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“As God Is My Witness”: Obama Snubs Newsom, Gays

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What a stand-up guy. He’s always got his hand out for the “green.” But he is NOT there to stand up for those to whom he has his hand out.

This newspaper ad has gone “viral” in the gay community, across the nation. Below, from the original San Francisco Chronicle article. First, The Advocate story, “Obama Snubbed Newsom During S.F.’s Gay Marriage Fight,” on a tumultuous time for San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and for the gay community — and that now infamous snub by Barack Obama (anyone care to speculate why the snub?), confirmed firsthand by former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown:

During his Senate run for Illinois, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is said to have declined to have his picture taken with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, who at the time was in the center of a national turmoil over his decision to allow same-sex marriage in the city.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that the snub took place at a fund-raiser in 2004 hosted by former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown.

“I gave a fund-raiser, at his [Obama's] request at the Waterfront restaurant,” Brown told the Chronicle. “And he said to me, he would really appreciate it if he didn’t get his photo taken with my mayor. He said he would really not like to have his picture taken with Gavin.”

While the Obama campaign has denied the rumors, Newsom’s staff has corroborated the event. In a Reuters interview in January 2007, Newsom alluded to the event when asked about his thoughts on potential Democratic candidates Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Al Gore. He was also asked about his peers’ reaction to his allowing same-sex marriages, which some allege helped Republicans by introducing a wedge issue in an election year. …

From the San Francisco Chronicle on February 5, 2008:

Obama snub still rankles Newsom

Seeing Mayor Gavin Newsom on the national stage with former president Bill Clinton on Monday night is a reminder of how political winds can change. On the eve of the biggest night of the presidential primaries, Newsom shared the spotlight during a town hall meeting staged and broadcast on cable TV and satellite radio by the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign.

But just four years ago, current Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is said to have declined to have his picture taken in San Francisco with Newsom, who was then at the center of a national uproar over his decision to allow same-sex marriage in San Francisco.
“I gave a fundraiser, at his (Obama’s) request at the Waterfront restaurant,” said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. “And he said to me, he would really appreciate it if he didn’t get his photo taken with my mayor. He said he would really not like to have his picture taken with Gavin.”

Today, of course, Obama’s people are backpedaling away from that account like crazy. His deputy campaign director, Steve Hildebrand, who lives with his partner as an openly gay man, calls it “a ridiculous story.”

“Barack Obama gets his picture taken with gay people all the time,” Hildebrand said. “Including me, his deputy campaign manager.”

But insiders at City Hall, both current and former members of Newsom’s staff, recall the incident well. And you can bet that Newsom hasn’t forgotten it either. …

Hillary Clinton? Her support for the community is well-known. Here’s but one example, a 2007 press release from the campaign:

Clinton Campaign Announces Launch Of LGBT Americans For Hillary Steering Committee

On the eve of the 38th anniversary of Stonewall, Hillary for President announced the formation of “LGBT Americans for Hillary,” a national steering committee of over 65 leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Members of the steering committee include LGBT elected officials, activists from national LGBT and Democratic Party political groups as well as leaders from the worlds of business, entertainment and sports. This leadership committee will work with the campaign on several areas including political outreach, communications, policy advice and counsel, and fundraising.

“I’ve seen how Hillary Clinton’s experience, commitment, and leadership have made a difference for the LGBT community,” said New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “From her efforts to defeat the Federal Marriage Amendment to standing up for our rights in employment practices, there is no one else in this race who will fight harder for the LGBT community. She’s ready to be our next president and I look forward to organizing the LGBT community on her behalf.”

The list of supporters on the steering committee demonstrates the history of friendship that Hillary Clinton has had with this community and the depth of her support among LGBT leaders. It includes people like former U.S. Assistant Attorney General Eldie Acheson, who went to college with Hillary Clinton, and Neel Lattimore who worked for her as First Lady as well as film/TV writer and producer Greg Berlanti who met her last week and signed on as a supporter immediately. The list also includes prominent LGBT activists who have been leaders on issues important to the community, including three retired members of the military who have worked to overturn the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, advocates in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and the attorney who argued and won the landmark Supreme Court case, Lawrence v. Texas.

