29 February 2008

Clinton vs. Obama in the gay community

Here's a Bloomberg article picked up through Yahoo.

Gays in general have been very stalwart backers of Hillary Clinton's candidacy, due to her husband's support of the community, Hillary's own marching in the 2000 New York Pride Parade, and Barack Obama hiring a homophobic minister for outreach to the African-American communities of faith. But that may be changing now.

Obama has been very upfront about admitting the mistake of hiring the minister, as well as his commitment to overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by none other than Bill Clinton. Both Bill and Hillary have also been supporters of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, also signed during Bill's presidency, which doesn't sit well with the gay community. Meanwhile, Obama has also been blunt about facing the rampant homophobia in the African-American community.

As for me, I was committed to John Edwards after learning of Obama's hiring of the homophobic minister. But now that Obama has clarified his position, and Edwards is out, I ended up voting for Obama, and will again do so when the general election comes around in November. My honest opinion is that the Clintons have become insiders themselves, and are no longer capable of shaking up the corrupt Beltway system to the degree required, though Hillary will still make a much better president than John McCain.

Among the high-profile gays supporting Obama are lesbian icon (and my idol) Melissa Etheridge, and Hollywood mogul David Geffen of DreamWorks, both major former Bill Clinton supporters.

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