NOM tells us something interesting about the Republican 2012 spread

I was reading this piece on the NOM blog about lack of DOMA defense, and I was planning to write a piece about how it proves that the Republicans are LGBTQIA-phobic bigots.

However despite not finding the smoking gun I was looking for, I found something rather hopeful.

If you look at the 8 candidates interviewed, who exclude the self-aggrandizing Herman Cain, the results are rather interesting. Of the 8 selected, only one actually said “I will continue to do everything in my power to fight back against Barack Obama’s attacks on Marriage” from everyone’s favorite lunatic Michelle Bachmann.

We’ve got a ” This is yet another example of our president’s effort to erode the very traditions that have made our country the greatest nation on earth.” from Rick ‘really doesn’t like his internet nickname’ Santorum. A light confused rebuke from Mike “god’s law before the constitution’” Huckabee “That’s hypocritical. It’s hypocritical and it’s dishonest, because when he ran for president, Chris, he said he supported traditional marriage. He’s on the record. Now, the question is was he dishonest then? Is he dishonest now? Or did he change his view, and if he did when and why?”. This triad of half hearted candidates is rounded off by Tim “i’m a real conservative, i have chest hair and everything” Pawlenty, in one full breath saying “I firmly believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, as President Obama told us he believed in 2008. But now President Obama and his Justice Department would have us believe that traditional marriage laws are unconstitutional. I oppose the Justice Department’s political decision to reverse its policy defending the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal statute passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton. The job of the Justice Department is to enforce and defend laws passed by Congress and signed by the President. I am disappointed that the President and his Justice Department have abdicated this responsibility, all for the sake of partisan political gain”.

Newt Gingrich came out with “The President is replacing the rule of law with the rule of Obama. The President swore an oath on the Bible to ensure that the laws be faithfully executed, not to decide which laws are and which are not constitutional.”. All Mitt Romney could say was the decision was “an unfortunate mistake, the President has an obligation as chief executive to enforce and defend the laws of the nation. He should not abdicate that responsibility based on his own interpretations and personal views.”.

The new kid on the block, Mitch Daniels admitted the issue was unimportant for him via a spokeswoman saying “hasn’t, commented and with other things we have going on here right now, he has no plans.”.

Finally the reality TV star who makes Snooki look presidential, Sarah Palin actually ignored the call and has yet to get back to NOM.

So we have one virulently anti-marriage equality candidate, who probably needs some anti-psychotics to make the black helicopters go away. Three people who say “traditional marriage is being attacked” but fail to take a strong anti-equality position. There’s two “president isn’t doing his duty in defending an indefensible law” candidates. On candidate who’s not given it any thought to the situation, and one candidate who can’t be bothered to return a phone call.

Now I’m not saying that this group of comedy misfits are not dangerous or LGBTQIA-phobic and given the chance would love to burn all of us at the stake or at least drive us back into the closet. What I am saying is that these guys aren’t exactly coming out guns-a-blazing for hatred… I guess they know gay-bashing isn’t going to win them 2012…

I’m not expecting the President to actually grow a backbone and fight for equality, because that sounds too much like being a progressive, but at least the country has changed enough that the gay bashers are worried that they can’t exactly win votes from independents by bashing LGBTQIA folk.

I think the Right Wing has a point about President Obama

Yup you did read that right, I agree with the right wing in some areas. President Obama is being a coward on the DOMA situation. He’s not actually standing up for marriage equality, he’s just saying that he’s not going to defend it any more.

President Obama is not a particularly progressive left wing president, he’s a centrist president, who frequently slams the left wing for daring to challenge him.

In this case I’m talking about a hypothetical Obama with a backbone who gets up on his podium with all the media and watching. This is what I hope he’d say.

“My fellow Americans, I want to speak to you about a situation that affects so many of our friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and ourselves. That is the problem of intolerance being used against them, in so many ways. It is than 30 years after the Stonewall Riots, 30 years since the assassination of Harvey Milk, 30 years since the AIDS crisis was ignored by Ronald Reagan. Despite this, there is still terrible intolerance against LGBTQIA americans.