“Her commitment to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and her steadfast work to improve access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS are just two of the reasons why I support Hillary Clinton for President,” said Jose Zuniga, President of the Chicago-based International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care. Zuniga, who attained the rank of Sergeant, was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1993 after coming out as a gay man. He served as a military medic during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and had been named the Sixth US Army’s Soldier of the Year six weeks prior to his discharge.

Hillary Clinton has worked to advance the cause of equality for LGBT Americans for many years. As president, Clinton has pledged to end the divisive leadership of the past six years and work with the LGBT community to make sure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal economic benefits and rights. She also will work to end discrimination in adoption laws. As a U.S. Senator, she has worked to expand federal hate crimes legislation and pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and will sign the legislation into law once she is in the White House. She will also put an end to the failed policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

“I am proud to have the support of such distinguished leaders in the LGBT community,” said Clinton. “Together, we can move our nation closer to the promise of fairness and equality that all Americans deserve.”

Already, Hillary for President has been actively reaching out to earn the support of the LGBT community. In March, Clinton addressed the Human Rights Campaign’s Board Meeting and Equality Convention — the only candidate to accept their invitation. Her LGBT supporters have hosted two fundraisers for her campaign, one in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2007, and one in Los Angeles last Friday. Hillary for President has a full-time staff person, Mark Walsh, solely focused on LGBT outreach.

“Hillary Clinton has precisely the priorities our nation needs at this time — a strong defense with a balanced hand to guide it, a will to strengthen education and health care, a fair tax system and a balanced budget – and equal treatment of every American under the law,” said Elizabeth Birch, former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign. “The LGBT community has seen many hard political years. It is time for a renaissance for our nation and for our community.”

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  • Marge Alley

    Is Barack Obortion an Obomination? Is Mayor Newsom the combination of “nuisance” and “gruesome”? While you’re wondering, check out “God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up” on engines like Google! Marge

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77XqG8p6-GE HRCin08

    Here’s my video response to Obama:
    Obama “Talks too Much”. He’s All Hat, No Cattle.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77XqG8p6-GE

    Go Hillary!

  • TeakWoodKite

    Obama is teh only hope for gays

    Said the wolf to the sheep.

  • Andy

    Can you believe this crap? It’s from Andrew Sullivan
    at the Atlantic about how Obama is teh only hope for gays, etc. Worst part is that the NYT writes in
    “The Opinionator” editorial an article essentially
    repeating Sullivan’s arguments as a pitch really for gay voters to choose Obama. It’s astonishing….Especially given what this thread here at NQ is about…. Check it out.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/29/gay-voters-take-note/#comment-53092

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    • Simon

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      Obama’s confused sexuality must be a bitch for him.

      So uncomfortable in the presence of gay men, the conflicting feelings.

      Stupid troll.

      You know one note on a piano, and it’s all you play.

      No wonder trolls never win.

  • Gloria

    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/02/a-sign-of-the-t.html

    But he advertises on Rush Limbaugh’s show in Dallas!!!!!

  • http://www.despair.com/ambition.html Smilin’ Jim

    If this grows legs and hits a serious demographic, what are the odds that the yuppie will shack up with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?

    Is Willie Brown still sitting on the fence?

  • hillarysmygirl

    Yet THIS is what I’m greeted with on my Yahoo page this morning:

    Gay Clinton Backers Defect to Obama, eroding her base

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20080229/pl_bloomberg/a_wg4hpi71wu

    I am hopeful today after seeing new polls showing her in the lead, regardless of what MSNBCCNN insists on shouting:

    http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/02/poll_hillary_has_momentum_in_t.php

    Go Madam President! Go Hillary ’08!

  • ChrisXP

    Just a FYI: When GA passed the law that made marriage only between men and women, must Georgian Blacks voted FOR it (it was over 70% voted in favor of it).

    O-Bomba can’t afford alienating the Black vote with getting chummy with the GLBT community.

    It’s just one more Achilles heel, to bring O-Bomba down.

