God Bless America!
Cher bless America too.
Phew! such a relief.
Brilliant! it would have been torture for the entire world, if The Ian Duncan Smith (tory minister in uk) supported romley had won.
Is that so? quite disgusting.
hoorah Obama !!
I second that !!!
There is a God!
No there isn’t. ;)
If there is he’s not a mormon!
If there was a ‘god’ it would clearly be a broccoli.
I like the idea of an omnipotent broccoli.
So much for the magic pants!
Both Hollande and Obama have now given strong support to LGBT rights in their country and both have had great victories.
I hope the Tory party in the UK have taken note of this and also have taken note of the negative campaing run by the Republicans against LGBT rights and equal marriage rights. It doesn’t work and it will lose you more votes if you pander to the Tory far right and the Christian anti gay/anti SS marriage lobby groups like the C4M.
Bring in SS marriage in the UK and you’ll be rewarded otherwise you’ll undergo the same fate as the Republicans!
Rags like The Daily Mail have a loud voice, but a small readership. Of those I know that read these rags, I am often surprised that they are decent, tolerant people. They read them despite the right wing hysteria, not because of it. Most Britons are good people, who want a Government that gets its priorities right, not catering for the rich and influential.
If the Tories want to lose the “Nasty Party” tag, they need to recognize this.
BTW, the War is long over, but can we find an alternative to the term “SS marriage”? Although Nick Griffin might approve that description!
How about DD marriage (disgusting deviant)?
U are a vile pr!ck aren’t you.
Democrats…..All of them
Don’t you have some wounds to lick.
Bingo. Most of western society is full of political moderates. The problem is that there are no moderates on the internet.
Support isn’t legislation, actions speak louder tan words. Especially when you’re talking about a man who doesn’t have a solid voting record and went back on most of his more important campaign promises last time. I’d like to think this is a good thing for the LGBT community but I simply don’t buy into anything that’s said by politicians until it actually happens.
Did he go back on his promises or was he blocked by the Republicans who held a majority in the House of Representatives? There is a difference. I blame the Republicans for the lack of progress, and am disappointed that there are so many of them in the House again.
One really has to look at the whole picture and not just the focal point.
The repeal of ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’??? Yes, he needs to make more progress, but at least it’s a victory against the god-squad Romney!
I hate to sound cynical…but Republicans in Congress are still filibuster-prone total obstructionists. I’m worried they’d prefer to plunge the country into economic depression or civil war than ever cooperate with the half-black guy. There’s nothing quite like the arrogance to raise apocalyptic stakes just to continue opposing one twice-elected man.
I’m not sure. They will be looking at the mid-terms, and then not handing themselves a poisoned chalice in 2016. Looking out for their own political hide should become a priority. While it is party before country for them, they will most likely put themselves before party.
The up side for the Republicans is that Obama cannot stand for a third term. The down side for the Democrats is that they have to find a candidate who will not be eclipsed by Obama’s charisma, rhetoric and (hopefully) good record in office.
Hope so. And her position of Secretary of State is effective means of debunking any macho nonsense about how women don’t have the guts to lead.
Charisma maybe, he got in with the chick, black and liberal vote but he needs to actually start doing something now. Lets see how far he takes LGBT rights or will he flip flop on them for another four years.
Hey, whether you like it or not, in the USA we still have freedoms to express our opinions, and there are many Americans who consider many other more important issues than LGBT. Our unemployment, our home foreclosures, our military objectives, our financial crisis are far more important than any marriage issue.
A government is expected to multi-task.
Yes, but priorities make a difference. We have millions of hungry people, unemployed through no fault of theirs, we’ve got our military being killed almost daily, we have a corrupt banking system stealing homes from millions — so I think there are many more issues that we need to solve immediately.
For you maybe…. but obviously not as far as the electorate are concerned. At the very least, they appear to trust the President
Three Cheers ! Hooray ! Hooray ! Hooray ! , the most progressive President in American modern history.
True, but sadly that’s not a terribly difficult competition to win, given how eye-wateringly right-wing US politics has become over the last fifty years.
Don’t forget Bill Clinton, probably the best US president since JFK and up til Barak O’Bama… He handed George Bush a ten Trillion surplus and within three months Bush had converted it to a five trillion deficit…..
Well when the bar has been set so incredibly low that’s hardly an achievement.
First, foremost and almost Obama is a career politician,
That’s like saying Erwin Rommel was the nicest N@zi.
