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Obama to Face Gay Protest at DNC Beverly Hills Fundraiser Tonight

 President Obama, the alleged "fierce advocate" for LGBT rights, is scheduled to attend a Democratic Party fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton tonight, one day after White House spokesman Robert Gibbs refused to offer any official response to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Proposition 8 in California.

ObamabeverlyhiltonA Courage Campaign-organized demonstration is scheduled to take place in front of the Beverly Hilton this evening. The group writes: "Let's take this opportunity, just one day after the CA Supreme Court makes its decision on Proposition 8, to show our President our support for his daring promise to our community and to highlight the growing movement towards FULL FEDERAL EQUALITY."

Attending the demonstration will be recently discharged (under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell') Lt. Dan Choi and other LGBT military servicemembers: "They will ask for response from President Obama to the letter signed by 136,000 people asking the president not to fire Lt. Choi by ending DADT."

How long can President Obama remain mute on his promises to the LGBT voters who elected him?

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  1. He can remain mute for 3.5 more years... and at this point it appears that he's going to.

    Posted by: Wayne | May 27, 2009 10:55:07 AM

  2. How long can President Obama remain mute on his promises to the LGBT voters who elected him?

    That's an easy question to answer. Until his re-election comes and he needs our vote again.

    Posted by: Matt | May 27, 2009 11:02:10 AM

  3. Mr. Obama will probably not even see the demonstrators. He will enter via a secured entrance and his SUV will be given a clear shot to deliver him safely into the event and out. He will also not acknowledge the
    good folks out front --or if he does it will be patronizing as per usual. He does not care-never has -never will.

    Posted by: Nick | May 27, 2009 11:02:42 AM

  4. If ever a time was right for protesting and showing up this seems to be it!! i would hope everyone who can will show up and everyone bring a friend or 2

    Posted by: alex in boston | May 27, 2009 11:04:03 AM

  5. The Money tap from the GLBTT community should be TURNED OFF to Any Politician PERIOD!! Until such time as the DEMS and the PRESIDENT begin acting on our RIGHTS! From this day forth not one penny should see any fundraisers or events with any DEM POLITICIAN!! It was our vote and our money that propelled this man into the WH!!!! HIT THEM WHERE IT WILL HURT right in the pocketbook!!

    Posted by: alex in boston | May 27, 2009 11:06:51 AM

  6. Ironic that Hillary Clinton is the administration official that has been out front in actually advancing LGBT rights in the areas where she has the authority to do so.

    How many people in our community abandoned her candidacy because she was perceived as being too incrementalist?

    How many people in our community advocated for Obama on grounds that he was the stronger champion of LGBT issues?

    Funny that Obama has abandoned all his campaign pandering and adopted essentially the same positions Hillary was honest and up front about from the start.

    Fool me once...

    Posted by: AERES | May 27, 2009 11:12:09 AM

  7. All of you in the LA area - get out there and make your presence known! He can only ignore the protests for so long...

    Posted by: tstas | May 27, 2009 11:15:53 AM

  8. Oh dear.

    Posted by: Tralfaz | May 27, 2009 11:16:46 AM

  9. I hope the media gives this a lot of coverage (whatever Obama does). It seems obvious we're not going to get anything out of the man until he is pressured to take action. I still hope he'll do an about-face, but he really is screwing this up at every turn. Who the Hell is advising him on this stuff anyway? Any fool could see how bad this all looks...

    Posted by: ichabod | May 27, 2009 11:18:13 AM

  10. We didn't "elect him" any more than any other group that voted for him. Yes, I'm disappointed that he hasn't acted yet, but I firmly believe he's going to end up being the best president so far on GLBT issues. We need to keep up the pressure by lobbying ALL of our elected representatives to make the changes that we want.

    Posted by: seattle mike | May 27, 2009 11:27:46 AM

  11. Bravo for the idea of the demonstration itself and I hope there are numbers big enough to disrupt the event enough to momentarily drown out his shameful silence.

    But organizers are NOT helping force him back on course — and FORCE him IS the indisputably correct verb choice — by continuing to simultaneously throw verbal valentines at him which 1. he doesn't give a flying fuck about [gay money, YES, pretty words, no], and 2., reinforces to mainstream media and those few remaining naive gays that he STILL deserves love and kisses for ONLY making promises.

    What is "daring" about promises that 1. address only fundamental rights [versus promising a Mercedes in every gay garage], and 2. were essentially the same promises of every other 2008 Democratic primary candidate, and most in 2004? Yes, he turned up the volume a little bit, and besotten gay media falsely cranked it up to a roar by, for instance, consistently misreporting that he talked about "gay RIGHTS" in this speech and that when he usually only implied tolerance for gays ["not blaming"]. But "daring"? My flabby old ass!

    I saw another announcement about tonight's demo [protest?] that still referred to him along the lines of "the best president for LGBT rights in history." Uh, no. The case could be made that he was the NOMINATED CANDIDATE for president that made the most PROMISES to LGBTs ["nominated" qualifier because Dennis Kucinich beat him everywhere but the polls over marriage equality].

    But PRESIDENT? Not yet, kids. He might be eventually, but right now all we really have is a stack of bounced checks.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | May 27, 2009 11:28:36 AM

  12. THIS is the protest people should be attending. It doesn't matter whether Obama sees the protests; if they get enough attention from the media, and he gets embarrassed, then they will have accomplished something.