  • AF

    Remember the debate where Obama was so embarrassed that he was tested for AIDS after Biden brought it up, repeatedly Obama said “I got tested with Michelle – just so there’s no confusion here.” Audience laughed then Biden repeated “I got tested to save my life” to emphasize the seriousness of the topic.

    Obama at Debate: I Got AIDS Tested With Michelle.

  • mgm

    I’m mystified by the lack of curiosity among Obama’s supporters. In far too many areas he remains a blank slate, but no one among his admirers seems the slightest bit interested in knowing more than what the adoring media and his own books tell them. My first questions about him arose when I learned that, in his early forties, he considered himself so interesting that he’d written two books about himself. Except that now we know at least some parts of those books were fictionalized. Why? Why make up parts of what are marketed as autobiographies? What else about Obama is merely fiction?

    The other item that gives me discomfort is his very odd attitude about gays. He lives in Chicago, it’s the 21st century, and he professes to be a Democrat and concerned about human rights. Yet his actions, like those in this diary, belie this, including the attitudes expressed by the pastor if the church he belongs to. There are too many things about Mr. Obama that simply do not add up or ring true.

    • A

      To sum it up in a bumper sticker:

      “Which Obama do you think you’re voting for?”

    • hillarysmygirl

      If parts of Obama’s autobiographies are fictionalized, then I look forward to the Oprah episode where she reams him a new one…

  • apishapa

    I saw at Taylor Marsh that Hillary has sponsored a bill to prohibit private constractors ilke Blackwater in Iraq. Obama has declined to sign on and will not say he won’t use contractors. This is important because what difference does it make if we bring home sodiers and replace them with mercenaries?

    Also, Hillary has restated her support of a ban on mandantory minimum sentences. Obama has said he’ll fund a commission to study it.

    Obama takls a lot, but never takes a stand for a Democratic ideal. Never. He says he likes Repppublicans and Hillary doesn’t. That is why I support Hillary. I detest everything Republicans stand for. They have completely screwed up my country that I love, and I hate them for it. All of them. They stand together as a party, they need to be blamed wholesale. The Republican Party is responsible for this mess. Only them.

  • OldCoastie

    why do I have the feeling that women and gays will be the subjects of a lot more violence during an Obama presidency?

    Obama thinks gay people are equal, just not as equal as everyone else… (or something like that)

    • Simon

      why do I have the feeling that women and gays will be the subjects of a lot more violence during an Obama presidency?

      Why do you assume as President, Obama would have control?

    • norrismorris

      He has avoided gays and anything to do with them. Obmama finds gays and gay issues election busters.

      Obama’s patter has been consistent in that he avoids any confrontational subject. He absents himself from voting, or in Illinois gave “present” votes.

      He is as phoney as they come, including his acceptance of hundreds of thousands of votes from Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. He has had the stones to reasure Jewish organizations that he is not anti semitic when Zbig Brezinsky is his foreign policy advisor, and his foreign policy wonks are all Carterites. We know very well that Carter has no use for Israel.

      Obama should be totally exposed to the entire Jewsih community in a way that demands total investigation of his policy wonks and their known position re: Palestine. And Obama’s past positions on Israel and Palestine need looking at. Obama’s Pastor openly admires Farrakhan and Obama has not fiven up this church. Either he is corrupt and hangs in for whatever he can get, or dislikes Jews as many African Americans actually do.

      Farrakhan blames African Americans victimization on Jews. Where was Obama? He should have totally disasociated himself from this group if he cares at all about the Jewish vote and about how his policy group intends to deal with Israel/Palestine issues.

      Jews need to know a LOT more about Obama than these mild “assurances” which mean nothing in the light of his taking big time from Farrakhan

      The Jews may also be afraid of being called racists, but they should not let Obama get away with this scam.

    • norrismorris

      Women have already taken a hit from Obama. Big Time.

      Feminists have voted in Obama primaries and caucuses, and while Blacks have voted for their interests [Obama],Women have NOT voted for their interests.

      Actually feminists don’t exist except for over 50′s
      and they have held for Hillary for the most part. But the younger women, college and professionals are not even aware of Hillary’s accomplishments as they are too young and have believed all the negative propoganda.
      The press has piled on humiliation, outright lies, mis-information, hate and trash talk, and contempt for not just Hillary, but all women are damaged by this.

