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Michelle Obama and Michelle Paterson Speak at Gay DNC Benefit


Michelle Obama and NY Governor David Paterson's wife Michelle spoke to 200 donors at the DNC's Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council dinner last night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, and event which raised $1.3 million, according to organizers. Obama received most of the attention from the mainstream press, but you can see a very brief clip of both of them speaking, AFTER THE JUMP...

DncReuters reports: "[Michelle Obama] said [Barack] supported a complete repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which only recognizes marriages between men and women and upholds states’ rights not to honor same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. He also opposes a 'don’t ask, don’t tell' policy toward gays in the U.S. military and was against a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, she added. He supports full family and adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples and believes the federal government should not stand in the way of states that opt for domestic partnerships, civil unions or civil marriage, she said. The Illinois senator opposes same-sex marriage. 'Barack believes that we must fight for the world as it should be, a world where together we work to reverse discriminatory laws like DOMA and 'don’t ask, don’t tell,'' she said. 'The world as it is should be one that rejects discrimination of all kinds.'"

The AP adds: "Obama [also] drew a connection between the struggles for gay rights and civil rights. 'We are all only here because of those who marched and bled and died, from Selma to Stonewall, in the pursuit of a more perfect union,' she said at the event, held days before the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots between gays and New York police, and the city's annual gay pride parade."

Watch a report from FOX5 New York that I've clipped, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Not perfect, But DAMN good.

    mcsame supports California DOMA

    Today is "Unitypoloza" I can't wait till obama and Hillary appear together in Unity NH later today.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 27, 2008 8:39:02 AM

  2. Cut to 3 months from now when like NAFTA and Public Financing he changes his position.

    Posted by: daveynyc | Jun 27, 2008 8:44:24 AM

  3. DaveyNYC, he's always held the same position on NAFTA, and on Public Financing there were preconditions on the agreement that McCain was supposed to agree to but flip-flopped on (for god's sake he broke his own McCain-Feingold Public Financing law). I don't blame him for beating the Repub's at their own game on that one.

    Posted by: UhOhChongo | Jun 27, 2008 9:00:51 AM

  4. Obama Woman is soooooooooo much hotter than Obama Girl.

    Posted by: Jan | Jun 27, 2008 9:26:54 AM

  5. Daveynyc

    mccain actualy broke his own mccain-feingold law.

    The petition for investigation by the FEC is there, but the FEC doesn't have the proper number of people to pass a ruling. The DNC has taken the case to court to force the FEC to rule on the issue of Mccain breaking his own freaking law.

    Why the hell would Obama go along with the restrictions of something that mccain himself has already flouted? Illegaly flouted.

    Besides, the whole point of the public financing thing was to remove corporate influence and Obama's new model has done just that. When over 90+% of all your contributions are from average citizens at totals under $200 each = true public financing that is changing/ cleaning up the system while not doing anything illegal like mcshame has done.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 27, 2008 9:42:19 AM

  6. PS

    add in the 527's that mcshame is utilizing to circumvent the spending limit. Obama would be a fool to take public financing because he would be limited in the amount he could spend while mcshame the hypocrite criminal is circumventing the restriction via 527's that have no restrictions on spending. Obama has stated that there are to be NO dem 527's this election cycle and has demanded that nobody try to make one on his behalf. mcshame has done no such thing himself

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 27, 2008 9:45:15 AM

  7. Didn't Paterson and her husband both have extramarital sex on multiple occassions. What a great marriage they've got. So glad they had her as a speaker. Sorry i missed it.

    Posted by: John | Jun 27, 2008 9:56:21 AM

  8. Ohio primary mailings from Obama were sent calling NAFTA “A big mistake” and “a bad trade deal”.

    Now, Obama claims that he’s not in favor of “doing things unilaterally”.

    I know you guys don't need a history lesson(especially the very wise Jimmy)but public financing was put into place in 1976 to place some controls on the out of controls expenditures in these campaigns. No Presidential candidate since Watergate has refused this public financing. Obama and the DNC should be ashamed for taking cues from the repubs and following the money trail. Change?? ha not likely

    Posted by: daveynyc | Jun 27, 2008 10:17:36 AM

  9. Now we can wait for Cindy McCain to speak at the GOP Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council dinner and compare the gay rights struggle to... hmmm... ummm... the discrimination caused by blonde jokes, maybe?

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Jun 27, 2008 10:30:38 AM

  10. Rock on ladies and thanks, since the naysayers here will find fault in every word that you said, and, still won't demand the same from McBush.

    Posted by: Mark | Jun 27, 2008 10:51:23 AM

  11. DAVENYC,

    Do you remember what happened to John Kerry in 2004? The 527s spent millions to defame him.

    Obama is playing to win. Finally, a Democrat with the steel to fight back against the Republican machine!

    Because Obama's campaign is fueled by small donations, he is not beholden to corporate interests. Thus, his campaign is not tainted.

    People have to focus on what is at stake with this election. Repeatedly, Supreme Court decisions have been 5 to 4. Justice Kennedy is the only moderate Republican who flips between working with the ultra-conservatives, Scalia, Thomsas, Alito, & Roberts.

    It's likely that 2 to 3 of the liberal judges will retire. Do you really want more conservatives on the Court? First, they will kill Roe v. Wade and then, somehow, Bowers, will be shredded.

    Think that can't happen? The conservatives already shredded Brown v., the decision that took down segregation in public schools.

    Read Obama's stance on LGBT issues. Pass it around to your friends.

