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  1. Love that man!

  2. Hope LGBT America rally strongly and robustly behind Obama and maintain him on a course to ensure clear and unambiguous equality for gay people in the USA

    1. I think he’ll win easily not least because Romney is a pretty weak Republican candidate and won’t necessarily appeal to natural Republican voters. Also, I think the Christian bigots will be more concerned that Romney’s a Mormon than Obama being gay-friendly. Not quite as good as people voting for Obama because he is pro-gay equality, but better than the alternative.

  3. theGentleWarrior 6 Jun 2012, 11:16pm

    These gay donors,

    “Traitors to their own cause. Finish them!”

    1. perhaps you’d prefer to take your chances with Romney? The man who conveniently forgot a gaybashing incident he instigated at college unlike his more repentant classmates?
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romneys-prep-school-classmates-recall-pranks-but-also-troubling-incidents/2012/05/10/gIQA3WOKFU_story.html?hpid=z4

  4. This dude must get that second term! We can’t have Romney and his bible thumpers running the office in the U.S. He would only make things much worse. He (Romeny) has already stated that he would try to re-instate DADT which would be a disaster if he tired it.

    Obama all the way …but since i can’t vote (i live in Europe) i can only give my vocal support to Obama.

  5. theGentleWarrior 6 Jun 2012, 11:54pm

    Your ‘dude’ must not get a second term.

    When DATA was ruled on unconstitutional in court in October, 2010 due to the Log Cabin Republicans challenge, the Armed forces could no longer dismiss an openly gay person & Obama had it REINSTATED in November 2010, so he could repeal it a month later by legislation in December 22, 2010. The only ban lifted because of Obama was the one he made.

    Had the Obama not interfered and left all challenges to the courts, Romeny could not talk about re-instating DADT by legislation. Any attempt to reintroduce DATA would have to go to Supreme Court and would be/is doomed to failure.

    1. Is this the same President who:
      * signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law — the first federal civil rights legislation to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”
      * recorded “It Gets Better” videos to address the issue of bullying and suicide among LGBT teens
      * hosted a White House conference on bullying prevention that specifically targeted the issue of LGBT bullying
      * ensured that the Department for Education issued guidance to support educators in combating bullying in schools by clarifying when student bullying may violate federal education anti-discrimination laws
      * issued a Presidential directive that led the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to require all hospitals receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds to allow visitation rights and medical decision making rights to LGBT patients
      * created the National Resource Center for LGBT Elders
      * directed the Department of Labor to clarifiy that the Family Medical Leave

      1. Act ensures that LGBT federal employees can care for sick family members
        * directed the State Department to ensure that transgender applicants can obtain, under certain conditions, passports
        that accurately reflect their gender
        * ensured that the Justice Department clarified that persons with HIV and persons with AIDS are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and that it would be illegal to exclude them from occupational training and state licensing
        * Was involved in ensuring that Justice Department issued a memo stating that federal prosecutors should enforce criminal provisions in the Violence Against Women Act in cases involving gay and lesbian relationships
        * Directed resources to ensure that LGBT and questioning
        youth in foster care are protected and supported
        * Led the administration that releases “Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness,” the nation’s first comprehensive strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, including LGBT

      2. homeless youth
        * Ensured that work was carried out to clarify that the Census provides a fair and accurate count of all Americans, including LGBT couples
        * Established the first ever national study of discrimination in housing against LGBT persons
        * proposed new regulations to ensure that housing programs are open to all persons regardless of sexual
        orientation or gender identity
        * Released the first ever National HIV/AIDS strategy
        * Asked HHS to issue recommendations to improve the health and well-being of LGBT communities
        * Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to support federal contracting and exporting
        * Expanded federal benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees
        * Allowed same-sex domestic partners to apply for long-term care insurance
        * Sent the first U.S. Executive branch official to testify in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) before Congress
        * Has appointed LGBT Americans to positions at every

      3. level throughout his administration
        * Honoured the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
        * Awarded the medal of freedom to Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King
        * Called for the Congressional repeal of the discriminatory “Defense of Marriage Act” and has announced that in his view, Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional
        * Supports legislation that would directly impact the LGBT community, including an inclusive ENDA and the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act
        * Believes that all students should be safe and healthy and learn in environments free from
        discrimination, bullying and harassment; that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals,
        regardless of their sexual orientation; and that Americans with partners from other countries should not be
        faced with a painful choice between staying with their partner or staying in their country
        * Became the first serving US President to support equal marriage

        Given the Presidents record and intention for the future,

      4. it would arguable be an LGBT traitor who did not vote for Obama.

    2. The alternative is they can vote for a man who while running for U.S. Senate against the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994, Willard Mitt Romney famously told the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts, “I am more convinced than ever before that as we seek to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent.”

      However, he seems to not be able to meet the standard he set himself.

