Ed Team

A Noble Statement

Filed By Ed Team | June 14, 2008 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Barack Obama, Dave Noble, LGBT vote

"During the course of this campaign, we have seen thousands of Americans who were never before involved in politics inspired by Barack Obama's candidacy voting for the first time and joining the campaign. We need a President who supports equal rights, one who is dedicated to uniting Americans and building coalitions to help us make progress. That candidate is Barack Obama - who is not afraid to talk about LGBT equality even with those who may disagree and to challenge homophobia."

-- Dave Noble, newly appointed Director of LGBT Vote for the Obama Campaign.

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Yes, it's progress to see presidential candidates pandering to our votes for separate but equal rights...I'm thrilled.

Bobs Friend | June 14, 2008 1:58 PM

Obama publicly sucked up to a homophobic "ex-gay" preacher early in the campaign and followed up that performance by telling HRC that he believes that "marriage is between a man and a woman", adding that he didn't want to use the "M" word because it has a spiritual or religious connotation. So much for LGBT couples who want to marry and have a religious ceremony. He's also made it clear that such decisions should be "left up to the states", which totally contradicts his promise to support federal civil union legislation.

So we have a Democratic candidate who would never have been able to run for POTUS or for the Senate for that matter, during the Jim Crow era but thinks that the twin pillars of Jim Crow laws and the White Citizens' Councils -- separate but equal and States Rights -- are plenty good enough for LGBT citizens.

But he's got a very high-profile level of support from LGBT citizens, including a plethora of puff pieces like the one above. I can't think of a single reason why this man would even remember that LGBT citizens exist so much as a nanosecond after the November returns are in.

In that context, I wouldn't put a lot of significance in conveniently vague references to "our gay brothers and sisters" but P.T. Barnum had it pegged.