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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Chris Crain at Washington Blade Rips Hillary Clinton

A few weeks back Empire State Pride Agenda Ed Alan Van Capelle sent an email to his board of directors stating that he was not planning to sell tickets to a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. This email was leaked to the New York Observer.

Supporting an LGBT fundraiser for Hillary Clinton will actually hurt our community. It will send a message to other elected officials that you can be working against us during this critical time and not suffer a negative pushback from the gay community. We have become a community that throws money at politicians and we demand nothing in return. And that's what we get -- nothing. It's the wrong message to send.


It's the message that Democrats like Minnesota's Attorney General Candidate - and house minority leader Matt Entenza expect from Minnesota's gay community. Now Chris Crain at the Washington Blade piles on:

Rightfully so.

Clinton's haughtiness on marriage is particularly galling given her own rocky experience with the institution. She did vote against an unprecedented amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would ban gays from marrying, but to do otherwise would have been unthinkable for her politically.

In her speech on the Senate floor, she said, "I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman." Another reality check: She's known for decades that in her own case the institution was never so limited and in fact was a not-so-sacred bond between a man and several women, including his wife and untold Gennifers, Monicas and others.

Hillary opposes allowing gays to marry in New York, and she backed the Defense of Marriage Act, signed by philandering Bill, which not only deprives married gay couples of federal legal recognition, it allows states to ignore marriage licenses issued to gay couples in Massachusetts or elsewhere.

With that kind of track record, Van Capelle rightly argued that there's no good reason for New York gays to throw good money after bad support.

'It will send a message to other elected officials that you can be working against us during this critical time and not suffer a negative pushback from the gay community,' he said in the e-mail. 'We have become a community that throws money at politicians, and we demand nothing in return. And that's what we get: nothing. It's the wrong message to send.'

Van Capelle's point is a needed reality check for active gay politicos, especially in blue states like New York where marriage is no longer the untouchable third rail of politics.

"This year Eliot Spitzer, David Patterson, Alan Hevesi, Andrew Cuomo, Mark Green, Sean Maloney and others are running for statewide office and are in favor of marriage equality for gays and lesbians," Van Capelle points out.


Every time Hillary Clinton raises the issue of the sanctity of marriage, it's fair game to ask her how her marriage exemplifies those values.

Hat Tip: Pam Spaulding.

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