Going To The Chapel: Democrats Put Gay-Marriage Plank In Party Platform

Even more good news on the marriage front: The Democratic Party will include language endorsing same-sex marriage at its upcoming national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I was part of a unanimous decision to include it,” Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) told the Washington Blade. “There was a unanimous decision in the drafting committee to include it in the platform, which I supported, but everybody was for it.”

The draft, which hasn’t been made public yet, was decided on by a 15-member platform-drafting committee meeting in Minneapolis on Sunday. Next, the full platform committee will consider the draft in two weeks, and then it will go on to the convention in September. But according to the Blade, it’s a key tenet that won’t be removed.




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  • FYI

    It better not have any BS (such as what Obama stupidly said) about “…let the states’ decide…”.

    Same-sex marriage is as much a Federal Constitutional Right and just as valid as interracial marriage — which, by the way, was once considered a “states’ rights issue” as well…and one that affected the legitimacy of Obama’s parents’ marriage at one time too in many American states up until 1967.

  • jeff4justice

    Thank God I can vote for alternative party candidates who already have LGBT equality in their platforms and are also pro-woman’s rights, pro-racial equality, pro-labor, pro-peace, and pro-environment as apposed to the Democrats who claim to be but in action end up being as awful as the Republicans.

    Let’s not forget that there are still anti-equality and anti-choice Democrats (just as there are some pro-equality and pro-choice Republicans).

    Let’s not forget that Democrats helped get Alito and Roberts into the Supreme Court. (Google: Senate Democrats regret supporting Roberts)

    It’s a wasted vote to vote for the same 2 parties of perpetual war, poverty, debt, and the erosion of civil liberties over and over while expecting different results.

    If you’re an LGBT person expecting open minds on marriage equality yet are unwilling to be open minded voting for alternative party options then that’s hypocritical.

    Online search:

    LGBT Media: Cover Alternative Political Parties
    Insist Obama & Romney Debate 3rd Party Opponents
    Top 3 Dumb Excuses To Not Vote 3rd Party
    6 Easy Steps To End The 2-Party System

    Obama 2012: The Lesser Evil?
    Bush, Obama, Same Old Drama!
    21 reasons why I will not vote for Obama in 2012
    100 Ways Mitt Romney Is Just Like Barack Obama

    As quickly as the Occupy movement arose, an advancement or alternative party movement could arise before November too.

    However, if you like little kids getting blown apart by drone attacks, the kill list, the President can kill anyone attitude, teenage torturing Guantanamo, senseless wars expanded beyond Iraq and Afghanistan, Monsanto taking over the FDA, the EPA raising radiation standards, the dismissal of Occupy, attacks on medical marijuana users (thanks LA City Council Democrats for doing your part), a spike in troops committing suicide, attacks on protestors rights, attacks on internet freedom, voting for Republican nominees to the courts, Wall Street favors, insider training, 50% in poverty, 15 trillion in dent, leaders like “Impeachment off the table” Pelosi, and most college grads not being able to find then PLEASE keep voting for the Democrats and Obama and expecting different results. Hopefully ObamaRomneyWellpointcare will cover your Stockholm syndrome.

    Yeah! Woo-hoo the warmongers are supportive of LGBTs! God bless Ameirca!

  • LeoMarius

    It amazes me that Democrats can fully embrace the most critical gay civil rights issue in our history, and bitter queens still shill for the GOP or fringe parties.

    Exactly what has Obama done for us? In one term, he fully integrated gay men and women into the military, and now he has converted the entire Democratic Party to fully supporting gay rights.

    Other than hosting gay weddings in the Rose Garden, I do not know what Log Cabiners expect from him.

    Meanwhile, the only other viable candidate for President is a member of the most actively antigay mainstream church in the US, and unlike Sen. Harry Reid, he fully embraces its antigay rhetoric. Romney promises to reinstate DADT over the protests of the US military, and backs a full constitutional ban of gay marriage. As Governor of MA, he fought tooth and nail to block gay marriage, and even resurrected a 1920s era miscegenation law to prevent out of state gays from marrying.

  • hamoboy

    @jeff4justice: This isn’t fantasy football. Vote for the best candidate presented to you *WHO HAS A REASONABLE CHANCE OF WINNING*. If you truly want to see alternative parties rise in power and prominence, then I suggest campaigning and voting at the local level for these smaller parties.
    Until the party has some presence in Congress and Senate, voting for their candidates is just pissing in the wind, and in a swing state, maybe actively enabling the election of the worse candidate from the big two. People in Florida who voted for Nader in 2000 as a sort of protest against both parties were soon laughing from the other side of their mouths when they got 8 years of Bush.
    If you truly believe there is no difference between Obama and Romney, the first year of Romney’s presidency will most likely disabuse you of this naive notion.

  • ChrisC

    @hamoboy: THANK YOU! You took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Robert in NYC

    Say what you want, the thing is, the GOP will NEVER have it on their platform. No party is perfect but at least the Democrats are evolving while the GOP devolves with the majority of them opposed to equal marriage. The Log Cabiners don’t seem to be doing such an effective job.

  • Daez

    @FYI: I really hate to break this to you, but according to the constitution, all marriage is a “states right.” There is absolutely no language in the constitution that gives federal mandate over religion, but there is a lovely catch all that says that anything not given federal mandate is left to the states to govern and control.

