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    Thumbs up Barack Obama's Change.org site devotes half its civil rights page to LGBT rights

    Reader Heidi tipped us off that nearly half the page is dedicated to the civil rights battle of gay and lesbian Americans. Not too shabby. Of course, our job is to hold him to his commitments, blah blah blah, and that's true. But coming out of the box with a strong commitment to all of civil rights is a very good thing. He includes a great quote:


    "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."


    -- Barack Obama, June 1, 2007

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    Some of the page:

    The Obama-Biden Plan

    Expand Hate Crimes Statutes: In 2004, crimes against LGBT Americans constituted the third-highest category of hate crime reported and made up more than 15 percent of such crimes. Barack Obama cosponsored legislation that would expand federal jurisdiction to include violent hate crimes perpetrated because of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical disability. As a state senator, Obama passed tough legislation that made hate crimes and conspiracy to commit them against the law.

    Fight Workplace Discrimination: Barack Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. While an increasing number of employers have extended benefits to their employees' domestic partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace occurs with no federal legal remedy. Obama also sponsored legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples: Barack Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.

    Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: Barack Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.

    Repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell: Barack Obama agrees with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili and other military experts that we need to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The key test for military service should be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve. Discrimination should be prohibited. The U.S. government has spent millions of dollars replacing troops kicked out of the military because of their sexual orientation. Additionally, more than 300 language experts have been fired under this policy, including more than 50 who are fluent in Arabic. Obama will work with military leaders to repeal the current policy and ensure it helps accomplish our national defense goals.

    Expand Adoption Rights: Barack Obama believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. He thinks that a child will benefit from a healthy and loving home, whether the parents are gay or not.

    Promote AIDS Prevention: In the first year of his presidency, Barack Obama will develop and begin to implement a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy that includes all federal agencies. The strategy will be designed to reduce HIV infections, increase access to care and reduce HIV-related health disparities. Obama will support common sense approaches including age-appropriate sex education that includes information about contraception, combating infection within our prison population through education and contraception, and distributing contraceptives through our public health system. Obama also supports lifting the federal ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rates of infection among drug users. Obama has also been willing to confront the stigma -- too often tied to homophobia -- that continues to surround HIV/AIDS. He will continue to speak out on this issue as president.

    Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS: In the United States, the percentage of women diagnosed with AIDS has quadrupled over the last 20 years. Today, women account for more than one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. Barack Obama introduced the Microbicide Development Act, which will accelerate the development of products that empower women in the battle against AIDS. Microbicides are a class of products currently under development that women apply topically to prevent transmission of HIV and other infections.

    Civil Rights | Change.gov: The Obama-Biden Transition Team
    That's a hell of a start.. almost wants to make a guy hope

    but not yet.
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    He has such a common sense approach. I could almost weep.
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    He has stated numerous times that his personal belief is that marriage is one man and one woman. I applaud him even more now that he keeps his personal feelings out of it to do what is right. This is a civil rights issue, not a religious issue.

    Well done Mr. President-Elect.
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    Good for Obama. But I'm sure the fundies will consider it proof that he's 'too liberal.'

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    ^I think the fundies need to be more public. I came across a post over the weekend where a fundie compared Barack to Hitler because of Obama's service program. What a nutcase! I think the more public these nutcases are, the more likely people will see them for what they are: nutcases. Thus, their power will be diminished by being so open about their crap.

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    ^^I think the fundies are being more bold because they really thought Palin was going to be Vice-President, and then McCain would die and she could push through the far-right agenda as President.

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    ^As long as their fundie-ness is associated with the GOP, they can continue publicly as much as they want. They'll just cause people to think GOP = nutcase.

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    ^^I hope so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    Good for Obama. But I'm sure the fundies will consider it proof that he's 'too liberal.'
    Obama doesn't have to do anything to have the fundies call him "too liberal".... Anything he does, they will call him liberal.

    This page is a good start. Obama should just keep at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visitor42 View Post
    Obama doesn't have to do anything to have the fundies call him "too liberal".... Anything he does, they will call him liberal.

    This page is a good start. Obama should just keep at it.
    True. Or compare him to Hitler, which is the polar opposite of being 'too liberal.' Gotta love the fundies and their craziness.

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    This is the first time I've ever heard a U.S president use the word "Stonewall", Clinton may have but I missed it. It's too little too late in my opinion, with regards to prop 8 but we'll see.

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