    Posted by: GBlad | May 27, 2009 11:29:08 AM

  13. Aeres, as I recall it, Obama and Clinton shared the same LGBT views during their campaign. So I don't see how you can claim that people voted for Obama as the stronger supporter. He did not "adopt" the same positions as Hillary. Their positions were identical from the start.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | May 27, 2009 11:29:43 AM

  14. AERES, you need to know the facts before you comment. Whatever Clinton wants to do at the State Department has to be okayed by Obama. You act as if she is doing this alone or that she would be your savior. She isn't acting without Obama's okay and how do you know how much better she would be as president on gay issues. Her husband sure threw us under the bus and it only got worse under Bush. But everyone seems to forget that Obama now has to clean up all that mess.

    Posted by: Stew | May 27, 2009 11:34:51 AM

  15. I don't really get what you are expecting from Obama? Are you expecting him to suddenly drop his own personal preference for civil unions - something he reiterated numerous of times on the campaign trail - to do what exactly? Intervene in a state issue? If you believe that then boy, you really are idealists. Why not focus your energy on passing a new proposition recognizing gay marriage instead of trying expect that Obama's priority is going to be on the issues of one state. Sure he could say that he is disappointed by the outcome - but what good will it do? His words isn't going to magically bring back gay marriage in California again is it?

    Posted by: Joseph | May 27, 2009 11:40:08 AM

  16. Aeres, if Hillary is so different from Obama and is a "champion" of gay rights, then how come we don't hear of more clashes between them about his inaction? How come she is not marching and making public speeches denouncing the California Supreme Court's decision?
    And please don't tell me she's too busy with other things because Obama has got 50 million more things on his plate and no one is cutting him any slack.

    Posted by: Q | May 27, 2009 11:41:29 AM

  17. aeres

    Yes Hillary should be praised for what she is doing over at state

    BUT she isn't and can't do what she is doing without Obama saying Ok . She is his employee

    She also during the primaries never supported gay marriage just like Obama

    I'm not trying to make excuses for Obama but putting Hillary on a pedestal is not an accurate view of reality

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 27, 2009 11:42:14 AM

  18. PS: Here's a MAJOR difference between primary candidates Obama and Hillary...and between him and all the other Dem candidates for that matter.

    NONE but he, as I recall, went so often and so far out of his way to INSERT religion into the subject of marriage equality. "I'm a Christian..." "God is in the mix...." etc., etc.

    There's a HUGE difference between saying "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman" and "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman because God said so."

    Thus the Yes on H8TERS were able to use a recording of his "God is in the mix" nonsense in robocalls to millions of California voters....a tactic that would have erased the benefit of his limp dick opposing "letter" even if the NO peeps had publicized it more.

    NO MATTER HOW anyone tries to parse it Obama gave aid and comfort to our most rabid enemies in a way that Hillary nor any other Dems did.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | May 27, 2009 11:48:30 AM

  19. Republican or Democrat, either way we get screwed.

    Obama's not getting another dime out of me--keep sending those requests for cash, buddy. I'll just keep ignoring them.

    Posted by: Chris | May 27, 2009 11:57:23 AM

  20. Oh Leland, please! If he had not said anything pertaining to God or Christianity, the robocalls could have simply quoted him saying "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman" with the message "See? Even Obama agrees with us!" We all know that sentiment is born of religion. What NON-religious person would make that statement? Stop over-reaching!

    Posted by: Q | May 27, 2009 11:59:56 AM

  21. Leland,

    Yes, Obama always included that qualification. But you can also read that as the sort of hair-splitting that NY Senate Majority leader Malcolm Smith has done and he supports marriage equality.

    At least, that's how I've always read Obama's statements.

    I wish some reporter would pin him down and ask him the same quetion based on the essential Constitutional question (being as Obama is a constitutional lawyer) as opposed to his "Gawd in the Mix."

    And yes, we need to be protesting Obama and the Dems. They are not going to simply give us equality. We have to MAKE the Dems draft and sign LGBT legislation.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | May 27, 2009 12:00:20 PM

  22. Obama is no more a friend of the gays community than George Bush was.

    Why were people so hypnotized by the words "change" and "hope"?

    Posted by: Colorado Springs | May 27, 2009 12:02:07 PM

  23. Obama is no more a friend of the gays community than George Bush was.

    Why were people so hypnotized by the words "change" and "hope"?

    Posted by: Colorado Springs

    That's going a bit over the top. Bush repeatedly called for the passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment, Obama opposed it. I agree that Obama is overdue to take action on behalf of the GLBT community, but let's not get carried away in hyperbole.

    In any event, there's not much Obama can do about marriage, even if he switches his position - which he's not likely to do. He needs to move on those items that can be passed on the Federal level: Hate Crimes, ENDA, and ending DADT.

    Posted by: Hank Drake | May 27, 2009 12:15:21 PM

  24. So the activists are protesting Obama?

    They'll blame everybody but themselves for their issue to go down to miserable defeat.

    And the blatant racism of white gay activists comes out in droves

    Posted by: Nique TaMere | May 27, 2009 12:22:34 PM

  25. Seriously I would rather see him be more active getting our economy fixed. DADT is not the biggest issue of the greater good. I went through 5 years of DADT and lived my life quite openly when in the military. I didn't have 'girlfriends', I went to the bars in town, I even snuck a couple guys in the barracks - that was hot!

    Posted by: jakeinlove | May 27, 2009 12:26:07 PM

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