with little straight boys and straight girls as sisters and brothers.

      I have a dream today!

      I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

      This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the American people with.

      With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
      And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

      My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

      Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

      From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

      And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

      And so let freedom ring from the rugged beaches of Fire Island.

      Let freedom ring from the mighty coral reefs of Key West.

      Let freedom ring from board-and-breakfasts of Province Town.

      Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies at Aspen Gay Ski Week.

      Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes San Francisco.
      But not only that:

      Let freedom ring from Midtown of Atlanta.

      Let freedom ring from South Beach of Miami.

      Let freedom ring from every hill of West L.A.

      From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

      And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, gay men and straight men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old gay song penned when so many of us were being buried, struck down by a plague that a not-so-great president at the height of the devastation – of the Republican party I might ad – refused to ever mention by name:

      “Never ever will there ever be a moment like this.”

      © Hawyer 2009


    1. jamesnimmo on Jun 17, 2009 12:46:56 PM:

      In one sense, if Obama were to make a speech like this, it could be considered like King's "I have a Dream Speech" given at the Lincoln Memorial, 46 years ago, with an important difference.

      It would be OUR gay/lesbian dream speech, outlining what I think we want: to be treated just the same as heteros are treated, under the law, with all the rights and benefits to correspond with all the taxes and responsibilities we are already observing.

    1. Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com on Jun 17, 2009 1:39:46 PM:

      Your defense of your mistakes are equally lame.

      1. If the White House admitted that they were WRONG by calling Roberta Achtenberg then why are YOU still parsing and excusing what clearly they didn't intend? One would think you were on the Obama Apologists payroll. Rather than REPEATING their fuck up and justifying doing it as if you wanted to give him a lollipop now for something he MIGHT do in the future, you could have simply rewritten the reference to make it ENTIRELY factual, particularly given, as you say, you "just did not wake up yesterday and wrote it."

      Instead, you ADDED to the MYTHOLOGY of St. Obama that got us up Potomac Shit Creek without a paddle in the first place and drives so many Obanauts to try to sink any criticism of him.

      The "Advocate's" Kerry Eleveld did the same thing when she did not clarify to her readers in her October 2007 interview with Obama that he had baldly lied to her in his claim that, when he was in the Illionis state senate, he had been a "chief cosponsor of" and "passed" Illinois' LGBT rights bill. Her excuse was that "his essential premise [was] true" because he'd been a cosponsor of earlier bills. But his name was not even on this bill and he had already resigned to go to DC when it was voted on. How similar your own nonsense: "let them take some credit [for something they did NOT do] if they deliver on the ESSENCE of the things listed on the speech." We're not talking about perfume scents or lemon zest...laws don't have "essence."

      2. Your defense of rerunning the worst homohating excesses of 1993 by needlessly resurrecting fear of fags on submarines and in the showers is even more outrageous and insulting to gay servicemembers. How dare you even remotely smear them just because you have an 8th-grade understanding of how to advocate a position. And your ignorance of the MANY sections of the Universal Code of Military Justice which already cover any such "inappropriate behavior" is not excuse.

      3. What you merely describe as his pattern of speech making fails to recognize what many professional commentators long have. He repeatedly undermines his own credibility and the possibility of progress by trying to present then be nice to both sides. That might work with children fighting for the last piece of cake, but this is Grown Up Land, and his approach, not to mention your embracing of it, is ridiculous, even dangerous...from imagining that recalcitrant homohaters and homos can "just get along" to peace with the Taliban.

      4. As it took me a while to settle my stomach before reading the rest of your fractured fantasty, as long as you're imagining his reclaiming his halo and his bully pulpit, why not insert a pronouncement that leaving states to regulate same gender marriages is no more constitutionally or morally justified than their regulated mixed-race marriages?

      And, just as you unnecessarily inserted the spectre of fags grabbing straight Privates privates in military showers, you devoted far too much time and credibility to the same sin Obama has been guilty of: conflating religiously-sanctioned marriages with CIVIL marriages.

      Some soothing words for the theistic fools who've been played by the American Taliban are appropriate but they should be secondary to the overdue, unequivocal reiteration of the SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE. The issue of what they should not demand of US [control of our lives] is JUST AS important as what we should not demand of them [control of their religious life].

      Finally, in addition your forgetting the 100 members of the Senate to work on legislation, it seems clear that despite Obama's transformation in the last five months from Promise Maker to Promise Forgetter to Promise Betrayer you are still suffering from a terminal case of messianism.

      In short, the balance of your construct is not a part of the solution but a part of the problem.


    1. DaveNpa on Jun 19, 2009 6:57:14 AM:

      So tired of Speeches, Concessions, and "token" gestures

      Less talk, More Action.

      That goes for Obama and the HRC.

    1. Hawyer on Jun 19, 2009 6:28:47 PM:

      We've clearly been duped again:

      1. Obama is, at best, lukewarm to expansion of gay civil rights; and, at worst, a stereotypical black homophobe.

      2. Rank and file Democrats are not about spend one-cent of political capital on us. (Hello Nancy Pelosi - you bitch; and Harry Reid - your Mormon piece of shit.)

      3. Republicans aren't done with the political target practice on us. There's still lots of mileage in their core constituency.

      So get back to the back of the bus, homos, and be glad you're even on the bus.

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