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  1. John says

    It is time we realized that the Obama Administration has thrown the GLBT community under the bus. He is not going to do anything for us!

  2. ButchSF says

    I’m beginning to think Frank Rich may be correct – the Dems lack of courage is a big roadblock for our civil rights at this crucial moment.

  3. Dawson says

    It is quickly becoming clear that we gays and lesbians and friends of gays and lesbians will need to take a stand on whether Obama is the answer. Into the 5th month of the Presidency we have heard loud and clear that Obama doesn’t think much of gay and lesbians rights.

    Has he moved on gays in the military? Didn’t he say that he would end ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ when he was asking for OUR MONEY!

    What side was he on when Prop 8 was on the ballot? Please explain his lack of interest during the election.

    When is he going to address OUR ISSUES! His actions speaks volumes. Are we to just sit back and be treated the same way Bush treated us for 8 years.

    Now I know the Democrates want us to sit back and sing “Kum-bi-ya” but at what cost. At our dignity! It is so offensive for people we helped get elected and who asked for our money and support to now tell us to wait till the time is right. You tell that to the men and women who are still being kicked out of the military. You tell that to the people who only want the right to be legally vested in marriage.

    Obama is too busy trying to be liked that he has thrown us aside. This is business as usual.

    Please, Please, Please tell me when we are going to take action.

    Dawson

  4. brian says

    Yeah – although he’s actually NOT standing anymore. He’s over there – sitting at the back, deeply engrossed in everything BUT GLBT issues.

    Personally, he’s turning out to be a huge disappointment re: GLBT issues. And Robert Gibbs? I can feel the disgust and annoyance in his tone, body demeanor and clipped responses. Or am I off base — he just cringes when he has to talk about GLBT rights.

  5. lara says

    Please forgive my ignorance, I am not familiar with Obama’s promises regarding the GLBT community, but didn’t he always say he is not in favor of marriage, just civil unions? Were any of the dem candidtates in favor of this? It does not seem fair to be mad at him when he never really came across as a huge supporter of gay rights.

  6. Dan says

    At least the Republicans are honest — they oppose gay rights and sing that message to the rafters.

    Obama pays us lip service then does nothing. It’s beyond patronizing.

  7. Liz templin says

    I don’t believe Obama is really against gay marriage. He was for it once. I believe it’s all political and hopefully down the line, he will change his stance on it

  8. says

    If you’re a gay American diplomat, you might be better off in a few months from now.

    If you’re any other gay American, especially in California, you get zip.

    Oh, but some of your kids got to find eggs in the White House. That makes up for it.

  9. Larry says

    Anyone in the LA area, PLEASE be at the rally tomorrow when Obama arrives.

    Rally for LGBT Equality with President Obama
    Day after the Day of Decision

    BEVERLY HILLS HILTON
    9876 WILSHIRE BLVD (CORNER OF SANTA MONICA BLVD)
    WED MAY 27TH
    6PM – Meet to rally
    7PM – Program begins

    President Barack Obama, the most LGBT-friendly president in history, will be at the Beverly Hilton the evening of Wednesday, May 27th, for a DNC fundraiser. 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.

    Join us at a rally at 6PM in front of the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, May 27th.

    At 7PM we will be joined by Lt. Dan Choi and other LGBT servicemen & women in opposition to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. 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.

  10. says

    We cannot be surprised by this — Obama does not want to stir the pot, and he doesn’t believe in pushing for equality for gay Americans, plain and simple, as he’s said it before.

    We have to fight and get louder ourselves! Obama is not doing it, so we have to shove and fix it ourselves!

