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    February 28, 2008

    Selling gay rights in Beaumont, Texas

    Posted by: Chris

    Barack_obama_123 Politico's Ben Smith just posted about an energetic Barack Obama rally in Beaumont, Texas, that was largely attended by boisterous African Americans:

    An interesting moment came when he was asked a question about LGBT rights and delivered an answer that seemed to suit the questioner, listing the various attributes — race, gender, etc. — that shouldn't trigger discrimination, to successive cheers. When he came to saying that gays and lesbians deserve equality, though, the crowd fell silent.

    So he took a different tack:

    "Now I’m a Christian, and I praise Jesus every Sunday," he said, to a sudden wave of noisy applause and cheers.

    "I hear people saying things that I don’t think are very Christian with respect to people who are gay and lesbian," he said, and the crowd seemed to come along with him this time.

    I won't just remark that Hillary Clinton would never attempt something so forceful before a largely black audience because the comparison's not entirely fair since she's white. But how about a largely white, working class audience, or if the issue had come up in her recent interview with the "news department" of Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network?

    (Photo of Barack Obama in Beaumont via Southeast Texas Record)



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    1. J. Lynn on Mar 2, 2008 8:27:24 PM:

      There was an interview of Hillary Clinton on the Newsbrief on the cable channel LOGO. Hillary is for the rights of the LGBT. Don't let Obama give you the incorrect information on her views.

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