      During his campaigns for the Republican nomination, Romney has been quick to note his record of opposing marriage equality in his home state before pivoting to claim he opposes “discrimination against gay people”.

      Before we get any deeper into his views on the LGBT community whom he claims he’d oppose discriminating against, it’s worth reviewing the legal discrimination gays and lesbians currently face in the USA.
      > In 29 states you can be fired from your job, merely because you are gay.
      > In 30 states you can be denied housing, merely because

      1. you are gay
        > If you are gay you cannot jointly adopt a child in 34 states if they find that special someone and want to start a family.
        > 33 states do not protect schoolchildren from anti gay harassment.

        While Romney opposes marriage equality, it’s worth pointing out these numbers as well:
        > Gay people can enter into a loving, legally and equally recognized relationship in only 6 states and DC though none of them enjoy federal benefits or recognition.

        That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the state sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people in America. There are many other examples where the gay community is relegated to second-class citizenship status at the local, state, and national level.

        Having a Republican leader like Romney say he opposes marriage equality while also opposing discrimination against gays and lesbians should sound like progress even if only a little. Unfortunately, as is often the case with the former Massachusetts governor, Romney has taken

      2. public positions in direct conflict with his claimed opposition to LGBT discrimination.

        Most notably, Romney opposes the Employment Non Discrimination Act, which would protect LGBT people from being fired simply for being who they are.

        It’s no wonder Evangelical conservatives are uneasy with Romney given his pandering throughout the 1990s. LGBT people should feel just as uneasy given his lip service and inability to back up his words with sound public policy positions that clearly show his supposed opposition to LGBT discrimination.

        Romney is trying to have it both ways—he claims to be both opposed and supportive of us at the same time. It may be the best we can expect from a leading national Republican but it’s not the best we should expect from a president.

    3. theGentleWarrior 7 Jun 2012, 12:53am

      Yes the same president who on August 18, 2010 defended DOMA by appealing Judge Tauro’s ruling against DOMA in Massachusetts v. United States Department of Health and Human Services in the District and Circuit courts.

      the same Obama did not to sign an executive order that would have outlawed workplace discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and gender identity.

      A lot of what you listed is talk or show, but when talk was really needed but inconvenient the same Obama was no where to be found, rather like Jimmy Carter before him.

      Obama did not speak or stand against Prop 8 in 2008 elections, or North Carolina’s Amendment One this year. You know when Reagan was preparing to run for president,a race in which he would need the support of conservatives and moderates who were very uncomfortable with homosexual teachers, he spoke against Prop 6 in 1978.

      the same Obama only talks, supports or acts when it’s popular or convenient.

      1. Oh so we prefer to concentrate on the words of Obama in 2008 rather than his strong words today

        Kind of ignore the double speak of Romney either – a homophobic bully like Romney has no place in a position of power.

      2. I could have mentioned quite a few more.

        All of them are things that the Republicans have either tried to block or not done when they were in power.

        Demonstrating that the Republicans are the anti gay party. The nasty party.

        1. theGentleWarrior 7 Jun 2012, 1:35am

          The nasty party. Surly you mean the other The nasty party.

          You recall how Reagan was against Prop 6. Carter is actually heard on camera being told by his advisor that the Republicans/Reagan had spoken against Prop 6 and so it is safe to do also, before Carter asks everyone to vote against Prop 6. Case and point of democrats acting when it’s popular or convenient.

          Carter did not want to be photographed with ‘a homosexual’, so Milk brought a his own camera man.

          Bill Clinton (democrat) signed DATA and DOMA into law …
          Obama defended and reinstated DATA, defended DOMA … Silent with support much Carter

          Their both nasty parties

          1. I prefer to look at recent facts rather than those decades ago.

            Particularly in the arena of LGBT issues views have been evolving very much for many people in many countries in the last 10-15 years.

            So, forgive me if the policies of Reagan or Carter seem irrelevant to me.

            I’m not particularly interested in anything other than what can be achieved.

            Obama has made leaps for LGBT people (as listed above – and more) and promises more.

            Romney promises to subjugate LGBT people.

            Not a difficult choice really.

            A man who promises to strive for equality – or a violent homophobic bully who promises to subjugate… easy choice.

          2. theGentleWarrior 7 Jun 2012, 2:16am

            Obama defended & reinstated DATA, defended DOMA, silent with his support when it is needed is a fact of today.

            He has made small little steps for LGBT people, not leaps, & only when convenient.

            What can be done is being done in the Courts & Communities. Obama has been a hindrance in the courts. His new found public support of talk without action, isn’t leading the masses (like it could have in 2008), it is bringing his views in to line with the majority of today.
            ” It’s the peoples’ will. I am their leader; I must follow them.” – James Hacker

            Romney promises have little weight & are nothing to be afraid off. Your man who promises support, has taken actions to the contrary.

