• of the Maine campaign plays out with Mainers.

    The Yes on 1 side seems to be denying they're bigots more adamantly/frequently than the Yes on H8 crew, which seems like a spot of (positive) difference between the campaigns.

  • Once the Bishop realized that Todd was not planning to indoctrinate the congregants by reading the text of Obama's back-to-school speech, he should've been relieved and sat back and listened to whatever it was Todd had to say.

  • comment on a post No on 1: Why Maine Matters This Year over 4 years ago

    ... celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary.  

    This local TV news report seems like a nearly perfect complement to that beautiful "Together" ad:

  • comment on a post 10,000+ Ask for LDS (Mormon) Apology re Prop 8? over 5 years ago

    Check out the level of Mormon support for Obama:

  • comment on a post Still Punting To Congress over 5 years ago

    ... with local Idaho TV:

  • Look, we're all Democrats.  Many (most?) of us here have worked and are working to strengthen our party.

    That said, as far as I'm concerned, approaching LGBT issues with an attitude of noblesse oblige is not a Democratic MO.  We can have fundamental disagreements about tactics and timetables, but it smacks of "turnspeak" to resort to calling an understandable reaction from one of our constituencies "blackmail" ... imho, that's not a particularly grown-up or otherwise useful characterization.

  • fwiw, I agree with your assessment, and I'd take it further and suggest that those who care about this issue would do well to not only keep it in mind but also include church attendance and outreach as a form of activism.  That said, when you move beyond assessment to laying blame and accusing equality advocates of alienating allies, I think you ignore an important human reality and a core feature of the same religious component that you reference:  many churches have been pursuing a strategy of actively alienating their LGBT membership.

    We can all do better, but berating those who've historically been shunned (or worse) by our "religious country" would also seem to be an unproductive strategy that needlessly alienates a group that has been a reliable Democratic ally.

  • comment on a post A Durable Comprehensive Legislative Solution over 5 years ago

    And billionaire Religious Right funders are increasingly Democratic.

    Mormons are also increasingly Democratic.

    Pictured below:

    Mufi Hanneman, Mayor of Honolulu, early Obama supporter, Democrat, Mormon:

    Harry Reid, Democrat, with Mufi, both Mormon:

    Mormon Apostles Cook and Ballard (the top LDS brass in the Yes on 8 campaign):

    My sense is that a powerful mix of religious forces is gumming up the works.

  • comment on a post And yet, the gays still can't get married? over 5 years ago

    are concerned, well, it calls to mind Will Munny's line in Unforgiven:  "Deserve's got nothin' to do with it."

    "Blowback" on the other hand, is a real b*tch.

  • on a comment on Whither Gay Marriage in NY over 5 years ago

    I'm guilty of having brought a knee-jerk reaction to the news of the "coup" ... but what I've been reading today would seem to confirm the suggestion that there's hope yet ...

    E.g., I take it this June 9th rally in Albany was supposed to be a big deal:

    * With headliners like:

    • New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz (D - Bronx)
    • Mr. Michael Long, Chairman, New York State Conservative Party
    • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
    • Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., Executive Director, High Impact Leadership Coalition
    • Maggie Gallagher, President, National Organization for Marriage
    • Bishop Joseph Mattera, Presiding Bishop of Christ Covenant Coalition
    • Rev. George Grace, Senior Pastor, First Bible Baptist Church, Rochester
    • Rev. Duane Motley, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms

    As far as I can tell, from the clip, it looks like it was a flop (hundreds, not the expected thousands, of supporters).

  • on a comment on What About Gays? over 5 years ago

    Fact it, there's not a lot of disagreement on DADT.

    I'm sure you're familiar with the polling.

    By the way, "gay rights" is a useless term.

    Let's jut be upfront and talk specifically about each and every right we're comfortable denying or allowing to LGBT Americans without just chucking all their rights into one basket for our own convenience, OK?

    By the way, did you check out Marie?  Seriously, all rancor aside, as far as replies go, she pegged it, didn't she?

  • on a comment on What About Gays? over 5 years ago

    It's not every day I get to hang with folks who are to the right of Marie Osmond ...

  • on a comment on What About Gays? over 5 years ago

    Whatever.

  • on a comment on What About Gays? over 5 years ago

    ... Golissano's taxes, I certainly wouldn't be wasting your time going on about marriage equality.

    All apologies.

    Not that that's gonna help you on the media front, what with their well-known biases and all ...

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