    The gay McCain lovers are just fools. His voting record is strongly anti-gay. McCain sends love letters to the California homophobes fighting against same-sex marriage. He's against ENDA!

    So what if the Pattersons have a messy marriage? Gov. Patterson has been a strong defender of gay rights. When there are a plethora of crooked, closeted, or just homophobic politicians, isn't it nice to have someone who is on the side of gays?

    Posted by: noah | Jun 27, 2008 11:17:47 AM

  12. Daveynyc

    It is my undersding that Obama has nt changed his position n NAFTA. He has appologized for the rhetoric used. In other words the stance hasnt changed just the more hyperbolic angry words have been toned down. heck, I do that all the time myself. I go off on a rant and then have to backtrack on the words I used while not changing what i was trying to sa. Just trying to be nicer. The anti-nafta rhetoric during the primaries was very anti-foreigner.

    IF mccain would come out point blank and renounce and denounce the 527 groups working for him with no spending limits then you might have a point on public financing. The 527's make the restrictions on spending caps via public financin meaningless. The system is F'd and Obama's money raising from average citizens under $200 each is deffinetly in the spirit of cleaning up politics more than mccain's slight of hand

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jun 27, 2008 12:26:38 PM

  13. Public financing hasn't worked in Democrats favor because Republicans have found ways to subvert it, and have more cash at their disposal for elections. Not this year, dammit.

    Barack Obama is a politician. He and his campaign are going fight the Republicans with every bit of vicious ruthlessness as they've fought us over the decades...just as Senator Clinton would have done.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 27, 2008 12:44:34 PM

  14. NOAH, as much as I appreciate your intelligent and reasoned comments I'm afraid you're wasting your time in trying to reason with people determined to be unreasonable. You can argue until you're blue in the face but unless you have a magic wand that will turn Obama into Hillary you're not going to win them over. Don't waste your valuable time. Frankly, there's no longer enough of them left to fret over. We're better served, and would be more productive, in turning that energy to independents and moderate Republicans.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 27, 2008 12:56:10 PM

  15. As a law professor and self-proclaimed all-around-good-liberal-guy, Obama should know that not only is a position against full and equal marriage rights for gays unethical, it is also illegal. Whether we choose to marry our partners or not in a legal fashion is our business, but is a legal right to which we have been denied access (except in CA and MA).

    Any stance other than the right one - and it is CLEAR what the right stance is here - is unconscionable.

    So when did we all start settling for "pretty good"? Remember that this is Gay Pride Month: start getting pissed off so maybe we can actually change things for the better.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Jun 27, 2008 1:09:12 PM

  16. Obama was flatfooted by the CA marriage decision. It makes him look cowardly.

    Campaign finance reform is a scam. We now have the DNC taking its case to the courts, as if we want the courts to decide our elections. And what happens after all the appeals three years from now when McCain's been president for two years? Do we do a do-over?? The FEC and the courts are way too slow to adjudicate campaign spending, making any violations meaningless.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 27, 2008 1:47:58 PM

  17. Andalusian Dog, you do not have to settle for "pretty good" but there is a time to choose your battles. None of the frontrunners agree with you (Obama, Clinton or McSlime). So what do you propose to do about it? Not vote? Vote for Nader (same thing)?

    The best thing you can do is to make sure that the best choice wins. Then continue the fight. Believe it or not, gay marriage is NOT on the top of every gay man's list.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jun 27, 2008 1:56:00 PM

  18. Even though I'm a Dem, I wont be voting for Obama. He's all about compromises from same-sex marriages to health care issues to terrible environmental plans.

    Subsidized healthcare? What a joke. Monthly payment of individual health insurance from BCBS costs about 850 a month in NY. Subsidize that and say make it half - still over 400 a month. People don't have health insurance because they can't afford it - 400 is still grossly expensive for someone living pay check to pay check - leaving the same huge barrier for the working-poor (part-time workers with little to no benefits) and the self-employed to get their health issues covered.

    On environment, he's a heavy endorser of corn-based ethanol fuel production. Seriously, have you noticed how expensive corn and other staple grain products have gotten since ethanol became the next big thing? Estimates show for every gallon of ethanol that we pump into our cars, it deprives 2 persons worth of daily calorie intake for it becomes unaffordable for the poor. The heavy dependence on major food sources for fuel purposes deprives low-cost, readily distributable food supplies for the poor. And Obama is willing to just take it all away from them. Why isn't he looking into more reasonable methods of alternative fuels? (I smell effects of lobbying from the agricultural industry - why else would he endorse it? I don't really think he's all that different than all the other politicians in D.C....the same old same old).

    I'm not ready to endorse a candidate who only wishes to achieve a middle ground compromise. I'm not willing to let everyone be content that at least he did "something". It will stall future progress because people will be comfortable with "some" progress being made. We need a complete reformation.

    Not to mention - his immature plan of absolute withdrawal from Iraq. Just leave them behind in a civil war right? Because that makes so much sense.

    What about his foreign policy issues? He has no experience in that area, has no heavy weight foreign policy expert endorsing him - can you really expect much to happen from someone like that?

    This guy is wayyy too inexperienced and will only bring shame to the Dems who brought him into office and will end up giving up the whitehouse to the Republicans for another thirty years after his term.

    Posted by: NickNYC | Jun 29, 2008 2:15:57 PM

  19. Oh, yes, please can we vote for McCain, a man who is wrong on every single issue. Please can't we all just come together for a war-mongering, misogynist, anti-gay, incompetent fool. That will show the Democrats!


    Posted by: MAJeff | Jun 29, 2008 2:32:07 PM

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