Hillary Chooses States Rights Over Gay Rights

During last week's historic gay debate, Hillary Clinton dredged up the old states rights argument when justifying her opposition to gay marriage. Apparently she thinks that the second class citizenship of gays and lesbians is a matter for the states to decide.

By drawing upon the language of states rights, Hillary embraces the tradition of John Calhoun and the defenders of slavery along with Strom Thurmond and the segregationists. Throughout our nation's history, every time national public opinion turns against oppression, opponents of progress use states rights to present themselves as defenders of liberty in the face of federal power.

States rights has always been the last refuge of the bigots. Now Hillary has given rhetorical cover to the homophobes. If she wins the Democratic nomination, opponents of gay marriage will cite her statement to justify their opposition to national marriage equality over the next decade.

If Hillary misspoke, I urge her to immediately admit it and move on. If she's on a personal journey toward accepting gay marriage, like John Edwards, that's fine. Even he admits his opposition to marriage equality is irrational. But as a leader of the Democratic party, Hillary needs to understand the danger of offering constitutional arguments against equality for all Americans. If she believes the states have the right to deny equal rights to their citizens, then she should tell us what other groups she's willing to sacrifice on the altar of states rights.

During the last week's debate, I said that marriage equality is inevitable. But in order to achieve it, we are going to need leaders like we had during the civil rights movement -- brave leaders who are willing to ignore the polls, overcome their personal hang-ups and fight for equal rights all Americans in all states.

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Hillary and the Democrats

Hillary and the Democrats are both shameful and shameless. Mike and Dennis Kucinich are both noble heroes. Can you trust anybody else?

Here is the quote--

I had to rush off without typing in the quote earlier-- here it is.  "If you look a little deeper and you look at life itself; into the human psyche-- there's only two divisions. there's Love and Fear.  Love (which) implements a whole beneficial area of our psyche and Fear which is what we've been living under for the last 50 years in order to sustain a military complex.  Stop and think.  We are afraid of everything in the United States.  There's nothing to fear.  There's nothing at all and as President I will call upon the courage in the people to step forward and express themselves with what counts-- and thats LOVE."  There is one little thing I fear, the possibility of Hillary as our next President.  Kudos to Mike for never cutting her any slack and for fighting for equal rights for ALL Americans.  I wrote my first post in the way I did for two reasons.  1.  To let all of you know that one of the groups she would be willing to "sacrifice on the alter of states rights" is First Americans.  The Penobscot People know all about the argument of states rights; we have had to fight the State of Maine for our Sovereignty and for our very lives.  Our Tribal leaders were even sentenced to a year in jail for contempt of court by a Maine Superior Court judge!  (If states have the power to imprison Leaders of Sovereign Nations, why isn't Bush behind bars?)  2.  I would also like all of you to know that Mike has support in the Native community, from Alaska to Maine.  Thanks for accepting your invitation to Prez on the Rez, Mike.  We could do no better than to have a Fighter of your caliber on our side.  Courageous leader, indeed.      Great Spirit, watch over us. Guide us through our pains and sorrows and never let us fear this life on earth. -- Penobscot prayer

We are afraid of everything in the United States.

We are afraid of everything in the United States.

Ain't it the truth! Superpower... Hah! Supercower. And flail away in the dark against the "Islamofascists" amid the "Clash of Civilizations".

Wake up and smell the coffee. PT Barnum said there's one born every minute, but they don't all have to be born in the United States of America!

Love. You're not kidding. All you need is love!

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What matters is making the stand. Eleonai Israel

Logo Forum quote

Kkwey, hello.  I would like to properly introduce myself to my fellow Gravel supporters.  Niyan Penawepskewi, I am Penobscot. Talamisi wic Nikawas, I have respect for my Mother, who watched the sun rise over the Penbscot River as I was being born.  I am Dawn Neptune. Eel clan, Penobscot Nation.  I really appreciated Mike's comments about Love and Fear during the GLBT forum; so true.  Woliwoni, I thank you.  Great Spirit, watch over us. Guide us through our pains and sorrows and never let us fear this life on earth. -- Penobscot prayer

great article

you're so right Mike, it's high time that the Democrats stand up for their ideals, hope you can lead them

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