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McCain Promises to be More Vocal About Gay Marriage Opposition

That statement that McCain made late yesterday to the Protect Marriage Campaign ("I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions.")?

MccainvogueIt was the fulfillment of a promise he made earlier in the day to "several influential social conservatives" (right-wing Evangelicals?) that he would pander to them:

"McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, told the small assembly that he was open to learning more about their opposition to embryonic stem cell research despite his past disagreements with them on the issue. And, according to participants, he indicated that he would take seriously their requests that he choose an anti-abortion running mate and would talk more openly about his opposition to gay marriage -- a pledge he carried out later in the day by endorsing a ballot measure in California to ban gay marriage."

Apparently there were "changed hearts" after the meeting. But it doesn't stop there: "McCain is scheduled to fly Sunday to Asheville, N.C., to meet privately with the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham. The younger Graham met this month with McCain's rival, presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama, who has launched his own effort to court skeptical evangelical leaders. McCain told the activists Thursday that he also hoped to meet with James C. Dobson, founder of the influential group Focus on the Family, who has said he would not vote for McCain."

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  1. I smell a Huckabee just around the corner.

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Jun 27, 2008 12:52:04 PM


  2. And what McCain didn't say, is that his home state of Arizona has shot down his vision of man/woman marriage at the polls. He's not representing the people of Arizona and their views whatsoever.

    Posted by: Darin | Jun 27, 2008 1:01:15 PM


  3. John McCain is our active enemy. Barack Obama is our passive enemy. Neither is in favor of marriage equality. One just speaks louder than the other.

    As with all things LBGT we shall win this on our own terms by our own efforts. Expecting powerful straights to do right by us is madness.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 27, 2008 1:07:10 PM


  4. LCR's are TRAITORS! SHUN them at every possible turn! They are GOP ass-kissers...they are Greedy/Selfish/Self Loathing or Plain Stupid...Voting against thier own people to suit thier own greed/and fantasies that the GOP will except and Love them...what a joke.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 27, 2008 1:17:24 PM


  5. Why are politicians still acting in the same play of 2000 and 2004? I would have SO much more respect for McCain (and Obama, actually) if they stated their positions FIRMLY and CLEARLY...and, gasp, stuck by them. Lord knows I do not agree with Huckabee, but at least I know where he stands. I have a feeling come October, McCain and Obama would have changed opinions faster than a speeding bullet.

    Posted by: Sarcasm101 | Jun 27, 2008 1:17:30 PM


  6. Who voted for Dobson...?

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Jun 27, 2008 1:17:36 PM


  7. Why are politicians still acting in the same play of 2000 and 2004? I would have SO much more respect for McCain (and Obama, actually) if they stated their positions FIRMLY and CLEARLY...and, gasp, stuck by them. Lord knows I do not agree with Huckabee, but at least I know where he stands. I have a feeling come October, McCain and Obama would have changed opinions faster than a speeding bullet.

    Posted by: Sarcasm101 | Jun 27, 2008 1:18:52 PM


  8. Hillary currently speaking with obama in Unity NH

    CNN and MSNBC carrying it live

    Some of my fellow Obama supporters from way back might disagree with me, but they look good together up on the platform.

    Obama/ Clinton 08

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 27, 2008 1:26:32 PM


  9. It appears to me that this issue (marriage rights for gay folks) will be decided in the courts. Who do you want appointing federal judges? McCain or Obama? Republicans or Democrats?

    I don't give a damn if you don't like or trust Obama--if you give a damn about those issues which affect gay people, then you better get some sense in your head and realize that the federal bench is where many of those issues will be decided.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 27, 2008 1:47:43 PM


  10. John McCain is a hypocrite and an adulterer. A unique relationship? Unique means one of a kind, John McCain is on his second wife, how unique is that? Seems rather banal to me.

    Posted by: MBinSF | Jun 27, 2008 2:01:20 PM


  11. jimmyboyo, i've been watching obama and hillary in unity and he certainly is talking like they are running together...

    obama/clinton 08 indeed...

    Posted by: the queen | Jun 27, 2008 2:06:41 PM


  12. "Barack Obama is our passive enemy"

    Grow the fuck up.

    Obama isn't perfect but he is not an enemy to GBLT people.

    Who is more likely to repeal DADT and put liberal judges on the Supreme Court? These are not "passive" actions.

