making history

Changing the World: President Obama Supports Gay Marriage


I rarely post two things like this in a row, especially politically oriented. But today the President made history once again, and with the kind of magnitude we don’t see often in our lifetimes. I think it’s important to make that clear. Because what Obama did today could almost be related to what it’s like to come out of the closet. By openly supporting gay marriage, there’s no turning back now. Once it’s out there, it’s there for good. For a politician to do this in an election year truly does go beyond everything I ever expected from him. I know how politics works, which often makes me extremely cynical.

This morning when I heard that North Carolina had voted to ban same sex marriage, I felt a combination of emotions. The overall feeling was complete dismissal. It just meant another hurdle. But when I heard what the President did this afternoon, I have to say that even I had to stop and think about the magnitude of the entire situation. Up until now, no one with that kind of power, who has so much riding on an important election, has ever had that kind of courage. And whether you agree with it or not, whether you support him or not, it truly is the kind of thing that makes history and changes the world.

Here’s a link to a piece with a video of an interview Obama did this afternoon.

And this is an e-mail I received from the Freedom to Marry Campaign I’ve been posting about for a few years now.

Ryan,

Today, President Obama added his voice to the growing chorus of Americans who believe that all couples should share equally in the freedom to marry. He now becomes the first sitting President to join the majority of Americans whose hearts have opened and minds have changed in favor of the freedom to marry.

Like so many others who have made this journey – from Bill Clinton to Laura Bush, most recently Vice President Biden, and a majority of the American people – President Obama has come to know loving and committed gay couples. Through thought and conversation about these families and their dreams and challenges, President Obama has reflected on his own values of fairness and respect for others, and completed his journey to support for the freedom to marry.

Whether signing our “I Do” petitions, joining us in on-the-ground battles, or having your own conversations with people you persuade, you’ve been part of Freedom to Marry’s campaign as we have led this work nationwide. On this historic day, please make a contribution so together we can build on this powerful momentum:

http://freedomtomarry.org/Momentum

At Freedom to Marry we know–as the President and Vice President have just described–that it’s the power of our conversations about why marriage matters that changes hearts and minds. Through our hard work, determination and persuasive conversations, we have won the freedom to marry in six states and the District of Columbia, with states like California, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, and others on the horizon – if we do our work with urgency and persuasion.

The President’s announcement of support today marks a historic turning point for our freedom to marry movement.

Yet there is much left to be done. Forty-four states continue to exclude same-sex couples from marriage and because of the federal so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the civil marriages of thousands of same-sex couples are not respected by the federal government, thus depriving families of a crucial safety-net of federal protections and responsibilities.

As we roll up our sleeves to do the work necessary to win the freedom to marry once and for all, make a donation to Freedom to Marry to help us redouble our efforts, and get the job done:

http://freedomtomarry.org/Momentum

Thanks for all you do,

Evan Wolfson,
Founder and President, Freedom to Marry

Update on Gay Presidential Hopeful, Fred Karger


The two main reasons I keep posting about Fred Karger is because he’s not getting an ounce of mention from the mainstream media and he’s making history as the first openly gay Republican making a bid for the Presidency.

I’m not political. I’m not a registered Republican so I couldn’t even vote in the Pennsylvania primary if he were on the ballot. But I do think it’s important to get the word out that there is someone like Fred Karger Running.

I smile when I say this. I know Fred would never do this. But I wish Fred would take my advice and put on some bright red lipstick and a pair of earrings next time he gives a speech. You can be damn sure he’d get all the attention he needs, and then some. Every single overpaid gonzo journalist, from CNN to Time Magazine, would be running with that story.

Karger Qualifies for California June 5th Ballot
1 of Only 6 Republicans in Nation’s Biggest Primary

LAGUNA BEACH, CA – The only Californian running for President this year will be on the ballot in his home state in less than five months. Fred Karger joins remaining five Republicans Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Buddy Roemer in battling for California’s 172 delegates.

“I am thrilled to be on my home state’s ballot. This makes six states (New Hampshire, Michigan, Maryland and North Carolina) plus Puerto Rico that have included me in their primaries this year. Next week we should find out about New York, and the fact that I am now on California’s ballot should help a great deal.” said Karger.

“The criteria are similar in all these states. It is based on ‘generally recognized presidential candidates.’ Now if Fox News, CNN, NBC and the other networks would include me in their future debates, there would be a fresh new moderate candidate among a pretty mediocre field of Republicans. Just let me in one debate.”

“It fluctuates, but about 22% of those surveyed about Romney, Gingrich, Paul and Santorum pick ‘other.’ Well, I am that ‘other’ Presidential candidate which voters just might like.”

