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HRC Moves Goal Post for Obama and LGBT Rights to January 2017?

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese sent out a bizarre email blast last night, on the eve of National Equality March weekend, that seems to suggest that LGBT folks should cut Obama some slack till the end of his second term to pass judgment on the promises he has or hasn't carried out. 

Folks around the blogosphere are scratching their heads.

Solmonese Writes Solmonese: 

But what has he [Obama] done? 

I've written that we have actually covered a good deal of ground so far. But I'm not going to trot out those advances right now because I have something more relevant to say: It's not January 19, 2017. 

That matters for two reasons: first, the accomplishments that we've seen thus far are not the Obama Administration's record. They are the Administration's record so far.... 

I am sure of this: on January 19, 2017, I will look back on the President's address to my community as an affirmation of his pledge to be our ally. I will remember it as the day when we all stood together and committed to finish what Senator Kennedy called our unfinished business. And I am sure of this: on January 19, 2017, I will also look back on many other victories that President Barack Obama made possible.

Read the entire email blast, AFTER THE JUMP...

Whatever its meaning, as a forecast of what Obama might say tonight at the group's annual dinner, it isn't encouraging. I've heard that what's coming tonight from Obama is an announcement of a push to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in 2010, some recognition of David Huebner, the new gay ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, and some words against Question 1 in Maine. That's completely unverified, but it's what I'm hearing. I hope there's more.


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  1. Yea, I pledge until at least Jan 2017:

    No money for the HRC will come from my wallet.
    No equal sign will be displayed on anything I own.
    I will not sign or converse with HRC people at events except to say a polite, "No thanks."

    So tell me in Jan 2017 (when I'm 47 years old) will I finally have the right to marry my partner? Will he be able to take care of me when I'm in the hospital and vice versa? As a government employee will I get equal benefits for both myself and my partner?

    I'm tired of waiting.

    Posted by: Ray | Oct 10, 2009 7:47:51 PM

  2. Solmonese - Obama: Action not words. I have given up on GL rights groups and political figures that who say they are our champion. No reason each and every bill cannot be introduced before the Christmas Break.

    So tired of it all.

    Posted by: David | Oct 10, 2009 7:57:10 PM

  3. It's a fake letter! Obviously, it's not a real letter from Joe Solmonese. There's no "Donate Now" button at the bottom.

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 10, 2009 8:29:27 PM

  4. Well I'm glad Obama didn't say that and his speech tonight was very appropriate.

    All I can say is this to those of you who will go to The Equality March on Sunday. Please leave your parents Hitler posters and all the nasty racist posters and signs HOME. Especially you kids who did not support him AT ALL from day one because of The Hillary Factor which is most of the haters on most of these Gay Blogs.

    Truth Be Told!

    This community cannot afford it!

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 10, 2009 8:43:54 PM

  5. I do not see why the gay community is so upset at what Obama has apparently not done for them. The man has been in office for nine months!

    I am all for gay rights and equality for all citizens across the board but lets be realistic.


    We want him to get re-elected.

    Obama will not do anything of "significance" for the gay community until he gets elected for a second term.

    If he does it now, the right will come out in full force throwing money at any right wing fundamentalist that opposes the social issues that Obama has supported and made into law (gay rights/marriage) within his first years and the Democratic party will more than likely lose the majority and the presidency by 2012. It will become a 2004 election all over again.


    I believe that he will accomplish universal efforts like hate crime and equal employment reform for the gay community in his first term but as for the "don't ask, don't tell" policy and same-sex marriage, those will not be topics he will touch until he has won his second term.

    If he waits until then, reverses "don't ask, don't tell" and makes marriage a right for all citizens then it will give society as a whole four plus years to get accustomed to these new measures/laws and by the time he leaves office it will be a non-issue.


    Posted by: Patrick | Oct 10, 2009 9:46:52 PM

  6. I dont know whats worse Joe SHMOE blowing smoke up our ass or Obama giving us more of the same Bull Shit lip service. I had $200.00 in my pocket and it went right to NO ON 1 for Maine equality.
    We need to concentrate on Washington and Maine right now to fight off the BIBLE THUMPERS and NOM idiots. when were done with that battle than we start to force mr Joe outta of his little comfy chair. let him see whats its like to be unemployed.

    Posted by: xman | Oct 10, 2009 10:48:20 PM

  7. HRC does nothing but is ready to take ALL the credit when anything happens.

    Just wait for the repeal of DADT and marriage rights. Joe-tard and HRC will be right there taking credit and using it to fundraise for more champagne and new tuxedos.

    Both Joe-tard's speech and Obama's speech were bullshit. ALL THEY DID WAS NARRATE THE GAY RIGHTS STRUGGLE AND THROW IN SOME PLATITUDES.

    How stupid are you to think any of this meant anything?

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 11, 2009 3:52:25 AM

  8. Let's start the NOD campaign. NOT ONE DIME. Not a damn dime to HRC, RNC, DNC until lawmakers and lobbyists get results. Less award bestowing. Less asskissing. Less dinners. Less "how friendly are you to the gays" indexes. Get the laws on the books. Defeat the hate mongers. Get the hypocrites out of office. Put the gay dollar toward getting gays and straights who work for equality in local, county, state and govt positions.

    Posted by: Will | Oct 11, 2009 8:30:05 AM

  9. What is with the supreme masochism of the HRC? They seemingly don't want a resolution. They grovel before the establishment. They keep delaying the satisfaction they could benefit from once certain rights have been attained.

