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27 May 2008

Senator Barack Obama, "Being Gay or Lesbian is Not a Choice"

clipped from www.ontheissues.org

Barack Obama on Civil Rights

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  • Gay Rights (read interview with the senator)

  • Being gay or lesbian is not a choice. (Nov 2007)
  • Decisions about marriage should be left to the states. (Oct 2007)
  • Homosexuality no more immoral than heterosexuality. (Oct 2007)
  • Ok to expose 6-year-olds to gay couples; they know already. (Sep 2007)
  • Has any marriage broken up because two gays hold hands? (Aug 2007)
  • We need strong civil unions, not just weak civil unions. (Aug 2007)
  • Legal rights for gays are conferred by state, not by church. (Aug 2007)
  • Disentangle gay rights from the word "marriage". (Aug 2007)
  • Gay marriage is less important that equal gay rights. (Aug 2007)
  • Gay rights movement is somewhat like civil rights movement. (Aug 2007)
  • Let each denominations decide on recognizing gay marriage. (Jul 2007)
  • Supports health benefits for gay civil partners. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes gay marriage; supports civil union & gay equality. (Oct 2006)
  • Marriage not a human right; non-discrimination is. (Oct 2004)
  • Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record (questions an answers)

  • Strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill for special-needs evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)


Queers United said...

I'm glad he realizes it is not a choice. I wanted to smack Bill Richardson when he said he wasn't sure at the HRC/LOGO Presidential Debates. It's one thing to say you don't know if it is biological/environmental, but choice, I mean come on its the 21st century people.

Miss Vicki said...

that didn't go over too well, melissa estheridge was really sort of dumbfounded herself -- "this man doesn't realize what he just said - sitting here on this panel of all places". hope somebody has educated him since.

CrackerLilo said...

Everyone who says they're going to McCain or voting third party if he gets the nomination really needs to see this. This strengthens my faith in him. (And no, I don't mean I think he's the Messiah or something! :-)

Miss Vicki said...

i know what you're about CrackerLilo!

i've got some other lgbt materials tucked away and hidden (got to find it) regarding senator obama's long life work for the lgbt community.

HRC is about fluff - Barack Obama rolls his sleeves up and gets in the dirt mud and trenches with us.

He fights!