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President Obama's reelection campaign announces his opposition to North Carolina's anti-gay Amendment 1, scheduled for a May 8 vote (via Joe Sudbay):
“While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples,” said Cameron French, his North Carolina campaign spokesman.

“That’s what the North Carolina ballot initiative would do – it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples – and that’s why the President does not support it.”

This is good news, not just to the extent it helps defeat the amendment, but also because it signals a continuing evolution of President Obama's views on marriage equality. Yesterday, Sam Stein and Amanda Terkel reported on the push to add a plank to the Democratic Party platform supporting marriage equality. According to their report, Obama campaign officials and senior Democrats are concerned about such a plank and the implications that it would have given President Obama's stated opposition to marriage equality. According to the report, they've been pushing a cautious hurry up and wait approach rather than the throw it in reverse one, apparently hoping that the issue will just disappear rather than wanting to overtly oppose it.

But as Greg Sargent and Joe Sudbay both argue, the issue is going to come to head in August no matter what. And given that reality, the question the Obama campaign and DNC officials should be weighing isn't whether the party platform can get out ahead of the president on marriage equality, it's whether the president (or his operatives) can afford to do anything that might get in the way of the party adopting a pro-equality plank.

Today's statement suggests that President Obama understands this. Obviously, he doesn't need to worry about a mad rush of gay activists to the Republican Party, but being on the right side of this issue boosts enthusiasm in a tough election year during which he needs an energized team.

Moreover, when President Obama makes moves—like his statement today—that bring him closer to supporting marriage equality and freedom, it is consistent with his political brand. I don't think anyone really believes he fundamentally opposes marriage equality, especially given the statement he made today. Obviously, he still hasn't completed his evolution, but at least he's going in the right direction. Heading the wrong way—and trying to block the marriage equality plank would be heading the wrong way—would seem like a cynical political calculation made out of fear.

Fortunately, if today's announcement is an indication of what's to come, that's not the direction he's heading. And this is one of those occasions where doing the right thing is also good politics. He might not have the power to make marriage equality the law of the land with the snap of his fingers, but you can be damn sure that supporting it would provoke a furious reaction from Republicans similar to the birth control debate, strengthening the hands of the right-wing Republicans like Rick Santorums and putting the G.O.P.'s anti-gay bigotry on full display for all to see. And when the public pulls back from the Republican Party in response, we'll all have a good laugh as they accuse President Obama of having trapped them. Yes, he'll have trapped them ... into saying what they really believe.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  You go, Mr. President! (11+ / 0-)
    And when the public pulls back from the Republican Party in response, we'll all have a good laugh as they accuse President Obama of having trapped them. Yes, he'll have trapped them ... into saying what they really believe.

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare."

    by annieli on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:30:34 AM PDT

  •  What concerns me is that the ballot measure (13+ / 0-)

    will coincide with the GOP primary, which looks like it might still be "hotly contested" by that point. If they're still fighting with each other and GOP voters are motivated to come out, they get some default anti-gay votes.

    Has there been polling on the measure?

  •  One has to wonder (8+ / 0-)

    about today’s marriage “defenders”. It satisfies something deep and dark in them to keep marriage off limits to gay people, and to keep gay, if not evil and dirty, people constitutionally second class citizens at best.

    Scratch the surface, and the real issue becomes clear: the fear of change and the uncertainty change brings with it.

    Good for the President. He's clearly (if painfully slowly) evolving on this issue.

    Now are the days we've been working for.

    by StrangeAnimals on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:32:34 AM PDT

  •  The whole country is evolving on marriage equality (12+ / 0-)

    And more and more Americans are realizing what "justice" looks like, including President Obama.

    It's inevitable.  I only wish more Americans realized we shouldn't be subjecting civil rights to referenda.

    "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    by JBL55 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:36:38 AM PDT

  •  I had a post up (9+ / 0-)

    about it here, and at P8TT as well.

    Awesome news.

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    by Scottie Thomaston on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:37:21 AM PDT

  •  this is not a sign of Obama's evolving views (10+ / 0-)
    This is good news, not just to the extent it helps defeat the amendment, but also because it signals a continuing evolution of President Obama's views on marriage equality.
    Obama spoke out against California's Prop 8 in the summer of 2008.

    Unfortunately, because of his failure to endorse full marriage equality at the time, the anti-marriage forces had an easier job of convincing low information voters that rolling back marriage rights was a legitimate step to take.

  •  comes out of his democratic closet (3+ / 0-)
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    after passing for bipartisan.

    I like it!

