Obama: I’m a ‘Fierce Advocate’ for Gay and Lesbians

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Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 11:44 am

At a press conference in Chicago this morning, President-elect Barack Obama responded to attacks from gay-rights advocates who say they his selection of Pastor Rick Warren, a critic of gay rights, to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.

Warren, a leader of the evangelical Saddleback Church in Orange County,Calif., came out in favor of Proposition 8 — a ballot initiative that stripped gays of the right to marry in the state. The hot-button initiative narrowly passed, setting off a firestorm among gay rights advocates who took to the streets in protests across the state.

Obama, who often mentioned his support of gay rights in stump speeches, though not gay marriage, said today that he is a “fierce advocate for gay and lesbian Americans,” adding, “It’s something I’ve been consistent on.”

When pressed by a reporter on why he would invite someone with opposing social views to speak at his inauguration, Obama responded: “It’s important for Americans to come together, even if we have different social views…that dialogue, I think, is what my campaign has been about.”

For those who see gay marriage as one of the great civil rights struggles of this era, the “coming together” message doesn’t take away the sting.

California gay rights activist Rick Jacobs said to Politico:

“Can you imagine if he had a man of God doing the invocation who had deliberately said that Jews are not going to be saved and therefore should be excluded from what’s going on in America? People would be up in arms,” he said.

Obama, who has been commended for a near-flawless transition, might have just made his first major misstep.

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39 Comments

Dick_Hertz
Comment posted December 18, 2008 @ 11:58 am

Obama has fucked up. There's no other way to say it. There has to have been a much better alternative out there somewhere, but somebody picked this asshole Warren. How is is going to be received when we find out he's been buggering children or snorting crank off Jeff Gannon's taint? You can't be a false prophet of the end times like Ricky without some bona fides- will he be a Haggard, or a Bakker, or a Foley, or a Klaudt? It's only a matter of time before we find out he belongs on armchairsubversive.com


tombetz
Comment posted December 18, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

If President Obama feels the need to include anti-gay bigotry in his inaugural, if he must include a representative of those who oppose equal rights for gay people, where is the white supremacist in his inaugural program? The anti-semite? The anti-papist? Surely, he must include them as well.

Or is bigotry against homosexuals the only remaining acceptable bigotry in America today?


damitajo1
Comment posted December 18, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

Obama is not a fierce ADVOCATE for glbt causes. He talks about them only while campaigning. Can someone point to any policies he has sponsored to help glbt people? Please. Obama is a pure JOKE.


R Farrell
Comment posted December 18, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

Whatever. Just another pure politician. He is already running for 2012. Count me out next time Barry.


Hawaiian style
Comment posted December 20, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

Dear Pres.

Talk is cheap. When it came to action you didn't walk the walk.

I don't trust you now. You have fallen to the “I'll wait and see” category.

Auwe


Curtz
Comment posted December 21, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

Ms McGann,
Any conscious wish or effort to ignore or disregard God's will would be an major mis-step for anyone. However my reason for commenting here does not involve religion and politics.
Are gay people entitled to the civil rights they had been demanding? You might find interesting what I wrote in my blog posting, Part One of Homosexuality: How Do You Right a Wrong?
This is at my blog site, Curtis' Expectations at http://cxpectations. blogspot.com
Such may be the information loyal homosexuals had been looking forward to hear, to help them make positive, wise decisions for their best future. There are related videos included in the posting to watch.
Best Regards,
Curtis
http://curtisonthenews.blogspot.com


Curtz
Comment posted December 21, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

Ms McGann,
Any conscious wish or effort to ignore or disregard God's will would be an major mis-step for anyone. However my reason for commenting here does not involve religion and politics.
Are gay people entitled to the civil rights they had been demanding? You might find interesting what I wrote in my blog posting, Part One of Homosexuality: How Do You Right a Wrong?
This is at my blog site, Curtis' Expectations at http://cxpectations. blogspot.com
Such may be the information loyal homosexuals had been looking forward to hear, to help them make positive, wise decisions for their best future. There are related videos included in the posting to watch.
Best Regards,
Curtis
http://curtisonthenews.blogspot.com


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