Thursday, October 25, 2012

Obama gives support to pro-marriage equality votes

In November ballot initiatives looking at marriage equality, President Obama has rallied to our side.

Washington state:
President Obama is weighing in with support for Referendum 74, which would legalize gay marriage in Washington state. Through a spokesman, the president urged voters to vote yes on the measure. “While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect. Washington’s same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the President supports a vote approving Referendum 74,” said Paul Bell, the Washington and Oregon press secretary for Obama For America.

President Barack Obama is throwing his support behind Maine’s ballot question seeking to legalize same-sex marriage. Mainers United for Marriage, the group leading the campaign in favor of gay marriage, says the Obama campaign’s regional press secretary issued a statement Thursday giving support to Maine’s gay marriage referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. Obama last May announced his full support for the right of same-sex couples to wed, serving as a rallying point for gay marriage supporters. But until Thursday, he hadn’t expressly given his support to Maine’s ballot question. Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage, says his group is grateful for Obama’s support


President Barack Obama's campaign released a statement this afternoon in support of Question 6, Maryland's same-sex marriage law.

“While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," said Obama for America spokesman Frank Benenati.

  "Maryland’s same-sex marriage law would treat all Maryland couples equally, and that is why the president supports Question 6.” President Obama's support is definitely welcome. It's nice to hear the voice of not only the President, but a high-profile African-American supporting marriage equality.

Meanwhile, our friend Porno Pete Labarbera conducted an interview with anti-gay pastor E.W. Jackson. Jackson, who has been basically pleading on deaf ears for the African-American community to leave the Democratic party, seems to have finally agonized over gays so much that he went on a strange tirade. You can go here to listen to it all. The following is a transcript of just a few of his comments:

Their minds are perverted, they’re frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally and they see everything through the lens of homosexuality. When they talk about love they’re not talking about love, they’re talking about homosexual sex. So they can’t see clearly. Jesus said ‘when the eye is dark the body is full of darkness.’ Let me come back to this whole issue of their using the black community because here again some of the most vicious attacks ever leveled against any black conservative or black Christian for that matter has come out of the homosexual community. . . . This is what they do, they lie because they need—look, I am convinced of this, this is not ultimately about civil rights, it’s not ultimately about not being bullied or being tolerated, this is ultimately about legitimacy. They need it because inside they don’t have it and they’re hoping that if the can ultimately get everybody to approve then they’ll finally feel satisfied that this is really okay but the reality is they’ll never feel satisfied because in their heart of hearts there will always be that place that God put there that says this is wrong, it is immoral, it is perverse, it is degenerate, and there is nothing they can ever do to overcome that so they got to try to change the culture hoping that it will make them feel at peace.
But he wasn't done yet:
It’s a very sad situation that people who have been hurt and wounded, instead of seeking deliverance from it, they perpetuate that wound and they transmit it to others. This is why I am absolutely convinced that they want to inculcate youth with the idea that homosexuality is okay, I think what they’re often doing is repeating what has happened to them because it’s been introduced usually at a young age and early on in their lives and they want to do the same thing to others. So other than being a force for helping people to avoid it and to be delivered from it, they have instead become a force for trying to introduce it to young people the same way they were introduced and it’s really tragic. Look, they claim that we hate them and there is nothing we can do to persuade them otherwise because if you don’t go along with what they want to do they’re going to label you as a hater. But if they could see into our hearts and see the love of God that we have for them and the desire to see them set free they’d have a whole new picture but they simply can’t see it because they’re spiritually darkened. . . . I don’t have any data or study to give a definitive answer to this but I can tell you based on anecdotal observation and experience, I’ve heard a lot of young black ladies that a lot of young black men seem to be gay. I’ve heard them complain about it, they say ‘so many of these guys are homosexuals’ and they are frankly frustrated by it because they’re saying these are often nice looking men, they look like they can build a life for themselves but they’re not interested in a marriage to a woman, they’re interested in being with another man. There’s something that is going on in the community and I think fatherlessness has contributed to it greatly because if you haven’t been loved by your father, just like young ladies do, young men can do the same thing. They can make the mistake, particularly if they are recruited into it, they find a man who will love them and give them what they’re looking for but sexualize them then they end up for the rest of their lives end up looking for love in all the wrong places.

I ask you. Just what can you add to the ramblings of a crazy man?

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Anonymous said...

It's funny that he should mention black women's comments about black men being gay, I live outside and work inside a mostly black city, and from my observations, most of the women look very pregnant. As for the gay community as a whole, this recruitment BS is just that, BS. I knew since I was very little that I was gay and there was NO one in my life that that was gay or brought me "around to that way of thinking". It is disheartening that anyone who calls themselves "Christian" would judge others in any way whatsoever. How easily they forget "Judge not, lest ye be judged yourself". They try to label us as Haters to cover up their own hate. It really is a shame in the 21st century that we have come no further than our puritanical forefathers.

barebare said...

I got to tell you I am just done with the whole railing of the religious nuts against gays. This guy does not impress me and I really won't take the time to read his banter. I have more important things to do like clean the crap out from underneath my nails.

I do thank you for actually researching this stuff and posting it though.

Jason Dabrowski said...

the only person this guy loves. The only person this guy is trying to save is himself. My theory? Dude has doubts. But he doesn't want to acknowledge those doubts. Trouble is, happy, healthy gay people, people who are not conforming to his spiritual ideals just enable his doubts. He desperately needs us to be monsters, he needs the validation. He needs us to act straight, talk straight to be be ashamed of ourselves so that he doesn't have to deal with his doubts. He's so mentally, and spiritually weak, that he can't reconcile his doubts, so he has to avoid them.
Only problem is, non-conforming gays just enable those doubts. A happy gay couple makes those doubts start pounding on his door. Unlike a lot of Christians who can handle the Bible being wrong about things (Slavery, sexism, etc) some folks like our pal here can't. It's all or nothing.

Wildewire said...

As always:the person who seems obsessed with sex- other people's sex is him! HE seems to see everything through "the lens of homosexuality" whatever that is. I'm a happy gay man and I just get on with my life.He'd be better off if he did the same.

Tyson Miller said...

I do so love it when people, especially our religious leaders, who we look to for support and comfort when things seem most hopeless, are the ones who spread these biased beliefs. He clearly doesn't know anyone personally who is gay, or he wouldn't be talking like this.

Does anyone else notice though that he makes no mention of lesbians? Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen anyone try to say that lesbians getting married is wrong or immoral. But I'm starting to get off topic.

ALL IN ALL: People need to crawl out from under the rocks they've been living under and realize we aren't in the dinosaur age of religion. I think everyone can agree that the Bible is not to be taken literally. So why keep using religion to try and stop LGBT equality?