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  1. Bill Perdue 29 Sep 2007, 3:08am

    ABOUT THE ENDA BETRAYAL; apparently the Democrats think no one is paying attention and we won’t notice their latest dismal treachery? Bargaining away our rights is nothing new for Barney Frank, openly gay Democrat and US Representative for the 4th congressional of Massachusetts. He took the same backward position on samesex marriage to provide cover for fellow Democrats scrambling for votes in the presidential follies. Now he’s going to throw transgendered people under the bus. The Democrats are willing to pass bills that slosh a cosmetic whitewash over the harmful effects of bigotry but precious little else. If they were serious they’d start by repealing the Clintons DADT and DOMA. Then they’d change ENDA and the Matthew Shepard act to give them real teeth. It‘s a step forward to put more thugs in jail for hate crimes but the worst criminals are the political and religious bigots who promote violence. Until the heavy hand of the law yanks them out of their churches and offices and into cells their bigotry will embolden a fresh supply of thugs who’ll keep coming at us. As it stands, the Democrats and liberal Republicans are going to continue their duplicity until we give them the heave ho. They’ll tell anyone silly enough to believe them that, “God knows we tried, really we did, but our hands are tied.’’ They’ll wheel and deal about whether or not transgendered people are worthy or being treated as equal citizens. They’ll attach the hate crimes bill to a war appropriations measure and if it gets lost in the House/Senate conference committee or vetoed by Bush they can claim they fought the good fight. These stage managed dramas are put on create the illusion that these cynical sell outs are on our side but a rapidly growing number of GLBT people know it’s a lie. ABOUT THE ELECTION; as the GLBT communities get fed up with the war and being sold out they’ll quit squandering their votes on the twin parties of war and bigotry, and voting for their allies in antiwar anti-bigot leftwing parties or for the union led US Labor Party. Beyond that, we need to begin seriously questioning our allegiance to a social and political order that requires imperial wars of aggression to sustain itself and bigotry to divide and rule at home. This isn’t the first or the worst war of conquest by the leaders of the US. Antigay bigotry, racism and misogyny have been cynically used by the ruing rich since before the Revolution to divide their enemies.

  2. Robert, ex-pat Brit 29 Sep 2007, 1:33pm

    Bill, what we need to do in the U.S. is to band together and push for the removal of tax-exempt status from every right wing religious denomination from interfering in the political process whose intent is to influence the outcome of antigay legislation and the election of antigay candidates. Further, faith-based organizations funded by the government should be banned. Its about time they learned what separation of church and state really means. We need freedom from religion in every aspect of the political process and religion should not be allowed as a litmus test to elect candidates or presidents. We’re becoming a theocracy, slowly but surely.

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  4. Bill Perdue 12 Oct 2007, 5:31am

    The only solution to the problem of marriage rights is a federal constitutional amendment guaranteeing equality, a GLBT version of the ERA. Until we build a massive, militant campaign and achieve that goal the Democratic and Republican bigots will continue to deny us meaningful protections and keep us in a status of second class citizenship, a very hazardous status to be in. The Democratic an Republican bigots have causef untold problems and suffering for our communities and yet people continue to fantasize about them and create excuses for them. We can’t ignore that Clinton is a prowar hawk whose agenda is the same as the oil pirates Bush and Cheney, that she wants to extend the war, that she and the Democrats are union busters, etc. All the wishful thinking in the world won’t change that one iota. What conceivable reason would anyone have for supporting a war hawk, a union buster, an employee of the insurance industry, and the midwife of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the federal antimarriage equality DOMA? A very astute man once said that “Republicans are like big cats trying to run us down. Democrats, on the other hand are like pet snakes, feed em, keep em warm, but don’t trust em that much because just when you think they’re your friends…” Our only alternative is to turn and fight, to build our own independent mass action campaigns around hate crimes, job and housing discrimination, samesex marriage, etc., and doing what it takes to build the union led US Labor Party. A third party led the Second American Revolution and we can do it again. In fact, we have to do it again.

  5. Dominick J. Di Noto 19 Oct 2007, 5:05pm

    As usuall our elected officials Don’t listen to us, the majority of the GLBT community!. How in the world can they think that Freedoms are separate for different people? It’s like saying we will protect brain damaged kids but those born out of chemical abuse are not protected!Barney Frank should be ashamed of himself!

  6. Robert, ex-pat Brit 19 Oct 2007, 7:42pm

    Bill, I hear you, but under Clinton or the other two, they would NEVER go for a federal amendment for equality since it means full marriage equality. They’ve already said, no marriage for gays, only second rate civil unions.

  7. Dominick J. Di Noto 19 Oct 2007, 10:20pm

    They will only be second rate Civil Unions if we allow that to happen. If they want to call same sex marriage a CIVIL UNION then so be it BUT that must mandate ALL the same rights that go along with Marriage for heteros!