      This election has unleashed the greatest amount of sexist,humiliating rubbish against all women in the foul language and hateful depiction of women not just of hillary, but of the elective process itself ever seen in this country since women got the right to vote a short time ago.

      The monumental struggle involved in the women’s movement for the right to vote was forged by two fearless women who devoted their lives to this, and succeeded in spite of death threats,villification, and humiliation.

      How can there be feminists when most women’s main interests today are to “get a man”?? Every sitcom, talk show, etc encourages overt vulgarism and sexuality
      from sluttish dress,aggressive sexuality, and hungering for male approval.

      Women appear to need a MAN to lead them. Their rejection of the only woman in their lifetime who could represent the country, and is also cognizant of woman and children’s needs, is being abandoned by women who have supported her in the past.

      So the subtext is that Latinos vote their interest. Men vote their interest. Blacks vote their interest.
      But women do NOT, and still feel inferior to men who they prefer [even when flawed.]

      Male domination by both blacklatino,white,arab,muslim,indian, etc.men have ruled our culture and our politics endlessly. Our bodies and the right to determine what we may do with them is determined by men who make laws that virtually ensure owning us. And for paying us less to the bargain.

      Women remain abused,beaten,raped,abandoned,forced into child labor and prostitution, circumsized, murdered and starved every minute all over the world.

      Women have exerted supreme power as heads of state in many countries. But not in America where abuse of women and children is at epidemic levels.

      Women are afraid to appear intelligent or aggressive, or too successful. It’s not considered “sexy”. How will they “get” their man?

      And finally that great intellectual, actress Scarlet Johansen, has spoken: “I am absolutely in love with Obama. It is really true love and so far he is the love of my life.”

      Unquestionably there will be aftershocks & the blatent sexism that has overtaken the blogs with a fury will not be seen the end of. Nothing good will come of this, and no one has actively attempted to stop it with the exception of Emily’s list, etc. when Chris Matthews & co. went into an orgy of disrespect and hate that prompted some women’s groups to demand a stop.

      But this has gone on. Just look at Google blog SOC.men. It’s sickening. Obama supporters ask women to vote by depicting a photo of Obama on a yellow Tshirt pushing the “Ho” word.

      There will be trouble.

  • http://noquartersusa.net/blog/2008/01/29/as-god-is-my-witness-obama-snubs-newsom-gays/#comments waldenpond

    New to the site. Obama used the same language when he have his speech in church on MLK.

    “No matter how much Christians who oppose homosexuality may claim that they hate the sin but love the sinner, such a judgment inflicts pain on good people — people who are made in the image of God, and who are often truer to Christ’s message than those who condemn them…it is my obligation, not only as an elected official in a pluralistic society but also as a Christian, to remain open to the possibility that my unwillingness to support gay marriage is misguided…I must admit that I may have been infected with society’s prejudices and predilections and attributed them to God; that Jesus’ call to love one another might demand a different conclusion; and that in years hence I may be seen as someone who was on the wrong side of history.”

    His vote for confirmation of Thomas B. Griffith, although old (06/14/05 vote 136), also made me uncomfortable. Two women voted for this confirmation but 7 against. If you google Leahy Griffith, you can see Leahy’s written objection. Women’s groups opposed this vote also.

    • Simon

      But the candidate brings out a switch hitter, no, a proxy, to really say what he thinks, much like McCain used the DJ from Arizona to refer to Obama as “Hussein.”

      Rove would do that for Bush, have someone else spew the real position, allowing your guy to look faultless.

    • TeakWoodKite

      Salutations Waldenpond,

      that my unwillingness}} to support gay marriage is misguided

      This part the of the quote sums it for me.

      Unwillingnes = closed mind
      to support gay marriage is misguided = the intent of what he is saying.

      Obama reminds me of a bad Intel Cutout

      Last night in a Safway parking lot I noticed an “Obama 08″ bumber sticker with a Black marker S over the B. and a rethug sticker on the otherside.