    #occupywallstreet: Although I know the rhythm you'd prefer me dancing to, I'll turn my revolt into style.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:39:15 AM PDT

  •  This is the right time (13+ / 0-)

    for ratcheting up criticism of DOMA.   It is not, however, the right time for a full-throated committment to marriage equality on the part of Obama.   He (and thereby we) will be best served by a gradual intensification of this long-running fight.  

    This is my own life I'm talking about -- definitely have skin in the game.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:40:07 AM PDT

    •  I agree with this. (6+ / 0-)

      And I, too, have skin in this game.

      I'm not convinced this is a political winner yet for a presidential candidate.  

      But if Obama takes that risk, he'll have one more donor and volunteer this summer and fall.

    •  Curious as to your thoughts on why. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!) SSP: wmlawman

      by AUBoy2007 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:45:43 AM PDT

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      •  Simply put, (4+ / 0-)
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        I think the camel's nose is already in the tent and inching forward nicely.    I think the opposition to be mobilized  is somewhat likely to outweigh the support to be energized.   He already has my vote, and strategists know this.  

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:50:06 AM PDT

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        •  Fair enough. (1+ / 0-)
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          I disagree, in that I think the opposition is mobilized to the hilt already as they'll paint him as supporting marriage equality regardless, whereas we know and appreciate the difference.

          One should no more deplore homosexuality than left-handedness. ~Towards a Quaker View of Sex, 1964 (Proud left-handed queer here!) SSP: wmlawman

          by AUBoy2007 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 12:20:36 PM PDT

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          •  It's a near thing and tough to guage, I grant (1+ / 0-)
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            Activists on both sides are already keenly attuned.  It's the big squishy segment in the middle which everyone would like to predict and sway.  

            "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

            by lgmcp on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 12:25:23 PM PDT

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        •  I agree. And it's risky in NC. I think he should (1+ / 0-)
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          get credit for taking the chance. He squeeked out a victory in NC in 2008 and has to have the conservative independents to do it again. These are people who will be happy with the progress on the economy but who could be scared off by the thought of an overtly "liberal" President. I fully support him and am thrilled. But I think he should get credit for taking a chance doing the right thing when it could be easy to do nothing.

          “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you...” - Maya Angelou

          by stellaluna on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:21:00 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for the reminder (3+ / 0-)
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    I just made a calendar note to be sure to vote on May 8.

    Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." -- Isaac Asimov

    by Mnemosyne on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:42:32 AM PDT

  •  He will reject DOMA (6+ / 0-)

    if he is reelected.This is what the Repugs are afraid of.It is not pretty but it is politics.I want to give credit to the intelligent,fearless proponents of  gay rights.They have changed the thinking of the country.

  •  Good step (1+ / 0-)
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    He has my vote and that won't change, but if he wants a dollar or hour out of me he's gonna have to come out all the way in favor of it.

    18, Dem, PA-07, Democratic Nominee for Ward Commissioner in Springfield (Delco) Ward 1

    by Cole Stevens on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:47:18 AM PDT

  •  I don't think anyone really believes (7+ / 0-)

    that Obama doesn't in fact support marriage equality. He will continue to say he opposes it in the mistaken belief that he will garner some votes from that position but I doubt it really gains him anything at all. Time for him to acknowledge the he doesn't need to do any more evolving.

    •  He'll come out of the equivocation closet (2+ / 0-)
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      eventually, that much is clear.   But the electoral calculus for this cycle is unclear, and he's spent so much time cultivating swing voters that I doubt they'll risk them now.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 12:00:41 PM PDT

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  •  Good for the President! (2+ / 0-)
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    and it also shows that those who claim he can't take sides in state battles (because they're state issues and he can only influence federal issues) are wrong.

    So I hope this is only the beginning of President Obama's taking stands on what's right and what's wrong.

    •  The state battles (3+ / 0-)
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      are BETTER for him to take sides on, this issue in particular.
      The states are the main battle fronts in this, and he can engage them this way while minimizing energizing the Right on  anational level.
      Is Romney gonna go on hte stump in Illinois and spend a lot of time talking about what Obama just said about North Carolina?
      PROBABLY not, but then, I put no stupidity past Mitt Romney.....:)

      "That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State ..."- Vermont Constitution Chapter 1, Article 16

      by kestrel9000 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:59:24 AM PDT

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  •  What we have here is a President who is willing (2+ / 0-)
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    to [pander to] support his base. Good on President Obama. I fully expect in his second term, he'll come out in full support of marriage equality, despite his milquetoast centrism.

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat

    by commonmass on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:57:59 AM PDT

  •  I still remember 2004 (2+ / 0-)
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    and how Bush won - and from over here in Europe, it looked as if he won because so many people were homophobic.  So although I, personally, am for marriage equality, Obama's position makes me nervous.  I've been happy with it passing from state to state, in the states which are ready for it.