  8. Robert, ex-pat Brit 20 Oct 2007, 1:44pm

    Dominick, Clinton has said that she would support civil unions with most of the rights of marriage, not all, at the federal level, either way we lose. Obama and Edwards also endorse her stand on not granting marriage equality to gay and lesbian citizens. Its a sellout, the same crap every four years. So what they are saying is that they really don’t believe in full equality for all, except Kucinich, Gravel, Feingold, Pelosi and Kennedy.

  9. ENDA Amendment Includes Transgender Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) plansto offer an amendment on the House floor, possibly next week, to reinstate protections for our transgender community to theEmployment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

  10. Robert, ex-pat Brit 20 Oct 2007, 4:18pm

    Charlotte, I just heard that Barney Frank of Massachusetts is now getting behind the Baldwin amendment. He must have received a lot of flack from gay constituents about that one.

  11. Hey Robert,It’s been crazy here with ENDA.I spoke to Tammy Baldwin’s officethis week they’re totallycommitted to making this right.I’m in Massachusetts Frank isone of my Congressmen. I’ve met him a few times. I hope he gets behind theamendment. Especially if he wantsto stay in office….

  12. Dominick J. Di Noto 20 Oct 2007, 4:33pm

    Robert I hear what you’re saying, but there still is a better chance that if the legislature can come together, like the California legislature has done on several occasins, and write a comprhensive fully Inclusive bill, She would not vetoe it. There are quite a few more Gays in Congress to represent us and friends of Gays and they are not in there by chance, they’ve been voted in by their constiuients. Something Arnold doesn’t seem to grasp! He’s not that smart, But any of those other Dems you mention is! Any way I’m betting and hoping on it.

  13. Robert, ex-pat Brit 20 Oct 2007, 5:48pm

    Charlotte, I emailed Tammy to thank her and also urged Barney to get behind it. I also called my local congressman to support the amendment. Hope it all helps.

  14. Robert, ex-pat Brit 20 Oct 2007, 5:53pm

    Dominick, Clinton has said that if the legislature approved marriage equality she would not veto it. However, I don’t see that happening so soon. Its going to be a state by state uphill battle to get governors to sign off and then only if they’re democrats of course. Corzine of NJ said he’d not veto the upgrade from civil unions to marriage if approved.What is so awful is that we’re going to end up with a country where only half if that permit marriage. Its going to be a mess and a bureaucratic nightmare for a lot of people. Bill is right, we need a federal equality bill that must include all rights in the manner of ERA, including marriage rights, without that, we’re going nowhere fast. We have our work cut out for us. Its our job now to convince the dems that full equality is the only way to go. Either they support it or they no longer get our votes, let alone take them for granted.

  15. Robert…The last thing I heard waseven some conservatives were gettingbehind Baldwin’s amendment. The rightto work seems to have hit a cord.I’m a die hard optimist butas we know anything can happen.Hopefully it will go the floorthis week….

  16. Dominick J. Di Noto 20 Oct 2007, 11:55pm

    Robert it wasn’t a State by State movemnet that got our sisters and brothers of the Balck community to gain full equality. If the Federal Government says so, it will be done!It would a lot easier if the individual States already passed marriage equality, but if the Federal Government passed it the States have to abide by it.

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  18. Dominick J. Di Noto 21 Oct 2007, 3:24am

    Charlotte, great movie. I’ve taken the liberty of copying and pasting it to send to my address book and them to do the same.Thanks for the uplifting look.

  19. Thanks Dominick!! Feel free to passour link on to the World The more people watch it perhaps more people will understand our position. If anyone has a relative or co-worker that just doesn’t get it maybe this film will help. FYI, we’re turning it into a full length feature to impact the 2008 Elections…

  20. Robert, ex-pat Brit 21 Oct 2007, 2:12pm

    Dominick, I’m aware that equality for blacks was won at the federal level, but no democrat in the Clinton, Obama, Edwards triumvirate would ever introduce marriage equality at the federal level. It will be someone like Feingold or Kucinich, the only two who aren’t afraid to risk their careers, but do you really think if they did, the democratic party would get behind it and support passage? I don’t. For the three frontrunners its political suicide, their careers are far more important than the rights of the people they represent. Its always been that way when it comes to controversial issues such as this. Its what happened in New Jersey, the opted for second rate civil unions when they could have easily gone for marriage, the votes were there. They did it to remain in office and to not upset the religious bigots and conservative constituents. Its what happened in the UK, Blair admitted he didn’t want to go the way of marriage because it would upset the moral majority in the church and their own party constituents and give power to the Tory party. Its so transparent. Its called cowardice, nothing new there.

  21. Robert, ex-pat Brit 21 Oct 2007, 2:16pm

    Charlotte, thanks for that, excellent!

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