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    • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

      I clicked on this trackback. Excellent piece that also quotes Dr Carolyn’s story here last night.

  • foxx

    A bit late with women too. Only a majority of the population. After New Hampshire he had his round table with 3 women! That’s been it.

    • AF

      Here’s something else about New Hampshire:

      After speaking before a crowd 8,500 people, Barack Obama privately met with 25 people from the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry group.

      The group has previously met with Bill Richardson, Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards.

      While Obama spoke on stage with Oprah the group was seated in an empty Sam Adams bar, where they were given position papers on gay and lesbian issues and a chart comparing all the candidates, both Democratic and Republican. The group was joined by a national Obama staffer and a New Hampshire staffer.

      After the Obama/Oprah rally, the group was taken to a private room in the basement of the Verizon Wireless Arena. Within minutes a jacketless Obama arrived accompanied by two secret service members.

      [snip ...
      He believed in civil unions but wouldn't push for marriage equality because the country was not ready for it, the blogger says.]

      Obama also told the group, “you guys have been supplanted by the Hispanics,” by the Republicans as the new evil group.

  • Kat

    I’d like to add that Obama did the same thing for the Asian community (meaning late to the party).

    We have a national, nonpartisan, PAC dedicated to winning equal opportunity and justice for all Asian called 80-20 initiative. 80-20 sent out questionnaires to presidential candidates early on to access their commitment to Asian community. Hillary returned in a very timely matter, addressed all the questions; while Obama didn’t bother to answer until a week before Super Tuesday (pure guess – probably they saw the poll that they were losing Asian votes in CA).

    • Simon

      while Obama didn’t bother to answer until a week before Super Tuesday (pure guess – probably they saw the poll that they were losing Asian votes in CA).

      I thought I remember reading it was far more severe than this, the head of the PAC was egregiously offended, Obama, or his campaign, outright SNUBBING the Asian community.

      Just as well, no one wants to be associated with such a criminal loser like Obama.

      I guess Asians aren’t important, you know, not like the anglos…jeez.

      You only get the attention he deems necessary to win.

      It’s like the velvet rope, if you’re important, you get in, if not, he’ll let you know your place.

      Obama the snob?

      He’s starting to make Bush look good, god damn, no easy feat.

      • Sam

        Not to mention the D-Punjab memo against Hillary, which was a MAJOR snub to the South Asian community that had until that point had been supportive. The majority in the South Asian community will have no problem voting for McCain.

        • norrismorris

          You are totally correct. The outrageous snubbing of the Asian community is insulting and demeaning. Obama doesn’t need them, so he ignores them.

          “They don’t vote for me anyway, so f**k ‘em.

          He is an unfortunately gifted opportunist.

  • Blue State Girl

    I see Adam B showed up. He’s another Obama supporter from over at DailyKos. I wish they wouldn’t bother. It’s enough that the DailyKos reeks because of them.

    Obama released a letter yesterday outlining his support for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. Again, he’s a bit late to the party. Jeralyn over at Talk Left zeroes in on this quote (emphasis mine):

    Just as important, I have been listening to what all Americans have to say. I will never compromise on my commitment to equal rights for all LGBT Americans. But neither will I close my ears to the voices of those who still need to be convinced. That is the work we must do to move forward together.

    http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/2/29/03017/3457

    What about opening his mouth to persuade those who still need to be convinced?

    At any rate, I doubt this will do much to make up for the McClurkin fiasco.

    • Simon

      At any rate, I doubt this will do much to make up for the McClurkin fiasco.

      The press releases count for shit, they mean nothing, more David Axlerod medicority, poor Dave, still can’t find his own asshole.

      More importanly, though, are Obama’s thoughts, therefore actions, when he thinks no one is paying attention — Oprah is always there. (Sorry, Oprah as big brother, Oprah as General Hayden when he was head of the NSA, who knows…it’s a joke, sorry. I look at Hayden, I see Oprah, doesn’t everyone? No? Go figure…)

      Anyway, not big brother, or Oprah, per se, but someone always knows something, there are no secrets, anymore.

      And Obama doesn’t like gay people, will not fight for gay rights recognition, in fact, supports the oppression of the LTGB community, actions speak louder than words.

