HRC President sends open letter to President Obama

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    Jun 16, 2009 2:16 AM GMT
    Here is the letter. It's content is about DOMA.

    The Link: http://www.hrcbackstory.org/2009/06/a-letter-to-the-president-from-joe-solmonese/

    The Letter:

    A Letter to the President from Joe Solmonese
    June 15, 2009 2:27PM
    Joe Solmonese

    Ed. Note: This morning HRC President Joe Solmonese sent a letter to President Barack Obama responding to the administration’s brief that argues for the Defense of Marriage Act to be upheld in court. The letter follows and is available in PDF:

    June 15, 2009

    President Barack H. Obama
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Dear Mr. President:

    I have had the privilege of meeting you on several occasions, when visiting the White House in my capacity as president of the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization representing millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people across this country. You have welcomed me to the White House to express my community’s views on health care, employment discrimination, hate violence, the need for diversity on the bench, and other pressing issues. Last week, when your administration filed a brief defending the constitutionality of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act,” 1 I realized that although I and other LGBT leaders have introduced ourselves to you as policy makers, we clearly have not been heard, and seen, as what we also are: human beings whose lives, loves, and families are equal to yours. I know this because this brief would not have seen the light of day if someone in your administration who truly recognized our humanity and equality had weighed in with you.

    I didn't realize the letter didn't fit into one post, so I edited the post as it was on myspace and posted the first paragraph. Go to the link for the letter in its entirety.
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    Jun 16, 2009 8:07 AM GMT
    I actually think this issue will be huge. Not the letter, per se, but the issue. I really think Obama had no idea the Justice department was going to do this, but he runs the Justice Department and if not handled correctly, it could be huge. Either a major embarrassment or a major chance to take a stand. I doubt Obama wanted this issue to be as visible as it will be. But when a lesbian like Rachel Maddow calls you out on a major show, you need to respond. How he responds I have no idea, but this is a HUGE gift to the GLBT community to put the issue front and center. It is now out there in a way that it was not before. Obama will have to respond in one way or the other. I am so curious to see how it plays out.
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    Jun 16, 2009 8:52 AM GMT
    I appreciate your point of view. But Sistah Souljah was 16+ years ago and Clinton came out and specifically disowned her. It was a chance for him to move right. Disowning Gays in the same way to move right? Not a chance in the world. He will not disown us and if we follow up with the Maddow clip he can't avoid us. We have been given a great opportunity to force an answer from Obama. It is not like we asked for it. His Justice department did this and gave us this chance. A topic on a silver platter. Now is the time to ask him, not his press secretary, him, how he feels about DOMA.
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    Jun 16, 2009 9:09 AM GMT
    If we do not follow up on this, we are morons. We did not bring this up. Obama did. He can either disavow us or disavow his Justice Department. These opportunities do not come along often. We have the opportunity to force an issue into national headlines. Make it a national issue. His administration screwed up. We should jump on it. Why we would not is beyond me. We have an opportunity to make DOMA a national debate. Make politicians take sides while it is still hot. Force the issue.
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    Jun 16, 2009 9:12 AM GMT
    jprichva saidI don't think the administration will respond at all, and here's why:

    His people think that whipping us somehow proves their bona fides with the right, and he is desperate to have the right love him. They never will, of course, but he doesn't believe that.

    We are Obama's Sister Souljah.

    I live in one of the states that he won by a razor-thin margin. Let's see if he can win in 2012 without my vote or the votes of the rest of the gay community. As things stand now, he's lost mine.


    I agree with you 100%. I am preparing to register as an Independent. A few more months of this, and I'll have had enough.
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    Jun 16, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
    Over the weekend when the HRC marched in the LA pride parade, they were met with silence and boos. Makes sense to me.
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    Jun 16, 2009 11:27 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI don't think the administration will respond at all, and here's why:

    His people think that whipping us somehow proves their bona fides with the right, and he is desperate to have the right love him. They never will, of course, but he doesn't believe that.

    We are Obama's Sister Souljah.

    I live in one of the states that he won by a razor-thin margin. Let's see if he can win in 2012 without my vote or the votes of the rest of the gay community. As things stand now, he's lost mine.


    You're kidding right? This letter will not even be read by anyone within the administration let alone Obama himself.
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    Jun 16, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    calibro saidOver the weekend when the HRC marched in the LA pride parade, they were met with silence and boos. Makes sense to me.


