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Obama Protested for Silence on LGBT Issues at Bev Hills Fundraiser


As I mentioned yesterday, recently discharged Army Lt. Dan Choi, the Courage Campaign, and a large group of protestors took part in a demonstration across the street from the entrance to the Beverly Hilton where Barack Obama attended a Democratic Party fundraiser last night.

Bev6 L.A. Times: "During the protest, the crowd chanted, 'Out of the court, into the streets, we are ready to fight, we won’t be beat.' It was a reference to Tuesday’s state Supreme Court decision to uphold Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. 'The president made a promise when he made his speech about hope,' said Rick Jacobs, who chairs the Courage Campaign, an organizer of the protest. 'I bought that promise and I still buy that promise, but it’s time for him to start fulfilling that promise for all Americans.' Jacobs, who worked on Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in California, said that gay rights groups had collected 140,000 signatures for a petition asking the president to end the 'don’t ask, don’t tell' policy and to stop the firing of U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi, an Arab language specialist who was ordered discharged after recently declaringthat he was gay on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. For the demonstration, Gustavo Yanez, 40, of Los Angeles had made a banner saying, 'Obama. We voted for change. Stop discrimination.'”

UPDATE: Obama noted the protestors during his speech. VIDEO.

Watch Choi speak at the demonstration, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. There are Latino and Black gay people as well.

    Bill Clinton passed DOMA and DADT. Maybe Obama is trying not to do too much too soon as he cleans up Bush's messes first.

    Posted by: Dhani Darko | May 28, 2009 12:23:50 PM

  2. I'm sorry if I offend anyone, but I sincerely believe that to fight this fight on the basis of equality is a non starter. Sooner or later some legal brain is going to realise that everyone already has total eqality in existing marriage laws. That is to say, you can marry anyone you want to, providing (a) they are of legal age,(b)they are free to marry you, (c) they want to marry you, and (d) they are of the opposite gender to you. That is exactly the same for everone, gay or hetro, so equality is already established in law. There is absolutely no requirement in law for love to be a factor in the marriage process.
    Perhaps it might be more understandable if the fight was on the basis of denial of freedom of choice as the inclusion of "opposite gender" requirements removes approximately 50% of available people from the choice argument. Of course, this could also be said of age and freedom restrictions but I cant see many wanting to go down those avenues, other than paedophiles and supporters of "arranged marriages" maybe, both of which are complete no-no's to most sane westerners.

    Posted by: Graeme in Jersey. | May 28, 2009 8:38:28 PM

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