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Historic Candidacy

Karger’s candidacy and place on multiple state ballots is historic. He is the first openly gay candidate from a major party to run for President. In Karger’s first contest – last month in New Hampshire – he beat Congresswoman Michele Bachmann by 135 votes.

“I am extremely grateful to California Secretary of State Debra Bowen for including me on the ballot of the country’s most populous state. There are 37 million residents of California and 17 million voters. This sends a powerful message to the entire Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community that you can do anything that you want to do; even run for President of the United States.”

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Washington, DC and Michigan

Karger will be attending the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC this week and will be in the nation’s capital from Wednesday, February 8th to Sunday, February 12th. Then, he will head to back to Michigan until that state’s February 28th Primary. There are 11 Republicans on the Michigan ballot, but 5 have dropped out.

Karger’s campaign will be based in the capital city of Lansing – located in Michigan’s 8th Congressional district. Michigan gives out delegates to whomever wins each Congressional district.

“We’re putting our emphasis on the 8th District and going to try and win there. Our new Michigan commercial will be airing next week and we have lots more planned,” concluded Karger.

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Secretary of State Releases List of
Presidential Candidates for California Primary

For Link to list, CLICK HERE

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Congratulations to our Friends at the
American Foundation for Equal Rights!!!

Another impressive victory in Federal Court today for equality. Thank you Chad Griffin for your vision and courage. Congratulations to both you and the incredible team that you assembled!

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Fred Karger: Openly Gay Presidential Candidate Still Running


As I write post this, Fred Karger, an openly gay man, is still running for President of the United States.

According to this e-mail I received earlier today:

I have known Fred for 20 years and have watched him closely the last two years as he has crisscrossed this country dozens and dozens of times as a candidate for President. He is constantly fighting the good fight for so many of us.

Today Fred is celebrating his 62nd birthday in Detroit – 2,200 miles away from home. In fact, he has been campaigning all over Michigan this past week for the February 28th Michigan Primary. Fred is one of only 6 candidates still running who will be on the Michigan ballot.

I asked him this morning what he would like for his birthday, and he replied, “I could sure use a contribution to our campaign. We need to make our Michigan commercials and buy TV time here right away.”

I thought I would surprise Fred with a $62.00 contribution to “Fred Karger for President.” I hope that you will contribute too and celebrate all that he has done.

Let’s surprise Fred by raising $10,000 today! Please send in $62.00, or whatever you can afford to make this a very happy birthday for our friend.

Thank you for your support.

Here’s the link if you are so inclined to contribute. This is Fred Karger’s web site and you can also read more about him there.

Update: Fred Karger in New Hampshire

While I’m not taking any sides politically in this primary…or in the upcoming election, I am posting info as I receive it about Fred Karger, because he is the first openly gay man to run for President and he’s making history right now. Twenty years from now, he’ll will be considered ahead of his time.

This e-mail was sent to me by the Fred Karger campaign:

Tomorrow is the first-in-the-nation Primary and Fred has been very busy campaigning all over the Granite State. Our final commercial, “Fed Up” has been running throughout New Hampshire for a week and getting an excellent response. It was produced and directed by Jhonmar Castillo, Interactive Creative Director of Moka Productions. Click on image below to view.

Elisa Rolle’s Rainbow Awards…2011

I know it seems as though The Rainbow Awards just ended. But as usual, time passes much too quickly.

I just read an e-mail from Elisa Rolle, which she sent out to all the judges from the 2010 Rainbow Awards to let them know she’s already starting to plan for 2011.

I’m looking forward to judging once again. I love this award and I wouldn’t miss participating in it for anything. The main reason I love this award is because everyone is allowed to participate: there are no restrictions at all. There are no limitations and no hidden political agendas.

Another reason I love this award is because Elisa allows authors to submit e-books, which is not only current, it’s a fair thing to do. When I consider my own reading habits in the past few years, I haven’t bought or read more than two or three print books since 2008. And I don’t intend to start buying more, now or ever again. I have, however, purchased more e-books than I can count. My new reading device of choice is the Kobo e-reader. And I find it interesting that any publishing award nowadays would not allow e-books.

It costs nothing to enter a book (or books) in The Rainbow Awards. And compared to a few other awards, this is a great relief to the authors. The last time I entered an award, which will remain nameless, for gay fiction that wasn’t the Rainbow Awards, it cost me over one hundred dollars when I was finished adding up the cost of snail mail, buying the print books (publishers don’t give them out for free), and sending in an entry check.

I’ll post more about Rainbow Awards: 2011 in upcoming posts. But start thinking about it now, and start following Elisa’s blog to see what she posts so you’ll know ahead of time.

And, best of all, I’ve always thought Elisa was making publishing history with this award. And who wouldn’t want to be part of that?