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Elizabeth Warren Shouts Down Obama’s Slow Evolution On Marriage Equality

The two candidates in the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race could not be more divided on marriage equality.

While Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has “moved on” from the issue, saying the issue is “settled” in his state despite his anti-gay stance, his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren is lashing out at her party’s leader, Mr. Barack Obama.

Warren called on the president to finish his 17-month evolution on marriage equality, telling the Washington Blade, “I want to see the president evolve because I believe that is right; marriage equality is morally right.”

That’s a position that most lockstep Democrats are afraid to take, at least vocally. Even fierce gay-marriage advocate Martin O’Malley, the Maryland governor who just passed the issue in his state, stammered and sputtered when pushed about his opinion on Obama’s evolution.

Warren supports the cause in more than just her outspokenness; she’s also buddy-buddy with out Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), who is running for the open Senate seat in Wisconsin. If she wins, she’d become the country’s first openly gay U.S. senator. Writes the Blade:

The two have set up a joint fundraising group called the Massachusetts-Wisconsin Victory Fund, which thus far has raised $171,250, and have appeared together in a joint fundraiser in Philadelphia hosted by donor Peter Buttenwieser.

“I was delighted to do the event with Tammy,” Warren said. “We actually did a second [event] together. We were out in San Francisco with other women senators and women challengers. And I hope we’ll have more opportunities to do that. I’d really love to see Tammy get elected. I worked with Tammy before, so I’m a big fan.”

What an ally!

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Mar 22, 2012
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  • 16 Comments
    • Mark
      Mark

      If Warren is “lashing out” at Obama you can promise she got permission first. Maybe even was told to do it. Politics, baby. Last I saw she was disturbingly to the Democrat Party in Massachusetts running behind Brown in the majority of polling, even with Massachusetts Democrat men. They may have figured unfortunately they have nominated another Martha Coakley. The truth is a male liberal Democrat Senate candidate in Massachusetts might not be having the trouble she seems to be having.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 7:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zach
      Zach

      I fail to see how the two candidates “could not be more divided”… one doesn’t care much and one is full steam ahead.

      In fact, they could be more divided… with one working to undo marriage equality.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 7:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PS
      PS

      It would be GREAT if more Democrats started calling Obama out on his slow evolving. Instead of playing politics and playing it safe… STAND UP FOR FULL EQUALITY. Everything else means gays and lesbians are second class citizens.

      Increased pressure is needed on Democratic Senators and Representatives. More pressure is needed on Obama. The road to equality has moved a few inches. But… we have a long ways to go.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 7:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chad
      Chad

      Obama’s lack of a stance of full equality, I’m sure, is to help get reelected. I think once he wins reelection, we will see him doing more. Sadly it’s politics. If he played the equality to everyone card he would loose a lot of supporters. But once elected to his second term he can do what he needs to.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 8:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sabatghzl1098
      Sabatghzl1098

      @Mark: Martha Coakley was and is a sick, twisted bitch. Elizabeth Warren is much better.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 9:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alexa
      Alexa

      I love Elizabeth Warren. I sometimes wish I lived in Boston so I could vote for her.

      @Mark: you are an idiot.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 9:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark
      Mark

      Well fuck you back Alexa. See why some of these female candidates have problems even within the same party? They remind voters of their nagging ex wives or bitch ex-partners.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 11:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alexa
      Alexa

      @Mark: Thanks for proving my point.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 11:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • azalea_k
      azalea_k

      Glad to be able to vote for Warren. Anyway the latest poll shows her ahead, a far cry from her standing last year.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KJM1968
      KJM1968

      Can’t wait to cast my vote for Elizabeth, but I don’t think she can beat the cosmo pin up boy.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael
      Michael

      Elizabeth Warren is awesome! In an age where it seems that Democrats in general are afraid to stand up for certain issues for fear of seeming too liberal (as if liberal were a bad thing), she is one of the few figures willing to fight for the American people without putting up with political bs. I was saddened when she wasn’t picked to be the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but am hopeful that she’ll win this race and become a rallying figure for the Left on many issues aside from finance reform. Calling Obama out on this issue is a great example of her willingness to do what is right, even if it isn’t popular. Warren 2012!

      Mar 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • doomsday1038
      doomsday1038

      To bad all the polls say shes going to lose, calling out Obama is stupid if you can’t win.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      @Chad: If he played the equality to everyone card he would loose [sic] a lot of supporters.

      If Obama scandalously embraced [OMFG!] equality lots of his fans would rush to the waiting arms of the Republican Party? Oh sure.

      Your grasp of politics and human nature is keen indeed.

      Equality isn’t radical. Stop acting like it is.

      You’re not helping.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ken
      ken

      Come the Democrats pandering for or votes and $$. They don’t really give a sh!t about us.

      Mar 23, 2012 at 7:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      The Green, Peace & Freedom, and Libertarian parties already support marriage equality.

      Voting for a Democrat is a bit like being opposed to marriage equality and preferring to settle for civil unions/domestic partnerships becuase of fear of the marriage push backlash.

      Mar 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jonjon
      jonjon

      I think Elizabeth Warren is brilliant and would do really well in more pro-socialism countries like Canada or Britain. Unfortunately she’s probably too “left-of-centre” for American palates, but even so she serves an important function as the voice who will call out other people’s bullshit, even if she probably won’t be in the highest position herself.
      Remember this amazing quote of hers? front.moveon.org/the-elizabeth-warren-quote-every-american-needs-to-see/

      Mar 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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