1. pacificoceanboy says

    Al Gore on gay issues

    Supports same-sex partnerships; but not “marriage” title. (Oct 1999) ……….this was pretty damn progressive for 1999

    Eliminate ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’; let gays serve in army. (Dec 1999) ……………was way ahead on this one like many other issues

    Hate crimes stigmatize whole groups; enforce as civil rights. (Oct 2000) ……..I assume this means protection from Hate crimes is a civil right

    Find some way for civic union; but not gay marriage. (Oct 2000) ……..for 2000 this was again progressive

    Supports Vermont’s Civil Union law. (Sep 2000)

    Stop discrimination against same-sex domestic partnerships. (Mar 2000)

    Since then Gore has been all about how Iraq was wrong (Osama was in Afganistan, and Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11) , Global Warming (which he has been talking about for 20-30 years = very prescient), and now with his new book on the attack of reason and the dumbing down of political discourse. As a non candidate so far the issue of gay marriage etc has not been a subject he has covered so one wonders if he has evolved from his then for that time period progressive stance.

    We might be able to infer that he has evolved his then for that time period progressive stance by looking at some things he has said……….Al Gore delivered the keynote speech at a HRC dinner in late March 2006, and while he didn’t directly mention “gay marriage,” he implied that he supported its eventual legalization.
    Any force that tries to make you feel shame for being who you are, and loving who you love, is a form of tyranny over your mind. And it must be rejected, resisted, and defeated.
    – Al Gore, speaking at the Human Rights Campaign Gala on March 25, 2006, at the Century Plaza Hotel.

    It is that love, after all, that is at the heart of why everybody is here. That is what must be honored and respected. Your right to fall in love with who you fall in love with. And your right to expect that will be recognized with the same dignity and honor that love is recognized for other couples. Love is transcendent and fulfilling and powerful and any force on earth that endeavors to make you feel that you should be ashamed for feeling genuine, deep love for another of your choosing is a form of oppression.
    …Much has been made of the second simple truth — the first being that love … that transcendent feeling is at the center of all the debates. The second simple fact is that — it’s been mentioned here — is that when your fellow Americans come to know you for who you are, everything changes. But the so-called Catch 22 that discrimination and oppression put you in, is that the law requires gays and lesbians in the military or in job settings where they have no protection or in other settings where discrimination is rampant — if the law and the culture of society requires you to be closed and secret and inauthentic and to pretend that you are not who you are, then you are not allowed to use your basic humanity to change the minds and hearts of those around you. You must have the right to be who you are, just as I have the right to be who I am.

    As I was on the way here, I reflected on why is there so much controversy about the question of equality for gays and lesbians. Why? This fight has been so long and so hard for something that is so simple and so right.


    Also add in Al gore’s endorsement last election of wesley Clark who fully supports equal marriage rights for gays, then it might appear that gore now supports full equal marriage rights.

    We shall see if he anounces eventualy after all the free press he is now garnering (obama and clinton would both sell their children for) and will garner after the Global Warming concerts this summer and finaly after the Noble Peace Prize awards in october where he is a nominee for recieving a Noble Peace Prize. Right after that event would be the best time to anounce if he is going to anounce, and if he does then we will know for sure if his formerly progressive for that time period stance has evolved to full and equal marriage rights.

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