‘New York Times’ Backs Barack Obama And His Equal Rights Fight, Too

NYTimesThe New York Times
‘ editorial board “enthusiastically endorse” President Obama’s reelection efforts.

In addition to approving of his handling of the economy, foreign fairs and maintaining a fair, balanced Supreme Court, the paper gives a thumbs up to Obama’s work toward LGBT equality. Mitt Romney’s archaic policies are less-than-admirable, the paper says:

The extraordinary fact of Mr. Obama’s 2008 election did not usher in a
new post-racial era. In fact, the steady undercurrent of racism in
national politics is truly disturbing. Mr. Obama, however, has reversed
Bush administration policies that chipped away at minorities’ voting
rights and has fought laws, like the ones in Arizona, that seek to turn
undocumented immigrants into a class of criminals.

The military’s odious “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule was finally
legislated out of existence, under the Obama administration’s
leadership. There are still big hurdles to equality to be brought down,
including the Defense of Marriage Act, the outrageous federal law that
undermines the rights of gay men and lesbians, even in states that
recognize those rights.

Though it took Mr. Obama some time to do it, he overcame his hesitation
about same-sex marriage and declared his support. That support has
helped spur marriage-equality movements around the country. His Justice
Department has also stopped defending the Defense of Marriage Act
against constitutional challenges.

Mr. Romney opposes same-sex marriage and supports the federal act, which
not only denies federal benefits and recognition to same-sex couples
but allows states to ignore marriages made in other states. His campaign
declared that Mr. Romney would not object if states also banned
adoption by same-sex couples and restricted their rights to hospital
visitation and other privileges.

This endorsement comes as no surprise, but it’s always nice to see arguments laid out so neatly.


  1. jason says

    The New York Times neglects to mention that Obama and his Democrats had a majority in Congress but failed to end DOMA or enact ENDA. These are two glaring omissions from the New York Times’ editorial which won’t be lost on gay people.

  2. Tim NC says

    The last paragraph includes this:

    “Mr. Romney opposes same-sex marriage and supports the federal act, which not only denies federal benefits and recognition to same-sex couples but allows states to ignore marriages made in other states.”

    DOMA does include a section which allows states to ignore marriages from other states. But, that is NOT THE SECTION that is being challenged in court. The only challenge to DOMA in the courts now is to the section that bans the federal govt from recognizing same-sex marriages. Even if we win those cases, state will still be allowed to ignore legal same-sex marriages from other states.

  3. jason says

    The other thing that should be mentioned is that the New York Times was a great supporter of Bill Clinton, the man who signed DOMA into law.

    If the New York Times thinks that we “gays” are going to vote for Obama en masse, it’s got another thing coming. We are sick and tired of the lies of liberals.

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  5. Brian in Texas says

    The votes were not there in the Senate for DOMA or ENDA legislation. The Democrat’s majority included a lot of people from conservative or swing states/districts who were not in lock step with the progressive agenda of the more liberal Democrats.

  6. says

    Well, if we’re talking “glaring omissions” let’s get real: DOMA was a bad solution (one rejected by Democrats today, still supported by Republicans) to a much worse Republican solution, which was to have a marriage amendment to permanently enshrine discrimination into the constitution. If they had had their way then, no states would have marriage equality now. And the Romney-Ryan ticket still believes in a worse-than-DOMA gay rights strategy and, unlike the Obama administration, will defend its unconstitutionality in court. All gay rights progress has been the result of Democratic majorities. So, the NY Times editorial, in fact, shares the views of all rational gay people.

  7. Diogenes Arktos says

    While I am very glad that the NYT and Colin Powell have endorsed Obama, they have yet to catch up to the reality of early voting:(

  8. MarkUs says

    The New York Times endorsing Obama is no surprise. The Iowa DesMoines Register, the largest paper in Iowa, endorsing a Republican for the first time since McGovern-Nixon maybe is.

  9. simon says

    Obama projected to win Ohio by 2.4 percentage points 10 days before election. Nate Silver has collected past data and published a table which shows that the candidate who has a 2.4 point advantage is almost certain to win the electoral votes. Poor Markus.

  10. Tyler says

    The LGBT Community could lose a lot if Romney wins the election! We have to do everything we can to help Obama win. Here are a few ideas on how you can help –

    1. Join your state’s Obama group on Facebook or Twitter (to show your support), and then share the group’s news & events with others when possible.

