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  1. ‘Mr Almeida, however, did add that Mr Obama “has done more for LGBT equality than any other president in United States history and more than the prior presidents combined.

    ” Although the order may not be signed now, the administration has left sufficient room for the decision to be reversed”, he said.’

    Hold that thought…

    1. theGentleWarrior 16 Apr 2012, 11:45pm

      Obama and Clinton have done more to damage the rights of Americans that any other president in the past 48 years.

      Clinton signed DADT and DOMA in to law. Between both those unconstitutional laws and lying under oath, he should have been impeached.

      The Log Cabin Republicans won the repeal of DADT in the courts & the Obama administration went screaming to the Appeals court to put a stay on the decision so Obama could be seen to do something.

      And if Obama’s Administration had not challenged Massachusetts’s victory against DOMA in the District and Circuit courts, marriage rights would be equal for all in all 50 States and on a federal level since 2010.

      Obama has done nothing for gay American’s and done a very bad job economically, made bad policy (foreign and domestic) and lets not start of how wrong his health insurance implementation is.

      “He’s pure evil, and that’s why he’s gotta go!” Cabel, 1200 BC

  2. Not to seem ungrateful but I’m not sure I’d call this news. Were people expecting LGBT supporters to be pleased with the decision?

    Anyway, this has firmly added me to the category of people that don’t want Obama but can’t stand Romney, and I really hope that in four years better, more varied choices for president present themselves.

    1. theGentleWarrior 16 Apr 2012, 11:01pm

      The Only thing worse than Romney is Obama.

      “He’s pure evil , and that’s why he’s gotta go!” Cabel, 1200 BC

      I will be voting for Romney.

  3. To be frank, I have been bitterly disappointed with Obama’s presidency on lots of fronts. I know our expectations would probably set far too high, and it might not even be his fault but the difficult Congress, however he has failed to live up to his promises.

    A Romney presidency would have the novelty of a Mormon in the White House, but I don’t think that novelty is enough to persuade me there’s someone better than Obama out there.

    Such a shame all round.

    1. I don’t think there’s much chance of Romney winning. As much as everyone (rightly) despises Obama for everything he’s done mitt’s just too much of a nutter, there’s a line of acceptibility for the socially right in politics and he’s far passed it.

  4. Dangermouse 15 Apr 2012, 4:38pm

    “All mouth and no trousers” as we say in the UK

  5. Obama you are a useless good for nothing spineless fool.

  6. Bill Perdue 15 Apr 2012, 8:21pm

    Obama’s history on GLBT struggles is a consistent history of betrayals, half steps and lies dictated by his contradictory impulses to consistently pander to christian bigots on the one hand and his need to fool GLBT voters on the other.

    If you remember, Obama started out pretending to be for marriage equality but quickly changed his mind, hoping that betraying us would net him the support of lots of mostly EuroAmerican religious bigots. It did.

    He pursued his pandering strategy during his time in the Senate never offering to fight for GLBT rights. In 2007 while the Democrats were gutting ENDA and letting DADT and DOMA repeal slip through the cracks he silently assented. Neither he, Hillary Clinton of Biden wanted to be identified with our struggles.

    In 2008 to continued to pump the bigot community for votes, hiring anti-equality bigots Donnie McClurkin and Joshua DuBois to run his bigot – read ‘christian’ – outreach programs and promoting DNC bigot Leah Daughtry to chair the Democrats convention. She promptly erased all signs of support for LGBT politics from their platform.

    The best we got was a reach round from Obama who said he was behind us, but we already knew from the multiple knife wounds and tire tracks on our backs.

    Obama sabotaged marriage equality in California with ‘gawd’s in the mix’ and went on to feature one of the authors of the ‘kill the gays’ effort in Uganda, bigot Rick Warren, at this inaugural.

    For the first three years in office Obama constantly defended DADT and DOMA in court and only stopped in the aftermath of the March on Washington which turned out to be an unexpectedly large huge anti-Obama rally, causing Obama and his backers to wet themselves. The March forced Congress to push through the Hate Crimes bill which Obama hastily signed. Planning on long wars of conquest in Afghanistan and elsewhere requiring lots of cannon fodder he finally, timidly came out against Democrat Bill Clintons DADT.

    Obama persistently refuses to take the need for the passage of ENDA and the repeal of Democrat Bill Clintons DOMA seriously. He’s a bigot and doesn’t’ deserve a shred of our respect or support.

    1. Michael Anthony 16 Apr 2012, 2:32am

      Give me a break! Your comment ignores the power of the Republicans sndthe religious right. Of course we want equality now, but should he lose in November, our cause may be set back for years. If you think he deserves no respect then by all means cheer for a Romney victory and watch him stack the Supreme Court. If you think Obama is A bigot then what in the world is the entire right wing? Sorry, bit your comment is a naive look at the world of politics in the USA.

