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Richardson – Proud of his DOMA vote

I cry anti-trust foul!  No more of these wimpy POTUS candidates colluding to limit equal rights!  Today’s Bay Windows features Bill Richardson who touts himself as an LGBT standard bearer while standing tall over his 1996 vote for federal DOMA and his firm stance against marriage equality.

In 1996, Richardson voted in favor of the federal DOMA; he continues to oppose same-sex marriage. Asked if he stood by his DOMA vote in a brief interview after the Concord event, Richardson replied, “Yeah. I do.” He went on to add that, “I think that New Mexico has the most pro-gay rights legislation because of me and I’m going to continue that. We have [proposed] domestic partnerships [legislation], we have a hate crimes law, we’re the first state to recognize transgender [people] and as president I would continue that.” But on the issue of gay marriage, said Richardson, “I’m just not there. I want to be honest.”

Gee Bill, thanks for your honesty.  Note that I had to add “proposed” in brackets for the DP legislation, which he states as if it is law.  Want to be honest, Bill?  Then don’t stretch the truth by stating DP exist in NM.  The response of Matt Forman from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) was right on target.

“I think that any candidate’s failure to express regret over a vote for DOMA is going to be a serious problem,” says Foreman, whose organization is currently in the process of preparing an in-depth report on the positions of all of the candidates on LGBT issues that Foreman expects will be complete within the next month. “My point is the world has changed around marriage equality and relationship recognition since 1996,” says Foreman, and candidates whose positions evolve toward marriage equality should be congratulated. “But it’s extremely difficult I believe, to say on the one hand that you support state’s rights, that you think marriage is a state’s issue, that you think LGBT couples should get equal benefits under the law and then say I supported DOMA or I will support DOMA,” he adds. “Those two positions are inherently contradictory.”

You know, what does it say about a person who works earnestly for a solution to human rights tragedies like Darfur, then slaps human rights in the face (while expecting support) at home?  Coward, perhaps?  Political hack/closet phobe?

OK Dems, this volunteer’s hands and billfold remain in pocket.  You start treating me like a real citizen, I’ll start treating you like a real candidate.

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Richardson – Proud of his DOMA vote

I cry anti-trust foul!  No more of these wimpy POTUS candidates colluding to limit equal rights!  Today’s Bay Windows features Bill Richardson who touts himself as an LGBT standard bearer while standing tall over his 1996 vote for federal DOMA and his firm stance against marriage equality.

In 1996, Richardson voted in favor of the federal DOMA; he continues to oppose same-sex marriage. Asked if he stood by his DOMA vote in a brief interview after the Concord event, Richardson replied, “Yeah. I do.” He went on to add that, “I think that New Mexico has the most pro-gay rights legislation because of me and I’m going to continue that. We have [proposed] domestic partnerships [legislation], we have a hate crimes law, we’re the first state to recognize transgender [people] and as president I would continue that.” But on the issue of gay marriage, said Richardson, “I’m just not there. I want to be honest.”

Gee Bill, thanks for your honesty.  Note that I had to add “proposed” in brackets for the DP legislation, which he states as if it is law.  Want to be honest, Bill?  Then don’t stretch the truth by stating DP exist in NM.  The response of Matt Forman from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) was right on target.

“I think that any candidate’s failure to express regret over a vote for DOMA is going to be a serious problem,” says Foreman, whose organization is currently in the process of preparing an in-depth report on the positions of all of the candidates on LGBT issues that Foreman expects will be complete within the next month. “My point is the world has changed around marriage equality and relationship recognition since 1996,” says Foreman, and candidates whose positions evolve toward marriage equality should be congratulated. “But it’s extremely difficult I believe, to say on the one hand that you support state’s rights, that you think marriage is a state’s issue, that you think LGBT couples should get equal benefits under the law and then say I supported DOMA or I will support DOMA,” he adds. “Those two positions are inherently contradictory.”

You know, what does it say about a person who works earnestly for a solution to human rights tragedies like Darfur, then slaps human rights in the face (while expecting support) at home?  Coward, perhaps?  Political hack/closet phobe?

OK Dems, this volunteer’s hands and billfold remain in pocket.  You start treating me like a real citizen, I’ll start treating you like a real candidate. (more…)

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