      And you’re right, it does matter.

      • norrismorris

        Oprah needs Gays to run a show of her dimensions. What she really thinks is another thing. Politically it isn’t convenient for her or her audience, but it’s still entertainment.

        She behaves in a manner expected from a multi billionairess who want ultimate power and can see it expressed through Obama.

        She kissy kissed with Bush on air. What do you expect of someone who pushes a book like “Secrets”? DUH. Obama is another of her creations, but lets not forget…Blacks are voting in their interests. It’s a pride thing, and we are seeing a version of the O.J. phenomena
        played out in a different manner.

    • DCDemocrat

      Actually, Daily Delusion has lost all lucidity. Positions previously held as anathema by the left, now endorsed by Obama, are virtually gospel over there. The site has lost all credibility.

      • Blue State Girl

        I agree. I joined around Sept. 2003 and as a Dean supporter, things never got as bad as they are now. The Obama Superiority Complex is like a virus.

      • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

        Daily Delusion. Ha. I like that even better than DailyObama.

        What a bunch of lockstep partisan thugs.

        • Simon

          What a bunch of lockstep partisan thugs.

          Actually, the thugs are arguably more the Bush Cheney supporters, I don’t really see Kos taking anyone down, despite his illusions about himself.

          Obama’s top people overestimate their importance, grossly overestimate their skill, and place, in politics. Obama may be connected to Auchi, but so is Bush, and the Bush family is far more important to the international criminal. If Obama becomes truly radioactive, he can kiss his political ass, and his Iraqi sugar daddy, goodbye.

          The presidential candidate Obama is a creation of the press, without the press, would anyone give him a second thought?

          No, he’d just be another anonymous poster at Kos, like Adam B…

      • norrismorris

        Yes, the left is losing credibility and is leaking Obama juice.

        Tolerating sexist speech and behavior. Avoiding and insulting the Gay Community who must be fairly represented in an administration Obama has vowed will bring HOPE and CHANGE.

        The left has abandoned it’s principles and is so hungry to win at any cost that they have deserted Hillary and revilled her, and taken on a wan opportunist who can give good rhetoric. Our Americans believe what he says…and actually he says NOTHING.

        Many progressives I know have told me that Obama has given them their first political orgasm.

        They for sure are not using their minds, critical judgement, or morality.

        When challenged we hear non facts, mis- stated and distorted campaign scripted answers, and when he is challenged to be truly vetted he cries. “racism”. His handlers will not let him near the press. He has not been interrogated on any real level.

        The Left has gone Right to hell.

  • angca

    Adam that is not true.

    I don’t understand why you would say this.

    You are correct that the court ruled in favor of the same sex couple -

    however – there was a vote in Mass. House regarding putting this issue to a vote on ballots. The measure was strongly contested on both sides and many in the gay rights community thought we would lose.

    It was an extremely political vote and it finally did not pass.

    I have no idea if Hillary was instrumental or not – but this did come to a vote.

    • Blue State Girl

      Adam that is not true.

      That’s because Adam is a lawyer in Philadelphia, not Boston, so he wouldn’t know.

      Boston Globe, June 2007:

      A proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was swiftly defeated today by a joint session of the Legislature by a vote of 45 to 151, eliminating any chance of getting it on the ballot in November 2008. The measure needed at least 50 votes to advance.

      The vote came without debate after House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, Senate President Therese Murray, and Governor Deval Patrick conferred this morning and concluded that they have the votes to kill the proposal.

      Full story here:
      http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2007/06/legislators_vot_1.html

  • Ann

    We cannot nominate another do-nothing. BO says stuff and doesn’t do anything. I have no doubt Hillary says what she believes and come h*ll or hight water she’s going to do everything she can to help us repair our damaged nation. She’s going to elevate the compassion at the core of the American experience.

    We’d be crazy to let pass the opportunity to elect Hillary. Crazy.

  • http://vbonnaire.wordpress.com vbonnaire

    Oh brother. Just as I suspected with his target marketing he is just using them. I’ll be linking to this post of yours, thanks.

    This comes from a married female hetero Californian with many gay friends, btw.

