Gay activists impatient with Obama, Congress -- AP story

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    Jun 19, 2009 12:53 AM GMT
    They vow to step up lobbying efforts to see campaign promises fulfilled:

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    Jun 19, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    And to think it was a left-over Republican lawyer who probably thought he was sticking it to gays with his obnoxious brief that triggered all this! ... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 19, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    Interesting point, kinda like a mini "Stonewall" event that got the GLBT community energized, and made the White House finally pay attention (we hope). When those thuggish NYC cops went too far it backfired on all the gay haters, as maybe this Simpson's offensive brief will backfire on fellow Republicans.
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    Jun 19, 2009 2:32 AM GMT
    If nothing else, the brief has galvanized a plethora of forums posts icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 19, 2009 2:47 AM GMT
    calibro saidIf nothing else, the brief has galvanized a plethora of forums posts icon_wink.gif

    funny pictures of cats with captions ... take the hint! ... icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 19, 2009 11:54 AM GMT
    From the article Red_Vespa provided:

    'We're working hard'
    Democratic Rep. Barney Frank, the longest serving of the three openly gay members of Congress, said many activists placed unrealistic expectations on Obama and underestimated the need to lobby lawmakers in Congress relentlessly in the style of the powerful National Rifle Association.

    "It's not that Obama doesn't want to do it, but you need the votes," Frank said. "You can't complain about the president until you've called your senator."

    Leaders of some national gay-rights organizations acknowledged Frank's point.

    "We're working hard to secure the needed votes," said Rea Carey of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "All these issues will take work on the part of Congress as well as the president."


    As Caslon and done and lobbied for us to do on many occassions and as Squarejaw had done with his videos, our impatience must be put to work.