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'The Advocate' Backs President Obama's Re-Election


Saying the 2012 election "presents a choice between starkly opposing futures," the editorial team at long-running LGBT magazine The Advocate today endorsed President Obama's reelection campaign. This is the magazine's first presidential endorsement in "decades," but they felt compelled to back Obama because this year's race "presents a choice between starkly opposing futures."

Mitt Romney, they say, "betrays equality on numerous issues and aligns himself with a faction of the Republican Party that does not include equality among its declared ideals." And while some fear Obama's "radical" policies, The Advocate describes him as a moderate whose policies "only appear particularly progressive in contrast with the policies of his predecessor."

More from the endorsement:

By saying aloud, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” in a televised interview on ABC, [President Obama] has sparked conversation domestically and internationally. While he is our president at home, globally he’s an icon, a symbol of the promise of America, of the promise of equality.

Obama may be the most prominent man on the planet ever, given the pervasiveness of modern media and his anomalous and historic nature as the first black American president; he is surely the single most recognizable head of state on the globe.

By virtue of his unique position, his endorsement of marriage equality is not merely rhetoric. His words constitute action. On the very face of it, his statement is enormous, and has the power to move millions in a way that a statement from no other person could have.


Obama's influence doesn't exist in a vacuum, they say, and his declaration inspired other Democratic leaders and constituencies to fall in line with equality, no small feat. But their endorsement isn't simply about same-sex nuptials:

Also significant are the Obama administration’s actions in support of LGBT equality. In 2009, Obama signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act, and announced the lifting of the ban on HIV-positive green card applicants and visitors to the U.S. He signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the first pro-LGBT federal law in U.S. history. After just two years into office, he had appointed more LGBTs to head commissions and agencies, to ambassadorships, and to senior staff positions than any president, surpassing the entire two-term record of Bill Clinton. He has quadrupled the number of openly gay judges on the federal bench.

You can read the rest of The Advocate's Obama endorsement HERE.

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  1. YES, Barack Obama must be reelected, and I contributed as much money as I could to help make that happen. But there are enough actual reasons for that [and not just because Romney would be a disaster] that "The Advocate" doesn't need to resort to insulting our intelligence by erasing his history with ridiculous, lickspittle assertions about his “undeniable…integrity on LGBT rights.” What about his defending the constitutionality of DOMA before he denied it? What about his lying about "lifting" the HIV+ traveler ban when it was the session of Congress BEFORE he was even elected that overturned it? What about his refusal, while legislative efforts proceeded, to use his unequivocal legal authority to stop gay discharges in the name of national security—which HE said was “weakened” by such discharges—and needlessly kicking some 800 more gay service members to the curb? What about his backing the demand by Pentagon homohaters that the original DADT repeal bill be gutted so that now it is OFFICIAL policy to deny LGB service members protections against harassment and discrimination under the Military Equal Opportunity Program automatically given nongay blacks, women, et al., and OFFICIAL policy to deny gay military couples important benefits NOT banned by DOMA such as access to military housing—both of which he has unequivocal authority to remedy but, so far, has refused? What about—post repeal—his incomprehensibly convincing the courts to reverse the LCR case ruling that discrimination against gays by the military is unconstitutional—thus openly the legal door for the ban to be brought back by some future Repug President or Congress? What about his refusal to issue an order banning anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors? Finally, this equation with Lincoln [which even the most puerile mainstream media scribes abandoned three years ago] is OBSCENE even without THIS fact that "The Advocate" and others so willfully ignore—Lincoln didn't come out against slavery, and, then, add, that it should be LEFT UP TO THE STATES TO DECIDE as Obama did marriage equality! Reelect him? Yes! Canonize him? No!

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 6, 2012 3:23:31 PM

  2. i'm SHOCKED...SHOCKED!!

    Posted by: redball | Jul 6, 2012 3:32:06 PM

  3. This endorsement is a surprise? Here's who supports Romney: idiots.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 6, 2012 3:33:34 PM

  4. @ Michael Bedwell,

    Elect him? Yes. Agreed. Presidents are wedded to their political parties, as you well know. And on March 2, 2011, 22 Democratic U.S. senators signed a public declaration endorsing marriage equality. Presidents always follow the consensus of their political party. Canonize him? Time will tell, won't it? We'll have to wait and see what happens during his second term. That is a measured response to your comment.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Jul 6, 2012 3:41:12 PM

  5. @Paul R, unfortunately I know a hand full of gay men who support Mitt Romney. Young gay men too and I'm in Massachusetts! Thankfully, I'm not one of them.

    Posted by: Agent Provocateur | Jul 6, 2012 3:41:35 PM

  6. Yesterday it was announced that Mary Cheney, who just got married to her long time partner, gave the maximum personal donation allowed to MITT ROMNEY, who opposes marriage equality in all its forms. IIRC he's even opposed to civil unions.


    The contrast between the two candidates couldn't be any clearer but how many will join her in their support of a candidate and party who at BEST believes them to be 2nd class citizens?