In the past I have not stood up for true equality, and for that I apologize. I allowed brave men and women to be dismissed from the US military because I did not act sooner. I failed to act on ENDA passage and DOMA repeal.

However that time is over, I am now going to make the moto of my administration, ‘equality for all’ and will work night and day to make America the most equal and tolerant country on earth from this day forward.

I recognize there are people of faith who will object, and I would like to assure them that I will not be interfering in their lives and liberties. But I do need to take them to task for two key points, firstly that my marriage and your marriages are NOT threatened by gay marriage. Secondly there is no difference between loving straight and gay families when they raise children.

There was a time when someone would look down on someone like me, and that would have been entirely socially aceptable, even after the passage of the Civil Rights act, but now its come to a point where those who are white supremacist are no longer a part of our political fabric and are an insignificant minority, and I look forward to the day when LGBTQIA phobic people are in a similar situation

This is not an extreme or radical position, it is a centrist position of acceptance and american values. I want to have signed marriage equality and ENDA protections into law before November 2 2012. I know many of you out there are thinking that makes re-election harder, but I know the American people, they are fair, they are just, and they are righteous, and standing for equality is standing for them.

If you want to make intolerance a part of your plank, then in the words of former President Bush ‘Bring it On’”.

Sadly this is just a happy thought, no more, the chances of Obama actually saying anything close to this is laughably small. He like the rest of the democratic leadership will fail to actually act on their claim of support for LGBTQIA people.

If the President were to truly stand for equality and use the presidential bully pulpit to talk about the real issues of equality, then 2012 could be the year that the wedge issue of equality could be used against the republicans.

You cannot be against gay equality and not be against gay people…

Cenk of The Young Turks is transphobic

I saw this on the Young Turks a couple of days ago and i was far from amused.

This is not the first time that Cenk has annoyed me intensely. His coverage about the trans-woman in california who was severely harassed by a DMV employee, who abused his position to get access to her personal information. His attitude was literally “get over it” as if being sent death threats by a government employee in full religious zeal was something that just is a minor inconvenience.

Firstly Ana’s description was wrong a man does not become a woman, a transgendered woman has GRS. She was supportive just uneducated about the real nature of transition. Cenk’s position was “I’m Old Fashioned”, well given that gender identity disorder was recognized in the 1890s you are a little bit behind the times for a progressive liberal.

Most of the time I approve of Cenk’s positions and statements, he’s generally a passionate progressive guy, but when you slam and dump on one of the most mistreated segment of society, you loose severe points on the progressive side of things.

There are still lesbian and gay groups that reject trans people, not to mention those on the right. The anti-transgender amendment was slipped in without protest into the healthcare bill.

Its time Cenk to step up to the mark and learn more about who you insult and look down upon.

Brian Brown debates Sean Eldridge with help from Fox News

I was watching this debate live, and I commented with the #marriageequalityfoxdebate hash tag yesterday.

Its 9 minutes worth of the 15 minute debate. It shows some salient points, but it also showed the very weak performance of Sean Eldridge and the bias of the Fox News host.

Brian Brown made the case that children need biological parents as a priority, which ignores decades of research on adoption, donor eggs, donor sperm, IVF and LGBTQIA parenting.

He argued that California (and other states that oppose gay marriage) should not be forced to accept gay marriage. To me thats just the same as states that had anti-miscegenation states complaining they had the right to block those marriages.

The special case of DOMA is that it fundamentally is not a defensible law, and the Obama administration could not provide a good faith defense of the law, because there is none they could find.

Orientation, and Gender identity and expression protections were talked about by Harvey Milk, and at least at the campaign stage, the Bill Clinton was in favor of gay protections, in fact the DADT situation was a failure of his attempt to allow open service of LGB troops within the US military.

Brian brown kept saying that religious and personal distaste should be allowed as legitimate reasons to discriminate against LGBTQIA families and people, when similar behavior on the basis of race would be universally condemned.