    The problem is, DOMA currently violates that mandate, and is unconstitutional from a states rights perspective. So, you can not have it both ways. If you believe that marriage should have a federal mandate then DOMA is that federal mandate and the states have no rights to pass marriage at all. If you believe that marriage is a states right then DOMA violates the constitution.

  • Daez

    @jeff4justice: I know you probably consider this at the top of your dumb excuses, but you can vote for Mickey Mouse and he probably will not get elected either. Like it or not, the United States is a two party system on the federal level. The two parties are way to powerful to lose to a third. It will always be a choice between a Democrat and a Republican. All that voting third party ever accomplishes is throwing away a vote for one of the two leading parties, and the party that normally loses the vote is the Democrats since most of the third parties are leaning very far to the left and only one leans to the right.

  • Spike

    @jeff4justice: Just curious, after you and others have wasted your vote on a third party candidate, who do you think President Romney’s first nominee for the Supreme Court will be?

  • Robert in NYC

    @Spike: They don’t care as long as it’s a republican since equality isn’t a top priority for them, even in good economic times.

  • Truth Wins

    Jeff4Justice, Barefoot Accountant, Nestor, and GOProud is the same person. Just a troll that cuts and pastes 3rd party nonsense of every political Queerty story. I’m convinced that it’s really Larry Craig dressed in drag as Eve Arden in some public bathroom eeking out what he considers his revenge.

  • Chuck

    Just the latest example of a clear distinction between the parties. I’d love to see a GOProuder try to spin “Support for traditional marriage [ie. discrimination]” which in in the Republican party platform as actually better for LGBT people. LOL.

    One thing to remember, the Democratic party not only accepts LGBT people and holds them in equal esteem to everybody else and has us in leadership positions. The best you could ever hope for from Republicans is the thrill of being “tolerated.”

  • DJ

    I agree Jeff4Justice, 3rd parties are for same gender marriage and LGBT rights and always have been.

    There’s none of the BS that Obama pulls with the “Let the states decide!” and claiming that he’s really for same gender marriage when in reality he’s not at all. The democrats as a whole are no better and are not really for same gender marriage or LGBT rights but they will claim that they are and pretend that they are just to get your money and votes!

  • Barefoot Accountant

    I have become very disenchanted with President Barack Obama even though I voted for him in 2008. He has failed us progressives.

    1. He did not even propose the public option healthcare system: he had campaigned on that system, promising to propose it. (Wikipedia: ”President Barack Obama promoted the idea of the public option while running for election.[3] After becoming President, Obama downplayed the need for a public health insurance option including calling it a “sliver” of health care reform,[4] but had not given up pursuing the idea before the health care reform was passed.[5] The preceding statement is disputed by evidence that the Obama administration had agreed to drop the public option from the final plan in the summer of 2009[6] in a back room deal with representatives of the for-profit hospital lobby[7]“)

    2. He has appointed countless Wall Streeters to his top economic team, failing to appoint labor voices like Robert Reich.

    3. He has bailed out Wall Street instead of Main Street: remember TARP? And then the banks dispensed $6 billion in bonuses in that year to its executives.

    4. He failed to attack the mortgage crisis, leaving an elephant still in our “room”, with one-third of home mortgages now underwater.

    5. He failed to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, doing away with habeous corpus, allowing the government to arrest and detain indefinitely without a trial or hearing.

    6. He agreed to an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and on top of that, he agreed to an egregious reduction of the estate taxes on the rich, exempting as much as $10 million from any estate taxes and lowering the estate tax rate down to a ridiculous rate of 35%, when our country has a $15 trillion debt. That alone saved the Walton heirs $17 billion in taxes.

    7. He has failed to indict and imprison any of those banksters involved in all of that fraud on Wall Street from the subprime mortgage, including robo-signing, and selling shit-backed mortgage securities known to be worthless.

    8. He appointed Jeffrey Immelt to head his Jobs Council when GE has been saying “China, China, China,” and shipping all jobs overseas while closing plants here in the US.

    9. President Obama is now considering and proposing to lower the corporate tax rate to 26%, when corporations are not only at a low-time rate of paying taxes but getting billions in tax subsidies from our government and opening up offices on the 19th floor of one building on the Cayman Islands to avoid taxes altogether.

    10. President Obama spoke in favor of PIPA and SOPA, when the internet is the last vestige of free speech and the availability of free information to the general public.

    11. There were no indictments by President Obama of all the contractor fraud reported on by Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul in a Congressional Report released over a year ago. Whenever the rich and big corporations are caught in fraud, Eric Holder adopts a policy of “looking forward”, instead of holding them accountable.

    12. President Obama agreed to the “grand bargain” (thank, God, Boehner did not accept it) to cut over $2 trillion in spending, including social security, medicare, medicaid, and other social safety-net programs merely in return for hypothetical “revenue increases” of $800 billion relying on “dynamic scoring”.

    13. President Obama has done nothing to level the trade treaties, where corporations are shipping labor to Cambodia (22.5 cents per hour), China, Philippines, etc., where labor is paid 25 cents per hour. This is exporting slavery to other countries. Where is the level playing field for Americans?

    14. President Obama in 2009 only proposed $140 billion in infrastructure spending when Paul Krugman and other economists predicted that $1.5 trillion was needed for our economy to recover. And last year only proposed a paltry $108 billion in infrastructure spending.