            We are denied rights & legal protections; implying subjugation is a dramatization and insult to anyone that actually suffered slavery or conquest.

          3. theGentleWarrior 7 Jun 2012, 2:17am

            So the choice is actually between a homophobic with actions to the contrary, formally violent @ age 18, Republican and your man, defender of DOMA, DATA, talks nice but hinders, disastrous (world outside of gay rights) sitting democrat president.

          4. Its stretching credibility to suggest that the first President to endorse equal marriage, the President to do more for LGBT rights than any before him, the President who will not defend DOMA and deems some of DOMA to be anti-constitutional (despite your rhetoric about him), and the President who makes LGBT rights a key plank of his foreign policy is homophobic.

            As for subjugation; seeking to persecute and deny rights is a form of subjugation – something Romney clearly intends and desires to seek to use in relation to LGBT people.

            You claim he will not be able to do the things he seeks to. Well, thankfully he is unlikely to get a chance since Obama will secure a second term – but nonetheless I would urge all US voters not to be apathetic – and to ensure they do not vote for a Presidential candidate who actively desires to be homophobic in his policies.

            Obama is the most LGBT friendly and supportive President in history – give him a second term.

      3. theGentleWarrior 7 Jun 2012, 1:25am

        Had he used his words in 2008 had the potential to make a difference in the Prop 8.

        His strong words today while, nice and welcome, were too late from North Caroline this year.

        And will you mention that

        Bill Clinton (democrat) signed DATA and DOMA into law. That if not for DOMA gay marriage would have been available to everyone at federal level, requiring state recognition since May 17, 2004 (on Bill’s watch).

        or that Judge Walker who ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional was nominated to the bench by Ronald Reagan & blocked by nut-case Nancy Pelosi (democrat & Obama’s Pet). Judge Walker was finally appointed to the bench by President George H. W. Bush.

        1. So you prefer to talk about 2 presidents ago rather than the policies and actions of the man in power today – get real – get on the current show.

          You are so out of touch/

    4. theGentleWarrior 7 Jun 2012, 1:08am

      For the record Ted Kennedy was a disgrace/disaster.

      Also unlike the rest of you I’m not rushing to forgive Obama his defence and reinstating DATA or his past defence of DOMA, both contrary to his election promises.

      Demarcate Presidents had been weak, insincere, foolish, dangerous, disgraces throughout the last century and Obama is no different. And that applies as much too gay rights as to the world of issues outside gay rights.

      Neither Obama or Romney can interfere with the cases before the Supreme Court, so when it comes to donations or votes and the overall issues before the US today, I can’t see enough reasons to support Obama over Romney.

  6. Cardinal Capone 7 Jun 2012, 12:45am

    Who knew our guys were so rich. I hope he also still has the support of all the many many small donors, ordinary people in the street who got him elected the first time.

    The republicans are really not interested in winning during this recession, which is why their field consisted of such a bunch of losers.

  7. for all the faults of Cameron, and there are too many to go into, I am utterly thankful to live in a country where someone like Romney would never stand a chance of taking the highest office possible. It is not just Americans praying Obama returns, it is everyone.

  8. Can someone more intelligent than me please explain why those voters on the right of American politics (“libertarians”, whatever that means) simultaneously want less interference from “big government” whilst also trying to get government to determine what kind of marriage is acceptable? Surely the point of being freed from the constraints of government control also means that one must accept that others are free to do as they please? Such as two people of the same sex marrying one another?

  9. The stark contrast between the president’s record with the gay community and Mitt Romney’s will resonate with LGBT voters across the board, regardless of their political affiliation.

    Polls show Obama’s support for same-sex marriage as a contributing factor to public opinion shifting in its favor, with 53% of Americans polled saying such unions should be legal.

    President Obama has been consistent and clear on his initiatives. In the next 4 years I anticipate an even more powerful leader giving Americans the chance to improve for the foreseeable future. With Romney the USA would go into reverse. His philosophy and policies are tied to the 1950’s.

    Romney had the chance to move to the centre when Obama supported equal marriage but instead became even more extreme in his right wing approach. Obama will take advantage of that and pick off moderate republicans to support him.

  10. President Obama has done more for the cause of gay rights than any president before him.

    Thank you Mr. President for taking a stand! It’s cold comfort for today’s gay community, but I do believe my future grandchildren will look back at the “gay marriage issue” with the same incredulity as my generation looks back at what decades ago was the “interracial marriage issue”. Same bigotry, different times, change is coming.

  11. Proof Christians are infiltrating gay groups and sites, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/24/truth4time-secret-religious-right-facebook-group-_n_1449027.html, they say they are not but you know they are doing it now.

  12. Christopher 7 Jun 2012, 4:58am

    Love how the Repugs are hating Obama for being in with Hollywood – how soon they forget that Reagan was an actor!!!!

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