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Gay rights group hails Obama’s “paradigm shift” towards equality

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  1. Simon Murphy 21 Jan 2009, 5:07pm

    I still maintain that the inclusion of Warren at an event for which there should have been zero religious element (despite the religious extremism of much of the US) is an indication that Obama is simply a politician who will flip flop on issues when it suits him. The way he is being treated (like a god) is ridiculous as he has done nothing to merit it yet.

  2. Simon Murphy 21 Jan 2009, 5:36pm

    http://www.afterelton.com/blog/michaeljensen/developing-hbo-not-blame-exclusion-gene-robinson

    HBO claim that it was not their decision to exclude Gene Robinson from the TV broadcast:

    “The producer of the concert has said that the Presidential Inaugural Committee made the decision to keep the invocation as part of the pre-show.”

    Now I have personally no problem with Gene Robinson being denied a platform for his ludicrous religious beliefs on TV. But when a facist like Rick Warren gets treated differently then the question must be asked. If Obama genuinely supports gay rights why is he applying these double standards.

    After all he is opposed to equality for gay people (being anti gay marriage as he is)

  3. Robert, ex-pat Brit 21 Jan 2009, 8:51pm

    Though Obama is a welcome step in the right direction and a “friend” of the LGBT voting block…..make no mistake….there will be NO full equality at the federal level. The U.S. will remain a nation of 50 states with some offering full equality and the majority of them offering some and others none. 28 or more states now ban marriage equality. I fail to see how Obama can push for civil unions at the federal level and overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) with those states banning equality. State legislation often trumps federal rights. So Obama is in fact supporting segregation for LGBT people, plain and simple.

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