    15. President Obama praised the recent JOBS Act, which allows corporations to go public and raise capital without audited financial information in their public presentations for the first five years, allowing them to present fictitious numbers and defraud investors?

    16. President Obama has failed to propose the return of Glass-Steagall, separating commercial and investment banking, which will soon plunge us back into another mega-bailout of Wall Street.

    17. President Obama has failed to propose the break up of the big banks and corporations. What ever happened to the Sherman Anti-Trust Act?

    18. President Obama touted a $25 billion robo-signing settlement when a trillion dollars of our pension and retirement funds were stolen.

    19. While campaigning, President Obama promised to put on his walking shoes for labor, but failed to even show up in Wisconsin and walk the picket line against Governor Walker.

    20. President Obama has not declared war on the Supreme Court, as President Roosevelt did, to oppose the corporate/rich posture of Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito, and Roberts. Why not take them on?

    21. President Obama has arrested and raided more marijuana users in less than four years than George Bush did in eight years. Why is President Obama proposing cuts to social security, medicare, and medicaid while spending more on marijuana arrests and raids, especially when a majority of Americans are for legalization of pot and for the open sale of marijuana for medical use?

    Time and time again President Obama did not fight the good fight for working Americans, who are losing their jobs, health insurance, homes, dignity, etc.

    I am tired of the lame excuse of how we must vote for Obama because of the Supreme Court. How can anyone believe that Obama would not disappoint progressives on that issue after he failed to undertake a recess appointment of Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position to which she was more entitled to direct than any other American?

    I am done with President Obama.