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 6, 2012 3:41:54 PM

  7. "Lincoln didn't come out against slavery, and, then, add, that it should be LEFT UP TO THE STATES TO DECIDE"

    Actually, Michael, he sorta' did. Those slave states that didn't leave the union (Delaware, Maryland, and I think, Kentucky) were allowed to continue slavery.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 6, 2012 3:44:14 PM

  8. You'd think at Bedwell's age he'd know about paragraph breaks by now.

    Posted by: endo | Jul 6, 2012 3:46:10 PM

  9. Hence why I don't subscribe to The Advocate.The DEM's could run a goat in suit and THE ADVOCATE would endorse them. Mr. Obama has done me NO favors. The only reason for the endorsement was because he was painted into a corner by his VP.... Has DOM been repealed yet? Is GITMO closed? How is unemployment? And beleive me I am no fan of Romney either, but this guy...yikes.

    Oh and Mr. Lincoln is a revered figure in American History....Mr. Obama is not.

    Posted by: HA!! | Jul 6, 2012 3:47:18 PM

  10. not yet.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 6, 2012 3:49:09 PM

  11. HA!! - is it painful to speak out of your ass like that?

    Posted by: truthiness | Jul 6, 2012 3:50:19 PM

  12. @ Endo,

    Yeah, I've always wondered why Michael Bedwell's posts are single paragraphs that go on for two or three pages. When you switch to a new idea -- START A NEW PARAGRAPH. (Hint. Hint.)

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Jul 6, 2012 3:55:29 PM

  13. This is not a surprise
    Agent - did you ever ask them why they were voting that way?

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 6, 2012 4:05:54 PM

  14. "Oh and Mr. Lincoln is a revered figure in American History....Mr. Obama is not."

    I don't think Mr Obama wants to achieve reverence the way in which Mr Lincoln did.

    It took three years into office for Mr Lincoln to "evolve" on the issue of freeing the slaves in loyal slave states and captured Confederate territories. THREE YEARS into his administration....sound familiar?

    I prefer to revere one of President Lincoln's military men. When Lincoln told General Benjamin Butler to return all runaway slaves in captured rebel territories, General Butler basically said, "F.ck that, Abe". The General refused.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 6, 2012 4:15:30 PM

  15. Take a deep breath, gurls.
    I got ONE vote. You do, too.
    In my view, all that there is in this election is the difference between looking backward or looking forward. Please be careful in November.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Jul 6, 2012 4:22:38 PM

  16. Evidently all you Obama supporters want to give him the time to finish off what little is left of this country. And there's not much, financially or otherwise. He will lose, that is change you can believe in!

    Posted by: Johnny | Jul 6, 2012 4:35:48 PM

  17. 'K, Johnny. Vote for Romney - and not only will marriage equality prospects be damaged, but so will a lot of new rights- such as the federal order to allow gay people to visit their partner in hospitals which accept Medicare/Medicaid. Romney has promised to roll back a lot of those rules.

    And judging on his business record, you can bet he'll be giving his uber-rich buddies tax breaks and kickbacks- who'll have relaxed rules so they can move their companies overseas to hire cheap labor.

    Yeah, go ahead and vote for the ultra- wealthy billionaire without a conscience or anything resembling human emotions. Enjoy the f*cked-up country you get with him, too!

    Posted by: scott | Jul 6, 2012 5:04:16 PM

  18. Dear Truthiness,

    The pain from speaking from my ass is merely a gentle tickle compared to the bile of foolishness spewing from your snack hole.

    much love


    Posted by: Ha! | Jul 6, 2012 5:09:59 PM

  19. oh no not billionaires!!!!!!! Bad rich people!!!!!! Bad people are successful!!!

    Same old tired BS Rhetoric....BLAH BLAH BLAH

    Posted by: Ha! | Jul 6, 2012 5:12:16 PM

  20. That about sums it up.
    Or would the wailers on these posts prefer to hand SCOTUS appointments to the Republicans, with the real prospect of rolling back on DADT, upholding DOMA, and supporting prop 8.
    Is this what any gay wants ? If so you are deluded.

    Next year Ginsberg will have to be replaced and possibly a second Justice replaced.

    Obama is a "must-have"........and his term must be a respite for Hillery to "reload".
    If America is to choose a progressive future; this is the only agenda and it must be a long term one.

    @ENDO : See, lots of paragraphs !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 6, 2012 5:27:56 PM

  21. Today, I talked to two married gay-male couples, all of whom live in the South (where their marriages aren't recognized), who told me they are all voting for Romney. Their reasoning? "Republicans are consistent in their promises, Democrats make promises but don't make good on them."

    When I asked them about their marriages, they said, "Oh, we're not worried about that. The Supreme Court will decide that in our favor." When I informed them that a President Romney would probably make sure that the Court WON'T decide for marriage equality, they didn't seem fazed. Need I mention that all these guys are white and relatively prosperous and childless and can live pretty much the lives they want with or without marriage equality nationwide?

    Posted by: jerry | Jul 6, 2012 5:35:29 PM

  22. let's go forward with obama

    Posted by: cape tom | Jul 6, 2012 5:45:36 PM

  23. let's go forward with obama

    Posted by: cape tom | Jul 6, 2012 5:45:52 PM

  24. I'll be voting for Romney. Obama is a fraud who simply says things to make you think he's on your side. He's the ultimate politician. In terms of what he's delivered, it's very little.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 6, 2012 5:46:44 PM

  25. Jason no one thought different

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 6, 2012 5:56:53 PM

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