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Dustin Lance Black Writes About Obama, Romney And Gay Marriage

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Filmmaker Dustin Lance Black remains frustrated with President Obama's stagnant "evolution" on gay marriage. In the filmmaker and activist's view, Obama remains "up in the air" on equality, leaving supporters on the ground to hope against hope for some monumental change.

"The problem is, when the president flies, he's on Air Force One, a plane designed to refuel in the air. He can stay up there for as long as it serves him," the Oscar-winning writer of Milk and the play 8 says in The Hollywood Reporter.

Inevitable GOP nominee Mitt Romney's LGBT politics are also in the stratosphere -- even more so, in fact -- and Black traces the trajectory to his and Romney's shared Mormon faith:

For me, the most telling marriage-equality moment thus far was Romney's disclosure of his 2010 and 2011 tax returns, showing that he still pays a full and complete tithe to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

To Mormons, this signals an investment in maintaining his Temple Recommend -- allowing him access to the temples and covenants that are essential to LDS salvation and signifying the recipient is living in strict obedience to the highest laws of the church. I can appreciate that. Much of my family and many friends do the same. But this also reflects a deep investment in core LDS beliefs -- including the promise of an afterlife reserved only for heterosexual Mormons married in an LDS temple. Full tithe and obedience in exchange for his own planet in heaven to send down the spirit children he creates with his heavenly wife. Procreation here and in heaven, that's the LDS view of marriage. Marriages for gay and lesbian families fly in the face of those core beliefs.

I'm not suggesting that Mormons (or others with deeply held religious views) are incapable of separating belief from governing philosophy, but the recent revelation that Romney donated to one of the most anti-gay groups in the nation, the National Organization for Marriage, signed its pledge calling for a constitutional amendment banning equal marriage and subsequently received its full endorsement would indicate he won't. It seems Romney's thinking on the matter is stuck way, way up in the air -- all the way up in the Mormon conception of heaven.

That said, Black says the best bet in this election is Obama's much-touted hope. But the president can't just be given support. He has to start making some real progress.

"Until the president publicly puts his wheels down on the side of full equality, he must be passionately engaged, confronted and protested for maintaining his prejudiced, hurtful public position," Black write "If his evolution continues to fall short, then those interested in equality in this country must abandon their support. Hope should never become delayed disappointment."

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  1. Are gay Americans seriously considering voting for a President who will appoint conservative judges to SCOTUS ?

    Do gay Americans appreciate the enormity of the consequences of doing that ?

    No criticism of Obama's last four years would justify such treacherous conduct.

    Posted by: JackFkTwist | Apr 26, 2012 7:03:08 PM


  2. "...his own planet in heaven to send down the spirit children he creates with his heavenly wife." Holy MOTHER, they really believe this stuff? Sorry, but to any rationally-thinking person this is WHACKED.

    I don't know how seriously tied Mittens is to his church, as far as political philosophy goes, but there seem to be endless examples and vids showing that he's the biggest flip-flopper and panderer in the last 50 years. The man seems to have no problem at all contradicting what he's stood for in the past when it will give his current audience what they want to hear. And the Repugs BLASTED Kerry for his supposed flip-flopping. McCain was worse than Kerry, last time, and now Romney...there's NO comparison, and yet the Repugs seem to have no problem with the irony and insincerity. Makes me want to hurl lunch.

    Posted by: jim | Apr 26, 2012 7:14:56 PM


  3. Obama's evolution on gay marriage is just a game of semantics. Obama's DOJ has been challenging DOMA in several federal courts. That alone is enough reason to reelect him. Based on this guy's comment you'd think Obama is running around Congress instituting anti-gay amendments. What a joke.

    Posted by: kenny | Apr 26, 2012 9:20:09 PM


  4. Enough of the blogs and major LGBT groups force-feeding us Obama and the 2party system.

    Obama is GWB’s 3rd term in the assault on civil liberties, war, the drug war, drones, environmental destruction, and government secrecy + killing US citizens, supporting indefinite detention, and the attack on the internet.


    Obama was never a 100% pro-equality candidate – the only candidates who were back in 2008 were Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel.

    If we can elect a black President and openly-gay candidates then we can certainly use the power of Occupy to overturn the 2party tyranny.

    Look up on YouTube:

    2012 Presidential Debate Of Alternative Parties

    Stop Voting For Democrats & Republicans

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 27, 2012 1:39:38 AM


  5. Enough of the blogs and major LGBT groups force-feeding us Obama and the 2party system.

    Obama is GWB’s 3rd term in the assault on civil liberties, war, the drug war, drones, environmental destruction, and government secrecy + killing US citizens, supporting indefinite detention, and the attack on the internet.


