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Monday, September 22, 2008

Obama Includes Anti-Gay Activist In "Faith, Family, Values" Tour

Pam's House Blend:

Obama "Faith, Family, Values Tour" To Include Prop 8 Supporter (+)
by: TomTallis
Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 18:40:11 PM EDT


(What are Blenders thoughts on this? - promoted by Julien Sharp)

Obama to Launch Faith Tour That Includes Supporter of Prop. 8
The Christian Broadcasting Network is reporting that the Obama campaign next week will kick off “Barack Obama: Faith, Family, and Values Tour,” designed to woo the votes of left-leaning Catholics, progressive Evangelicals, and some conservative mainline Protestants. If LGBT people find the tour eerily reminiscent of the South Carolina gospel tour the campaign arranged last year with antigay "ex-gay" gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, their instincts may not be far off. CBN names Catholic legal scholar Douglas Kmiec as one of the religious surrogates who will hit the road stumping for Obama. Kmiec wrote a June 13 op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle supporting California's Proposition 8, the ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage, titled "On Same-Sex Marriage: Should California Amend Its Constitution? Say 'No' to the Brave New World." Kmiec's first two sentences in the piece read, "The California ballot initiative intended to set aside the state supreme court's judicial invention of same-sex marriage deserves public support. Maybe it is enough to say, as many do in conversation, that it merely re-secures a millennia of tradition and common sense."

See more here and here.

I would urge people to donate to the No on 8 campaign, and send Obama's campaign a copy of the donation.

From the comments:

Any open Prop 8 supporters in the line-up? (0.00 / 0)
If not, what you want to bet Obama has his wife whisper her personal opposition to prop 8 a week later at a gathering of 25 glbt people where no press is present? then it will get reported to the gay press,which will be all aflutter at Obama's "real" feelings on the matter.

Protect Marriage Equality in California and thus the Nation!

by: Lurleen

The LCR's can have a good laugh at our expense (0.00 / 0)
given our collective haranguing of them supporting anti- gay candidates.
Well, here is Donnie McClurkin's stage manager Senator Obama digging up yet another anti-gay person to lend him gravitas and that touch of mainstream homophobic bigotry.

Can you imagine the outcry if the Republicans took a segregationaslist on tour with McCain and Caribou Barbie?
But it is fine for the party that coursts us so very often and delivers so very little to cruise American with a homophobe.

You see, it is still socially appropriate, even amongst the Democraats, to hate us.

Senator Obama, thank you for legitimising discrimination against us and our second class status yet again.
You are beginning to remind me of another populist centrist democratic candidate, Governor George Wallace.

"operare non meno l'ongiegno che la forza" Exercise intellect, as much as force-Cosimo de Medici il Vecchio

by: MauraHennessey @ Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 14:40:57 PM EDT

Why is the fact he's a prop.8 supporter the only interesting thing? (4.00 / 3)
Kmiec isn't just a prop.8 supporter, also he's pro-life/anti-choice, he's a Romney supporter... he's a right wing Republican. That's the point! That's sort of why the Obama people have Kmiec campaigning for them in the first place-- because they're trying to show they have support even among right wing Republicans. If Kmiec weren't a right-wing republican with right-wing republican views there wouldn't be any point in using him for outreach to other right-wingers.
And personally I'd prefer what Obama is doing here-- capturing right-leaning votes by reaching out to them on issues where there is common ground, then using people like Kmiec to argue, look, we can disagree with Obama on things like abortion and gay marriage, but he's the better candidate overall-- over what Democrats have been doing the last 20 years, which is trying to capture right-leaning votes by actually adopting right-wing positions.

I dunno. It just continues to fascinate me how people seem to be more interested in who attends minor Obama campaign events than where Obama actually stands on the issues.


by: mcc @ Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 13:38:58 PM EDT

How different, REALLY, are we from LCR?? (4.00 / 1)
I ask that in all honesty. We regularly attack the Log Cabin Republicans for voting republican, but how is this kind of thing any different? And how is it any diferent than the disdain we have for the less educated voter that votes against their self interest and argues that they are not while doing so?
Last week I sent in my first donation to the Obama Campaign, but I just called (To reach the Campaign Headquarters by phone, please call: (866) 675-2008) and asked to be removed from their campaign due to this issue. I can't be giving money to the Equality California campaign and then give money to Obama when he will be using that money to campaign with someone who will use this exposure to fundraise for the Supporters of Prop 8. It's not at all crazy to think that Kmiec will use this national exposure to ratchet up fundraising for the 8 camp as soon as he is done with the Obama "reach-out". I cannot afford to help support both side of 8 by association.

I live in California and my marriage's validity will be questioned in just a few weeks, and for those of you out there who ever hope to have it in your own state should understand that if we loose here, we will loose almost, if not everywhere. And just a reminder that this comes on the heels of the news that he would not seek to immediately overturn DADT (how much longer will that law remain on the books? 4, or 5 years or will it be dropped for expediency like the Clinton's allowed?).

I called the campaign and told them this in no uncertain (yet totally respectfully to the nice woman on the phone) terms. There are plenty of people out there whom Obama could have used, but one of the leaders in this fight? Not wise and totally reminisent of the Clintons in their early days. And just so you know, when I mentioned it to the woman she said "well, ya know, Obama supports gay marriage" and I had to read her what his actual statements are, and regreted to inform her that since the Clinton's, I was no longer a wink and a nod type of guy.

I say: Either support us, or don't, but don't talk out of both sides of your mouth. That's the "old" Washington...


by: Burnsey @ Mon Sep 22, 2008 at 14:36:19 PM EDT