  • Barefoot Accountant

    For a more complete list, see Hugh’s list at

    1. Reneged on pledge to filibuster FISA Amendments Act (July 2008)
    2. Lobbied for $700 billion Paulson TARP bank bailout
    3. Pushed for no sanctions against Lieberman despite his support for John McCain
    4. Nominated healthcare company lobbyist Tom Daschle as Secretary of HHS
    5. Had neoliberal Robert Rubin as his chief economics adviser
    6. Then had the equally neoliberal Larry Summers assume this role
    7. Chose the failing upwards Timothy Geithner to head Treasury
    8. AIG bonuses and money to Goldman under Obama
    9. Doubling down in Afghanistan
    10. Delay and reduction of withdrawal from Iraq
    11. Moving Guantanamo activities to Bagram
    12. Military commissions for some detainees
    13. Support for indefinite detention
    14. Refusal to release torture photos under FOIA
    15. Refusal to investigate and prosecute Bush era criminality
    16. Geithner’s DOA economic rescue programs: the PPIP and TALF
    17. Minimal help for homeowners and no cramdowns
    18. Treatment of Chrysler and GM with bankrupcy compared to bank no fail “stress tests”
    19. Kabuki of TARP repayment by banks while still dependent on government credit lines
    20. Extra-Constitutional use of the Fed by the Executive for fiscal policy
    21. Credit Card bill without usury caps and with 9 month delay for other reforms
    22. Business friendly Mary Schapiro named to head SEC
    23. Gary Gensler who helped deregulate derivatives named to head CFTC
    24. $787 billion stimulus: too little, too late, poorly structured
    25. Use of financial crisis to attack Social Security and Medicare
    26. The great healthcare non-debate
    27. Continued use of state secrets argument in ongoing Bush era cases
    28. Use of signing statements, including one to punish whistleblowers
    29. Vetting process problems, especially tax related ones
    30. Leaving Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head OLC twisting in the wind
    31. Eric Holder, failure to reform DOJ, not removing worst of Bush USAs
    32. Failure to move against new oil bubble
    33. Retention of Bush Defense team: Gates, Patraeus, and Odierno
    34. Continued missile strikes inside Pakistan
    35. Keeping Bush’s domestic spying programs and adding a new one, cybersecurity
    36. Choice of Elena Kagan who favors expansive Presidential powers as Sollicitor General, her subsequent nomination to the Supreme Court
    37. Leaving EFCA (to help counter anti-union companies) to wither in Congress
    38. Welcoming Arlen Specter who brings nothing to the Democrats into the party
    39. Weak ineffective proposals for financial reform
    40. Obama wanted John Brennan at CIA but settled for making him his counter- terrorism adviser
    41. Chas Freeman with broader Mideast perspective done in by AIPAC
    42. Dennis Blair made DNI; failed to act to stop atrocities in East Timor
    43. Choice of McChrystal involved in torture in Iraq to head Afghanistan command
    44. Obama threat to suspend intelligence cooperation with UK over Binyam Mohamed case
    45. Efforts to keep Bush and Obama White House logs secret
    46. Playing games with “Don’t ask, don’t tell”
    47. Filing a brief to overturn Jackson (access to lawyer) in the Montejo case
    48. Not withdrawing Bush brief in Osborne DNA case
    49. Egregious brief in challenge to Defense of Marriage Act
    50. The Supplemental which made Iraq and Afghanistan Democratic wars
    51. Choice of Rahm Emanuel as the President’s Chief of Staff
    52. Choice of Dennis Ross as Iran envoy and then his move to the White House
    53. Politically embarrassing processes to fill Obama and Clinton’s Senate seats
    54. Choice of Bill Richardson, then Judd Gregg to head Commerce Department
    55. Reneging on pledge to re-negotiate NAFTA
    56. Obama’s throwing his pastor Jeremiah Wright to the curb, then reaching out to religious conservative Rick Warren
    57. Continued challenges to habeas corpus petitions over indefinite detention, the Janko case
    58. The Obama White House website
    59. Continuing an ineffective program that Iran can exploit politically
    60. Going slow on climate change when there is no time to
    61. Not withdrawing a Bush-era amicus brief in the Ricci v. DeStefano reverse discrimination case and supporting a rollback of Title VII
    62. Appointment of a CIA General Counsel who doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture
    63. Appointment of a DNI General Counsel who doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture
    64. CIA delay in a FOIA request concerning torture
    65. The influence of Goldman Sachs in the Obama Administration
    66. Attempt to keep secret the Cheney interview on the Plame affair
    67. Mountaintop removal under Obama
    68. Attempt to restrict Congressional notification on intelligence matters
    69. Opposition to a second stimulus
    70. Another egregious attempt to fight a habeas corpus petition in the Jawad case
    71. Continuing charter schools and standardized tests
    72. Holder’s decision to support a weak, narrow review of torture
    73. Re-appointment of Ben Bernanke as Fed Chairman
    74. Continuing renditions
    75. Politically dubious company was used to vet reporters in Afghanistan
    76. Judge vetoes a too weak SEC plea bargain with Bank of America
    77. Justice’s argument for making Bagram a new Guantanamo, the al Maqaleh case
    78. Defense to turn over databases to poorly controlled fusion centers
    79. Obama changes but keeps Bush’s Star Wars program
    80. Failure to win an Israeli freeze on settlements
    81. White House refuses to back its own staffer environmentalist Van Jones
    82. Politicized US Attorney in the Siegelman case cleared by Office of Special Counsel
    83. Criticism of Iranian nuclear program; support of Israeli nuclear weapons
    84. Support for a weakened reporter’s shield law
    85. Use of the Zazi case to retain broad Patriot Act surveillance provisions
    86. Wilner v. NSA, continuing the coverup of warrantless surveillance of communications between attorneys and detainees
    87. Attempt to spike the Goldstone report on Israeli-Hamas war crimes in Gaza
    88. Slowness in filling federal judgeships
    89. Inadequate aid to overwhelmed state budgets
    90. Attempting to dodge the Supreme Court deciding whether innocent Guantanamo detainees can be resettled in the US
    91. Allowing drilling in the waters off the north coast of Alaska
    92. Keeping detainee accounts of CIA torture secret
    93. Current FBI manual allows for widespread domestic spying
    94. Securitization invalidates most foreclosures
    95. Geithner wanting unlimited powers to save large banks
    96. Another state secrets defense to conceal domestic spying
    97. Circuit Court dismissal of Maher Arar suit
    98. Weakening Sarbanes-Oxley and calling it financial reform
    99. Unemployment
    100. Inspector General for Fannie and Freddie ousted for investigating fraud
    101. Gaming courts to convict Guantanamo detainees
    102. White House counsel removed for his principled stands on torture and Guantanamo
    103. US seizes mosques claiming Iranian connection
    104. Howard Dean removed as head of the DNC
    105. Scientist with close ties to Monsanto put in charge of all governmental agricultural research
