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Obama tipped to address gay rights dinner

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  1. Why should he? He can’t even stop DADT. Stop fawning over him.

  2. Jean-Paul Bentham 6 Oct 2009, 5:16am

    Yea, but he might show up wearing a wet T-shirt!

  3. Simon Murphy 6 Oct 2009, 11:24am

    Why is Obama being welcomed to these events?

    His refusal to abide by his pre-election promises means he should be hearing the message loud and clear that he is haemmoraghing his gay support.

    I hope the people at the dinner have the nerve to boo him when he speaks.

    He is a liar and a hypocrite and no amount of empty gestures and empty words will hide the fact that he has refused to honour his pre-election pledges even though he could have done so in an instant.

  4. Brian Burton 6 Oct 2009, 11:56am

    Give Obama a chance you bellyaching lot. You remind me of children with their Nannies: “I want It Now Nannie!”

  5. Somebody needs to remind Obama that he may have reached his mountain top and fulfilled the words Martin Luther King Jr. But the LGBT community are still on that mountain and he needs to lower that rope so they can get there too.

  6. Simon Murphy 6 Oct 2009, 1:38pm

    Give Obama a chance?

    Why exactly?

    He is commander in chief of the US Army. He could overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell with an immediate, executive order. It would take 5 minutes. He made a specific promise to overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. He is now refusing to purely because it is politically convenient to maintain the policy.

    Likewise with the Defence of Marriage Act which is specifically designed to deny spousal benefits to the partners of gay federal employees.

    Prior to his election he called the law ‘abhorrent’ and vowed to repeal it. After his election when a legal challenge against DOMA was raised Obama’s administration is now arguing to KEEP it, using the revolting comparison between gay marriage and incest.

    He can redeem himself of course. But Obama is showing absolutely no inclination to abide by his specific, pre-election promises.

    Empty gestures such as giving Harvey Milk a posthumous award or inviting a lesbian couple and their children to an Easter breakfast are worthless. Until he fulfils his specific, pre-election promises the LGBT organisations need to keep their distance from him. He has done nothing to earn our support so far.

  7. There’s an argument – not one I can really assess as I do not understand the details of American politics – that to get his health care reforms through he needs everyone he can get on board, and that to push through gay reforms right now would alienate vital elements of support for that programme (which will affect far more Americans than any of the gay reforms). One thing is bloody obvious is that Obama is incredibly liberal & definitely ‘pro-gay’, as well as extremely intelligent, so I’m prepared to trust his judgement on this for a while longer. Also, to those complaining about him being coming to this ‘gay rights dinner’ – where would be the sense in not inviting the most powerful man in the world to such an affair, and what would you say if he refused?

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