The “moderator” introjected about the APA saying she doesn’t like them because they ignore studies that are anti-gay, and Sean Eldridge did not defend the clear principle that the APA ignores junk science. These are loaded studies designed to try to reverse generations of scientific research on LGBTQIA issues by using manipulated or blatantly false data.

Also when Sean was raising the immigration question,

Sean Eldridge’s performance was to be perfectly nice, pathetic, he was so weak on what needed to be said. He could have made a clear example of explaining that religions should not be allowed to practice bigotry with public money.

If you are a bigoted agency like the catholic church you are not an institution that should be allowed to be a public adoption agency.

He should have said that sexual orientation is not being placed at a special state, but is being put at a level with other protected class.

The APA was a position he should have stood strong on, which he failed to do.

I know I’m a polyamorous queer culture advocate, but Sean should have also stated 2 major points, firstly this is not about polygamy, secondly Utah was a territory not a state, so it did not have the same protections.

This was not a victory by Brian Brown, but it was a pitiful defense by Sean Eldridge, who let the moderator side with Brian Brown.

Video was posted on the NOM Blog

Congress and party leadership on Marriage Equality

John Boehner has questioned why the president is focussing on “divisive” issues rather than focussing on jobs. Its strange that he’s not asking the same question of John Boehner, leader of the tea party/republican party who has been waging an unholy culture war on women’s health this month rather than focussing on jobs…

I would love to see the Democrats actually came out fighting, they could make marriage equality a wedge issue splitting off the social conservatives from the rest of the conservative movement in 2012. However sadly that would involve more backbone than the democratic leadership possesses.

Two senators who represent real leadership in the democratic party would be Kirsten Gillibrand (Gillibrand 2016!) and Dianne Feinstein. Both have advocated actively for marriage equality, and Senator Feinstein has introduced a repeal bill.

Gay Liberation Network in the Catholic crosshairs

Here’s a “report” by the National Organization for Marriage about a protest by the Gay Liberation Network outside Chicago’s largest catholic church.

I found it interesting because it was suggesting that people did not have a right to protest against organizations that do them harm. Just because your bigotry is wrapped up in faith does not give you a free pass from protest.

The thing is if you stop fighting against our basic human rights (and also let your children make their own choices), we’ll have no reason to protest outside your church…

I’m sick of hearing the term “traditional marriage”

I’m sick of people claiming that traditional marriage should be protected, I’m sick of being told that I should put up with the status quo. I’m not an good queer, i’m a queer culture advocate and I look forward to the day when polyamory is recognized in law. I get that they are worried because their world is changing, but I’m not forcing Brian Brown to blow a guy, or insisting Maggie Gallagher go down on a girl, or even insisting they have to like equal love… I don’t care what they do provided it doesn’t attack my basic human rights and those of people like me.

NOM is apoplectic about movement on DOMA constitutional

Finally after 2 years, despite it being clearly immoral and unconstitutional, the hated Defense of Marriage Act is no longer going to be defended by the justice department.

This obviously doesn’t mean that the Whitehouse is actually pushing for marriage equality, that would show too much backbone, but it just means that they are officially no longer fighting actively against marriage equality.

Surprisingly my friend Maggie, who I’ve had a stilted e-mail conversation with over the past few days has been almost vibrating with rage at this.

Here’s Fox News interviewing her, and not questioning any of the issues about it.

(video found via PRIDEinUtah)

Fox clearly ignored the fact that its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender protections needed, not just Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual. It should be pointed that two highly qualified legal scholars, President Obama and Eric Holder are lawyers, and so can render a legal opinion, not a “feeling”.

I am worried that it does lead the way in giving future republican presidents the ability to refuse to defend, say health insurance or hate crimes legislation.

DOMA is an example of irrational bigotry, as we all know. It violates the full faith and credit clause of the constitution preventing legal marriages crossing state lines.

NOM is screaming for their chamber of commerce bought congress to step up for bigotry.

This whole situation still feels like scraps thrown to us by a lipservice Democratic party, but at least they have got NOM completely flustered.

Via NOM’s continually helpful blog