  11. Wayne says

    Martin Luther King Jr. said that “Injustice Anywhere Is A Theat To Justice Everywhere” and that “Justice Delayed Was Justice Denied” Obama has not only betrayed the gay community, he has betrayed Dr. King’s civil rights movement. Coretta Scott King often spoke out against gay discrimination calling on everyone who believed in her husbands dream to “make room at the table of brotherhood and sisterhood for gay and lesbian people” and spoke many times in praise of the gay men and women who marched alongside her and Dr. King in Selma and throughout the civil rights movement fighting for her freedoms as an African American woman even when they had no one to champaion their own lack of equality. Coretta as well as Bayard Rustin often stated that the gay rights movement was the natural continuation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights movement. Obama has betrayed that legacy.

  12. SFshawn says

    We’ll see how well “not reacting” works for them? Gays are NOT going away and are getting more VISIBLE and more organized every single day. The longer Obama and his administration pretend/ignore that gay americans aren’t equal in every way to straight americans and don’t deserve equality in everything from Marriage equality to Military equality the more difficult they make it on themselves.

  13. Alan says

    Do you really think President Obama really cares whether or not gay couples in California are stripped of equal rights? I do not think he sees this as any kind of priority nor even worthy of comment today nor tomorrow. No “Hope” or “Change” to be expected from him the way I see it.

  14. Chase says

    Did it really take this reaction to cement Obama’s position? I mean, Rick Warren was a pretty HUGE indicator for me. That, and I actually paid attention to what he said in the debates. He placed himself right along side John McCain on the issue of Gay Rights. Lets not be ridiculous here.

    I recently discovered a film staring Roy Scheider called Iron Cross. It seems to have an incredible sub story about minorities fighting for their rights, only to lose accolades to the majority. Worth checking into. I can’t seem to find when it’ll be coming out. No pun intended.

  15. Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com says

    QUOTE: “It’s wrong to have millions of Americans living as SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS in this nation. And I ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THIS ELECTION so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans. I WILL NEVER COMPROMISE ON MY COMMITMENT TO EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL LGBT AMERICANS. As your President, I WILL USE THE BULLY PULPIT to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws. I support the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples, which is precisely what DOMA does. Americans are YEARNING FOR LEADERSHIP that can empower us to reach for what we know is possible. I believe that we can achieve the goal of full equality for the millions of LGBT people in this country. To do that, WE NEED LEADERSHIP that can appeal to the best parts of the human spirit. JOIN WITH ME, AND I WILL PROVIDE THAT LEADERSHIP. Together, we will achieve real equality for all Americans, gay and straight alike.” – Barack Obama, February 2008

    I WILL NEVER COMPROMISE ON MY COMMITMENT TO EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL LGBT AMERICANS.

    I WILL PROVIDE THAT LEADERSHIP.

    I WILL NEVER COMPROMISE ON MY COMMITMENT TO EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL LGBT AMERICANS.

    I WILL PROVIDE THAT LEADERSHIP.

    I WILL NEVER COMPROMISE ON MY COMMITMENT TO EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL LGBT AMERICANS.

    I WILL PROVIDE THAT LEADERSHIP.

    I WILL NEVER COMPROMISE ON MY COMMITMENT TO EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL LGBT AMERICANS.

    I WILL PROVIDE THAT LEADERSHIP.

  16. jimmyboyo says

    One wonders if the whiners even voted for him.

    Though I hated it both he and clinton stated flat out during the primaries and he also during the general that neither of them supported marriage. They both stated that it should be left up to the states. Ca F’d up but that is not Obama’s doing nor has he backslind on his promises during the PRIMARIES and the GENERAL (his senate run yrs ago? is a whole different subject).

    One must also remember that mccain himself promoted a state amendment in AZ to outlaw gay marriage so………..

  17. psgoodguy says

    YES WE CAN (but that doesn’t mean we’re going to).

    what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. we’re on our own as far as he’s concerned. that bus runs both ways, barry.

  18. So Left I'm Right says

    Gibbs is just about as irritating as the stream of evil and pathetic Bush press secretaries. Obama is utterly unhelpful on our issues, as was easy to predict. Democrats in general take us for granted. What are we going to do? Support the Republicans who are explicitly hateful and bigoted?

