Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Clinton Key in LGBT Massachusetts Win

Super Tuesday is here and LGBT voters across the country are asking, Why won't Clinton or Obama just say they support our rights, clearly, without hesitation, without disclaimers? Why all the wordsmithing?

With a media that will spend days parsing on the color of your pantsuit or the timbre of your laugh - to delicately and cautiously wordsmith is a political reality.

There is, however, a distinct difference in the two candidates and their efforts for the LGBT community. I’m going to vote for with the one who has delivered and who I believe will continue to deliver.

In June 2007, Massachusetts was faced with an anti-gay, anti-marriage equality measure at the Constitutional Convention that would have ripped the state apart. Not only the state, but also it would have set the tone for all marriage equality fights across the country.

Senator Clinton’s campaign manager, Terry McAuliffe, made quiet calls to state legislators to vote down the initiative, according an anonymous source in a key role in the efforts to secure marriage equality in Massachusetts.

Senator Obama? Nothing. Not a word. Not a call. Not one.

In fact, Senator Obama invited to his stage Donny McClurkin, a rabid homophobic gospel singer . He has garnered the support of yet another anti-gay pastor Reverend Kirby Caldwell.

Imagine what would happen to Clinton had she stood on stage, clapping and singing, with a white evangelical who believed Jews should burn in hell.

I was asked today what is the single most important issue for me. I can't say one with out the others. How do you choose between the war, a women's right to choose, healthcare because it is about individuals and it is about American businesses competing on a global stage and public education and someone giving a damn about it, funding it, and staying on top of it.

And I want marriage equality, repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I want to be recognized as a full citizen with the same rights as every heterosexual.

Clinton, in my opinion, has already started the work. She’s already working behind the scenes to make important votes happen.

Senator Clinton and Senator Obama have come out against gay marriage. Both have said they would not support federal recognition of gay marriages.

Both have written to the LGBT community asking for their support.

Wordsmithing is a political reality. Actions, in my opinion, speak louder than words. Last June when we were struggling to keep marriage equality in the state of Massachusetts? Clinton’s campaign manager Terry McAuliffe made phone calls.

I’m voting for the one who helped deliver a key victory in LGBT history.

I’m voting for Senator Clinton.

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Anonymous Laura said...

me too

9:34 AM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

That's real valuable info also Hillary is endorsed by gay Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin & Congressman Barney Frank though Baldwin doesn't agree with Hillary's position on gay marriage. Check out our trailer on gay marriage. Produced to educate & defuse the controversy it has a way of opening closed minds & provides some sanity on the issue: www.OUTTAKEonline.com

9:44 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Well, Charlotte, help pass the news! Today is a huge day.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and that has been one of my points all along. On to any issues we get the Obama hope and future with no actual work or effort. He will be a great man someday, if he follows through on his rhetoric, but today, he is a great political speaker with absolutely minimal substance. He should have waited 8 years, what was the rush?


12:32 PM  
Blogger Sue J said...

Once again, it comes down to actions vs. words. Obama says he's for gay rights, and then he surrounds himself with homophobes.

I wish Clinton would do more, but at least she's done something!

Maybe he just needs to spend 8 more years in the Senate ....

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i didn't know the clinton camp had made those calls. i'm even more happy to vote for her now.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

Maybe he needs 8 years as Vice President....16 years of Dems, that would be nice.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Ulla said...

Why in the world didn't she speak out loud and clear, instead of having a proxy make some calls?
Anyway - I sincerely and deeply hope you are not disappointed if she is elected.
Now, lets toast democracy!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Jim Maynard said...

Hillary Clinton has done LITTLE for the LGBT community, and Bill Clinton actually set the gay movement BACK with DADT and DOMA (which HRC still supports in part). Obama has been speaking more for LGBT rights than HRC in this campaign! He has included "gays and straights" in almost every speech, and scolded the black community for the treatment in Ebenezer baptist church in his MLK speech. I haven't heard HRC even mention gay people in any campaign speech. The main reason I support Obama is I think he can win in 2008 and unite more people, HRC will LOOSE to John McCain.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Seth said...

Well said Jim. Let us not forget that when asked whether she agreed with Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Pace that homosexuality was immoral, Hillary responded bravely, "I am going to leave that to others to conclude." Although she later revised this statement, her immediate response was, I think, the most authentic one. Like her husband when it comes to civil rights, Hillary Clinton's knee-jerk reaction is to take a poll first.

1:34 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

You folks can talk and talk about Obama's superior record but it does not exist.

And Clinton was the only one- THE ONLY ONE- who had staff call on HER BEHALF- to influence the vote in Massachusetts.

That's politics. People make calls. Some little State Rep gets a call from a powerful Senator's staff, they listen.

As I said in my post, politics is all about wordsmithing. saying the right thing that won't give anyone an edge to grab onto and pull you down. Not pretty, but a reality.

And I'm still waiting for Eric Stern to come cut and paste is tired response on my blog here as he has done all over the blogsphere.

7:41 AM  

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