    106. Pesticide lobbyist nominated as Chief Agricultural Negotiator for trade
    107. Effort to let some government contractors avoid paying taxes
    108. A bad US Attorney nomination for Northern Iowa
    109. Hunger in America
    110. The breast cancer recommendations fiasco
    111. Ongoing confusion and disorganization in the military commissions process
    112. Phillip Carter another official in closing Guantanamo resigns
    113. Refusal to sign anti-land mine treaty
    114. The Ghizzawi case and the legal limbo of “cleared for release”
    115. Black prisons at Balad and Bagram
    116. Delay in declassifying historic documents
    117. Max Baucus’ conflicts of interest in healthcare and with his girlfriend
    118. Major security breach at a White House party and a ridiculous assertion of “executive privilege”
    119. Dana “Pig Missile” Perino nominated to the Broadcasting Board of Governors
    120. Cass Sunstein, an anti-regulator in a regulatory position
    121. Warrantless for profit electronic surveillance by telecoms and search engines
    122. The government sides with torture lawyer John Yoo and attacks Bevins actions again
    123. The TSA publishes its security manual online
    124. Toxic legal arguments in al Zahrani v. Rumsfeld, yet another Bevins action
    125. The Nobel Peace Prize and a neocon acceptance speech
    126. Blackwater’s involvement in military and CIA assassination and drone programs
    127. Congressional Research Service censorship in the firing of Morris Davis
    128. AIG writes off $25 billion in debt and sticks taxpayers with the bill
    129. The Administration plays hardball to kill an amendment that would lower drug costs
    130. A poorly considered blank check to Fannie and Freddie
    131. Continuing a Bush botch in the Nisoor Square massacre case
    132. Jonathan Gruber, a major defender of Obamacare was also a paid consultant for it
    133. A Geithner related cover up of the AIG at par payments on swaps
    134. Adoption of stealth signing statements
    135. al Bihani, more bad legal reasoning in another Guantanamo habeas case
    136. Cutting Medicare and Social Security by deficit commission proposed
    137. A 3 year non-freeze budget freeze proposed
    138. NASA flights privatized
    139. OPR report on Yoo and Bybee watered down and its relation to the Padilla case
    140. Government targeting of US citizens for assassination
    141. Abuse of informants by ICE agents
    142. Obama leaves Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board empty
    143. Obama backs firing of teachers in Rhode Island
    144. Irish human rights advocate Edward Horgan has US visa pulled
    145. Threatened veto of 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act over Congressional notifications
    146. Obama Administration intimidation of whistleblowing site: wikileaks
    147. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to ignore science on endangered species
    148. Senate vacation more important than jobless benefits
    149. Government seeks to compel turnover of emails without a warrant
    150. Obama goes after an NSA whistleblower: the Thomas Drake case
    151. Obama goes after a CIA whistleblower: the James Risen case
    152. Weakening Miranda rights in national security cases
    153. Advocating the privatizing of public housing
    154. Another step in making Bagram the new Guantanamo, the al Maqaleh case, the appeals court edition
    155. Massey mining disaster, 29 die because of corporate greed and poor regulation
    156. Obama proposal for a line item veto
    157. A military commander allowed to use military forces for intelligence operations without Presidential approval
    158. Political pandering in sending 1200 National Guardsmen to the Southwest border
    159. A sad record on resisting Guantanamo habeas petitions
    160. Israel attacks an aid convoy for Gaza; Obama punts
    161. A further erosion of Miranda: Berghius v. Thompkins
    162. Naming James Clapper, a Bush appointee, to be the next DNI
    163. DOJ seeks to protect Vatican in sex abuse scandal
    164. Yahya Wehelie, an American exiled without charge
    165. Failure to replace National Labor Relations Board members means hundreds of decisions must be reviewed
    166. SCOTUS opts for overly broad definition of material support to terrorist groups
    167. Speaker Pelosi backstabs Social Security
    168. Complaints by government scientists of political interference at Bush era levels
    169. Flip flop on free trade agreement with Colombia
    170. SEC declares major victory but lets Goldman off easy
    171. Private contracting of intelligence continues under Obama
    172. Two Guantanamo prisoners to be deported back to Algeria against their will
    173. The Shirley Sherrod affair: trumped up charges of racism and a bungled response 174. Whitewash report on Bush era US Attorney firings
    175. Despite its record, Blackwater still gets big US government contracts
    176. Wikileaks releases government files showing Pakistan involvement with Taliban and admission that things are going poorly in Afghanistan
    177. Obama seeks to get access to everyone’s web histories without a court order
    178. Teacher funding sacrificed to keep Education Secretary Arne Duncan happy
    179. State’s top Iran hand resigns over Obama’s Iran policy
    180. Citizens United: validation of unlimited corporate political funding
    181. Push to expand US arms sales around the world
    182. Project Vigilant, Infragard and “volunteer” corporate spying for the government
    183. Obama’s approval hits Bush levels in Arab world
    184. Effort to pre-empt state environmental lawsuits involving green house gases
    185. Justice’s Anti-trust division asleep at the wheel
    186. Kagan’s recusals render her even more ineffective on the Supreme Court
    187. Poverty level highest since 1994
    188. Courts run interference for corporate violators of international law
    189. Warren named to set up but not to run Consumer Financial Protection Board
    190. Chief economic adviser Larry Summers leaves; Obama looks for someone even more pro-business to replace him
    191. DOJ IG report goes soft on Bush era surveillance against peace groups and other activists; meanwhile the Obama Administration conducts raids against similar groups
    192. Move to put backdoors in the internet to facilitate spying and more requirements on banks on international money transfers of any size
    193. HHS Secretary Sebelius delays for at least two years required insurance coverage for contraception
    194. Americans on Medicaid increased to 48.5 million in 2009
    195. Big home lenders suspend foreclosures as their documentation gets challenged in court
    196. HR 3808, a bill passed by Congress, to facilitate the acceptance of false documentation by banks in foreclosure proceedings
    197. ICE raids and deportations increase under Obama
    198. Social Security COLA frozen for second straight year; no action taken
    199. Waivers for military aid to countries with child soldiers
    200. Big and deserved losses in the 2010 elections
    201. 42 million Americans on food stamps at the end of FY 2010
    202. No indictments for those involved in the CIA destruction of the torture tapes
    203. The Bowles-Simpson Cat Food Commission proposals
