Friday, June 12, 2009

What big gay organizations said to Obama

In a group statement signed today by the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and other big national organizations—organizations that are typically cautious and concerned about preserving their access—they come as close to "F**K YOU" as they're ever going to get.

Read the full LGBT Legal And Advocacy Groups Decry of the Obama Administration's Defense of DOMA here on SLOG as reported by Dan Savage.

And Dan finishes his article with the sentiments shared by many:

Barack Obama's record on gay rights so far: disturbing, unsound, false, discriminatory, damaging, nonsensical. Before today you could argue that the Obama administration was too busy with the economy and the war and health care to focus on making good on his campaign promises to gays and lesbians, that Obama simply didn't have the time to take up our issues. But you can't make that argument anymore. The Obama administration has the time to take up gay rights issues—but only, it seems, to do harm.

I can't take my vote back. And I'm not sure I would if I could. But I sure as hell would like to have my money back.

* COMMENTS PLEASE! * And please view the short video in the previous post! Was it all just a bunch of lies to get elected?

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travelingman said...

There are no words John, there are just no words to describe how I feel today. Stabbed in the back does not even begin to capture how I feel.

I convinced many to vote for this man over HRC and now I have egg on my face. I am so angry there are just no words...

We have been duped yet again...

John said...

I know, Rick. Maybe with all the outrage things will eventually change for the better. It's a sad day in America.

Mary Ellen said...

I'm always surprised when I see so many in the LGBT community that are surprised by Obama's lack of support. Anyone who really looked closely at Obama's record when he was campaigning would have seen that he has never supported the LGBT community. In fact, all that he is doing now...supporting and enhancing Bush's policies is EXACTLY what I and many others have been trying to put out on our blogs since he started his Primary campaign. I know that I wrote posts about his lack of support for the gay community...refusing to march in gay pride parades in Chicago, refusal to get his picture taken with the Mayor of SF who is gay, refusal to attend a forum from the LGBT Community during the Primary Campaign (Hillary was happy to attend and she has marched in many gay pride parades. She also has supported the LGBT community throughout lifetime--even in college.) I also mentioned that his attendance with the Trinity Church would keep him from backing gay rights...believe me, the Reverend Wright crowd HATES gays.

He's not going to change. He'll throw you a bone before the next election when he wants your votes again...but that's all you will get. Obama does only what is in Obama's best interests and supporting the gay community will cost him campaign money from the Christian right and the black community. If you recall, it was the black community who came out in force in support of Prop 8. I don't mean that to be a racist statement at all's just a fact.

John said...

@Mary Ellen, thanks for your comment! I couldn't agree more, but I would like to clarify something you said.

SF Mayor Gavin Newsom is not gay. He is married to actress Jennifer Siebel. They are expecting a child this Fall.

His first wife Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom is host of The Lineup on Fox News channel. In between marriages he had an affair with his secretary, Ruby Rippey Tourk-- the wife of his campaign manager.

He has always been a friend of the gay community. In 2004 he gained national attention when he directed the San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

He is running for Governor of California next year, and many think he will eventually run for president. I hope he does, but as a 3rd party candidate!

I guess you can tell I really admire this guy LOL.

Mary Ellen said...

thanks for clearing that up, John. I can't imagine that Schwarzenegger can possibly win another election after the mess he made of California. I'll be watching that race closely.

And...YES YES YES! A third party candidate is EXACTLY what we need! I don't know if it's plausible, but I sure am sick of the same old status quo that we have with the Republicans AND the Democrats. They're all a bunch of corrupt power hungry asswipes who have been systematically destroying our Constitution and our Country.

John said...

@Mary Ellen, Mayor Newsom is a democrat, but he wouldn't be the first to change parties.

Believe me, if Obama doesn't come through with his campaign promises, he won't win a second term.

NEWSOM FOR PRESIDENT 2012...sounds good to me!

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