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Alan Cumming: ‘Obama’s done diddly-squat for us’

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  1. “…gay rights campaigners are becoming impatient with a perceived lack of inaction.”
    Say what? A ‘lack of inaction?’! So is he acting or isn’t he?

  2. Keith Lynwood 25 Oct 2010, 1:56pm

    Yes, I see it too. Pink news please amend to a perceived lack of action.

  3. I was of the same mind that fighting the court repeal was senseless, but, if this article is correct, Obama is actually trying to be smart about DADT:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tobias-barrington-wolff/the-dadt-appeal-and-the-d_b_772962.html

    At least that’s my hope. And check out the current article in Rolling Stone for more insight on other achievements: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/220013?RS_show_page=0

    I’m hoping this is all true, and that in the long run sticking to him is the best option.

  4. Well I grant you we wouldn’t even have the repeal of DADT on the table with the previous administration, but Obama had better deliver on his promises, expedient stalling tactics or not.

  5. Mary Flying Eagle Ray 25 Oct 2010, 10:56pm

    2010, after years of asking, begging, marching, dying for equal
    rights, our youth,elders and all ages in between are with-out a
    goverment that will stand up and declare, “The war against Lesbian/Gay rights will end Now.
    Obama P–s or fall in the pot.

  6. Alan, quite right. After how long, how many more have to be vilified, killed, victimized or suicide. Too often it is said that the problems are complicated, “they” have to move slowly. That America is a complex community that needs to be totally appeased. Does that mean it’s ok to to treat GLBT people this way? If the answer is no, then STOP IT!

  7. David Myers 26 Oct 2010, 6:43am

    Obama has a deal with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He gives them a face saver (a study that reports in December that will recommend ending DODT) and they will then unanimously support a legislated end to DADT which is more sure and stronger than a judicial end. Not only do gay/lesbian supporters need to continue supporting Obama, but that also includes everyone getting out and voting on Nov 3rd. We know for a certain, losing both houses of congress will end any chance of a legislated end to DADT, which is exactly what will happen if the tea partiers get in. If you want to express no convidence in Obama on gay/lesbian issues do it in 2012. Let’s see now who would we get in that case? Sarah Palin?

  8. Thanks David… the Tea Party would be the elephant in the room in this debate. Anyone that thinks they’re going to get a better deal for LGBT rights by switching their vote to Republican next election is dreaming… their natural constituency is reactionary stick in the muds and fundamentalist bigots.

  9. Louie Mince 26 Oct 2010, 11:23am

    Alan’s cumming, but this time it isn’t in our mouths but rather in our ears with his verbal diarrohea.

  10. Obama always knew that he would never be able to get gay rights legislation through Congress. It was never going to happen. As long as the Republicans have 40+ seats in the Senate then nothing will ever get through and there are just too many Blue Dog Democrats from traditionally republican states who would not vote for gay rights legislation. His gay rights promises were always just hot air and he has done nothing so far to disprove this.

    The idea that he has a deal with the Pentagon is nonsense. The Pentagon don’t want DADT to end so instead of coming in and demanding that Congress make a change, he agreed to this year long review which, conveniently, reports after the mid-term elections when it will be far too late to do anything about it, assuming that the review proposes getting rid of it anyway.

    And the cry of Obama’s supporters that we should vote for him because it will be worse under the other lot is just pathetic. How could it get much worse under the other lot? There’s nothing much that Obama has done for them to reverse and they won’t get a constitutional amendment on gay marriage passed because it would just be too difficult to achieve. We don’t have a champion in Obama and under Bush there were no great backwards movements on gay rights so why should Palin be feared? And what are gay people supposed to do if they want to register their feelings of betrayal by Obama? Vote for him anyway so he can continue to do nothing? The only power that the ordinary voter has is at the ballot box and Democrats need to know that they cannot simply expect the majority of gay people (something like 70% estimated in 2008) to turn up and vote for them whilst getting nothing in return. We may not be a huge voting block but every vote counts and if it is close in 2012 (which it could well be given the anger that everybody feels towards Obama) we could swing it.

  11. bisexual?!?!?!!? lol rofl lol lol oh stop lol, aint we all

  12. Mary Flying Eagle Ray 26 Oct 2010, 11:57pm

    I am trusting that Obama will become fully Awake.
    My vote is my voice, and I will never frit it away by giving
    it to a party of far right leaning, many times bible thumpers.
    At least with the Democratics I feel there is room for meaningful action.
    As I have listened to some republican chatter,I get the feeling of Danger, Danger.

  13. SteveDenver 28 Oct 2010, 9:15pm

    Congress instead of courts is Obama’s explanation for repealing the stay, then explain WHY this issue was thrown to the Pentagon whose first an only action has been a highly biased and extremely expensive survey of servicemembers and their spouses, the results of which they won’t disclose? One military wife said, “The Pentagon NEVER consults wives on any issue: housing, medical, deployments, none of it. Why do they ask us about this? The survey could be called, ‘How Bigoted Are You?'”
    Obama did a 180 on support for marriage equality that includes gays and lesbians, BASTARD!
    His vacillation has caused this issue to be drawn out and now it looks like Dem’s may not retain majority in one or both branches of the legislature. CLEVER BASTARD!

  14. Derek Williams 9 Nov 2010, 9:42pm

    I find the naivety breathtaking of anyone who believes that the President just has to flick his fingers and suddenly we will have gay marriage, openly gay and lesbian people in the armed forces, and no school or workplace bullying whatsoever, anywhere, anytime.

    No president has ever had that much power, nor will they. Obama has done more than any other president in living memory to change prevailing views against gay and lesbian people. His YouTube video “It Gets Better”, his clear condemnations of anti-gay discrimination, and his hate-crime legislation are enough. Anything more is close to impossible. Be grateful people! Doesn’t anyone remember Bush?

    A president is a politician. A politician is an employee of the people, responding to and enacting the will of the people. If the people don’t want gay rights, then we can’t have it.

    There’s only one way to change that – we have to do the work ourselves, by being moral, ethical citizens, working hard, paying our taxes the way most of us do and by declaring ourselves openly as gay, slowly winning people over. If 90% of the populace are against us, you can forget gay rights. We only got what we already have because a few courageous straight people believed in our cause enough.

    Even if we’re as much as 10% of the popululation, we’re statistically insignificant compared to a majority if they all hate us.

    Get real, and be patient.

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