    204. $3 billion in aid for Israel for a 90 day settlement freeze
    205. No change in Democratic Congressional leadership after 2010 election disaster
    206. Forced proselytizing still prevalent at US Air Force Academy
    207. TSA harassment and violation of the 4th Amendment
    208. More TSA idiocy: full body scans and invasive pat downs
    209. The response to the 2009 coup in Honduras
    210. Use of diplomatic personnel to spy at the UN
    211. Fed proposes rule change to Truth in Lending Act to protect bank fraud
    212. FCC head Genachowski takes an axe to net neutrality
    213. Lieberman and seek to censor wikileaks
    214. Pressuring the Spanish government into dropping torture prosecutions against 6 high level Bush officials
    215. Neoliberal free trade deal with South Korea at a time of high unemployment
    216. Hamfisted banning access to wikileaks by government departments
    217. Massive screwup in printing $100 bills
    218. Extending tax cuts for the rich in a poor compromise on jobless benefits
    219. Dancing boys of Afghanistan paid for by US contractor Dyncorp
    220. EPA backtracks on smog standards
    221. Former OMB director Peter Orszag goes to Citigroup
    222. Obama breaks the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to supply Israel with nuclear fuel
    223. DREAM Act for children of illegal immigrants done in by Senate Democrats
    224. DOJ drops investigations of corrupt members of Congress
    225. The FBI’s Guardian database, another useless, intrusive surveillance program
    226. Pentagon weakens rules on contractor conflicts of interest
    227. Investigation by state Attorney Generals into foreclosuregate: no criminal charges
    228. Obama names Mr. NAFTA Bill Daley as his new Chief of Staff
    229. Obama names neoliberal free trader Gene Sperling to replace Larry Summers
    230. Executive Order to make regulations more business-friendly
    231. Gulet Mohamed: Detention and torture of US citizens by proxy
    232. Nelson v. NASA: government can demand intrusive, unnecessary information about its employees
    233. Choice of GE’s outsourcing CEO Jeffrey Immelt as Obama’s Jobs Czar
    234. Failure to weaken or eliminate the filibuster
    235. Corporate targeting of Wikileaks and liberal organizations
    236. Reaction to the popular revolution in Egypt
    237. HHS Secretary Sebelius helps states cut Medicaid rolls and funding
    238. Petraeus accuses parents not US attacks for burns to children in Afghanistan
    239. US general in Afghanistan sets up illegal propaganda program targeting Americans
    240. Obama plans to devastate small block grants program for the poor
    241. Silence on the Wisconsin labor protests
    242. Former Senator Christopher Dodd quickly becomes lobbyist after promising not to
    243. Obama reinstitutes sham review tribunals at Guantanamo
    244. DOJ colludes with Bush era official Scott Bloch to keep him out of jail
    245. The treatment of Bradley Manning
    246. State Department spokesman PJ Crowley forced to resign over Manning comments
    247. Massive conflicts of interest in David Stevens at HUD and soon to be head of main lobbying group for the mortgage industry
    248. Mild reaction to bloody anti-democratic repression in Bahrain and Yemen
    249. Torture psychologist appointed to White House task force
    250. FBI program which allows them to investigate anyone doesn’t work (surprise)
    251. In his Libya war, Obama has completed the unconstitutional process of Presidents’ usurpation of Congress’ power to make war
    252. Obama accepts award for transparency in secret
    253. Democrats create PACs to receive unlimited contributions from anonymous donors 254. 2011 government shutdown threat as Shock Doctrine
    254. The 2011 “great” biprtisan budget deal
    255. The OCC deal to cover for banks in foreclosuregate
    256. Reshuffling neocons at DOD and the CIA
    257. Leak of Detainee Assessments shines light on the weakness of cases against many Guantanamo inmates
    258. Geithner shields foreign exchange derivatives from Dodd-Frank regulation
    259. Crazy new application for some US passports
    260. DOJ wants SCOTUS to allow for GPS tracking without a warrant
    261. An industry stacked panel to study fracking
    262. SCOTUS attacks small claim class actions
    263. SCOTUS okays fraud in financial presentations
    264. SCOTUS attacks large class actions and Title VII
    265. DOJ’s non-investigation of torture produces few results
    266. Department of State threatens participants of Gaza flotilla with terrorism charges
    267. Detainees now held on ships to avoid judicial scrutiny
    268. CIA operating a black site prison in Somalia
    269. SCOTUS and DC Appeals Court torpedoing detainee habeas petitions
    270. SCOTUS greatly expands warrantless searches; Obama DOJ approves
    271. Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve after the 2011 spike in gasoline prices
    272. Christine Varney, head of DOJ Anti-Trust Division, goes to law firm that had case before her
    273. Senseless 2011 debt ceiling crisis, budget cutting, and attacks on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
    274. TSA closes US airspace to Mexican human rights activist
    275. DHS guts its unit monitoring right wing terrorism in US
    276. “Recovery” benefited corporations, not workers
    277. Harassment of a government scientist Charles Monett because his work clashes with drilling in the Arctic
    278. African Americans and Hispanic wealth took hardest hit from financial crises
    279. Cass Sunstein sitting on labor rules to protect child workers
    280. Oil leasing in Gulf resumes
    281. Administration pressures NY AG Schneiderman to go along with bogus mortgage settlement
    282. DOJ dumps responsibility for its bungled gun running sting on handy US Attorney
    283. US ranks 41st in the world in infant mortality
    284. White House engages in selective prosecution of Dan Choi over DADT protest
    285. COBRA extension ditched
    286. Obama spikes EPA ozone limits
    287. 2011 Obama fictional jobs plan
    288. Contractors cost twice as much as unionized federal workers doing the same work
    289. New EPA greenhouse gas limits also being drawn out
    290. CFTC proposes ineffectual limits on commodity speculation
    291. State Department targets career officer Peter Van Buren for writing critical book
    292. Secret Law and the OLC legal justification for killing a US citizen abroad
    293. US incomes fall more after recession than during it
    294. Another Afghanistan fail: torture rampant in Afghan prisons
    295. Bank of America dumps derivative exposure on to the FDIC with Fed approval
    296. New rule to legitimize government lying in response to FOIA requests
    297. Cronyism and the Keystone XL pipeline
    298. Despite pledge, Obama still taking money from lobbyists
    299. Secure Communities and deportation as a business
    300. The Occupy movement and the attacks upon it
    301. DOJ prosecuting financial fraud at the lowest rate in 20 years
    302. US stops funding of UNESCO
    303. 42% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck
    304. The Post Office facing cuts because of unnecessary prefunding mandates
    305. Arab Spring and allowing Fundamentalist Islam to take complete control over Egypt