  19. taodon says

    Have any of you actually read the ruling? Now that I have – I can honestly say that it has nothing to do with gay rights – and is – as a matter of fact – a pro-gay decision.

    READ IT! The California Supreme court has provided us so many holes that we can achieve our goals – and the only thing Proposition 8 will end up being is empty rhetoric.

  20. RW Ritchie says

    I couldn’t agree more. Obama’s timing to announce his court pick is the latest in a string of calculated dodging to avoid having to answer the tough questions. Think of all the suspect things he’s been part of in the last month. I expect nothing from Obama. But, as they say – we had to pick the lesser of two evils. Ironically, I’m starting to believe that Sarah Palin has more integrity. Hateful for sure – but she really stands up for what she believes in. the Dems are just as useless as the GOP. Be thankful that most of you are not here in CA. Our system, state government, and now courts are all f*cked. God bless the rest of America. There is no hope here in CA.

  21. Henry Holland says

    I voted for Obama while holding my nose and he’s done nothing to suggest he gives a flying fuck about GLBT rights aside from using them as cash cows. As mentioned above, the Rick Warren thing was the last straw, but there was no way I was voting GOP and voting Green/Indie/Ron Paul? Puh-leeze.

    The system IS totally fucked here in California and since no one has the spine or the votes to change anything, the slide towards total paralysis continues.

  22. mIKEM says

    this is why I voted for Hillary Clinton every chance I had… already she has gone far beyond Mr. Obama with equal rights at the State Department. She is a leader…Obama is just a consensus gatherer…
    Well, time to vote for Clinton & Gavin Newsome in 2010…. the best we have!

  23. 24play says

    Lotta bitter pantsuit sniffers up in he-ah!

    Too bad last November they didn’t take a second to look past the D next to Obama’s name on the ballot and actually pay attention to who they were voting for. Obama’s governing exactly as he promised—exactly how every mainstream media outlet said he would.

  24. Bill Perdue says

    What do the California Supremes and Barak Obama have in common?

    They both pander to bigots. Obama to get elected and the Supremes so they won’t get recalled.

    They won’t stop pandering and won’t stop denying us equality unless we escalate the pressure by breaking from both parties of bigotry, organizing our own communities and pressing the fight. Mass marches are the method of choice.

    They and the bigots they pander to have to be cowed. Accommodating to the agenda of bigots like Obama and electing him or a Republican bigot are loser strategies.

    “Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and rebellion.” Oscar Wilde

  25. Tom says

    Of course. Now that he no longer needs the fags to get him through the primaries, he can focus on the things that matter to him most, namely, not fags. I feel like a cheap whore. Of course, I’ve felt that way a few times before for completely unrelated reasons, but this time it really stings.

  26. Tom says

    Of course. Now that Obama used us to get through the primaries, he can move onto more important matters, namely, not homos. I feel like a cheap two-bit whore. Granted, I’ve felt that way before, and for other numerous reasons some of which I never minded, but this time it really stings.

  27. Sean in Pac NW says

    I don’t know whether Obama is either pro or anti-LGBT!

    Remember, first and foremost, he is not a messiah, he is a POLITICIAN!

    What does that profession do? They play POLITICS!

    Come the Summer of 2012, when he’s up for reelection, he’ll be preaching from the “oh, how I love the gay vote” speeches. Then, once he gets reelected (with a large gay endorsement) he’ll ignore us again.

    I may be cynical, but Obama is nothing more than a typical politician.

  28. Attmay says

    I saw through the façade of “hope and change” from day one. Welcome to reality, my fellow gays.

    No on discrimination.
    No on H8.
    Nobama 2012 or earlier.

    Hey GOP, you want to save your party, surrender your jihad against gays and we’ll consider letting bygones be bygones to help you beat Obama.