    2. Make a donation to Obama’s organization – Organizing for America at – http://www.BarackObama.com. Every $10 helps. Or just donate $5. Every dollar helps.

    3. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, explaining why you support President Obama and VP Biden. These letters can be short & powerful.

    4. Bring some drinks or food for the volunteers at your local Democrats/Obama office. This fuels the campaign, and it helps the volunteers to stay engaged.

    5. Volunteer at your local Obama office – Make some calls or knock on some doors. Remind people to vote! Find your local office by going here – http://www.BarackObama.com

    6. Do you know someone in a battleground state? If you know someone living in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado or Nevada – Tell them to vote! We need them!

    7. Share this list of ideas with others. Explain why you support Obama and why Romney would be a disaster for LGBT people and their cause. Every conversation helps.

    8. Vote early if possible. When you vote early, you’re freeing up some space at the polls on Election Day. To see whether you can vote early, go to – http://www.Gottavote.org

    9. Show your support for Obama and his team – Put a yard sign in your yard, or put a bumper sticker on your car. We should show that the Prez has support.

    10. Join MoveOn.org and learn what they’re doing to help Obama win the election! Get involved & make an impact! Thanks!

  11. andrew says

    @Jason: Sorry guy but according to recent polls about 72% of “we gays” are going to vote for OBAMA. Keep trying though, you are fun to watch!

  12. andrew says

    Fortunately for evertone newspaper endorsements have almost no effect on election outcomes. Unfortunately negative ads paid for by the super rich do.

  13. TonyJazz says

    I’m proud that the NYTimes remains our best national media source with the greatest credibility….—and greater independence from the conservative rich, like so much of our media nowadays (Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Washington Times, Fox News)…

  14. Bill Perdue says

    Ernie (above at 7;58 is a bald faced liar.)

    Lie Number One – DOMA is not ‘rejected by Democrats today’. The Demorat party is just as full of bigots, including evolved bigots like Obama as it was in 1996.

    Lie NHumber Two “DOMA was a bad solution… to a much worse Republican solution, which was to have a marriage amendment to permanently enshrine discrimination into the constitution.”

    The Federal Marriage Amendment was not proposed until the 107th Congress on May 15, 2002, by Democratic Representative Ronnie Shows (D-MS) with 22 cosponsors. WIKI

    That was a full six years after Democrat bigot Bill Clinton rammed it through in 1996 and signed it, boasting about it on redneck radio stations. “Protecting religious freedom. It’s the foundation of our nation.
    When the Justice Department went after a church to gather the parishioners’ tithing money, the government was stopped cold because President Clinton overturned the government’s policy and protected us. It’s not the only time he’s defended our values… President Clinton wants a complete ban on late term abortions except when the mother’s life is in danger or faces severe health risks, such as the inability to have another child.
    The President signed the Defense of Marriage Act, supports curfews and school uniforms to teach our children discipline.
    President Clinton has fought for our values and America is better for it.”Paid for by Clinton/Gore 96″

    We’re getting tired of your incessant lies Ernie. Stop it.

  15. Bill Perdue says

    There are no major differences between Romney and Obama. Both are wretched right wing ideologues and mad dog warmongers. Romney is a card carrying member of the 1% and Obama is a lap dog of their rich who gives them daily tongue baths.

    A vote for either Obama or Romney is a betrayal of our communities and our struggles for equality.

    Obama and Romney both favor busting the UAW and imposing outsourcing to scab shops
    to make parts. http://labornotes.org/blogs/2012/10/video-romney-obama-had-same-plan-auto-bailout.

    Obama decided to increase air pollution and to exempting BP and Haliburton from regulation leading to the Gulf oil disaster. Romney would be just as bad. http://www.martenlaw.com/newsletter/20110906-ozone-standard-proposal

    Obama is a racist who denied health care to millions of imported and immigrant workers. Romney would be just as bad. http://www.businessinsider.com/obamacare-wont-cover-everyone-2012-6

    Obamacare and Romneycare are identical and both offer care to insurance companies, not patients. Both e are a betrayal of what we really need, socialized medicine.