    Hopefully with its being 8 years later, more people are ready!

    by chloris creator on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 11:59:08 AM PDT

    •  Bush was an idiot. Obama is a politician. (3+ / 0-)
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      Like all politicians, he'll do the right thing when the poll numbers tell him it's the right time to do it. Let us not forget that it was a Democratic President, President Clinton, who SIGNED DOMA.

      They are all of them cowards, every single one. They couldn't do the "right thing" if it hit them in the face.

      Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat

      by commonmass on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 12:05:00 PM PDT

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      •  They're all worse than Republicans (0+ / 0-)

        Every one of them.  I know for a fact Kirsten Gillibrand and Al Franken plan to expand vaginal ultrasounds to children at the first opportunity.  Barbara Boxer and Maria Cantwell are sponsoring bills where banks can take your cat and rip its innards out if your car loan payment is a day late.

        Every single one.  Every Democrat ever is doing the "wrong thing."  BASTARDS!

        The Obama/Biden Inaugural -- the exact moment when the world went from gray to colorful.

        by alkatt on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 04:07:06 PM PDT

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    •  They played us 2004, (1+ / 0-)
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      absolutely.  And although we are much further along now, it's not hard to understand why Obama's team might prefer baby steps.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:48:03 PM PDT

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  •  A Quinnipiac poll on Corbett in today's Phila. (0+ / 0-)

    Inq. has some generally good news on the governor's approval rating dropping, but with a curious anomaly.
    It seems because of his (for the second year) savaging college aid and also anti-woman rule proposals on abortion, his approval ratings went down from 47-34 in dec. to 41-41 now. It's the lowest rating since a 39-38 rate last June.
       Disapproval of his handling the state budget is 49-36, 53-27 disapproved of his handling state ed. college aid.
       And 27 of the original 112 sponsors for the "Women's Right to Know" dropped their names from the bill. But curiously while men by 51-39 oppose the outside ultrasound bill women are 45-45 on it, although on the intrusive ultrasound plan men 67-18 against, women 61-28 against. (Makes you wonder about that 28% women who just loves them some ultrasound intrusion).

    This poll trend could bode ill for Corbett in 2014, perhaps even threatening the Pa. tradition of every eight years changing the party in the governor's mansion. It could tempt Patrick Murphy (if elected ag), Bob Casey, perhaps even Allyson Sxhwartz to run. And casey or Murphy wouldn't have to give up their offices unless elected.

  •  Dear Mr. President: (2+ / 0-)
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    "Rick should scat. Mitt Romney needs to be left alone to limp across the finish line, so he can devote his full time and attention to losing to President Obama." -- Maureen Dowd, NYT, 2/29/12

    by wide eyed lib on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 12:13:10 PM PDT

  •  Dear President Obama (7+ / 0-)

    As an American Democratic gay man who is in a bi-national relationship and wishes to marry his monogamous, committed, partner - going on 5 years now (who lives in Brazil but we want to live here), time is of the essence each day we live apart so I ask you to please come out for full equality and marriage now, include it in the Democratic party platform, and understand there is NO WAY I will EVER be a Republican! Also, please support a Federal ENDA law and more so GLBT Americans can finally be legitimized under US law as equals which we know we are! In fact, being included fully into the Democratic party makes me and others want to work HARDER because we understand and take nothing for granted and give everything when we are valued as equals! I've worked hard here in Colorado with dedicated friends and activists, some whom you personally have met and are your biggest supporters, to achieve gains in our state and I wish for you to understand how very much I love my partner, our nation, state, community, friends, families, the Democratic party, you! and want to share in the rights and responsibilities that come with full equality. THANK YOU for standing up against the hateful and wrong amendment in NC!! It's energizing so keep up the support and feel our strength!

  •  Amendment 1 will also prohibit recognition of (3+ / 0-)
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    civil unions. It will stop the benefits that some local governments currently provide benefits to LGBT partners.

    As the 1st of five State ballot measures coming up this year it could give hope, that if this  can be won in NC, the other 4 States can also win.

    •  It also removes some protection for women (2+ / 0-)
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      in domestic violence situations if the couple is not married.

      No relationship outside of a marriage (which can only be male/female) can have any legal meaning.

      Terrible for same sex couples with children...terrible.

      Isn't really a anti-same sex marriage amendment as that is not currently a possibility and when there is support for marriage equality all it will take is another amendment.

      This does fail the Prop 8 ruling if that is accepted by the SCOTUS.