  29. john says

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES AROUND YOU.! THE AGENDA THAT ALL THE PAST PRESIDENTS AND POLICY MAKERS ARE THE SAME, IT’ LIKE A FISHING STORY,REAL THEM IN HOOK LINE AND (SINKER) YOU ALL SHOULD KNOW THIS BY NOW,WITH EVEN THE (CLINTONS)THAT EVERYONE THOUGHT WAS GOING TO MAKE THE “BIG” CHANGE. WE NEED TO ALL THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE. THE ONLY ONE WHO IS GOING TO MAKE A CHANGE IS Y O U AND ONLY Y O U…. NOT OBAMASSSSSS OR ANYONE LIKE THIS, DO NOT VOTE BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS ANY LONGER…….

  30. Ted says

    If I could expatriate and avoid paying so much in taxes to a government that does not respect me I would do so in a heartbeat.

  31. Kugel says

    “Hey GOP, you want to save your party, surrender your jihad against gays and we’ll consider letting bygones be bygones to help you beat Obama.”

    That’s some dumb myopic shit. What you are really saying is:

    “Dear GOP, if you drop your jihad against gays, we’ll forgive you for lying our country into war, not lifting a finger for the environment, and for sinking the economy”

  32. loki7329 says

    This is what happens when you start believing your own press. He genuinely believes he has a shot at the Evangelical vote in 2012 and has forgotten the people who got him there. The party’s over, folks. Change the channel and start looking after our own. The national parties have nothing to offer us.

  33. Nick says

    Irrespective of the very predictable decision yesterday- Obama cannot even come out strongly as he did in his February 2008
    comments- that’s because he didn’t believe in his words then and lied to get the LGBT vote. I didn’t believe him then and I do not and will not believe anything he says in the future when he lies to us again.
    He has no courage and no vision for the future when it comes to equality. Thankfully I didn’t vote for him so it doesn’t disappoint me. Being a progressive I couldn’t vote for either party’s candidate and opted to write in. And if the people are stupid enough to re-elect him-he isn’t going to become the change he told us to believe in-in 2012 either.

  34. CK says

    I am with you, KUGEL… ATTMAY is on some serious acid to consider that a logical solution. More than likely he/she is probably just a GOP supporter to begin with, trying to sway sensible (DEM) people to the dark (GOP) side. Not gonna happen, honey… We still have more chance to sway those in the Dems than ever changing the myopia of the GOP right.

  35. CK says

    Oh and Gibbs really IS as annoying as any of those spitfire GOP troll press secretaries… is it a prerequisite to be unlikeable to be in that position? I thought the opposite would be more effective… Gibbs comes across as dismissive and snotty and plainly SUCKS!

  36. Christian says

    Why can’t any of the main TV networks get an interview with a relevant politician from the White House or their spouses (Clinton, Michelle Obama, Pelosi, etc) and ask the question directly? They can get the interview for some other reason and then ask the question about Prop 8 in CA?

  37. Dawson says

    After a day of thinking I have come up with three things we can do.

    1) Boycott all things Mormon. Many Christians do not consider the Mormon Church to be Christian anyways and this would send a clear message to all other churchs about our buying power. We must get a list of all companys that the Mormon Church controls.

    2) Tell all Democrates that they will not get another cent from us till they take a strong stand on all things Gay/Lesbian.

    3) When next years elections comes to turn back Prop 8 we must convince at least two people who voted in favor to change their mind. This is grassroots politics. We might reminded them that the same maverick judges they complain about are the same ones that voted to not overturn prop 8.

    This is the start of our action. Let’s not fight with one another as the Republicans are and work together. We must focus on the Mormons and not the Catholics for obvious reasons. The Mormons took great pleasure at defeating Prop 8, now it’s our turn.

  38. Stew says

    “this is why I voted for Hillary Clinton every chance I had… already she has gone far beyond Mr. Obama with equal rights at the State Department.”

    MIKEM, Hillary Clinton works for President Obama and if she wants to do something at the State Department it needs his okay. If he was so against gay rights he wouldn’t have okayed things at the State Department.

    Know your facts.