    Obama’s policies kill GI’s and civilians, including children by the thousands from Morocco to Indonesia. Those murders are the dir4ect and sole cause of his racist wars for oil and other resources. Now he’s murdering children who are US citizens. Romney would be just as bad. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/awlaki-family-protests-us-killing-anwar-awlakis-teen/story?id=14765076

    Obama is busting unions in (addition to the UAW) as fast as he can. Obama appoints another union busters as his chief of staff: In these Times 01 29 12 “Obama’s Union-Busting New Chief of Staff? Jacob Lew Helped Destroy Grad Students’ Union at NYU When Obama’s new Chief of Staff was NYU executive vice president, school ceased recognizing the grad students union” http://www.alternet.org/story/153935/obama's_union-busting_new_chief_of_staff_jacob_lew_helped_destroy_grad_students'_union_at_nyu?page=entire

    Obama attacks airline and rail workers :LABORnotes 02 15 12 “Two years after President Obama and Democrats abandoned labor’s much-anticipated Employee Free Choice Act, they have refused to block Republicans intent on making life miserable for airline and rail workers. A bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, voted up 75-20 in the Senate, changes federal labor law to make organizing more difficult for railroad and airline unions. New rules will make it easier to decertify unions and harder to win elections when employers merge.” http://labornotes.org/2012/02/obama-democrats-deal-setback-airline-workers

    Obama repeatedly put Medicare and Social Security on the table knowing that right wing Democrats and Republicans can’t wait to gut them. Romney would be just as bad.

    Obama favors NDAA provisions allowing for arrest and detention on a whim, FISA, which grants Federal secret police agencies unlimited spying rights and he twice voted for the Paytriot Act. He’s the .01%s point man for gutting the Bill of Rights. Romney would be just as bad.

    Obama is the banksters best friend and our worst enemy. Romney would be just as bad. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/21/payroll-tax-cut-obama-romney_n_1997274.html http://occupywallst.org/forum/77-trillion-bailout-too-big-to-fail-and-jail-pauls/

    Obama is a Democrat, a Republican in drag and as mendacious and corrupt as Bill Clinton. Romney would be just as bad.

    On November 6th vote socialist, write in Brad Manning, who’s been held in jail for over 900 days and was tortured by Obama. Or. if you want, except for voting for prop 30 and against prop 32 in California and voting on the 4 state marriage proposals, you can just sit it out. GLBT folks don’t have a horse in this race.

  16. Pete N SFO says

    I think the endorsement is terrific! We can snark all we like about the value of the NYT, but it’s still the NYT & will be recognized by most as a significant voice, & allow conflicted folks to join in supporting Marriage Equality.

    And, as far as supporting the Prez… I don’t know ANYONE that isn’t with him over Romney… despite what some d-bag says in the snarkusphere.

  17. RexT says

    @Perdue – Yeah, sure, we’re all that dumb. And, closing with ‘”You can just sit it out – GLBT folks don’t have a horse in this race.” – it sounds like you’re the one who’s just ‘sitting it out’ in Wendy Whiner land – or just doing all you can to suppress the Obama vote. Get Real, – Sit It Out? Are you a paid Koch Brothers or Rove employee? Perhaps you teach the course on “blog jamming” .. our silly Tea Farty Party folks love so much?

    Obama/Biden all the way – And, Already Voted for President Obama & Vice President Joe Biden. Sit it out??

  18. says

    The N.Y.Times may not bat a thousand percent in their batting average for getting things right, but when it comes to integrity it does!

    President Obama has in recent years been a friend to not only the gay communities of America… but also for the working class,seniors and small business,and Unions too. The 21st Century started with Bush 43, and when he left the White House, he left it in shambles. President Obama is not 2 face, as Mitt Romney and his supporters. THE NEXT STEP HOW EVER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT AND THAT IS TO REELECT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND AS MANY DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS AS POSSIBLE. And to those LOG CABIN GAYS… WAKE UP AND JOIN US, because if Mitt and his tea bagging friends get in, you’ll have to join us back in the closet,too! Thank you N.Y.Times and especially President Obama for being there on the right side of history for all Americans,except for the 1% that rather have profit then share the wealth.

  19. SAYWHAT says

    Riiiiiiight. Let’s all give jumpy claps for our “president” who waited until half way through an election year to support gay marriage. GOSH. Wonder why he waited so long. Hmmm. And why only during his re-election bid? Wonder why he didn’t support gay marriage during his first campaign. FAIL. Just like his lies about what happened in Benghazi. Epic FAIL. He needs to be fired.