      Bob "Trans-Vaginal" McDonnell...just saying...again ... and again....

      by NCJim on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 01:20:29 PM PDT

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    •  gradually, state by state, we will be victorious (1+ / 0-)
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      Last July, my partner of 28 years and I were married in New York on the first day the law went into effect. We had been one of the 400 who were picked in a lottery to get married that day. We were never happier than when we could finally say and fill out forms that we were "married," not partners or domestic partners (yes, we had taken that route too so he could be covered by my health insurance). We both worked in NY City, but lived in NJ. Our shameful NJ Democratic legislators failed to pass a gay marriage bill when we still had a Democratic governor who had made it clear he would sign the bill if it passed the Legislature. But two African-American Democratic state senators voted no, and the bill failed by two votes. Nonetheless, we were now married in NY state and our health insurance and pensions were now shared by both of us by law in that state..

      The sad thing is that when I retired and we began the move to our house in FL, we realized that our status as 'Married" was no longer going to be recognized in a state controlled by wing-nut Republicans. We choose to live here because of financial reasons and because we love the climate and the state. We can only hope that at some point in the near future the SCOTUS will finally rule that our rights are equal to straights who choose to get married too.  That seems to me to be the only way that we will get around all these conservative states that are acting pell-mell to try to take away and restrict these equal rights we enjoy in a few states like NY now.

      I personally would be surprised if NC were to turn down this attempt to take away equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. If it were to be defeated, I would be majorly surprised ---- and happy. But I fear that will not happen, and NC, like we Floridians, will have to wait until the Supreme Court negates all these discriminatory laws and amendments by a 5-4 vote that finally grants equality for all when it comes to marriage in America. I hope that happens, pray it will, and wait for that day. If it doesn't happen in my lifetime, I am certain it will happen some day in the near future.

       I think the more we who are gay and who are married and living in same-sex relationships, by whatever name, will eventually show Americans that we are not a threat to them, that we just want the same rights they enjoy, and eventually enough people will come to understand that and the conservative bigots and haters will finally be defeated, once and for all. Let's hope it happens sooner than later....I

      •  The latest polls show a majority opposes (0+ / 0-)

        Amendment one but it's very close. I'm trying not to get discouraged. Scott Wooledge is doing a great job covering it here at Daily Kos, which you probably know but lots of others people on Kos have not heard as much about it.

  •  I heartingly welcome the Presidents (0+ / 0-)

    opinion on this matter. It would be a futher step forward to his evolving view on gay marriage.

  •  Next comes Marriage Equality Endorsement (0+ / 0-)

    Oh, it's coming.

  •  Posting from here on the ground in NC (7+ / 0-)

    I am here in Durham, NC and blogging about this subject all the time, as you can imagine. My post is here:

    I have some back story in my post about the reticence to date of Team Obama to say anything about this amendment:

    I've blogged about the silence to date by this President (and, sadly, even the First Lady) as there was trip after trip to NC to fill campaign coffers, even with crowing about the success in repealing DADT, only to ignore the obvious discrimination that's going on the ballot here on May 8.

    The low point for me came on Tuesday (and I recounted this story on the Michelangelo Signorile Show yesterday) when I encountered the new (and green) Organizing for America Durham field office rep during a black constituency group meeting that I was addressing to explain the harms of Amendment One.

    She sat next to me and I politely introduced myself and said, "oh that's great, I have a question to ask." I told her why I was there, and that we have been hoping the DNC and the President/First Lady would step up and actively help defeat Amendment One, since the President already publicly condemned such amendments and specifically did so for Proposition 8 in CA. What does this woman say?
    It was a clearly well-rehearsed response: "we all have to be on the same team and have to be on the same page so "our main man" gets back in office." The implication that asking for a statement was somehow in conflict with working to re-elect the President.

    I said, "yes we are, but I'm not asking for anything that the administration has already taken a position on. "

    She replied, "It's a sensitive situation here."

    Maybe someone up the campaign food chain finally figured out there's no harm in pointing out that discrimination placed in a state constitution is simply wrong. It's not like we're asking for an endorsement of marriage equality. He's got that problem as well -- related to the platform -- with many of his fellow Dems calling for marriage equality language to be added to it, but that's not the same issue for North Carolina.

    If people are that uptight about that frank and earnest statement of opposition to Amendment One stated above, the President shouldn't have expected to win over those votes anyway.

    •  Durham (1+ / 0-)
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      is really against the amendment the number of yard signs is great, in Raleigh and even in Chapel Hill not so even a shade of the numbers in Durham. And on the greater triangle from Apex to Hillsborough I have not seen hardly any

  •  Will Mormon filled states get to pass laws (0+ / 0-)

    letting employers refuse health care to women in monogamous marriages?     Or refuse to hire women who they firmly believe should be home making babies instead.