  • LandStander

    @Barefoot Accountant: “305. Arab Spring and allowing Fundamentalist Islam to take complete control over Egypt”

    You are putting the Arab Spring in a list of reasons why you wont vote for Obama? WTF? Tunisia overthrew their dictator, so omg dont vote for Obama! What do other countries overthrowing their dictators have anything to do with us? (Other than we were usually the ones propping up the dictators in the first place).

    “allowing” fundamentalist islam to take over Egypt? Did you ever stop to think that maybe it is not our place to “allow” people to vote a certain way? IT IS NOT OUR COUNTRY. Yeesh, idiots.

    (By the way, I am a member of the Pacific Green Party, not an Obama voter…but you could at least come up with REAL reasons instead of spewing bullshit)

  • Truth Wins

    Yay! We got the long, incoherent cut and pasted lists from Barefoot Accountant. That proves this thread made it! Let’s see if we can hit 150 posts again. C’mon Nestor/Barefoot Accountant/Jeff4Justice/GOProundest we know you can do it. Vote for 3rd party Roseanne for POTUS today. She has a chance, you know. LMFAO.

  • Truth Wins

    @DJ: Oh wow, a new handle. Welcome to the assylum DJ. Talk to yourself and respond to your own posts. It’s amusing for the rest of us the lengths you will go to to dilute the LGBT vote.

  • Truth Wins

    Once again, it takes Barefoot Accountant/Jeff4Justice/GOProudest/Nestor/DJ exactly 2 minutes to knock out these bogus posts. 3:06, 3:08, 3:10. This is how we caught you before. You know, you really should be better at this by now.

  • jeff4justice

    @LeoMarius Fringe party? Needless war, drone attacks, NDAA, Monsanto to the FDA, and attacks on medical marijuana is normal to you? What piss poor ethics.

    @hamoboy So by your logic you would not fight an anti-LGBT ballot measure unless you’re guaranteed to win. The difference between Romney and Obama is how liberals react to the awful things they both do.

    @Daez Riiiight. And we’ll never have full equality, woman will never have the right to vote, racial minorities will never have the right to vote, openly-LGBT candidates will never be elected, and we’ll never have a black President. All hail the almighty 2party system of war & poverty!

    @Spike Whoever Romney’s SCOTUS nominee is once again the Democrats will help vote them in like they did with Roberts & Alito. Oops, did you forget that? But keep believing in the 2partyt system charade.

    @Truth Wins Yes, everyone who disagrees with you is the same person. Not only am I all of those accounts but I also operate the Truth Wins account too ; )

    @DJ Amen. The Democrats as a whole have been more progressive towards LGBT equality. However being pro-LGBT does not justify their evils.

  • hamoboy

    @jeff4justice: No, that’s not my logic. That’s your brand of straw logic you’ve chosen to make your ideas sound better. There are real appreciable differences between Obama and Romney, no matter whose side you’re on, if you can’t perceive that, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote.
    Nowhere did I say I needed something “guaranteed to win”. I said I would choose a candidate with a chance of winning. The obvious application here is that Obama, while not the best on LGBT rights, is so far ahead of Romney on this that only the wilfully blind or idiotic gay people would choose Romney over him. Once again, not saying he’s perfect, not saying there are no issues, but he’s way way waaaay better than a Republican as POTUS in terms of gay rights.
    Refusing to vote for Obama just because the Dems don’t fulfill your stringent requirements means that for you, this is your hill to die on. And for many LGBT people across the country, if Romney wins, they’re definitely going to be more oppressed, less protected, and more may even die via suicide and gay bashing. Think about what will work on the ground, rather than some laundry wishlist santa letter.

  • Truth Wins

    @jeff4justice: Give up. Everybody hates you. Go away. And please, no more cut and pasted lists under the ‘Barefoot Accountant’ pseudonym.

  • jeff4justice

    @hamoboy: Hopefully if Romney wins the phony ass liberals will get back to the streets protesting all the GWB-like type of things that Obama does. Every election cycle it’s always the same stupid bullshit excuses to vote for the same 2party system by both dumb conservatives and dumb liberals who are too lazy or fearful to do the work necessary to help alternative parties overcome unfair election laws, media bias/blackout, and a lack of voter education.

    I’m sure we could figure out ways how either Stalin or Hitler was the better of the two.

    Your logic is the same fear-based bullshit that LGBTs opined when they claimed we should settler for domestic partnerships or ENDAA w/out transgender protections.

    Idealism creates progress – not perpetual excuses for the 2party system of war and poverty.

  • jeff4justice

    @Truth Wins: Remember kids, it gets better! So long as you’re a 2party system conformist who gives up critical thinking.

    Truth Wins you deserve a Presidential Medal (like Bush Sr. got from Obama) for your amazing work uncovering that everyone who disagrees with you and dares to criticize the almighty Obama is all indeed the same Soros funded profile.

