Sunday, October 11, 2009

LGBT protesters picket Obama's HRC speech

Approximately 75 LGBT rights activists protested at the Washington Convention Center Saturday, where Obama gave his speech before the Human Rights Campaign.

Southern Voice reports:
The protesters unfurled a 25 foot long banner bearing the words, "A Chicago Welcome for Obama: Keep your 0#% promises! Repeal DOMA, Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Protest organizer Andy Thayer, a member of the Chicago-based Gay Liberation Network, said he and members of the Dallas-based Queer Liberaction called the protest to raise objections to what they believe has been the president's record so far of "all talk and no action."

Thayer and others walking in the picket line said they were especially concerned that, while not speaking out forcefully for Congress to pass LGBT rights legislation and to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law on gays in the military, Obama invited anti-gay minister Rick Warren to speak at his inauguration. They also pointed to the administration's use of anti-gay arguments in a court brief supporting DOMA against a lawsuit filed by same-sex couples.

"The point of the matter is this president has given us a lot of rhetoric," Thayer said. "He's promised a lot, and the only time he's done anything is when people got pissed off and protested," Thayer said. "And that's why we're out here. That's how you make civil rights gains — by demanding them." READ MORE