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2 comments | Sunday, June 03, 2007

CHICAGO , IL-- U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today released the following statement to commemorate Pride Month. "Pride Month is a reminder that while we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do.""Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It's about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect."

"It's time to turn the page on the bitterness and bigotry that fill so much of today's LGBT rights debate. The rights of all Americans should be protected -- whether it's at work or anyplace else. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" needs to be repealed because patriotism and a sense of duty should be the key tests for military service, not sexual orientation. Civil unions should give gay couples full rights. And those who commit hate crimes should be punished no matter whether those crimes are committed on account of race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation."

"This Pride Month, let's make our founding promise of equality a reality for every American."

Refreshing to hear, but it's still too early in the game for me to give Obama my vote...we shall see.



<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

So that last remark you made about "refreshing to hear...to early to get my vote..."
I mean really, he said alot, alot more than I am used to any candidate saying. I think some SGL people won't be satisfied till the candidate gives a speach in drag or drops to his knees, and gives a happy ending to the voters personally. I am not going to make this election about the gay issue the way we did with Bush.
If you think about it one of the major reasons Bush was elected was by rallying anti-gay sentiments amoungst the extreme right. Lets not require a candidate to do the opposite. We need to bring it back to the middle, and focus on all the issues.

June 04, 2007 7:47 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

All the more reason why I cannot vote for him or any democrat candidate thus far.

June 04, 2007 8:46 PM


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