Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Backtracking on Support of The LGBT Community

The LGBT community is slowly realizing the fact that there are many political figures that are backtracking on gay rights issues. The fight for gay civil rights is one that we all know has its supporters and detractors. It isn’t a surprise to any of us involved in the struggle for equality. What is probably a surprise is the fact that so many believe the political propaganda which is often the norm in Washington. It seems standing up for the equal rights of an individual ends at the “ separate but equal” fence. It is a fence that many have been content to ride, as long as the LGBT allows them to. One is either for full equality of individuals or quite simply, is not for equality at all. It seems that two of Washington’s best known political wives have shown that they fall into the latter category.

Hillary Clinton recently met with Australia’s Labor Party Prime Minister Julia Gillard. It was Mrs. Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton who signed the “Defense of Marriage act” known as DOMA. In a  Q & A from that trip, Mrs. Clinton said she was in favor of equality but not gay marriage. It can be seen at 2:36 point in  the video below:

As if that wasn’t enough, another well known “Washington Mrs” also backtracked on her views and commitment to equality. Cindy McCain, the wife of Arizona Senator, John McCain made many Americans do a double take, by siding with her husband on “Don’t ask Don’t Tell” via Twitter.  Mrs. McCain was taken to task for that tweet by CNN reporter Anderson Cooper:

It is true that both ladies are of a different generation, one that has had to learn, along with society, about the struggles of gays and lesbians. They however, are not clueless. They are simply not believers in true equality. How is it that two ladies can “stand by their man” in  hateful and disturbing views on a whole community. Especially when they themselves have benefited from woman’s rights. Are our rights any less? Why do they believe that we who are LGBT do not deserve equal rights under federal law? Did Mr. And Mrs. Clinton lose their federal benefits when Bill Clinton had an affair with Monica Lewinsky? Was their union made to suffer because of a lack of morality? Not to my recollection. To believe that we aren’t deserving of equal rights is a slap in the face to the many of us who have to fight so much harder for it.

White House political Senior adviser David Axelrod said of President Obama’s stance on same sex marriage.
The president does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples, and benefits and other issues, and that has been effectuated in federal agencies under his control.
Although President Obama, whose political party recently lost control of the House, was in a meeting of bloggers recently, where he stated the following:
I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with and think about because I have a whole host of friends who are in gay partnerships. I have staff members who are in committed, monogamous relationships, who are raising children, who are wonderful parents.  And I care about them deeply," Obama continued. "And so while I’m not prepared to reverse myself here, sitting in the Roosevelt Room at 3:30 in the afternoon, I think it’s fair to say that it’s something that I think a lot about. That’s probably the best you’ll do out of me today.
President Obama also alluded to the fact that same sex marriage is inevitable adding:
The one thing I will say today is I think it’s pretty clear where the trend lines are going
Following is the official Merriam Webster’s Definition of HYPOCRITE:
1) A person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion.
2) A person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

Equality and the rights of any nation, should not hinder on a day to day “ Vote of the people” or  a stance of “ I have a right to change my mind”.  Equality is not up for negotiation, be it political or otherwise. It must be what it is, an indisputable right given to all, not given to the whims of those in power, or those at the voting booth. It will be a reality for the LGBT one day soon. No matter how many sit on the fence and backtrack.  Why do some have the misconception that equality means “HALF EQUAL”?. It doesn’t.


  1. To me, it's like as long as the words "gay," "equality," "marriage," "community," etc. are thrown into sentences formed by politicians who are supposedly for aforementioned words, we're supposed to be pleased with the topics riding out, and that's not the case. Again, I don't deal with politics, so I'm not too savvy in expressing my opinions in a better way, but I see it all as using those triggers words to spark hope, only to be let down.

    It all boils down to equality being the "right thing to do," vs "Yet, I'm still uneasy about the outcome of it." So, you have this see-saw of people for gay rights and people against gay rights. . .and in the middle of that see-saw are those making an attempt at keeping everything balanced. . .unlikely

  2. Great post! Would you like to crosspost it on Bilerico? I've got room for it today!

  3. Hey Bil, thanks for the compliment and the offer, had a long night last night, it'll be an even longer weekend. Have a lot to focus on, but I'll def stay in touch buddy.

  4. Right on point Cappy. It's unfortunate that we have to have these half supporters who say one thing and do or think another. It's become a trend for many to use their so called support of equality as a publicity stunt, or photo op. We need real supporters ,ones who will fight with us for real change.


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