    I promise that their claimed purpose of fighting for gay rights will not go away if/when DADT and DOMA are rescinded. Other minority groups that have achieved some rights still face massive discrimination. There will be plenty more to do and maintain.

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 11, 2009 9:17:07 AM

  10. Boo!

    Posted by: p | Oct 11, 2009 10:09:45 AM

  11. The HRC has turned into the Vichy Regime for the gay rights movement....

    Posted by: Jack | Oct 11, 2009 12:18:35 PM

  12. Maybe he knows something something that the rest of us don't. Is it possible that a time line has been outlined to him, but he was asked not to release any details?

    Posted by: Andrew | Oct 11, 2009 1:36:56 PM

  13. I wouldn't even send them Monopoly money.

    Posted by: Attmay | Oct 11, 2009 3:08:35 PM

  14. I'm sorry, but anyone who donates money to HRC may as well -- nay, would be better off -- flushing it down the toilet. At least when you flush money down the toilet, it won't work against progress for civil rights of glbt Americans. HRC does -- on a regular basis.

    HRC is well past its expiration date. Joe Solomnese needs to go away, now, in disgrace. He should be ASHAMED for his leaderships skills of a mouse. GO AWAY, Joe!!!!!!

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 11, 2009 6:09:21 PM

  15. Many gay activists are still the ugly girls at the dance standing in the corner, waiting to get a glance from their favorite football player. It is like they are all that character on "Welcome to the Dollhouse," waiting, waiting and waiting some more.

    They are victims of flattery. Straight guys do this thing when they go to a club. It called the wingman. One guy goes up to the pretty girl, while his friend goes to the ugly girl, and pretends to be interested in her while his friend gets all the action. The ugly girl no one wants to dance with gets all the flattery and attention, while the real business of the friends happens with the pretty girl. TIME FOR GAYS TO DUMP OBAMA AND LEAVE THE CLUB.

    The Obama supporters buy every one of his tired lines, "See, I don't make the laws, I only sign the bills." Or here is a good one, "I promise I will call." Then he goes back to his friend, "Yea, I promised to call, but I didn't say when!"

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 11, 2009 8:39:33 PM

  16. Again, typical bitchy criticism of HRC.

    In no way did Solmonese say he was setting the goal post til 2017. If you read the eblast CAREFULLY and IN ITS ENTIRETY, you would notice that he wrote in the last paragraph to say that we will be "pleasantly" surprised by Obama and that all good things take time. Do we want to put DADT to a House or Senate vote TOMORROW? NO! We would lose and the movement would lose steam.

    Yes, he hasn't spread marriage equality to every corner of the USA, signed an inclusive ENDA, or for that matter signed the hate crimes bill yet, but these issues aren't salient to most Americans.

    Our community runs the risk of sounding too selfish (although most here would not see it that way) in a time of true national crisis. Our economy is in the dumpster, modern-day robber barons are still plundering the US Treasury and we have 2 wars going on.

    It's important to push our leaders on these issues, but don't sound WHINY.

    Posted by: John | Oct 11, 2009 8:42:18 PM

  17. Good God. Could you people read the letter in its entirety and put the letter in context. For all of you that say, "never another dime to HRC..." Fine, I get it. Take your $20 a year and give it to your local state group. HRC doesn't need your money.
    No where did Joe Solmonese say to wait until the papers this week about Hate Crimes.

    Posted by: thomas johnson | Oct 12, 2009 12:22:46 PM

  18. I've never liked HRC. I grew up in the South and they couldn't have cared less about our plight. When we were fighting constitutional amendments against marriage they were throwing star studded parties and keeping the money they raised to pay themselves huge salaries. When LGBT people were targeted for violence, they were busy building fancy office buildings.

    The HRC has never done anything for ordinary LGBT Americans. They fawn over celebrities and giggle like school girls over politicians. We never elected them to represent us as our voice and it's time we as the LGBT community put them out of business. Give money to your local organizations and help elect strong progressive and pro-LGBT politicians. Hell, run for office yourself! But don't write another check to HRC.

    When we're trying to raise money to fight for equality in Maine and Washington, HRC is using precious dollars to produce stupid co-branded tote bags they give away at booths, self promoting baseball cap giveaways, and obscenely huge salaries for people like Joe "Pee Wee Herman" Solomnese. The aunties and HRC must go if we are to move forward.

    Posted by: Buck | Oct 12, 2009 4:17:28 PM

  19. Typical really. It's all photo op material. Nothing happens in Washington until Washington really 'changes.'
    Neither the dems or GOP could care less about LGBT people. they want their donations an pay great lip service at our expense. Obama is not going to do anything that doesn't help Obama. He's a politician, and when you say one thing and do the opposite, that makes you the worst kind of politician. I hated Bush/Cheney, but I knew when they said something they really meant it, and intended to do it, or did it. Now that Obama's embedded Wall Street in the White House, the dems look even weaker than ever in 2010. I've championed the Democrats, I vilifed the GOP, and I realize they are not that different in the end. Do nothings with only one real job, get re-elected and F over the country for more donations from corporations, special interest and China/Saudi's. Thanks for nothing HRC, maybe you should run for office Joe, you have what it takes.

    Posted by: RW Ritchie | Oct 12, 2009 8:33:13 PM

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