First of all I would like to congratulate Barrack Obama on winning a second term in the White House and secondly the voters of Maine and Maryland for endorsing same-sex marriage. In the next few hours we will find out whether or not Washington State has done likewise and quite significantly, if the voters choose gay Republican, Carl DeMaio to become mayor of San Diego. After all the bad campaigning against marriage equality and other LGBT issues by the mainstream Republican Party November 6th, 2012 will go down in history as the day that LGBT rights in the USA took a leap forward. If a week in politics is a long time then the next four years will seem like an eternity during which more Americans will come round to the idea of same-sex marriage and more states will endorse it. The Republican Party will have to realise that they cannot resist the tide of change for ever and will have to drop the religious rhetoric or remain in the political wilderness forever.
I’ll laugh, after all this LGBT happiness, if it turns out they still don’t get equal marriage rights by the end of the new term..
It’ll be a bitter, hard done by, sort of laugh. But a laugh none the less.
SCOTUS is in conference later this month to consider taking the DOMA cases and possibly Prop 8.
If they deny to review the Prop 8 case, then marriage equality becomes legal in California and nothing changes nationally. DOMA is more likely to be ruled on, with outcome towards middle/end of 2013. If DOMA falls, then it’s a done deal for marriage equality really.
It’s very likely marriage equality will come in this term. Whether it is because President Obama made it so will be debatable.
Honestly, I think it would be better to target attention on ENDA – since everyone holds a job and there is no federal protection from discrimination.
Having completed a course on Equality & Diversity, I find it incredible that a nation that boasts of its diversity, love of freedom and concern for its citizens allows people to be thrown out of their jobs because of their private sexual preferences. Even before the 2010 Equality Act, most would have found such practices abhorrent.
I find that the US gives a lot of lip service to its ideals, but tends not to protect them. Words are the easy bit, deeds are what counts.
Orientation, not preference (just saying).
What is scotus?
Supreme Court of the United States.
We won’t – unless the Supreme Court says we will.
Equality is a state by state measure in the US – and Maine and Maryland have voted in favour of equality yesterday.
Before last nights votes six states enjoyed marriage equality. Maryland, Maine and Washington are now being added to that total and voters in Minnesota have rejected an amendment to their state’s constitution which would have outlawed gay marriage. An important threshold will be achieved once that number reaches 13. This is because that in order to bring in an Amendment to the US Constitution >75% (currently 38) of the States have to ratify it and that is after two-thirds of Congress approve an Amendment, something that is not going to happen now that the percentage of US voters supporting marriage equality is more than 50% and growing. You may think that I would have been playing things down if Mitt Ronmey had won last night but he would have had a fat cat in Hell’s chance of Amending the US Constitution against gay marriage.
I was talking about federal recognition.
Not just the cute state by state arrangements.
With you on this Peter S. I’d be very surprised if proper ACTUAL progress was made.
Cynicism is easy and lazy.
…does it take much effort to be such an assh0le, because you make it seem so easy. Laugh til you choke but don’t expect anyone to be there to perform the Heimleich manoeuvre on you ….
I am hugely relieved, not just from the point of view of the rights of our brothers and sisters in the US – but never forget this is a deeply divided country. I can only hope that things will work out for the future for all Americans, not just LGBT ones.
I wouldn’t hold your breath.
Don’t be surprised by the changes Obama will make now that he isn’t looking over his shoulder with a view to re election. Don’t forget he got Obamacare through with fierce opposition from the Republicans and bit business Insurance companies. That along with the fact that the Republicans will now probably be easier to work with when they inevitably dump the Tea Party crowd sharpish because it was the “Tea Baggers” who were a big factor in Romney losing so comprehensively. He was always going to lose but no one expected the hammering he got, from the Electoral college and the voters… David Cameron should take urgent note and move his Party back to the middle ground and tell the ultra right who are trying to bully him to the far right to take a long walk off a short pier….
Of course relieved to see President Obama win a second term (frankly, LGBT rights aside, giving nuclear codes to a zealot who thinks war in the middle east was the key to the second coming scared me a lot more).
Also relieved to see all 4 marriage equality votes come out positive – that’s 3 states with marriage, one blocking a constitutional amendment. For the first time, proof positive of a popular mandate.
Relieved also to see the godbot freaks, Akin and Mourdock defeated and a lot of women elected – Claire MacCaskill, Tammy Duckworth, Elizabeth Warren and, of course Tammy Baldwin – who was impressive at the DNC and is openly lesbian.
If West and Bachmann crash out, my day will be complete. And Donald Trump collectively wet his pants and had a meltdown, which was hilarious.
I admit to having been deeply alarmed, and am nowsomewhat comforted. Most of all, happy for my US friends.
Is there a video of Trump flipping his wig? (Figuratively speaking) I would LOVE to see that!
No, he went all shrieking howler monkey all over twitter, and babbled about revolution, and then deleted it (because that definitely works in a modern connected world…).
Karl Rove did have a little hissy fit on Fox which was kind of funny though.
