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Seventy mayors to press Obama on gay marriage

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  1. Obama is a career politician.

    Here’s what i suspect will happen.

    1. Obama will stay on the fence about equality until after the election.

    2. Assuming he gets re-elected he will officially support marriage equality after his re-election (however he will not support marriage equality at the federal level – this despite the fact that his parents could have required federal intervention to allow their interracial marriage to be legal depending on their state of birth.)

    3. After his presidential run is finished he will revert to his 1996 position ie fully in favour of marriage equality.

    He’s a politician – it’s unreasonable to expect these people to act with integrity.

    1. Stay on the fence? Sit in the watermelon patch more likely. He’s the biggest let down since the Millennium Dome. A total flip flopper. Thankfully ‘One Term Obama’ is heading for the dumpster at the next election.

      1. jamestoronto 19 Jan 2012, 12:18pm

        And so the US — an the world — gets saddled with Romney a right=wing fence-sitter or Santorum, a fascist in the making?

        1. Well it’s really irrelevant whether Obama or Romney gets elected.

          The US political establishment owes its primary loyalty to corporate America. The American public elect the politicians who go to work for the corporations.

          Marriage equality (along with abortion rights, immigration etc) are useful wedge issues which highlights the supposed differences between the Democrats and the Republicans.

          Meanwhile economic mobility in the US is now lower than in Europe; the standard of living has steadily decreased in the US over the past 30 years, and the gap between the rich and poor in the US is a gap that you would expect to find in some tinpot dictatorship.

          Neither the Democrats or the Republicans can change that.

          The US needs a democratic revolution to restore democracy there.

      2. I didn’t post the above.
        Please use your own poster name. Thanks.

      3. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Jan 2012, 1:54pm

        So, you hope Obama is dumped in November? Well then, what do you expect with Romney or frothy mix Santorum or even a Gingrich in the White House? You’ll see DADT repeal overturned,as well as Roe v. Wade, no ENDA passed and DOMA will remain legal in 31 states and probably more will follow. At least the democats no longer legislate for discrimination while the majority of republicans do just that. Nobody is perfect, not even a progressive president. America isn’t Europe or Canada. Get religion and money out of politics and you’ll see a very different society, a better one.

      4. GingerlyColors 20 Jan 2012, 7:21am

        Better the devil you know.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Jan 2012, 1:50pm

      No American running for the Presidency could get elected supporting marriage equality, not in the current political climate of religious fervour and fanaticism in the republican party. It’s tantamount to political suicide. It’s quite possible Obama may revert back to his original position in 1996 of course since he’ll have nothing to lose in his final term if elected.

  2. What on earth are you talking about? The law allows heterosexuals to marry but not homosexuals and you call that equality?

    What emotional closet are you hiding in and why are you here?

  3. jamestoronto 19 Jan 2012, 12:53pm

    The US constitution is clear — marriage is a state-level jurisdiction. The US federal government cannot legally define marriage. The one attempt made by the previous administration, the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA), tried but has since been ruled unconstitutional to the extent of the man-woman only definition. The Obama administration has refused to defend the Act when challenged in court, hoping that the judiciary will disassemble what remains of this bad law. Not all political moves get headlines; sometimes, working in the background without fanfare gets a lot more accomplished.

    1. What’s he doing to ban corporate funding of polical campaigns,.

      That would be FAR more beneficial to the US as it would allow politicians to refuse to obey corporations when they are trying to squeeze more and more money out of taxpayers in unearned bonuses etc.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Jan 2012, 2:00pm

        You forget that it was a right wing republican dominated Supreme Court that enacted the Citizens United act last year granting personhood to corporations which translates into their being defined as humans and as such can contribute any amount of money to election campaigns, in other words, buying elections that has now transformed America into a plutocracy and corporations acting as the oligarchs, the benefactors of the republican party. America is no longer a democracy now that voter I.D. is disenfranchising minority groups from voting in a number of states, approximately 21 million of them denied access to the voting booth. All down to the republican controlled state elections.

  4. ‘…The law applies equally to heterosexuals…’

    if that was the case then the heterosexual siblings could get married, try harder before u strat trolling

  5. It’s an excellent campaign and I hope it embarrasses Obama at the very least. It also shows up something I’ve long suspected about the US – that the real political divide today is between the cities and the countryside.

    1. You didn’t say that in your first post. Watermelons indeed.

      1. I didn’t place the post you refer to. Somebody pirated my poster name, as I have indicated above.

  6. On a style note, nice rings in your illustration. Well we should always be stylish.

  7. God Bless these mayors who are not only standing up for all LGBT people but for the American way of life which includes freedom to love and marry who one loves. The time is now for Equality and Civil Rights for all Americans, not just for some. After all America is the land of the free, now make it so.

  8. GingerlyColors 20 Jan 2012, 7:18am

    A concerted push is needed to get more States to legalize same-sex marriages. In several previous postings I pointed out that in order to amend the US Constitution, 2/3 of Congress have to approve the amendment then 3/4 of the States (currently 38 out of the 50) has to ratify it. To get 13 States to introduce gay marriages will be an important milestone thus making a constitutional amendment virtually impossible. Currently six States and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage.

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