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    February 28, 2008

    Obama and the LGBT Hispanic vote

    Posted by: Chris

    Conventional wisdom has it that Hillary Clinton enjoys more support among Latinos and LGBT voters, but a small group of influential activists is working to turn the intersection of those two groups -- LGBT Latinos -- into Barack Obama's camp. Super-blogger and journalist Andres Duque tipped me off to an open letter signed by some leading gay Hispanic figures that backs Barack for president:

    As LGBT Latinos and Latinas who happen to be immigrants or descendants from immigrant families we are sick and tired of seeing our lives and values be misrepresented by those who seek to drive wedges in our communities as a means to split our vote and gain power through division.

    We saw it when the right wing used same-sex marriage to rile up the conservative vote for President George W. Bush and we are seeing it again with immigration being blamed as the source for all the nation’s ills.

    We know that these are the politics of fear and that those same politics only served to elect one of the worst presidents in US history.

    This is why we believe that, in this presidential election, there is one clear choice.

    BARACK OBAMA

    On gay issues, the letter credits Obama's support for full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act; Clinton backs only half-repeal, leaving in place the provision that says each state can refuse to recognize gay marriages from other states.

    On immigration, the letter praises Obama for standing up against the scapegoating of immigrants and criticizes the Clinton campaign for exacerbating tension between Latinos and African Americans.

    The full letter and its list of signatories, which includes out actor Wilson Cruz, is available here.

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