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Barack Obama Opposes Prop 8, the anti-marriage amendment

by: Brian Leubitz

Sun Jun 29, 2008 at 19:05:08 PM PDT

In a letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Sen. Barack Obama stated his opposition to the California constitutional amendment. As far as I know, this is the first official mention of such a position.

Incidentally, the Alice Pride Breakfast was an amazing success. I'll have pictures up from the Alice Breakfast and Leno Pride 2008 up soon.

Check the letter out over the flip...

Brian Leubitz :: Barack Obama Opposes Prop 8, the anti-marriage amendment
Dear Friends,

Thank you for the opportunity to welcome everyone to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club's Pridc Breakfast and to congratulate you on continuing a legacy of success, stretching back thirty-six years. As one of the oldest and most influential LGBT organizations in the country, you have continually rallied to support Democratic candidates and causes, and have fought tirelessly to secure equal rights and opportunities for LGBT Americans in California and throughout the country.

As the Democratic nominee for President, I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law. That is why I support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, and the passage of laws to protect LGBT Americans from hate crimes and employment discrimination. And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states.

For too long. issues of LGBT rights have been exploited by those seeking to divide us. It's time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect. This is no less than a core issue about who we are as Democrats and as Americans.

Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks. My thanks again to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club for allowing me to be a part of today's celebration. I look forward to working with you in the coming months and years, and I wish you all continued success.



Barack Obama

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Can anyone tell me... (0.00 / 0)
how to get in touch with the Anti-8 campaign?
for some reason, as a middle aged straight guy, I feel unusually motivated to work on this one.  I think maybe because it feels winnable and I so much want to stomp the intolerant bstards into the ground

All the help is appreciated (0.00 / 0)
When I helped out equality California in Riverside, there were a few straight allies helping out. Try equalityforall.com and get in touch with them.

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Organization (0.00 / 0)
So you and Julia Rosen are recommending equalityforall.com, you mention Equality California, I've been getting emails from a local group called BAYMEC... it seems like there are a lot of organizations working on this and a lot of the people who are interested in being involved don't know what their options are. Do you think there would be use for some kind of directory of organizations mobilizing against prop. 8?

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There is one (0.00 / 0)
coalition that will be the one running the campaign to defeat the initiative: Equality for All (EfA).  There are over 50 organizations that are a part of the coalition.  The Courage Campaign is one of them, as is Equality California.

They are all coordinating activities and working cooperatively under the umbrella of Equality for All.  If you want to volunteer for the campaign, I suggest contacting EfA.  All of the orgs are funneling their volunteer opportunities into that group, which is staffing up, will be airing advertising and running phone banks/canvassing.

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Actually... (0.00 / 0)
Here's how I understand it. Equality for All is the group that was formed a few years back to fight an amendment that they knew would eventually come.  It has a slew of orgs on its board, with Equality California being the nominal leader among them.

I think?

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Brian (0.00 / 0)
is absolutely correct.

Equality for All will be the official "No on Prop. 8" campaign.  It was working to block the signature gatherers earlier this year and has been ramping up quickly to full campaign mode in the wake of the ruling to defeat the initiative.

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Why yes I can (0.00 / 0)
Sen an email to: info @ equalityforall.com.  I know for a fact that they have someone assigned to check and respond to that address.

We are going to need all the help we can get to defeat this one.

The other side is talking about getting 100,000 volunteers.  We have to outwork them.  That is the only way we will win.

And thank you so much for volunteering, gay, straight or queer, everyone deserves to be treated equally under the law.

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Good on Barkey! (0.00 / 0)
Now if he could see his way clear to standing up for everyone re: FISA and our horrific genocide in Iraq I'd be a lot more inclined to vote for him.

Cut it out (0.00 / 0)
"barkey" is an offensive, and racially suggestive, "nickname." I think you will find that despite the fact that I, and others on the Editorial Board, supported Senator Obama, we never reached down to calling any other candidate by offensive nicknames. It is not appropriate, and not acceptable.

I think?

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Hmmmm (0.00 / 0)
I'm personally very happy to see this letter from Mr. Obama, even though it is sent to a small group and he has made no formal announcement whatsoever.  At least it gives me some hope.  It is one of the reasons I still have such reservations about him as President.  He may say this in a letter but he won't announce it.  He can say he is against the amendment, but we know OBAMA IS AGAINST MARRIAGE FOR GAY COUPLES.  He talks about "states rights" and civil unions.  I just find it amazing that a man from his experience could support a separate but equal solution.  His parents couldn't have married in certain states because they were different colors!  It is very disappointing to me.  And if you go to his campaign site?  Nada about gay rights, marriage, repealing DOMA or Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  The fact that he excludes gay Americans from every piece of his "issues" on his site is shocking.  We certainly won't be included in civil rights because he doesn't believe in them for LGBT Americans.  Even here he can only muster saying "equal rights."  That on top of his campaign in South Carolina really leave a bitter aftertaste.  Not to mention his recent lurch to the right on gun rights and the death penalty.  Despite what we were told, we have yet another typical politician.  

Wrong (0.00 / 0)
Actually Obama has a Pride website, available here:


Don't Ask, Don't Tell:

Repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell
Obama believes we need to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The key test for military service
should be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve. Obama will work with military leaders
to repeal the current policy and ensure we accomplish our national defense goals.


Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples
Barack Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples equal legal rights and privileges as
married couples, including the right to assist their loved ones in times of emergency as well as equal
health insurance, employment benefits, and property and adoption rights. Obama also believes we need
to fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal
legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex
couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions.

Full Issues page here:


I think?

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BTW, uh, duh? (0.00 / 0)
Of course Obama is "just a politician." He has flaws (um...FISA) that can't be overlooked.  But guess what, those flaws are substantially smaller and fewer in number than McCain.

That's your choice now.

I think?

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