    Posted by: homer | Jun 27, 2008 2:10:47 PM


  13. Will the Obamas be celebrating the 4th of July next week?

    Posted by: john | Jun 27, 2008 3:27:51 PM


  14. Obama certainly is our "passive enemy", at best. Here goes the GOP establishment backing up their extremists and freaks yet again. And here go the Dems leaving us to face the crazy bullies alone again. (Not completely alone, this time. Thank you to all the organizations who are part of the Equality for All coalition.)

    Obama could do a tremendous amount of good by encouraging his network of California supporters to fight for us. Instead he explicitly tells them that he doesn't support SSM, and implicitly he tells them that this issue is not important, that our rights are not part of his vision.

    Posted by: Sportin' Life | Jun 27, 2008 3:28:29 PM


  15. Yeah, the Obamas will celebrate the Fourth. Hopefully, they won't look as phony as the Bush's, the Reagans, the Nixons. I kinda' liked the Fords...but they don't make Republcans like those anymore.

    Cindy will get the servants to wake Grandpa John up for the fireworks....she doesn't do such things herself.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 27, 2008 3:41:22 PM


  16. The Queen

    Yepp

    They both looked and sounded great together

    Obama/ Hillary 08

    Posted by: Jimmybyo | Jun 27, 2008 3:45:50 PM


  17. Homer, get a brain, then shut up.

    Opposition to same sex marriage is the hallmark of christian bigotry. Obama is a christian bigot. And yes, so are most Congressional Democrats. They gutted ENDA and the Fourth Amendment, voted for DOMA and DADT, dropped the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill after it passed both houses. They sent such a clear signal of our second class status that at least half a dozen young GLBT folk have died since. And they support the genocide and its extension, as do Obama and McCain.

    To say that Obama’s excused because he fits right into the rancid right-wing politics of the Democratic Party is not exactly a ringing endorsement of the Democrats. The truth is that the Democrats, Obama included, are just as reactionary in the real world as the Republicans. The difference is they lie about being rightwing and the Republicans don’t even bother to lie because nobody’s silly or naive enough to believe them, except the Log Closet dummies. However the same cannot be said for supporters of the Democrats, especially the Stone Closet Democrats.

    Voting for any Republican or Democrat, including McCain or Obama, is a vote for war, bigotry and the rapid erosion of our standard of living and the protections of the Bill of Rights.

    A Republican is a baboon in a people suit with a theocrat attached at the hip. A Democrat is Republican in drag. They're the enemy, and neither are particulaly passive.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 27, 2008 5:29:10 PM


  18. Derrick from Philly says “It appears to me that this issue (marriage rights for gay folks) will be decided in the courts. “ Then he asks “Who do you want appointing federal judges? McCain or Obama? Republicans or Democrats?”

    I suppose if the judges were half as good as the 6-1 majority of Republicans who voted for us on the California Supreme Court, we’d be luckier than we would be with some of the bigots Clinton appointed of the bench. The Chief Justices, who voted with us, got his first judicial appointment from Ronald Reagan. In any case the theory that we ‘get’ our rights from the courts or the Congress is based on a misreading of history and is totally unrealistic.

    If we build big, militant mass movements that won’t take no for an answer then the courts and the Congress sooner or later ‘discover’ that appeasing us it the better part of valor. But in no case are they impressed by the votes of deliberately naive people who can’t be bothered to build pushy mass movements.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue, RainbowRED | Jun 27, 2008 5:55:19 PM


  19. Naaaaaaaah, that's OK, Bill. I'm gonna go ahead and vote Democrat this year. Thanks for the pronouncements, though. Fun read.

    Posted by: Chas | Jun 27, 2008 6:52:34 PM


  20. Democrats can read?

    Chas, your vote for Frauds like Obama or McCain will prolong the war, drive the economy into deeper trouble, gut the Bill of Rights like they gutted ENDA and continue their spineless appeasement of christian bigots.

    If the racism begun by the Clintons and now exploited by the Republicans (the Bradley Effect) doesn’t shoot Obama down he’ll likely win. That will be the left’s signal to start up of movements to clean up the mess made by intentionally dense and naive voters like you. We’ll fight against the war and for ENDA and a hate crimes act.

    Obama is just another tawdry sellout.

    A Republican politician is a rancid right winger with Pat Robertson attached at the hip. Obama is a Republican in drag with Donnie McClurkin attached to his hip.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 27, 2008 8:35:58 PM


  21. That's cool man, you do that. I'm gonna chill out here and watch my Noah's Arc DVD's. Have fun!

    Posted by: Chas | Jun 27, 2008 11:14:43 PM


  22. Wow...it was fucktard commentary day and I missed it.

    Posted by: jfbiii | Jun 28, 2008 2:30:02 PM


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