Tag Archives: LGBT Rights

Tuesday, 3/26/13, Public Square

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Wednesday, 4/11/12, Public Square

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Obama on LGBT Rights: “The Fierce Urgency of Whenever”

As Obama ally, Andrew Sullivan (responsible for the quote in the title) and this Politico article indicate gay groups are growing impatient with Obama’s inaction on LGBT rights.  Speculation is rampant as to the causes of Obama’s inaction – ranging from he’s changed his mind on LGBT rights to he’s afraid of alienating midwest conservative voters to “he has too much on his plate now.”

Dick Cheney, God bless his black little heart, has said – “I think that freedom means freedom for everyone” – voicing his support for gay marriage.

Dick Cheney to the left of Barack Obama (note:  photo positions above);  While very punny, it is pretty damn sad…

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The Matthew Shepard Act

hate-free-zoneThe bill also called, Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, passed the house today 249-175, over conservatives’ objections.

Hate crimes — as defined by the bill — are those motivated by prejudice and based on someone’s race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

A weaker bill died two years ago under a veto threat from President George W. Bush.

President Barack Obama, in contrast, urged support, saying it would “enhance civil rights protections, while also protecting our freedom of speech and association.” Obama called for passage in the Senate, where Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., is the chief sponsor.

The Illinois Family Institute, a conservative Christian group, said, “The bill is not about stopping crime, but about giving sexual preference the same legal status as race. This legislation is just a stepping stone to regulate the speech of people who support family values.”

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