California to become a Red State in November?

Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama announced his opposition to Proposition 8 in the following letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the opportunity to welcome everyone to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club’s Pridc Breakfast and to congratulate you on continuing a legacy of success, stretching back thirty-six years. As one of the oldest and most influential LGBT organizations in the country, you have continually rallied to support Democratic candidates and causes, and have fought tirelessly to secure equal rights and opportunities for LGBT Americans in California and throughout the country.

As the Democratic nominee for President, I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same sex couples under both state and federal law. That is why I support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, and the passage of laws to protect LGBT Americans from hate crimes and employment discrimination. And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states.

For too long, issues of LGBT rights have been exploited by those seeking to divide us. It’s time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect. This is no less than a core issue about who we are as Democrats and as Americans.

Finally, I want to congratulate all of you who have shown your love for each other by getting married these last few weeks. My thanks again to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club for allowing me to be a part of today’s celebration. I look forward to working with you in the coming months and years, and I wish you all continued success.


Barack Obama

The vast majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, do not support homosexual marriage.  Most people in every state recognize that mere sexual preference does not equate to civil rights nor necessitate changing the definition of marriage itself.  If enough common sense Californians turn out to vote in favor of Proposition 8 in November and against gay marriage, it should also translate into votes against Obama.  –J.

5 comments so far

  1. Neil on

    Interesting! McCain should get a lot of mileage out of that. The pro-gay groups lost the 2004 election for the Dems for sure, because the marriage initiatives helped the turnout in key states.

    I’m glad he was so clear, but of course he trots out the same bad reasoning we usually get. The real discrimination will be against Bible-believing Christians and Muslims.

  2. […] And what if California goes Red? […]

  3. The Ex on

    I’m a life-long Democrat and make no secret of my political affiliations but I live in a very Red county and city. I also work in oil. I’m surrounded by republicans and while I haven’t heard any pro-Obama talk, I’ve heard just as little pro-McCain talk. In the last two elections there was SO MUCH pro-Bush talk and I think he’s very good at inspiring that sort of following. Nothing wrong with that but can McCain pull it out? I don’t know!

  4. aaron on

    You know, it doesn’t really matter what “the vast majority” think when it comes to an issue of morals. Nor is “common sense” defined as those who agree with you.

    My definition of common sense is giving people the freedom to do what they want, and not interfere with their sexual practices…. or the way they wish to set up economic units (families).

    And if sexual orientation is such a “mere” small thing….. then how come the thesis of this whole entry isn’t that “common sense” californians will be going out and voting based upon more important matters? (the economy? the war?)

  5. Jay on

    “You know, it doesn’t really matter what “the vast majority” think when it comes to an issue of morals. … My definition of common sense is giving people the freedom to do what they want…”


    Aaron, you might be confused, but what you have just described is called “anarchy”. And failure to understand the importance of strong families or what makes a strong family is indicative of your failure to understand what makes a strong economy and country. I can’t think of a more important voting issue than strong families.

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