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Gay rights demonstrators call on Obama to abolish 'don't ask, don't tell'

Chanting and carrying flags, gay rights advocates called on President Obama tonight to more aggressively pursue equal rights for all Americans as they demonstrated outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where the president was attending a fundraiser.

Although organizers called the event a “welcome” for Obama, many in the crowd of 200 expressed anger that the president has not moved to repeal the federal defense of marriage act and the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward gay service members.

During the protest, the crowd chanted, “Out of the court, into the streets, we are ready to fight, we won’t be beat.” It was a reference to Tuesday’s state Supreme Court decision to uphold Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage.

“The president made a promise when he made his speech about hope,” said Rick Jacobs, who chairs the Courage Campaign, an organizer of the protest. “I bought that promise and I still buy that promise, but it’s time for him to start fulfilling that promise for all Americans.”

Jacobs, who worked on Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in California, said that gay rights groups had collected 140,000 signatures for a petition asking the president to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and to stop the firing of U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi, an Arab language specialist who was ordered discharged after recently declaringthat he was gay on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

For the demonstration, Gustavo Yanez, 40, of Los Angeles had made a banner saying, “Obama. We voted for change. Stop discrimination.”

“I believe everyone deserves civil rights,” Yanez said. “Having second- and third-class citizens is not right, not in 2009. Obama said in his campaign that he wanted equal rights for all Americans. And we want to hold him to that.”

Corry Phillip, 22, of Hollywood said he was disappointed by the Proposition 8 decision. “It is not right what is going on right now,” he said. “I’m engaged to my partner and had that measure not been upheld, we would have been able to get married. I am going to keep on protesting even if it’s all by myself.”

-- Carla Rivera

 
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Sorry to say but Obama is not the gay advocate we all were hoping for.....I figured this out right after he got cozy with Rick Warren. He got our votes in November but now won't hesitate to throw us under the bus to appease the majority. Don't count any support from the white house!!

There was also protest by Armenians. Obama promised to recognize Armenian Genocide committed by Turkish government but was too scared to use the word Genocide in his speech on April 24th not to insult Genocide denying nation of Turkey

Once Pres. O. opens the door to this conversation, he's in for a huge debate. There are some African Americans who believe "gay is a choice" so problems that arise from that are chosen problems. There are some who say LGBT issues aren't civil rights.
I knew I was gay when I was 7 years old ("The Wild Wild West" did it for me). I was a Catholic then, & I didn't even know what SEX was, let alone gay - so how did I choose?
I'd be happy if Pres. O. at least said, "Hold on, I'm working on it...."
Of course there are other problems, like nuclear bombs!
LGBTs are IN THE NEWS, our issues are Front Page - that's why it seems we're being ignored by TPOTUS. A kind word or two would help us to "hold on" for a bit.

Republicans, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda would love it Obama asked Congress to end don't ask don't tell while our troops are figthting in Muslims countries. Those that are demanding a change now for the most part have no intention of going to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have not through how a change in policy could be used by Muslim extrememist to promote hatred, fear, and moral contempt against our troops, and thus furthering endagering their lives.

Then there are the health considerations.
Ansl intercourse is the easiest way to transmit AIDs
and hepatitis C sexually. Keep in mind the troops don't
always have access to clean running water.


Civil Rights can't wait...and yet...

...CHANGE does have to be strategized to guarantee the best pathway to success...

...our impatience is appropriate however President Obama is in the middle of this issue: the people on one side and the politicians/military on the other.

I confidently believe that much is happening behind the scenes to end DADT with the greatest probability for success...

...Remember we got DADT in the first place because President Clinton shoved it down everyone's throats and it blew up in his face...(dang, great visual)...

So I say, keep up the heat and know that things are happening which we don't currently know about...

In regards Obama's comment of "which promise"...I am ashamed to have supported him and voted for him. I will not do so again. Enjoy your one term Mr. President and, in future, try keeping your word...we're paying attention.

Land of the free..doubt it....I am disgusted that all states have not approved same-sex marriage at this point in time...meanwhile still living in Australia waiting for the US legislation to change...ho-hum...my birth country- US is so full of evangelical ignorant bigots, why do they pour so much money in discriminatory practicies? Believe me, outside of the US, the rest of the world really does understand how much in the dark ages the United States really is.

It's madness. Having a vote on whether a group of human beings get to be equal? I say we have a vote as to whether politicians who defy the constitution should be made to wear tutus and recite "I shall not be a fascist scumbag" in front of a laughing audience armed with tomatoes and eggs. How come politicians aren't made to pay for violating human liberty? Someone mugs me, he's in trouble cause he took the five bucks I was planning on spending on a coke and some fries. A politician, backed by huge force, takes my RIGHTS as a human being and that A-hole, get's to keep on yelling thinking he's right. I'm not gay, but if I want to marry a guy it's not the government's place to tell me what is permitted. If I want to marry an orange tree and I can establish that the orange tree consents to this, the governments job is to figure out how to handle the paperwork in the most efficient and cheapest way. This is supposed to be America, land of the free, home of the brave! Not America, land of the moderated, home of the fearful.

It's madness. Having a vote on whether a group of human beings get to be equal? I say we have a vote as to whether politicians who defy the constitution should be made to wear tutus and recite "I shall not be a fascist scumbag" in front of a laughing audience armed with tomatoes and eggs. How come politicians aren't made to pay for violating human liberty? Someone mugs me, he's in trouble cause he took the five bucks I was planning on spending on a coke and some fries. A politician, backed by huge force, takes my RIGHTS as a human being and that A-hole, get's to keep on yelling thinking he's right. I'm not gay, but if I want to marry a guy it's not the government's place to tell me what is permitted. If I want to marry an orange tree and I can establish that the orange tree consents to this, the governments job is to figure out how to handle the paperwork in the most efficient and cheapest way. This is supposed to be America, land of the free, home of the brave! Not America, land of the moderated, home of the fearful.


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