Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Queers United Urges You to Vote for Obama/Biden Ticket!

Queers United stands firmly in support of Barack Obama for president because of his principles of fairness and equality for all citizens. Barack Obama is rated 89% by the Human Rights Campaign (indicating a pro-gay rights voting record). In contrast John McCain is rated 33% by HRC (indicating a mixed gay rights voting record).

Civil Unions
Barack Obama: Support
John McCain: Opposed

Defense of Marriage Act
Barack Obama: Repeal
John McCain: Remain

Don't Ask Don't Tell
Barack Obama: Repeal
John McCain: Remain

Hate Crimes Legislation
Barack Obama: Include sexual orientation/gender identity
John McCain: Opposed to inclusive policy

Employment Non-Discrimination Act
Barack Obama: Include sexual orientation/gender identity
John McCain: Opposed to inclusive policy

Barack Obama: Supports LGBT adoption rights
John McCain: Opposes LGBT adoption rights

Constitutional Amendment Banning SSM
Barack Obama: Opposed
John McCain: Opposed

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Anonymous said...

It is the Clinton's who made don't ask don't tell, the Clinton's who made the Defense of Marriage Act, and Hillary did not march in the last gay pride parade in NY afraid to be seen as supporting the gay community in her bid to become president. I just don't trust Hillary.

Anonymous said...

If people would just take a minute and really stop buying into the limited media hype and really look beyond what the media wants us to see and think, then just maybe you could see the bigger picture. As a gay and out woman, I want change as quickly as possible, yet I know that unfortunately it can only be channeled through politics. And if you really look at the Clintons...both of them...they have always been for all human rights. They have worked hard for them even in the face of adversity. This isn't about the same old cliches and about charisma, it is about the people who do have the will and the history reflecting what I truly believe in. And as I note that even if Obama is nominated, I would still vote democratic, I also note that in years past he was not a supported of gay rights until thsi campaign. So, though I know what we all have in our minds will not be changed by just my blog comment, I do hope you will look into what matters to you in this election, and beyond the media as the basis of your vote alone.

Anonymous said...

Has Obama changed his position on supporting, as Sen. Clinton unfortunately does, a state's right to ban any kind of legal recognition of gay relationships, either occuring within that state or others, regardless of the existence or repeal of federal DOMA?

Does Obama no longer believe, that "states should be under no obligation to recognize same-sex marriages from other states...that a long-recognized public policy exception to the Constitution's Full Faith and Credit Clause exempts a state from having to recognize a same-sex marriage from another state which runs counter to its own public policies"?

Does he now disagree with his Constitutional law advisor Lawrence Tribe that, "Same-sex couples ... are neither better nor worse off with DOMA repealed"?

If so, you'd better inform ABC News.

- http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=3468949&page=1

Anonymous said...

Barack Obama, speaking to rally attendees in Medford, Oregon on Saturday, took issue with how recent political campaigns have used wedge issues to divide the electorate, but have ultimately done little to make a real difference, especially when there are more important things to worry about.

Obama: "We argue about gay marriage. You know, in the meantime the planet is, you know, potentially being destroyed. We've got a war that is bankrupting us. And we're going to argue about gay marriage? I mean, that doesn't make any sense." PageQ has the video.

Anonymous said...

DOMA is difficult to understand if you can't listen and don't have the ability to understand the historical context and complexity.

Bill Clinton has been much wiser than we homo's given him credit. His "don't ask don't tell" pushed the topic to the forefront. It probably ultimately led to his political assassination, by the right wing republicans. But his approach of given the public what they can stand at the time was brilliant. He knows, shoving it down people throats might work for QueerNation, but in reality of politics and most of the USA voter, it takes easy, baby steps.

Bill Clinton deserves credit for Federal departments adopting non-discrimination clauses in the 1990s. The Clintons are pro gay.

Anonymous said...

The gay community often tosses people like the Clinton's and other elected official, under the bus for not effectively achieving results. Never have I once heard, thank you for trying. We put pressure on them to take a politic unpopular stand, often at the risk of their careers, not ours.

The truth is, if we want gay marriage to happen, several things have to be done. We must support and seek openingly gay and lesbian qualified people to get elected at the state level. We have to work with the opposite side, to bring understand, public awareness to this issue. Public sentiment to support this issue is the key to this movement.

Our community needs to put as much effort into this issue as we do lastest fashions or the next circuit party. If that was the case, we would already be wedding and divorcing.

Anonymous said...

The reality is Bill Clinton was right at the time. If we are going to ever have marriage rights, the fight is at the bottom up. Not top down. State laws have to be changed first.

If we cannot get more states to recognize gay marriages, then we are not going to achiveve this goal.

The Clinton's are not anti- gay, they are politicailly savy. I remember the oppositional hatred environment at the time, Bill Clinton is referring.

Let's not forget how close George Bush came to getting the constitutional amendment passed defining marriage.

Queers United said...

The fight needs to be from the bottom up and top down, we need to acheive equality by any means necessary and through any venue local, state, and federal.

Ad Schuring said...

Finally it looks like there is a turnaround : A presidential candidate that condones and keeps supporting a loundmouth anti homo preacher for over 20 years is out of the question in my book.
The clintons at first tried to get homos in the military totally accepted, but had to settle for 'don't ask don't tell' to get it through congress and senate.

Queers United said...

The Clinton's ran on a campaign platform promise to allow gays in the military and turned their back on the gay community. They also created DOMA, which has hurt and made it so hard for gay couples to gain federal legal recognition. You can't hold Obama accountable for words by someone he knows, but you can hold the Clinton's accountable for their lies and homophobic legislation.

Michigan-Matt said...

QU offers: "You can't hold Obama accountable for words by someone he knows"

Ummm, in a recent WaPo poll, that's exactly what 61% of American voters are doing... they say it's likely or very likely that BarryO believes what Rev Wright believes. And, frankly, that's fair.

Obama can "support" whatever he wants til the cows come home... the real question should be: What's he done for us?

Like with lots of issues, you spell the answer "N-O-T-H-I-N-G M-E-A-N-I-N-G-F-U-L".

Anonymous said...

Obama is a friend of Nation of Isalm Louis Farakhan who hates gays as much as he hates whites. I'm not voting for anybody that hates me twice.

Queers United said...

Well Obama is a message of hope, he has not had time to do that much, but frankly I'd rather have an optimistic message than Hillary's pandering, lies and corporate ties establishment.

Queers United said...

Hillary will win big in West Virginia because of the white blue collar, coal producing population. Are we going to have to hear for a week now that she has the momentum behind her? That will be annoying.

Rob said...

As a Obama supporter, I'm happy to see that it looks like he will win the Nomination. The Rev. Wright situation has been blown out of proportion, if you look at Obama's record, and what he has said, it is clear that he and Wright are different people.

Having said that, no matter who wins, Obama or Clinton, things will be better than it was under the Bush Administration

Queers United said...

I agree Rob. As Obama said he is also friends with a particular senator who equates abortion with murder, and believes doctors who provide abortions should be jailed. Obama said just because he is friends with or linked to people with alternative views does not mean they represent his own. The same goes for Wright.

Queers United said...


Laurie said...

Ya know that don't ask don't tell...
I'm scared that of something happening..
If all gays stepped away from the military
I think about 1/4 of it would be gone...

I still worry :(


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