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November 09, 2008

GOP intends to play to its strength: Gay bashing

I pray Obama's advisors have learned the lesson of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell fiasco.* The United States is sick in the head about genitals and our new president needs to have nothing to do with the politics thereof. Maybe -- maybe -- it really is a new day and I shouldn't worry -- after all, Obama's landslide victory isn't Clinton's 1994 1992 dumb luck to gather 43 percent of the electorate against the split Bush-Perot vote of 57%. But I do worry, I worry about hubris, about the temptation for Obama to use the bully pulpit to do the moral thing and endorse gay marriage -- or even mention it favorably -- and give the religious right the stick with which to beat him silly -- while forcing many African-Americans to choose between our black president and their moral and religous convictions. Mr. President, we down here in the streets have this one -- please focus on the economy and leave body-part politics alone, kthanksbye. * As well as Hillary's ham-fisted, arrogant approach to health-care reform. Raw Story | GOP leader: Rebuild party based on 'sanctity of marriage'
When asked by Chris Wallace what "conservative solutions" the GOP would bring to their current minority-party status, [Rep. Mike Pence-R. Calif.] said social issues like "the sanctity of marriage" will remain the backbone of the Republican platform.... The Indiana representative cited the ballot measures against gay marriage that passed on Election Day as evidence of the continuing presence of conservative values. "There were three state referendums on marriage ... all three carried. The vitality of the conservative movement around the country is very real," said Pence.
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"Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions." "I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." "Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group." "I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people." "We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community." ---Coretta Scott King

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Prop 8 backers don't understand why everyone is so upset at having their rights stripped away

No chance for normalcy after Prop. 8 loss

Prop. 8, which passed here in California this week, took away the right to marry for gay & lesbian folk. It stripped them of rights they had by law by rewriting our constitution to allow discrimination. People are now monumentally pissed at this, and are marching in the streets (10,000 people marched through my neighborhood last night) and getting in people's faces.

And I say: good for them. Let supporters of Prop 8 know what they did is immoral and wrong.

"I think what infuriates me the most is that supporters of Prop. 8 could now possibly be portraying themselves as victims after successfully taking the rights away from other people," said San Francisco resident Paul Holtz. "It's bizarre, paranoid, and silly for them to be claiming suffering at this point."

Prop. 8 backers have been writing me to say they have been shocked at the vehemence of the reaction to their "Yes on Prop. 8" yard signs and bumper stickers. A woman, who asked to be identified as "Kathy in Pleasanton," because she fears retaliation, detailed a list of encounters.

"I've had eggs thrown at me, been accused of being a homophobe, and was even tailgated home from the Oakland airport (all the way to Pleasanton) by a man who cornered my car and screamed at me because of our 'Yes on 8' bumper sticker," she said. "I'm a small woman, it was late at night, so this was very frightening."

November 08, 2008

Leia's Metal Bikini at SDCC '08

Leia's Metal Bikni at San Diego ComiCon 2008
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