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This Is The Republican Party…

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A guy that wants gays executed – yes executed – is one of the leaders in the GOP primary race for Alabama’s Governor.

Of the six candidates vying for the Republican Party’s nomination, Roy ‘Execute Gays‘ Moore is currently polling second:

According to political consulting firm Public Strategy Associates’ poll that was released on Tuesday, [Bradley] Byrne, the former chancellor of Alabama’s two-year college system, claimed 20 percent of likely Republican primary voters. Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Moore received 17 percent of those polled by an Austin, Texas, company hired by the Montgomery-based firm Public Strategy Associates.

It’s unsettling that this man is a leading figure in the Republican Party. And, it’s more unsettling that no one seems to mind that Republicans are at the very least tolerant of Mr. Moore’s position on executing homosexuals and or people that in engage in homosexual conduct.

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Written by Angelo

February 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Annotating Obama’s LGBT Pride Event Speech

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Don't expect to see Obama parading a gay pride flag anytime soon

Don't expect to see Obama parading a gay pride flag anytime soon

Yesterday, President Obama spoke at a White House LGBT pride event.  You can read the full transcript after the jump.  Here are some highlights…

And though we’ve made progress, there are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors or even family members and loved ones, who still hold fast to worn arguments and old attitudes; who fail to see your families like their families; and who would deny you the rights that most Americans take for granted.

Pres. Obama wonders why people can’t see that gay families are just like their families, yet apparently doesn’t recognize that his own opposition to gay marriage is a perfect example of the otherness he noted in his speech.  Sure sure, he supports civil unions with the same legal benefits.  But, this only underscores the otherness by refusing to support marriage equality in name as well.  I realize the political realities.  I understand why he needed to shift his position.  But, political considerations do not suddenly turn an internally inconsistent position, or a bad position into one that is worth applauding.

For we know that progress depends not only on changing laws but also changing hearts. And that real, transformative change never begins in Washington.

In other words: don’t hold your breath on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, ENDA or DOMA because it isn’t happening anytime soon.  Get out there and start working locally.

We’ve been in office six months now.  I suspect that by the time this administration is over, I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration.

I can appreciate Obama’s sentiment here.  I do think that he needs to be given some leeway to politically manuever.  On the other hand, I don’t think he’s entitled to any leeway on DADT, which is something he hasn’t taken action on solely because he’s afraid of the political consequences.  However, note the use of “administration” and not term.  This could very well mean that his administration intends on tabling major gay rights initiatives until the second term.  Something that has already been implied by Obama’s OPM head.

On DOMA…

Someday, I’m confident, we’ll look back at this transition and ask why it generated such angst, but as Commander-in-Chief, in a time of war, I do have a responsibility to see that this change is administered in a practical way and a way that takes over the long term.  That’s why I’ve asked the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop a plan for how to thoroughly implement a repeal.

I know that every day that passes without a resolution is a deep disappointment to those men and women who continue to be discharged under this policy — patriots who often possess critical language skills and years of training and who’ve served this country well.  But what I hope is that these cases underscore the urgency of reversing this policy not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it is essential for our national security.

So…Ending DADT is essential for national security.  Obama is the Commander-in-Chief during war time, so his paramount concern is national security.  Thus, he thinks we need to wait before taking action on DOMA.  Yup, makes perfect sense to me.  It makes total sense to delay something that you consider vital to national security in order to advance national security.

Overall, the speech was nice, but meaningless.  It can be summed up quite simply though: For now, you’re on your own.  And, I can respect that.  Obama has to consider a much broader array of political considerations when setting his administration’s priorities.  Kudos for not standing in the way of progress, but he is far from a champion on gay rights issues.  The gay community would be wise to take his advice, continue acting locally and stop pretending that he is drastically different from most other politicians on this issue.

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Written by Angelo

June 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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Obama Speech To LGBT Pride Event Not Worthy Of Press Distribution?

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[Update: A transcript has been sent to the distribution list.  My apologies for jumping the gun on this one.]

tiredPresident Obama just delivered a speech at a White House LGBT pride event.  I’ll refrain from commenting on the substance at this point as this post is about something else.  After watching the speech, I figured I’d look over the transcript and post about it.  However, I couldn’t find the speech in my email.  The White House press office was very careful to send out transcripts of Obama’s remarks on energy, and Michelle’s remarks on healthcare.

I don’t want to read too much into the speech not being emailed yet, but the lack of transcript does underscore the administration’s continued slights against the gay community.  If the speech was related to a legislative priority, I guarantee that it’d have been in my inbox hours before the event along side background materials.  I’m just saying is all.

Written by Angelo

June 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm

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Crazy Legislation Of The Day: Oklahoma Citizens’ Proclamation For Morality

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Anti-gay Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern introduced the Oklahoma Citizens’ Proclamation for Morality.  It relies on a series of quotes from historical figures to demonstrate that America is a Christian nation.  An excerpt:

WHEREAS, “It is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand” (John Adams); and
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BE IT RESOLVED that we, the undersigned, believers in the One True God and His only Son, call upon all to join with us in recognizing that “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord,” and humbly implore all who love Truth and Virtue to live above reproach in the sight of God and man with a firm reliance on the leadership and protection of Almighty God; and
BE IT RESOLVED that we, the undersigned, humbly call upon Holy God, our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer, to have mercy on this nation, to stay His hand of judgment, and grant a national awakening of righteousness and Christian renewal as we repent of our great sin.

Sigh.  I guess she’s never heard of the Treaty of Tripoli, which was unanimously ratified by the Senate and Signed by John Adams in 1797.  Article 11, in part, explicitly addresses the question of America as a Christian nation:

Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion;

To Sally Kern and others that share her opinion: Stop It! You’re more than welcome to think that the United States should adopt social mores consistent with your morals.  However, it’s absolutely unacceptable to flat out disregard fact based history.  In short, you’re idiot.  Learn to make better arguments.

Written by Angelo

June 24, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Posted in Law, Reasons To Be Miserable

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