    Ugh. What a tactic. Thanks for finding this from San Fran. It matters.

    • Simon

      Ugh. What a tactic. Thanks for finding this from San Fran. It matters.

      It is tacit approval of gay hate, from an authority.

      So it’s also tacit approval of gay bashing, violence against gays.

      Ten to one if this weren’t called out, here at NQ, and other places, we’d see an Obama loon committing a hate crime against a gay person, you know how those homophobes are, in denial about their sexuality, striking out at those who remind them.

      Really, no kidding, it will just be a matter of time.

      • norrismorris

        What’s as bad as Gay Hate is pretending to be for UNITY and TOGETHERNESS and HOPE and CHANGE,
        and then throwing Gay people under the bus by evasive behavior and underhanded avoidance.

        We musn’t leave out Asians and Jews.

        He panders only to Jews, as this is Wall Street bucks, and a sizable voting bloc.

        He’s putrid. He lies. He won’t shed his church or Farrakhan, and Gay People to Farrakhan should be dead. Add the Jews to this hate group of Islam.

        • yttik

          Don’t forget women. In the name of “togetherness and unity” Obama has been making some pretty sexist comments and alienating a lot of women.

          He’ll throw anybody under the bus. Just ask the people in his district who called him the “Obamanation” because they went without heat while he partied it up with their landlord.

    • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

      Thank YOU! Send me the link when you put it up — susanunpc at gmail dot com

  • Diana

    Truth is he’s been handled, managed, and created, for this presidential run since the year before that Senate run. His handlers have been scripting his entire legislative, public, and private, life since then. I have no doubt that his snub was engineered by his handlers to be sure that no photos could be used against him.. just as he shared the stage in South Carolina with Pastor Donnie McClurkin. Everything is done in political calculation. Another George Bush, and Axelrod will no doubt have Rove’s coveted office if Obama manages to pull this off.

    • Diana

      And does anyone truly believe that his “Audacity of Hope” was anything other than a campaign document?

      • Paul

        I have the exact same feeling while reading that book.

        And I have to say it is a very wimpy book. My wife used to joke that she doesn’t feel like it is written by a man.

    • rjj

      That’s his problem. I have been calling him a “political confection.”

      • Eurogirl70

        That is probably the best description of Barack Obama I have yet seen!!

        Excellent RJJ!!

        • yttik

          LOL, a “political confection”? Yes, that really is a great description.

          He is kind of like empty calories and no nutrition.

    • norrismorris

      OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN SCRIPTED AND EXECUTED WITH SURGICAL PRECISION.

      HE HAS BEEN PRIMED BY THE DNC ELDERS TO BE THE ANTI HILLARY, AS CONTROL FOR THE PARTY IS THEIR ULTIMATE DESIRE. TEDDY,KERRY,DODD,LEAHY are part of the older bunch that nedded revival to counter Clinton control.
      So you are seeing a carefully scripted,politically opportunistic and evasive Obama get away with this s**t because he’s a good speechifier and has had expert handling.

      You are watching a totally invented product.
      Conveniently there for the elders to have crafted a coup with the Golden Barry of the golden voice.

      This is theatre. But it’s Theatre of the Absurd.

  • chris

    “discomfort” sorry, i can’t type when I’m angry.

  • chris

    Well, I AM surprised that he’s all over the map on LGBT issues. I’m gay and I don’t like it because it clearly shows his discomfort with us and his attempt, as usual, to have it both ways.

    Campaigning with McClurkin was inexcusable and he STILL doesn’t “get it.” I believe that he thinks he has the gay and lesbian community in the bag. Where else will we go? But he has offended me on so many personal levels—the race baiting of Hillary Clinton, the sexism, and the obvious homophobia, that I will never cast a vote for him. If that means contributing to four years of McCain, too bad. I don’t trust him, don’t like him, and want him nowhere near the oval office.

    Every day my comfort with him increases. His “soaring rhetoric” falls flat with me. He is a two-faced phony who has managed to attract gullible college students and limousine liberals to his travelin’ salvation show. At least with Hillary we know where we stand, and that we aren’t going to get thrown under the bus so she can pander to right-wingers and religious nuts.