      1. theGentleWarrior 16 Apr 2012, 11:19pm

        You idiot. Judge Walker was nominated to the bench by Ronald Reagan & blocked by nut-case Nancy Pelosi. Judge Walker was finally appointed to the bench by President George H. W. Bush.

        FYI:Jude Walker ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional

        The Log Cabin Republicans won the repeal of DADT in the courts & the Obama administration went screaming to the Appeals court to put a stay on the decision so Obama could be seen to do something.

        And if Obama’s Administration had not challenged Massachusetts’s victory against DOMA in the District and Circuit courts, marriage rights would be equal for all in all 50 States and on a federal level since 2010.

        Add this to the left wing loony polices that he and your elk try to push about, from stupid economic polices to dangerous weak appeasement foreign policies

        The best thing we can have now is a Republican President
        After all almost anything is better than a demarcate.

        btw behind theGentleWarrior is the most strong out & proud gay man you could ever meet

  7. GingerlyColors 15 Apr 2012, 11:05pm

    Barak Obama will be standing for the Democrats for a second term in office this November. I do not know what the opinion polls are like but with the USA maxed out on it’s budget, the Medicare reforms and NASA probably not going back to the Moon very soon, the Republicans could be getting the upper hand. While the economy still decides mostof the votes in the US, religion and so-called moral issues play a major part as well and right now Barak Obama does not want to hand more ammunition to the religious right by signing the Anti-Discrimination Order, which he will no doubt be happy to do after he is re-elected. After November, should Obama stay in the White House he will have nothing to lose as the US Constitution limits his term in officeto two. If the Republicans get in then that Anti-Discrimination Order will never get signed. Hopefully the next four years of Obama will see the USA become for gay-friendly and the population continue to warm towards gay people.

    1. theGentleWarrior 16 Apr 2012, 11:22pm

      You seem to be ignoring history. If he has betrayed us before what on earth makes you believe he won’t again.

      Seriously can you read or do have selective memory?

  8. Just another case of how far behind the times the US is on certain things, its against the law in this country(Australia) to discriminate against race creed colour or gender, come on America get with the strength and change the law.

    1. theGentleWarrior 16 Apr 2012, 11:37pm

      Coming from an Australian this is laughable.

      We have equal marriage in many states now are one more ruling away from equal marriage throughout the entire United States. Massachusetts was the first to recognize same-sex marriage as equal.

      Tell me again what is the state of same-sex marriages in Australia? How far behind us are you?
      How hard should I be laughing?

      We have Harvey Milk, the first gay out politician and all his accomplishments to inspire future generations
      What have you got?

      As is so often happens, The United States, we Americans blaze a path and lead the way and the rest of you follow us from safe backseat positions.

      Kylie, you are pathetic

      1. “We have Harvey Milk, the first gay out politician and all his accomplishments to inspire future generations
        What have you got?”

        We have gay former Premier of South Australia Don Dunstan who decriminalised homosexuality in the state in the 1970′s.

        We have Bob Brown, former openly gay leader of the greens party who has in great party helped pass many gay rights reforms in our federal parliament.

        There are a few other openly gay politicians here.

        Tell me again what is the state of same-sex marriages in Australia? How far behind us are you?

        We have two marriage equality bill’s that are currently being debated at the moment. Poll after poll, survey after survey on marriage equality states that at least 60-63% of Australians support marriage equality. Our most recent parliamentary survey has seen the biggest amount of submission to a federal inquiry in Australia history, with roughly 63% of submissions in SUPPORT for marriage equality.

        1. We also have cohabitation laws for same sex couple in all Australian jurisdictions, state and federal. We were are afford most rights that married heterosexual couple have. Most states in the U.S. don’t legally recognise gay couples at all.

          Not to mention, all Australian states have anti-discrimination laws which protect LGBT people from discrimination at work.

          Actually research the facts before you bad mouth us next time. We even closer to marriage equality than the U.S.

          Pink News appears to be very biased when it comes to reporting stories from Australia. It only reports the bad news with out including all the good news as well when it comes to gay rights progress here. Pink News needs to be more balanced in this regard.

        2. theGentleWarrior 26 Apr 2012, 11:30pm

          Your civil/cohabitating/domestic partnerships, I don’t care to research and compare that your ahead, I forfeit, you can have the victory, right or wrong.

          I detest domestic partnerships, it sounds like something you put cats in too. These partnerships are an institutions provided for the others, not people; the people who are seen as less than, less than equal, less than human. And I would not demean any cat or animal by placing it such a thing.