      Really "traditional" marriage by our bible founding patriarchs allowed men to keep multiple wives, slave girls,  to marry both sisters when their dad tricks you out of 7 years work for each.  

      And even tho Mitt's splinter of LDS has vowed to follow US law against bigamy --- some still have deep "moral" belief that they don't get to rule a planet in the afterlife unless they plant their manseed in many many "wives."  

      State's rights have limits -- when they violate constitution.   Remember poll taxes were "legal" and our President's mom couldn't have married his dad in many states.
         SCOTUS didn't kill anti interracial marriage state laws  
    until six years after my oldest son and Barack Obama were born.  

    SINGLE PAYER -- would eliminate all that "stress" on employer "ethics."

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 12:40:13 PM PDT

  •  Has Aravosis & Co. stopped the hate campaign (1+ / 0-)
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    against the POTUS?  The most vile and hateful rhetoric I have heard on the net towards the President comes from the direction.

  •  You can bet that the Sunday Sermon before that (1+ / 0-)
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    May 8th vote bee to rally the religious troops to vote the way of the religious right.

    “The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.” — Marcus Aurelius

    by LamontCranston on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 12:50:25 PM PDT

  •  The slimy rethugs of the NC state legislature (3+ / 0-)
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    thought they had a winner with this amendment, adding it to the primary, instead of the general election in November.  But, the gods intervened. Governor  Bev Perdue is not running for re-election (damn it), so now thousands of us NC Democrats will be off to the polls on May 9 to vote for those vying for her job.  If she had decided  to run, the rethugs would have had a lot more people voting in the primary for their presidential nominee.  I think with all the libs in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham area) and so many Dems now going to vote for a governor's candidate, we can kill this rotten, stinking, lousy amendment once and for all.  
    North Carolinians, vote May 9.  No excuses!!!!!  If you do not vote in NC, but have family or friends who do, please, please beg them to vote.  This amendment is a travesty.

    Article 14 - Section 6.
    Marriage is between a man and a woman and is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.  This does not prevent a private party from entering into contracts with another private party, nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts., 2012)

    If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything - unknown

    by incognita on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 12:58:01 PM PDT

  •  amendment would harm ALL unmarried families (1+ / 0-)
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    We're working hard to let folks know this harms ALL unmarried families and their benefits by challenging the various legal protections they have put in place, including insurance coverage for their kids.

    Not really about marriage equality, as gay marriage will still be illegal in the state even if amendment fails.  Unfortunately, news reports like this bury the lead we are trying so hard to share. Come help us!

    And contribute!

    "Eating your seed corn is not a good business model." - FishOutofWater

    by saluda on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:14:01 PM PDT

  •  Hey it could have been worse. (0+ / 0-)

    Tell those "senior Democrats" that are stalling it could be worse. Look at the planks that got nailed onto the Conservatives platform by the Teahadists.

    Makes this request look downright tame by comparison.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 02:41:37 PM PDT

  •  But Obama failed progressives entirely. (0+ / 0-)

    He's worse than Bush and is no different from a Republican.  He's only looking out for bankers and is strictly center-right.

    So cut it out with these headlines or Daily Kos will give me cognitive dissonance.

    The Obama/Biden Inaugural -- the exact moment when the world went from gray to colorful.

    by alkatt on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 03:59:58 PM PDT

  •  I imagine he'll finish evolving on Nov. 7 (0+ / 0-)

    If he wins he'll moderately call for marriage equality. If he brings in big coattails he'll go after DOMA for real. If he loses and he's ever asked about his position after Santorum gets the Christian State Amendment passed, he'll either say he always though LGBT Americans deserved the full benefits, rights and protections, except of course if Santorum gets the Confinement of Moral Objectors Act passed, in which case pretty mum about the whole thing.

    In any case "evolution" has never had anything to do with it.

  •  I think he will do many things in his 2nd term. (0+ / 0-)

    But a few things need to happen here.

    The big picture here is to re elect President Obama, achieve a filibuster proof majority in Senate with 64, 65, 66 or 67 seat advantage to guard against idiot Democrats that are bought by rich guys and do not like President Obama.

    It is imperative to take the House back and send Boehner and Cantor packing.

    It is an absolute must to shift the Supreme Court back to the center. Citizens United must be overturned through a Constitutional Amendment.

    We also need to take as many Republican controlled State Houses back as we can and start to reverse the damage they have caused.

    Without that he will lame...

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