  • Marjorie

    It would be interesting if this is the beginning of a slide for Obama. Senator Clinton is open and comfortable with her support for the GLBT community. Obama has to tread the line between taking GLBT dollars and having the AA community a given in his corner. He has avoided being confronted because his campaign rhetoric is mesmerizing but vague-change, etc., but with friends like Farrakhan, a too open support for gays could be a crack in the dam.

  • Andy

    Where is this ad running? Is it running now?
    Has *anyone* in the MSM picked up on this yet?

  • http://wiskeytangofoxtrotoscar.blogspot.com/ James (San Deigo)

    Wile the beginning of the article is very good you lost me with the HRC press release. I’m not surprised that Barack is all over the map on LGBT issues. Love the green, snub the person who is handing you the green. Sort of like the “love the sinner hate the sin” meme the Christian Crazies keep vomiting up.

    Susan, you have some great writing chops. Your advocacy of HRC is better served by using your own words; not the hackery of a press release. Put it in your own words and provide link(s) to the supporting campaign documents. Let the Ombamabots genuflect to their messiah by repeating every hiccup,fart and burp released by Barack or his minions.

    • http://noquarterusa.net/ SusanUnPC

      Huh? I could use my own words but it is far better to provide readers with what the candidate has actually said and published on the subject at hand.

      • chris

        You report…we decide….yuck yuck
        :)

  • AF

    When that story broke a friend said maybe her Obama vote was a huge mistake. But then she chose to believe her lying eyes and said there was no way to know if it was true (even though the SF Chronicle story has four sources.)

    Also this from the local LGBT rag: Gay Superdelegates May Hold Key in Dem Race.

  • http://www.OUTTAKEonline.com Charlotte

    FYI, Hillary Clinton was key in passing Gay Marriage in Massachusetts by having her campaign manager, Terry McAuliffe, quietly calling legislators to sway their votes. Obama did nothing….

    • Adam B.

      That’s kinda impossible, given that same sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts due to a ruling of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts in November 2003, and not by any legislative action.

      • Simon

        You’re the kos guy?

        Your candidate is disgusting.

        WTF is wrong with you?

        • DCDemocrat

          They’ve been floating around the web lately spreading their Obamamessiah worship.

        • Adam B.

          I’m sorry if you don’t like me; I don’t know what that has to do with the utter falsity of the assertion to which I was responding.

          • Jay, Massachusetts

            the utter falsity of your “utter falsity” assertion is the reason maybe?

      • Jay, Massachusetts

        Charlotte’s talking about the two different full legislative sessions over the constitutional chaos and a electoral referendum to destroy Gay Marriage.

        Gay Marriage definitely passed because of legislative action…it killed the referendum and let the Supreme Judicial Court’s (what it’s called here in Massachusetts) decision stand without a Constitutional ban or a voter referendum to kill it.

        The full legislative sessions both managed to save gay marriage by the barest of margins, in one case by 1 vote if I remember it right.

        And yeah Clinton was a boon.

        Know what you’re talking about before you attempt the “rewite”

      • K

        What happened is that the state legislature voted down a constitutional amendment that would have ended same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Had that amendment passed through the legislature a second time, it would have been on the ballot this fall.

        And, yes, Hillary and other prominent Democrats (Obama NOT among them) worked hard to get Democrats in the Massachusetts legislature to vote against the amendment.

        Hillary, by the way, also worked hard in the U.S. Senate in 2004 to kill the Federal marriage amendment.

        In short, she has a long and true record in supporting gay Americans. I trust her. Given American society, it’s not clear how far forward laws could go in a Clinton administration, given that there would still be lots of nasty Republicans and timid Democrats in Congress. But I’m comfortable she would do her damnedest to keep this country from going backwards.

        Obama? He says all the right things. But he doesn’t have much of a track record of positive accomplishments. And, of course, there’s the McClurkin incident …

    • norrismorris

      This is true. Passing this in Mass. was very important to Hillary, also Barney Frank gay member of congress is a close and dear friend and Hillary has always championed gay rights and legislation.