    Obama was never a 100% pro-equality candidate – the only candidates who were back in 2008 were Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel.

    If we can elect a black President and openly-gay candidates then we can certainly use the power of Occupy to overturn the 2party tyranny.

    Look up on YouTube:

    2012 Presidential Debate Of Alternative Parties

    Stop Voting For Democrats & Republicans

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 27, 2012 1:39:41 AM


  6. Lance will age. He'll be looking older just about the time gay marriage may or may not, be a reality. Do you honestly think Obama wants his legacy to be gay marriage? Does he really have to care because gays only make up about 10% of the population. What we really need to focus on now, is what we will do when nothing is passed. We may just have to go back to living more like a community, and not like isolated couples You know, like it always was. Fine with me. Less time begging for false promises. Living our lives, instead of trying to be perfect examples to an audience who could honestly care less.

    Posted by: Edward | Apr 27, 2012 2:14:06 AM


  7. It's reassuring to see comments deleted. One week Lance Black is surrounded by celebrities for "Prop 8" and today he's worried about Obama's "evolution" regarding gay rights. Celebrities are in it for themselves, and if you believe Obama wants his legacy to be gay marriage get real. That decision could cripple the Democrats for decades. Gays make a lot of noise, but not enough. "Gay Life", starring Lance Black, could be headed straight to DVD. Not soon enough.

    Posted by: Edward | Apr 27, 2012 3:10:40 AM


  8. So let me get this straight. Obama is being held to a Mormon standard for his position on gay equality?

    Posted by: BILLOFTHEDESERT | Apr 27, 2012 7:16:42 AM


  9. It's really disappointing to me how so many of you have so much disdain for Black. He's one of the most intelligent advocates of our time, and you choose to ignore it because a video leaked of him having unprotected sex with a monogamous partner? People have sex. That is a right that we are all entitled to.

    This may be a bold statement, but it seems as if a lot of us are threatened by intelligence. Every time a LGBT identified person speaks up about something, the gays are always the worst critiques.

    Seriously...who are you???

    Posted by: Top to Bottom | Apr 27, 2012 12:37:14 PM


  10. What an ungrateful, contemptuous little brat -- "yes, you've done more for gay rights than any president, ever, but because you're not embracing what like to win an election and continuing to do good for the ENTIRE COUNTRY, I am throwing a privileged hissy fit."

    Posted by: Cameron Johnson | Apr 27, 2012 1:32:33 PM


  11. BLack seems to want to take credit for what ever transpires with LGBT. He may be intelligent, but is naive when it comes to how politicians operate. The delays become a broken promise to him, personally. How much more of a perfect example can he be? In most articles I've read about him, someone always comes to his defense. When we do find our true gay symbolic leader he'll be the first to know. It's not him.

    Posted by: Edward | Apr 27, 2012 2:33:59 PM


  12. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505270_162-57420802/goldie-hawn-talks-kurt-russell-marriage/?tag=morningFlexGridLeft%3BflexGridModule

    Posted by: Edward | Apr 27, 2012 9:46:02 PM


  13. Goldie Hawn talks about marriage.

    Posted by: Edward | Apr 27, 2012 9:47:04 PM


  14. Built on love, not laws. (CBS News) Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been together for 29 years, but marriage doesn't appear to be in the couple's plan.

    "The question is, 'Why (get married)?' it's not, 'Why not?'" Hawn said Wednesday on "CBS This Morning." "We're in love. I wake up every morning. I love being with him. He brings me coffee. I give him a kiss. It's 'good morning.' We love each other. We fight the way people are supposed to fight. We love our lives together."

    "60 Minutes: Goldie Hawn a wallflower?
    Pictures:Goldie and Kurt

    She added, "Marriage is a thing."

    Posted by: Edward | Apr 27, 2012 9:57:49 PM


  15. What an irresponsible and inane piece by DLB! Does he not know that Obama already evolved when he publicly stated he would sign the respect for Marriage Act sponsored by Sen Feinstein to repeal DOMA? One of the most badly written and ... well read my response if you want to see a scathing response to DLB's ineptitude. As for the plane analogy pilots usually circle for the good of those on the ground as well as those up in the air.... read more at http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2012/04/wise-up-dustin-lance-black/

    Posted by: Melanie Nathan | Apr 29, 2012 7:59:12 PM


  16. People with three names are most often pretentious egomaniacs. I think Toto pulled the curtain on this one a long time ago, if you saw those oh so unflattering photos. Go charm Rob Reiner.

    Posted by: Edward | Apr 29, 2012 8:56:56 PM


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