    Yeah...the HRC is behind the curve on this. Good to see them make a statement, but they're still Obama's lapdog.
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    Jun 16, 2009 11:38 PM GMT
    If you all think Obama is even gonna come close to addressing this or any other gay issue in the next 4 years you're crazy!!! He's gonna walk that line right down the middle of the 2 political spectrums not tyring to piss off either side too much. After all, he has to try to get re-elected again in 4 years. Never mind the fact that he did promise to repeal DOMA, Don't Ask Don't Tell, end the Iraq War, close Guantanamo, etc. etc. Obama is just another smooth and slick politician promising whatever he can to get elected and then sometime down the road has selective memory to his promises. Change we can Believe In? Personally I don't think so.
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    Jun 16, 2009 11:56 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI don't think the administration will respond at all, and here's why:

    His people think that whipping us somehow proves their bona fides with the right, and he is desperate to have the right love him. They never will, of course, but he doesn't believe that.

    We are Obama's Sister Souljah.

    I live in one of the states that he won by a razor-thin margin. Let's see if he can win in 2012 without my vote or the votes of the rest of the gay community. As things stand now, he's lost mine.


    They will never love him because everything else he's doing is completely against what they believe in, not because he's against advancing gay rights AT THE MOMENT.
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    Jun 17, 2009 12:03 AM GMT
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    (Insert screaming 2 year old). Quite frankly, I am sick of the crap that is being said about the inaction and aside from me, Caslon and Squarejaw, what action have any of you taken to justify now saying 5 months into his presidency, we should now either sit out all of the upcoming elections or switch and vote for the other guys? That is ridiculous. That is the problem with putting all the gay eggs into one basket. I wonder if any of you will be in Washington with us to march in October or send letters like Caslon or video letters like squarejaw. Or will you just continue to be online, armchair complaining constituents without doing a damn thing and not offering any alternatives of action, much like some of the democrats and all of the republicans? We attack each other and we do nothing about others from the outside attacking us. My representatives are being beseiged by myself and others with calls, letters, emails and a few of us have started sending video. Will anything come of it? Maybe. Maybe not. At the very least, I will know I did something to call attention to this. I helped put him in office and I am doing things to make sure all the people I voted for know I am paying attention and calling them out. What about you?

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    Jun 17, 2009 12:07 AM GMT
    jprichva said
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    They will never love him, of course, because everything else he's doing is completely against what they believe in, not because he's against advancing gay rights AT THE MOMENT.

    No, they will never love him because Republicans think that any Democrat elected to any office at any time is by definition illegitimate and a usurper.

    Republicans don't like democracy. They talk about it, but their hearts aren't in it. What they like stretches from monarchy at one end to through plutocracy and out to dictatorship at the other end. As a group, Republicans neither like nor trust "the people". They like authoritarian leaders and having elites run things. Most of them would welcome Franco.


    But that doesn't mean Obama believes the right will embrace him if he opposes gay rights as you're suggesting. The smartest campaign/team of 08 is not that stupid, already.
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    Jun 17, 2009 12:07 AM GMT
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    (Insert screaming 2 year old). Quite frankly, I am sick of the crap that is being said about the inaction and aside from me, Caslon and Squarejaw, what action have any of you taken to justify now saying 5 months into his presidency, we should now either sit out all of the upcoming elections or switch and vote for the other guys? That is ridiculous. That is the problem with putting all the gay eggs into one basket. I wonder if any of you will be in Washington with us to march in October or send letters like Caslon or video letters like squarejaw. Or will you just continue to be online, armchair complaining constituents without doing a damn thing and not offering any alternatives of action, much like some of the democrats and all of the republicans? We attack each other and we do nothing about others from the outside attacking us. My representatives are being beseiged by myself and others with calls, letters, emails and a few of us have started sending video. Will anything come of it? Maybe. Maybe not. At the very least, I will know I did something to call attention to this. I helped put him in office and I am doing things to make sure all the people I voted for know I am paying attention and calling them out. What about you?

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    Don't be hasty with your assumptions about who is taking action. For the past week I've contacting the White House, Congressmen, etc. Just today I've sent messages to the President and the DNC expressing my displeasure. Just because people aren't sying what they are doing here, doesn't mean they are not doing anything.
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    Jun 17, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    Looks like the HRC might be boycotting a big LGBT fundraiser for the DNC


    http://www.americablog.com/2009/06/breaking-hrc-and-former-top-clinton.html
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    Jun 17, 2009 12:10 AM GMT
    calibro saidOver the weekend when the HRC marched in the LA pride parade, they were met with silence and boos. Makes sense to me.

    That had to do with HRC's miserable performance in the Prop 8 debacle in California, did it not? I believe the HRC has little national political credibility & clout at present, and the Obama White House will know that, and so can trash this letter.