Tuesday, July 17, 2007

LaBabs Laments HRC/LOGO Debates

I sometimes wonder where Peter LaBarbera's head is, because paying attention to the individual positions of candidates is apparently not top on his list. According to an article on OneNewsNow...

"A pro-family activist says the frontrunners for the Democratic
presidential nomination are "pandering to the gay lobby" by agreeing to take
part in a televised debate moderated by homosexual activists.

The top three Democratic presidential candidates -- Hillary Clinton, Barack
Obama, and John Edwards -- plan to take part in a one-hour debate August 9
devoted solely to "gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender" (GLBT) issues. The
debate will be televised live from Los Angeles on the Viacom-owned homosexual
television network "LOGO."

Before I go any further, let's review where these candidates stand on gay rights. First, there's Hilary "flip-flop" Clinton, whose position on gay marriage changes depending on her audience. According to a July 8th report by The San Fransisco Chronicle...

"But even standing alongside San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Assemblyman
Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and state Treasurer Phil Angelides, the Democratic
candidate for governor, on the morning after New York's highest court upheld a
state ban on same-sex marriage, Clinton steadfastly ignored questions about the

It was a marked contrast from a visit to San Francisco on a 1996 book tour,
when the then-first lady expressed her views without reservation.
are better off if they have a mother and a father,'' Clinton said in the San
Francisco interview with the then-Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. "My
preference is that we do all we can to strengthen traditional marriage ... and
that people engaged in parenting children be committed to one another.''

Then there's Barack Obama, who has been very outspoken in his disdain for the idea of gay marriage. On the floor of the Senate, Obama stated...

"Now, I realize that for some Americans, this is an important issue. And I
should say that personally, I do believe that marriage is between a man and a

So, he knows marriage equality is an important issue...but he doesn't want to touch the issue without wearing double gloves. Obviously, he's not the most avid supporter of our efforts toward marriage equality. Then there's Edwards, who has really disappointed me lately...especially following an unfortunate open mic incident wherein an alliance between his campaign and Hillary's was suggested. That aside, Elizabeth Edwards seems to be more supportive of gay marriage than her candidate husband, and I wonder if her recent appearances and soundbites aren't an attempt to make him look supportive without his actually stating his support. Here's an example of Edwards' stance on this issue...

"When John Edwards was asked about gay marriage during a debate earlier
this month, he emphasized his support for civil unions and partnership benefits
but said, "I don't think the federal government has a role in telling either
states or religious institutions, churches, what marriages they can bless and
can't bless."

With all of that in mind, how in the world can Babs think or suggest that the candidates are "pandering to the gay lobby?" Yes, the debate is being moderated by an organization that is continuing to fight for marriage equality and, yes, it's being aired on a gay-friendly network. but so far, Pete doesn't have much of a leg to stand on with his opening statements. He continues to show his ignorance on the issue...

"The whole thing is structured to be pro-homosexual -- and one wonders what
candidates are doing to be sensitive to the pro-family people who still believe
homosexuality is wrong," exclaims LaBarbera."

Well, Pete...they're doing quite a bit...as their quoted positions on the issues in question very clearly show. Again, I suppose Babs has been too busy foaming at the mouth over the sexual activities of everyone else to spend much time researching the positions of the various campaigns. I will give him credit for one statement, though...

"LaBarbera calls the debate "one of the most extraordinary developments in our
country's history." He laments the societal mindset from which such an event
would even occur."

While he let his true feelings show yet again, Pete is right when he says that this particular debate is an extraordinary development. Hopefully, it will be the start of many more.

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