While the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and NGLTF have yet to comment about Get Equal’s heckling of Obama in Los Angeles at Sen. Barbara Boxer’s fundraiser, Equality California and the Courage Campaign are fully on board with zapping the president.
Say what you will about the infrastructures of EQCA and CC, but it’s curious to see both organizations make such bold statements.
Says EQCA’s Geoff Kors: “I think getting heckled is nothing compared to getting kicked out of the military and losing your job and getting fired simply because you’re gay, because there’s no federal protection, or getting denied Social Security benefits because the administration has made no effort to repeal DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act] and has actually defended it in court. I think people are getting very, very frustrated that we have a president who promised to be a fierce advocate and the most pro-LGBT Senate and Congress int he history of the country, and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell hasn’t been repealed and DOMA is still the law of the land.”
And Courage Campaign’s Rick Jacobs: “I think that nonviolent civil disobedience is a legitimate weapon in the arsenal of social change, and I think it definitely has its place. I think that some serious attention needs to be paid to people like [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell and folks who are just making this impossible. I also think that some serious attention needs to be paid to Blue Dogs, so I think it’s more than legitimate to push the president, he’s asked to be pushed…but the other side of this is we have got to communicate with, in a meaningful way, Americans who are fair minded and may not understand what equality’s all about.” Oooh, new targets!
Just a little piece of evidence that while EQCA and the Courage Campaign have the aspirations of full-fledged Gay Inc. groups, their souls remain in line with the grassroots cadets. Or something.