1. HadenoughBS says

    Beebe may the first Governor to address a gay group in Arkansas but, apparently, it doesn’t show he has any enlightened perceptions about LGBT equal rights. OTOH, I suppose the conversation has to start somewhere so perhaps this address is an important first step in his state.

  2. Meijay says

    He admits his opinion on foster care evolved, so too might his opinion on other issues. He’s more than likely a damn sight better for the LGBTs in the state than any GOP governor they might get.

  3. chris says

    he’s just another bigot that needs to hide behind a perverse law that denies people their equal rights. He like so many others are on the wrong side of history. The Supreme Court will eventually strike the laws down denying gays full equality…even this conservative court

  4. The Iron Orchard says

    I’m surprised at all the negativity for this guy! Afterall he’s evolving, and he can’t say what he really thinks because how will he get re-elected? Also he’s a Democrat, so that’s the party that is our fircest ally, right? So why are we not supporting him? Isn’t that now the gay political stance, support the guy who gives some lip service to the cause, and when he is in his last term and still hasn’t evolved then hols him accountable?

  5. Steve says

    If you think the law is always right and can never be morally or constitutionally wrong, there is something seriously screwed up with you. We would need Supreme Courts otherwise.

  6. Bart says

    You meet this regressive politicians from the middle of the country (I live here, I meet them) and they are all the same. Most of them are well but narrowly educated, come from some sort of money, fancy themselves good ole boys (or girls), are grossly fearful of change, and think the line in the Pledge of Allegiance reads “One nation under MY God, with liberty and justice for all the people like me.”

    You can literally interchange all of these ass clowns.

  7. Hue-Man says

    Yet another example of how the mainstream media are not delivering the message of the “Gay Agenda”. Why aren’t the gays in his office and in his political organization educating him on how much discrimination exists toward LGBT people in his state? His supporters should be e-mailing Towleroad articles every day. Education can lead to change.

  8. BobN says

    So, with Dems like this — and remember, he’s RELATIVELY liberal for AR — do we really want the President to make actual MARRIAGE the central issue of his gay-rights agenda?


  9. b says

    He’s wrong. The Supreme Court will agree that it is unjust for a state to ban marriages between gay people. Over time, I think there will be enough science to come out that will say that homosexuality is part of nature and that sexual orientation and gender identity ared decided before a child is born. Religions will still believe it is a sin, but a courtroom in the 50’s and 60’s (21st century decades) might believe it is wrong to deny rights to a minority because of religious opposition. It will be an extremely unpopular decision in the South, but it will happen. It’ll take a miracle of having five justices on that Court that believe it is the right thing to do, but it will happen.

    Look at how slavery was ended. It took a civil war and a “radical Republican” Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to ban it.

    Look at how women won the vote. It was done nationally. Many of the Southern states still would not allow it.

    Look at how civil rights laws were enacted, over fierce opposition from the Southern representatives.

    And probably most importantly, look at interracial marriage. Go to the website if you would like to see an interactive map of how the marriage bans fell over time. You’ll notice that in 1967, the year the Supreme Court repealed all state marriage bans, there were 17 states, all of them in the South, that still banned interracial marriage. The South did not like Loving vs. Virginia, but it had to accept it.

    It will happen one day for marriage equality in the South as well.

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