      2. theGentleWarrior 26 Apr 2012, 11:20pm

        Mr Anonymous, my criticisms are of your idiot countryman Kylie and his insulting and wrong stance of superiority to the US from your position. I see passion, pride and patriotism for your Country and it’s achievements in your writing. I admire these Sir, but telling me “research the facts”

        I will now give you the research and facts you should have sought before writing

        Don Dunstan was not gay, but okay he did well. 1961 – Illinois becomes first U.S. state to decriminalised homosexuality. That is pre 1970.
        Bob Brown, okay guy (green policies aside) has neither the legacy Harvey Milk has, nor the single focus and passion that Harvey Milk brought to the cause. Brown is not the symbol of gay freedom that Harvey Milk is.

        Now you say “Actually research the facts before you bad mouth us next time. We even closer to marriage equality than the U.S.” That is an outright lie/mistake.

      3. theGentleWarrior 26 Apr 2012, 11:22pm

        In the US, today 6 states have granted full access of marriage to all. Since 2003, my home state of Massachusetts was the first state in the world to affirm and protect those rights by Constitution. The ruling means marriage has been constitutionally protected for all citizens of Massachusetts since the foundation of our state in 1788. [You may feel the need to tell me about the Netherlands being first, please don’t, their rights were achieved by legislation and vote (read on to see why I don’t value it)]

        As of August 18, 2010 A US District court has ruled gay marriage a constitutional right for all with a stay on implementation during appeal to the Circuit and Supreme Courts. This ruling means marriage has been constitutionally protected for all citizens of the United Sates since 1791.

        Right now, April 25th, the US is providing more rights and access to marriage to its citizens than Australia. From your own comment Australia does not have any gay marriage,

      4. theGentleWarrior 26 Apr 2012, 11:24pm

        You say “two marriage equality bill’s that are currently being debated”
        So that’s TALK, PLANS, PROPOSAL, PROMISES PROMISES yes?
        Explain to me again how you’re ahead, why I shouldn’t laugh at Kylie?

        Both our countries have done much and more to do, but I stand by statement, we were first, we have lead the way and deserve the respect accorded with doing so. Now as for the future, it seems you and I have a friendly wager; who will get their first?

        But regardless I am at perils to warn you
        If you achieve marriage for all by legislation through your parliament, it is by popular vote. Anything given that easily or at a favorable whim by the mob can be taken away in the next vote. That is why I care nothing for your statistics of Support.

        Note history, the gay rights ordinance in 1977, the Dade County approved a law. Then it was undone by a popular vote initiative by Anita Bryant.

      5. theGentleWarrior 26 Apr 2012, 11:27pm

        Today Obama has repealed DADT by legislation, and now next guy want to repeal the repeal. On the other hand the Log Cabin Republicans have secured a ruling that the DADT is unconstitutional in the Circuit Court and will do so in the Supreme Court if needed. Then no future President can repeal it, without a revision to the core values of the Constitution (not gonna happen).

        When we (The US) have marriage protected by the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling, it will be protected by the 4, 5, & 14 amendments of the Constitution, subject to no one’s approval, popular pools, vote or leader.

        And I know this, this victory because it will be achieved by the courts and not by legislation, to undo it will require a rise of fascism/communism/evil dictators, a civil war and the collapse of the Nation before the rights and protections of the Constitution will be revoked from any gay citizen ever again.

      6. theGentleWarrior 26 Apr 2012, 11:28pm

        “In the Declaration of Independence, it is written, ‘All men are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights.’ So for Mr. Briggs and Mrs. Bryant, and all the bigots out there, no matter how hard you try, you can never erase those words from the Declaration of Independence! “- Harvey Milk, 1978

  9. David Starkey 16 Apr 2012, 5:08am

    Just one word:
    POLITICIAN!

    I had thought you so much more than that.

    1. David Starkey, Dallas, TX U.S.A. 16 Apr 2012, 5:10am

      Oh, almost forgot, this is a British publication.
      Sign me David Starkey, Dallas, TX U.S.A.

  10. You cannot adopt an attitude to the LGBT community that is akin the the erractic rise and fall in the stock markets! He gave an interview stating this would be persued with vigor and determination. Now the Lgbt community is left openned mouthed at the shock this was not signed. Depressing!

  11. Why doesn’t the President just set the “example” and do the right thing and SIGN IT?!

  12. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed executive order (no. 11246) that outlawed federal contractors from discrimination based on race, religion and gender.

    Really now, expanding the directive of the original bill will make a difference?
    Don’t be silly!! The law is already in a mode to be invoked when needed.
    PLEASE USE IT, as is. Try some education with a bit more understanding to use it.

  13. theGentleWarrior 16 Apr 2012, 11:01pm

    The Only thing worse than Romney is Obama.

    “He’s pure evil , and that’s why he’s gotta go!” Cabel, 1200 BC

  14. To those gays who plan on supporting Romney: That’s about the stupidest thing you could do to yourself, just google Mit Romney LGBT Rights.
    Concerning Obama: Isn’t it just his strategy to get more votes from some who tend to right-wing politics but are against Romney as well, is though planning to sign the bill in his second term? After all he is a politician who needs votes…

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