Well done Obama and thank you to the American public for seeing sense and not allowing Romney to win!
Congratulations Mr Obama.
One of the 1st things he needs to do is to sign an executive order suspending the application of that revolting DOMA law, pending repeal by Congress.
Nice one Obama. I wasn’t interested untiil this morning and I heard his speech. He is so cool and trustworthy. romney was a hard faced cnut
Well done America!!!
Congratulations Obama, you deserve another 4 years!
He has done so much for LGBT people, however time to get down to business and continue more work towards full dignity, respect and equality such as 2 very important laws – such as implementing ENDA and repealing DOMA!!!!!
And we all know those are the only issues homosexuals vote on!
You have brown fingers?
That’s what you get when you buy cheap toilet paper…lol
I would say they chose the lesser of two evils. Romney is a warmongering nutcase, but Obama is hardly great presidential material either. Good news, all the same.
If Obama continues unbridled entitlement spending and healthcare mess we are headed for an economic meltdown. Someone has to actually pay for it and his illegal immigrant stand is a joke at best so I hope his GLBT promises are worth it. This has to be the worst choice ever for president of the US, especially considering what’s going on in the world now.
Exactly what rock have you just crawled out from under…. Obama was handed just about the most poisoned chalice ever by the idiot Bush and he has turned it around. He saved the auto industry, he brought health care to millions who were dying because they couldn’t pay for a doctor or dentist or for medications in the most expensive country on the planet for health care. Healthcare is a mess because Big business insurance has driven the cost to a point where only the very rich can afford it. Employment is on the rise with 150000 jobs coming on line in October alone. All in spite of opposition from a Republican controlled House. So, please stop parroting the Tea Party and racist line. They want Obama to fail so they can say the Black President was the worst ever when in fact he is proving to be one of the best ever….. Oh and btw, he got Osama Bin Laden in just eighteen months when Bush failed in eight years and he is ending the war in Afghanistan and he is ending…..
…. the suck up to the pariah state of Israel and will sort the problem with Palestine, Iran and N Korea without war…watch this space. Wall Street needs to buck up their ideas too ’cause he will sort them out too. So there…..!
You said, ” Oh and btw, he got Osama Bin Laden in just eighteen months when Bush failed in eight years and he is ending the war in Afghanistan and he is ending”
I heard that Obama was a sniper and shot Osama between the eyes,” yeh, he did it all by himself.
Well done President Obama. You have defeated the powers of darkness, especially the Catholic Bishops of America.
I spent until almost 6am (UK time) watching live coverage of this.
I have almost never been so excited.
“Better the Devil You Know!”
LMAO. Followed four years later by The Smiths and “What Difference Does It Make”.
…and of course Shakespeare’s Sister – “You’re History!”
There’s no doubt the Vatican will be looking on in increasing horror as they have now lost the support of the US Presidency for the endorsement of their Sexual Apartheid of the US.
What will really worry them is that the public have voted him back in, despite a pretty dysmal first term performance, and, for also supporting LGBT rights.
This isn’t good news for the Vatican and the bibble bashing US belts.
Also looks like here in the UK – Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham is going to appointed to lead the Anglican Church.
Welby is, according to the Daily Mail a staunch opponent of gay marriage.
Cue, Mr Welby for Stonewall’s Bigot of the Year Awards, 2013. If you think O Brien can inflame, wait until you hear Welby’s sermon.
Incidentally, Welby is an ex-oil Executive.
My oh my, how Christian leaders just love doing business that exploits millions of people worldwide.
Go on, Obama, though.
You seem to forget Obama is Christian also and refers to Jesus and God quite a lot in his speeches. I wouldn’t be sending out the same sex wedding invites just yet if I were living in the US.
In the States, you are a boiler of puppies and eater of babies if they even think you are an atheist.
Maybe he’s just pandering to them.
It is “politics” after all.
I reckon Obama is about as christian as I am i.e. not at all. He’s received an excellent education and is very intelligent so it makes zero sense that he would believe in the ‘god’ thing.
He has to pretend he believes in the ‘god’ thing as otherwise he could not get elected.
Atheists are the least trusted group in the US (although thankfully they are also the fastest growing group).
I haven’t forgotten Obama is a Christian, in fact that if you re-read my post is the cause for much celebration.
This Christian man is turning away from the dogmatic teachings of Church leaders and embracing Civil Rights.
Would you prefer he didn’t support LGBT rights and sided with the bibble bashers?
I would bet my eyes that Barak Obama is atheist or at very least Agnostic. He spouts the “gawd” thing because that is what is expected. That is one thing about Obama; he is a shrewd politician and had the advice of some of the top people in the world, all atheist!
He belongs to a branch of mainline protestantism that sanctifies same sex marriages. “Christian” doesn’t always mean “Anglican or Catholic” outside of the UK.