  20. kp05 says

    I wish these anti-Obama queens could be stuck with the legislation that would, most certainly, be injected into law by a magic-underwear-wearing President and two-toothed hicks from the Tea Party in Congress while the rest of us get on with two more Sonia Sotomayors or Elena Kagans. I’ll stick with the President any day of the week on LGBT equality. If you’re still clinging to DOMA’s 1996 passage, that was a different time. Well over one hundred Democrats have pledged to sign ROMA. Only ONE Republican has.

    And, Tim NC, if SCOTUS uses heightened scrutiny, things could get very interesting for state-level marriage amendments. We definitely have 4, it’s just a matter of how far Kennedy (and perhaps Roberts) will go.

  21. Tim NC says


    All I am pointing out with my comment is that only SECTION 3 of DOMA is currently being challenged in the courts. Section 3 is what keeps the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal. There are currently no court challenges to the section of DOMA which allows states to ignore legal same-sex marriages from other states. So, winning in court and getting section 3 overturned will have NO EFFECT on the states that have outlawed same-sex marriage. Things could only get interesting for those states with marriage amendments if cases challenging those amendments are brought.

    Despite this, there are many who are under the false impression that getting rid of Section 3 of DOMA somehow means getting rid of all of DOMA including the section that allows states to ignore other states same-sex marriages.

  22. Pete N SFO says


    So, let me get this ‘straight’, rather than supporting the guy who voiced his support later than you would have liked, you’ll support the guy that continues to not support your rights at all???

    I’m sorry your feelings are hurt, but you may want to re-think that logic.

  23. kp05 says

    @ TIM NC – my non-law-school education may be showing here, but my understanding of ‘heightened scrutiny,’ if applied by SCOTUS (even on these Section 3 cases), is that all discriminatory, anti-gay marriage amendments would hang in question.

    From the article linked below:

    “If Jacobs’ reasoning is adopted by the Supreme Court, it will be a sweeping victory for gay rights, likely causing state discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation to be virtually eliminated. And the fact that this decision came from such a conservative judge makes it all the more likely that DOMA will ultimately be struck down by the Supreme Court.”


    If rational basis is applied, then yes, only Section 3 dies and federal bennies are granted to those who are lucky enough to be married in 21st century states.

    Heightened scrutiny from this Supreme Court would be tough. We have 4, but 5 or 6 would be a challenge.

  24. says

    Bill P: Do you really think your cut-and-paste nonsense sways anyone here? And, no, we have no intention of “sitting out” the election.

  25. Tim NC says


    I suppose it is possible for the court to make a decision about a question that is NOT before it. But, I doubt it would happen. If that were going to happen, then why didn’t the lower court judge who applied heightened scrutiny strike down ALL parts of DOMA instead of just Section 3?

    What I think people are suggesting is that if heightened scrutiny is applied to the Section 3 case, then it would pave the way for new cases being filed to strike down the other sections of DOMA. That is why we are seeing language like “more likely that DOMA will be ultimately struck down”, “ultimately” meaning through a future case against the other sections.

  26. Jerry6 says

    @ Jason – If Romney wins, you will deserve EVERYTHING that does to hurt Gays. Unfortunately, the rest of us will have to suffer along with you.

  27. Diogenes Arktos says

    @Jason: Think SCOTUS when you vote. Romney appointees could eventually repeal a whole megilla of rights and protections for regular people over the next 30 – 40 years they could be on the court. That’s one issue the Religious Right is vociferously campaigning for.

  28. Artie_in_Lauderdale says

    @ Jason,

    From your comment: “The New York Times neglects to mention that Obama and his Democrats had a majority in Congress but failed to end DOMA or enact ENDA.”

    Jason, you are still on that Mormon planet, Kolob. Back here on earth, Congress *did* pass a bill that ended DOMA back in December of 2010, and Obama signed the bill into law. I hope you and the other pro-Romney queer commenters don’t think you’ll impress your Tea Party parents with your antics. They’ll still punch you in the mouth and throw you out of their house during the holidays. Your Tea Party parents will always hate your queer ass, so don’t bother trying to “fool” gay voters into voting Romney or third party. Nice try, but you lose.