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03/15/2007

Hillary and Barack ease back into our good graces

by Jeremy Hooper

So yesterday we told you how both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama seemed reluctant to defend the morality of gays. Well, this morning Americablog reported that the Human Rights Campaign was less than happy with the two and that the gay rights organization contacted both campaigns with their concerns. So did anything come of this? Well, yea, it seems to have actually done some good.

 Good As You Images Vid Hillcast 20070309From Hillary (as aired on Bloomberg News):

"Well I've heard from a number of my friends and I've certainly clarified with them any misunderstanding that anyone had, because I disagree with General Pace completely. I do not think homosexuality is immoral. But the point I was trying to make is that this policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell is not working. I have been against it for many years because I think it does a grave injustice to patriotic Americans who want to serve their country. And so I have called for its repeal and I'd like to follow the lead of our allies like, Great Britain and Israel and let people who wish to serve their country be able to join and do so. And then let the uniform code of military justice determine if conduct is inappropriate or unbecoming. That's fine. That's what we do with everybody. But let's not be eliminating people because of who they are or who they love.

Also, here is a written statement that was passed on to us by our friends at the Empire State Pride Agenda:

I have heard from many of my friends in the gay community that my response yesterday to a question about homosexuality being immoral sounded evasive. My intention was to focus the conversation on the failed don’t ask don’t tell policy. I should have echoed my colleague Senator John Warner’s statement forcefully stating that homosexuality is not immoral because that is what I believe.” – Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

 Good As You Images Picture-11-23And from Obama:

"As the New York Times reported today, I do not agree with General Pace that homosexuality is immoral. Attempts to divide people like this have consumed too much of our politics over the past six years."

Okay, okay -- we actually, for the most part, believe you both. But kiddos, we've got a long time left in this courtship. And contrary to some belief, our ass doesn't enjoy smoke blown up it. So from the point forward, how's about we be totally honest with one another, so as to avoid misunderstandings and heartache. Deal?

::sigh:: I hate it when we fight.

Brownback supporting Pace over comments on gays [AP via SignOnSanDiego.com]
Excerpt of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Bloomberg News Regarding the Comments Made By General Peter Pace [Bloomberg News]

*UPDATE, 3/16: Democrats Clarify Beliefs About Gays [NY Times]

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Your thoughts

Oh good. Now all we need is unequivocal support for marriage equality. Hopefully they wouldn't be evasive if they were asked that sort of question.

Posted by: Karanis | Mar 15, 2007 7:35:50 PM

Are we going to be the MORON VOTE and let Hi-t-llary
push us around like morons?

Enough of this BITCH !

CLINTON FATIGUE IS OVERPOWERING.

NO MORE CLINTONS.

ANYBODY ELSE IS BETTER

Posted by: j prince | Mar 15, 2007 8:36:19 PM

Oh that's nice. I guess we should keep giving then? Not! Look, at least the Republicans are forthright about their dislike of gays and we know the discrimination and hatred we're dealing with outright. From the Democrats, I'm tired of having the hat held out for my dollars, but when the bus comes the hat is gone and they're pushing me off the curb so it can roll over me. You should be tired of it too! Keep your money in your wallets, the Democrats have earned none of it. I'll still vote for the Democrat over the Republican, but I won't pay for doing so.

Posted by: fnln | Mar 17, 2007 3:58:34 PM

Oh, don't get me wrong. I don't at all mean to imply that we should just overlook their waffling and game-playing. On the contrary, we need to be inspired by this to make sure and hold our Dem candidates accountable for each and every less-than-stellar way that they address LGBT issues. The reaction to their unacceptable responses to Pace was loud and angry, and they were made to clarify. While we shouldn't HAVE to force them to issues principled statements, we will if we must.

I do believe that neither Hillary or Barack view us as "immoral." By issuing their clarifications they have EASED back into the good graces of the gay community. However, their initial reluctance has us watching even more closely than we were before.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 17, 2007 8:57:46 PM

Sorry, I did not mean to snap at you.

It was really intended for the two politicians.

I was very irritated with Hillary's all over the map tap dancing, particularly after speaking to HRC with the hat out.

The ones who say that we have to take a backseat for the greater cause can sit in the back. I won't be quiet until I am treated and given the same benefits as everyone else. =)

Posted by: fnln | Mar 19, 2007 8:08:05 AM

No worries. Didn't at all take it as a snap. I was just clarifying.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 19, 2007 8:19:06 AM

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