Why Is the DNC Actively Ignoring Maine’s Marriage Battle?

Barack Obama‘s Organizing for America, an organization now under the umbrella of the Democratic National Committee, alerted its Maine membership about today’s election … without suggesting they vote “No On 1.” Or even mention there’s a marriage battle going on there. And in a follow-up email, OFA asked supporters to get involved … in New Jersey. You might know OFA under its former name, “Organizing for Obama.” Sure, OFA is asking members to support Gov. Jon Corzine, who supports gay marriage, for re-election in New Jersey, but they included not one word about what today means for Maine’s gays and lesbians. (Meanwhile, nothing about Washington’s Ref 71?)

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9 Comments

  • InExile

    If the bigot vote wins in Maine and in Washington today, it will be ALL President Obama’s fault just like Prop 8 was! Obama’s silence on gay’s civil rights being voted away is nothing less than passive approval.

  • Fitz

    Though the Earth may stop rotating, I agree with InExile. What Obama does is make it ok to call yourself a progressive humanist while still hating the fags.

  • wondermann

    Please folks, I got the email and I’m in L.A. This was not a “Maine” flyer. this was sent to those who are on the email list.

    InExile, please… How will this be Obama’s fault?

  • InExile

    No3: Passive approval is just that, he could have taken a stand or at least spoke out pubically, but he did not. His passive approval enabled the bigots to use his voice in robo calls prior to Prop 8 voting. (“marriage is one man and one woman”)Remember? If these ballot measures pass, it’s all on him.

  • B

    nExile wrote, “No3: Passive approval is just that, he could have taken a stand or at least spoke out pubically, but he did not. His passive approval enabled the bigots to use his voice in robo calls prior to Prop 8 voting. (‘marriage is one man and one woman’) Remember? If these ballot measures pass, it’s all on him.”

    The reality is that the “Yes on Eight” campaign, which lied about all sorts of things, lied about Obama – he in fact had publicly opposed Proposition Eight calling it divisive. the “Yes on Eight” side used an out-of-context and misleading clip at the very end of the campaign, when both McCain and Obama were trying to get as many votes as possible in “swing” states. Would you rather have had Obama lose the election and get McCain, who actually was in favor of Proposition Eight, instead?

    If you want to blame anyone, blame the “No on Eight” campaign – they could have used the clips of Obama saying that Proposition Eight is divisive to counter the other side’s lies. They didn’t.

  • Johnson

    Blame religion. We have NEVER beaten religion.

  • Tim

    Yes, but Obama promised, PROMISED, to be a ‘fierce advocate’. Never once mentioning the Maine ballot issue is hardly being a ‘fierce advocate’, rather it is an utter dereliction of advocacy.

    No worries, he’ll receive the same level of support in the next election from many GLBT people as he has given them in this one.

  • David Ehrenstein

    Can you imagine what the results would be if interracial marriage were out to a vote?

    TODAY?

    I rest my case.

  • naghanenu

    Hmm David,

    No people will not in this day and age ban interracial marriage. Wanna know why cause love it or hate it..interracial still involves a man and a woman. Race might irk some peope but it will not be an issue such as a man and another man getting married.

    My neighbours look about to hurl when i mention the idea of two men married with kids. It does not compute to them at all.

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