President Vows to Continue “to Seek Out Avenues for Progress”

In a statement to The Advocate regarding his stance on equality, President Obama highlighted his accomplishments thus far but fell short of either endorsing a move to add marriage equality language to the National Democrat Party Platform or endorsing any specific marriage equality legislation.

He did, however, reiterate his administration’s dedication to repealing the so-called,”Defense of Marriage Act.”

In the statement, Obama writes,”I believe that Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and should be repealed. I have instructed the Department of Justice to no longer defend it in court, and the Department has already filed multiple briefs supporting individuals challenging the law in court. I also support an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”

He also touts such acts as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Protection Act, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as well as the inclusion of LGBT anti-discrimination language in certain federal policies. He also points to the “Affordable Healthcare Act” as legislation that will make,”sure that all Americans have access to affordable health care and that insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions, including HIV/AIDS.”

The president has stated that he is “evolving” on the issue of marriage equality.

Think Progress reports that during conference call on Wednesday afternoon, Obama campaign manager and Idaho native Jim Messina dodged the question of Party platform support by saying,”You know, there’s a process — there’s no even a delegate platform committee yet — there’s a process to go through this discussion, and the DNC will go through that, and we will have a platform.”

“But our record stands in sharp contrast to the other side. And what the other side has said is they want a constitutional amendment on anti-marriage, they want to put back into place Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and a bunch of other regressive policies,” he added.

A number prominent democrats have recently called for the inclusive plank including Senator Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire and former U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

The President’s statement to The Advocate was part of his submission to the magazine’s “Candidate Scorecard.” While none of the major GOP candidates answered The Advocate’s questionnaire,”Obama, Libertarian hopeful Gary Johnson, and gay GOP aspirant Fred Karger each supplied answers.”

Click HERE to read the full scorecard.

N.H. Senator: “Add Marriage Equality To Democratic Party Platform!”

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire, is calling for her party to add specific marriage equality language to its platform when it meets for its national convention this fall.

According to the Concord Monitor,“Shaheen joins former U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, and former Democratic senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin in calling for the party to endorse same-sex marriage this year. The 2008 Democratic Party platform said “we oppose the Defense of Marriage Act and all attempts to use this issue to divide us.”

The purposed new language, drafted by Freedom to Marry, states,”we support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples.”

“Our party has a long tradition of leading the charge on important questions of justice. Now is the time for the Democratic Party to stand up for the rights of same-sex couples and their families,” Shaheen said in a statement.

The call comes as, “the New Hampshire House is set to vote next month on a bill introduced by Rep. David Bates, a Windham Republican, that would end same-sex marriage in New Hampshire,” reports the newspaper.

Watch: Two New Clips from “Second Class Citizens”

A few weeks ago we posted a video called “The Gay Rights Movement” by filmmaker Ryan James Yezak. Yezak has made two new videos to help support his larger documentary project, “Second Class Citizens.”

 

 

The second video will give you goose bumps.  It’s “Time to Think Different”….

 

 

Yezak is soliciting donations ranging from $5.00 to $10,000.00, with premiums given at each level.  If you’ve ever wanted to help fund a film project, be sure to visit Yezak’s page.

Watch: WA “Radical Elements” Protest Rick “Frothy Mix” Santorum

As Idaho prepares to welcome Mr. Mix to Boise tonight, it might be helpful to review how exactly he feels about those who believe in marriage equality and the rest of the 99% of America.

According to Think Progress,”Occupy Wall Street protesters nearly drowned out Rick Santorum for 44 minutes as he tried to deliver remarks at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington on Monday night. Speaking from a balcony, Santorum sought to condemn the state’s newly enacted same-sex marriage law and the Ninth Circuit’s ruling against Proposition 8, but was repeatedly interrupted by protesters yelling, “we are the 99 percent.”

Looking all the part of a scary political dictator, Santorum told the protesters to “go out and get a job,” he then described the protesters as a “radical element” that represents “true intolerance.

 

 

“Santorum has pledged to annul all same-sex marriage around the country and he met with opponents of marriage equality just hours after Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) approved a measure that would allow gays and lesbians to marry in Washington state,” Think Progress reports.

According to a Facebook  event page, Santorum will be making an appearance in the Capitol High School Auditorium, 8055 Goddard Road in Boise on Tuesday night, February 14th from 7:00-8:00 pm.

“Please come to Capitol High School (address above), prepared with signs, glitter (if wanted) and video cameras so we can catch him and his glorious sweater-vest in action. It would also be nice to show the nation where Idaho really stands on LGBT rights,” reads the page.

The fact that it’s Valentines day is not lost on protest organizers,” What better way to celebrate loving who you love than to throw it in Santorum’s face for an hour?”

Organizers of tonight’s protest in Boise warn that  security may be high.  “Arrive early so you can get in. You may want to wear a large jacket and roll your signs inside your sleeve around your arm to sneak it in. Conceal everything in a way to not be found,” writes one  Facebook commenter.

Rick “Frothy Mix” Santorum to Make Valentines Day Appearance in Idaho

The man who compares gay sex to incest, who says that gay rights are not human rights and who believes that same-gender marriages are unhealthy, is coming to Idaho on Tuesday night.

According to the LA times,” Rick Santorum’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination surged last week after he swept Tuesday’s nominating contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.”

The gay sex obsessed candidate, “described last week’s court ruling striking down California’s ban on same-sex marriage as “almost absurd” and an example of “judicial tyranny,” reports the Times.

Idaho’s LGBTQIA community is invited to protest the visit.

According to a Facebook  event page, Santorum will be making an appearance in the Capitol High School Auditorium, 8055 Goddard Road in Boise on Tuesday night, February 14th from 7:00-8:00 pm.

“Please come to Capitol High School (address above), prepared with signs, glitter (if wanted) and video cameras so we can catch him and his glorious sweater-vest in action. It would also be nice to show the nation where Idaho really stands on LGBT rights,” reads the page.

The fact that it’s Valentines day is not lost on protest organizers,” What better way to celebrate loving who you love than to throw it in Santorum’s face for an hour?”

Click HERE for more information on the event.

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