“They all bow down to the Big Wedge”
Fantastic news as i woke this morning!(UK) Obama is still there! Relief! Fantastic! I was truly dreading to wake and find right wing Romney in charge. History will prove that America made the right choice at the right time, and that a president need not be afraid of backing fundemental,if not controversial to some, human rights/LGBT/equal marriage issues. LGBT rights are no longer as issue for a presidential candidate to be in fear of and today America proved that. Indeed it proberbly bolstered Obama’s vote. Those that voted ,supported and campaigned for Obama’s return, I salute you all!
A HUGE sigh of relief! Congratulations President Obama and WELL DONE AMERICA!!! This just goes to show what tosh the bigots talk about marriage equality. It really isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things – hardly an issue at all in the US election as far as I can tell – and showing his support for the measure has done Obama no electoral damage at all.
I wonder if we will see (suspended) Conservative MP Nadine Dorries eating her words about marriage equality losing Tories votes (http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/10/30/nadine-dorries-same-sex-marriage-could-cost-the-tories-4-million-votes/) in the jungle? I doubt it. It will certainly be interesting to see how quickly her anti-equality stance gets her voted off the show!!!
And now those Log Cabin Republicans are closer to getting equal rights despite their ignorant and self-loathing choice to back Romney. I hope they will be among the first to thank the president for any advances made.
Obama’s 21-minute victory speech was extraordinary, wasn’t it! What a man!
Pity about the reference to “God”, but absolutely delighted to hear him say that the USA was a land for all, for the X, the Y, the Z, and the “gay or straight”, with the “gay or straight” coming at the top of his crescendo!
I told you we had this one in the bag!
And we won FOUR out of FOUR for marriage equality!
Even I was shocked by that!
It’s a great day to be a Democrat! It’s a great day to be an American and it’s a great day to be gay in America!
Let me repeat, MARRIAGE EQUALITY WON A CLEAN SWEEP!
Four for FOUR!
Oh Happy Day…
The candidate who believes in equal human rights for gay people won.
The candidate who was the first President to dare to utter the words “atheist” and “those of no religious faith” in a non-negative and non-judgemental way won.
The candidate who believes women are indivisible persons just like men and will not try to annex your uterus in the name of government control won.
The candidate who is dragging the US government into line with the rest of the entire western world in terms of universal health care won.
The candidate who is doing America proud, despite inheriting what can only be described as “a hot buttered mess” from the Dubya years AND dealing with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives that insists on behaving like stroppy & uncooperative children, won.
Now, if he’d just ban all factory farms and declare veganism both the compassionate & logical solution to the epidemics of diabetes, obesity, animal suffering and global starvation …
“The candidate who believes in equal human rights for gay people won.”
I love it, believes in equal human rights for gay people but has zero respect for human rights in general.
How does that work exactly, pray?
We are extremely happy over here. However the war is not yet won – and it is a war – I live in a very bigoted state, and probably will not live to see much of the damage undone – but last night’s results gave me much hope that much of our country has a degree of common sense.
And I’d like to thank each and every one of you who have given us vocal support — you have no idea how much this has encouraged us.
On this side of the pond it is truly terrifying what these so called “family values” nutter get up to.
Personally I have been following Jeremy Hoopers “Good as You” website http://www.goodasyou.org for the last couple of years and the stories he puts up on his site are hair raising to say the least.
The fact that these organizations hide behind religion and “Family Values” is laughable if it were not so disgusting.
At least your great nation will not be turned into a theocracy now.
Congratulations all round.
Two words..Thank goodness!!
Romney IS a madman in my opinion! I find it difficult to understand why any woman or LGBT person would vote for this nutter let alone give him their time! Why would you want to take 5 steps back and live in a country where all your rights were taken from you!? Makes no sense!
America and the entire World breathes a huge sigh of relief. Obama has prevailed and has won a second term in The White House, much to the chagrin of the Tea Baggers and the racists.
It was also a great night for American Gay people with all the States where a Marriage Equality Referendum was held passing the measure. Looks like the religious bigots have lost the Hearts of all right thinking Americans and rightly so!
My home State of Massachusetts also passed the B
ill for Medical Marijuana. Next stop complete decriminalisation. I may just move back to Boston soon….lol
So glad that Obama won. :D the democrats also held on to the senate although sadly an equality ally called Shelley Berkley a Democrat lost in Nevada to a homophobe called Dean Heller a Republican
The House of Reps is also still under Republican control. And that vile woman Michele Bachmann got reelected!! By the skin of her teeth i might ad.
In reality, the slightly lesser of the two evils scraped through, which is certainly nothing to shout about:-
Well done, Mr President. it is indeed very good news