In addition to previous mentions on our site about Obama’s winks and nods to homophobes (here), here are more even more examples and sources.
The above image is an advertisement questioning Obama’s commitment to GLBT issues due to his efforts to avoid even having his phtot taken with Mayor Gavin Newsom due to his support of gay marriage. This has been confirmed by both Mayer Gavin Newsom and former Mayer Wille Brown, who hosted teh fundraiser for obama where the snub occurred.
From No Quarter;
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that the snub took place at a fund-raiser in 2004 hosted by former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown.
“I gave a fund-raiser, at his [Obama’s] request at the Waterfront restaurant,” Brown told the Chronicle. “And he said to me, he would really appreciate it if he didn’t get his photo taken with my mayor. He said he would really not like to have his picture taken with Gavin.”
While the Obama campaign has denied the rumors, Newsom’s staff has corroborated the event. In a Reuters interview in January 2007, Newsom alluded to the event when asked about his thoughts on potential Democratic candidates Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Al Gore. He was also asked about his peers’ reaction to his allowing same-sex marriages, which some allege helped Republicans by introducing a wedge issue in an election year. …
There is, however, a distinct difference in the two candidates and their efforts for the LGBT community. I’m going to vote for with the one who has delivered and who I believe will continue to deliver.
In June 2007, Massachusetts was faced with an anti-gay, anti-marriage equality measure at the Constitutional Convention that would have ripped the state apart. Not only the state, but also it would have set the tone for all marriage equality fights across the country.
Senator Clinton’s campaign manager, Terry McAuliffe, made quiet calls to state legislators to vote down the initiative, according an anonymous source in a key role in the efforts to secure marriage equality in Massachusetts.
Senator Obama? Nothing. Not a word. Not a call. Not one.
Imagine what would happen to Clinton had she stood on stage, clapping and singing, with a white evangelical who believed Jews should burn in hell.
I was asked today what is the single most important issue for me. I can’t say one without the others. How do you choose between the war, a women’s right to choose, and healthcare, because it is about individuals and it is about American businesses competing on a global stage and public education and someone giving a damn about it, funding it, and staying on top of it.
And I want marriage equality, repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I want to be recognized as a full citizen with the same rights as every heterosexual.
Clinton, in my opinion, has already started the work. She’s already working behind the scenes to make important votes happen.
Senator Clinton and Senator Obama have come out against gay marriage. Both have said they would not support federal recognition of gay marriages.
Both have written to the LGBT community asking for their support.
Wordsmithing is a political reality. Actions, in my opinion, speak louder than words. Last June when we were struggling to keep marriage equality in the state of Massachusetts? Clinton’s campaign manager Terry McAuliffe made phone calls.
I’m voting for the one who helped deliver a key victory in LGBT history.
I’m voting for Senator Clinton.