    As awesome as you are here online I hope you’re applying that brilliance to the world outside.

    Lastly, you have convinced me to be an Obama supporter. In fact I am going to jack off now to a news story about one of his drone attacks. I’ll play him siging Al Green in the background and light some candles.

  • hamoboy

    “Idealism creates progress – not perpetual excuses for the 2party system of war and poverty.”.

    Yes, when idealism is applied and implemented, meaning grassroots campaigning and advocacy. Your approach here leaves much to be desired, you’re just bitching at people’s choices, while making NO EFFORT to provide a third choice.

    “Every election cycle it’s always the same stupid bullshit excuses to vote for the same 2party system by both dumb conservatives and dumb liberals who are too lazy or fearful to do the work necessary to help alternative parties overcome unfair election laws, media bias/blackout, and a lack of voter education.”

    Why don’t you go and start a Green or Libertarian Party in you county or state? If there are no substantial alternatives parties, than all of your pissing on this comment thread is just that, pissing, because the likelihood of a third party winner for the Presidential race is pathetically, infinitesimally low.

    “Your logic is the same fear-based bullshit that LGBTs opined when they claimed we should settler for domestic partnerships or ENDAA w/out transgender protections.”

    The problem with idiots like you is that you think an imperfect victory is a loss. I hope you hold your own achievements to such high standards. You do realize that one party (Dems) have LGBT marriage as a part of their platform, while another party (Repubs) not only don’t have it, but are firmly anti-LGBT, with several of their most prominent members being fundamentalist christians.

    We’ll see how “phony ass” us liberals seem if Romney wins office. Fuckheads like you will be begging for a Democrat POTUS just a short while into Romney’s first term. I notice you don’t talk about the Republican LGBT record, because you realise it’s bullshit.

  • Truth Wins

    @jeff4justice: Only you, only you could turn the Democratic party platform endorsing Marriage Equality into a reason to vote for…wait for it…another party! But then all the many posts under all your many pseudonyms always say the exact same thing, no relevance at all but to freep every political article that appears on Queerty. Well, go ahead, but I will always be here to call you on it just in case anyone might take you seriously.

  • FYI

    @Daez: “…. Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival.” The majority decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in “Loving -v- Virginia” 1967.

    “In 1967, the United States Supreme Court struck down the remaining interracial marriage laws across the country and declared that the “freedom to marry” belongs to all Americans. Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1, 12 (1967). The Court described marriage as one of our “vital personal rights” which is “essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by a free people”. ”

    No, Daez, precedents have been established…Marriage IS a federally protected right. States can establish certain criteria for marriage, such as, age requirements and how close you are related to your future spouse, but it cannot discriminate against a specific targeted group (such as race, religion, ethnicity, and I am confident, soon sexual orientation). So no, states have limited rights in delineating certain requirements for marriage, but it has to be applied to everyone and not restrictive towards a targeted minority based on animus which serves no legitimate state purpose. That does not passed the “rational basis” test which well established by the Supreme Court in numerous cases.

    Also, I really hate to break it to you, but you are wrong when you wrote: “There is absolutely no language in the constitution that gives federal mandate over religion.”

    The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, while it allows freedom of Religion, also prevents government (all government – state, local and federal) from giving governmental authority to laws based on any particular religious practice, principle, preference. and/or bias. Actually, no religion can circumvent constitutional law, so yes, all religions are constrained under the mandate of the US Constitution’s Establishment Clause. Besides, you proceed from an incorrect premise, Marriage is no where in the USA recognized as a “religious right” — no church can issue a marriage license, only the government can, and the government (state, local and federal) cannot discriminate. This will be inclusive (as it should have always been) of the GLBT community as well in the near future I am sure.

  • jeff4justice

    @hamoboy: Oh the “don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good” argument. What’s with all your stupid assumptions that people aren’t working at the local level to help alternative parties become viable? What are you doing to help make that happen?

    Smarty I am sure you’re aware of the ways in which alternative parties are hindered by ballot access and election laws (such as the top 2 General election here in CA – see Ballot Access News for more examples).

    Also, the Republicans are bad or worse than the Democrats does not excuse how bad the Democrats are. Both parties should be charged with crimes against humanity for their forcing perpetual war and poverty on the American people.

    You refuse to admit Democrats helped Bush get in his Supreme Court picks Alito and Roberts and you refuse to admit all the ways Obama has acted as GWB’s third term.

    You have shitty ethics.

  • Truth Wins

    @jeff4justice: Vote for Roseanne for POTUS, she has a chance, you know. LOL.

  • DJ

    Jeff4Justice I love your posts.

    WAY too many LGBT people are completely brainwashed into voting straight democrat, and think that the Dems actually have LGBT people’s best interest at hand and actually are for LGBT rights!

    The Dems including Obama just like to pretend that they’re for LGBT rights but in reality they are not, and both parties are alike.

  • Truth Wins

    @DJ: Awe, leave us with a Barefoot Accountant list, not talking to yourself again. Weak.

  • jaded

    DJ and Jeff4justice…we know you’re being paid by Romney. Give it up.


    @FYI: The USA is not and will never be an FUCKING BLOODY Christian country. your kind of people should be killed.


    @DJ: We not all fucking Christian, and will never be!.


    @Barefoot Accountant: Under me! you`l be exterminated in gas chembers fucking Christian.

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