Bil Browning

Nitpicking Obama's Pride proclamation

Filed By Bil Browning | June 02, 2009 5:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Barack Obama, gay pride, presidential proclamations, pride month, pride proclamation, Stonewall, White House

Yesterday the White House released President Obama's proclamation in honor of gay pride month. (Complete text after the jump.) file010.jpgWithin hours online activists and soothsayers were picking it apart and reading between the lines.

First came the claims that the White House was hiding the proclamation; it couldn't be found on the website. The press corps quickly sent me a link to the paper, but then came the "You can't find it if you search for it!" complaints. I jumped over to the site and found it by simply searching for "LGBT." I also thought I'd see how it easy it was to find the proclamation without searching. I found it easily by clicking The Briefing Room then Presidential Actions and dropped halfway down the page to "Proclamations." Tada. There it was.

Tempest in a teapot. But the nitpicking didn't stop there. In a throwback to the Clinton era in more ways than one - the sniping has settled on what the definition of "appointed" is.

Appointed vs Nominated

Press releases and fact sheets were furiously sent over e-mail and the Advocate did an article entitled, "Pride Proclamation Makes False Claim." The crux of the complaint? The proclamation includes this line:

"I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration."

Critics quickly pointed out that President Clinton's choice for Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Roberta Achtenberg, was nominated on February 2, 1993 - well within the first 100 days. Achtenberg wasn't confirmed, however, until after the 100 day time period. The White House promptly issued this clarification:

"President Obama remains the first president to have openly LGBT candidates confirmed by the Senate during the first 100 days of an Administration."

I guess it all depends on what the definition of "is" "appoint" is, eh? Seriously, does it matter or are we just picking things apart and trying to find flaws?

President Obama: Oh, Daddy!

It's not just this proclamation either - and we're almost all guilty of it. I've written blog posts and articles asking when Obama will keep his campaign promises. We've published plenty of similar op ed pieces as have dozens of other LGBT blogs. The mainstream media is hounding the administration over Don't Ask Don't Tell. California marriage equality advocate (and frequent TBP guest blogger) Robin Tyler has gone on national media threatening to leave the Democratic party over Proposition 8. Even the Dallas Principles first talking point is aimed squarely at the administration.

Full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals must be enacted now. Delay and excuses are no longer acceptable.

I'm a frequent critic of Indiana Equality. I live in Indiana and they represent me and fellow queer Hoosiers at the Statehouse regardless of my feelings on whether or not their strategy and public actions are correct. frustrated.gifI want them to be the best org possible because I have a vested interest in their success, but I feel that they are severely lacking on some basic levels.

Is this the essence of the issue? Queers nationwide have a vested interest in the Obama administration's success on LGBT issues and want them to be our hero, our white knight in shining armor, our salvation and succor - our "fierce champion." And so when we feel slighted, ignored or mollycoddled, we strike back as abused children often do; we attack the person who is genuinely trying to help if we sense they are failing in any slight detail, shifting our anger to them rather than confronting the one who caused the original damage.

We desperately want to believe in the Obama magic. Yet, we've had the Donnie McClurkin fiasco, the Rick Warren dust up, the disappointment that Don't Ask Don't Tell wasn't swept away within days if not hours, and the administration's lack of communication surrounding same-sex marriage news in California, Iowa, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, etc. We want some of Daddy Obama's attention.

And when our champion is occupied saving the American economy, health care of the masses, bailing out massive megacorps in important industries and keeping the world safe from marauding space tomatoes, we tend to get pouty and foul tempered. We scream up to our father figure, "We need attention! Don't you see how important our problems are?"

From Proud To Petulant

Oftentimes a parent is simply busy and not ignoring the child. Sometimes the parent knows better than the kid. Oftentimes our youth learn more at the school of hard knocks than they do in our education systems though; we, as a movement in general, have just as much invested in doing it our own way as we do sitting around and waiting on the President or Congress to deign to notice us.

Man-Holding-Crying-B.jpgBut at what point do we step over the line from throwing pride parades and protest marches to throwing temper tantrums because someone can't find a page on a website easily? Most pride events in Indiana don't get proclamations from the mayor or Governor. Even in Indianapolis, the mayor doesn't say a word. A few city councilors march in the parade, but state politicians don't - and the mayor or Governor has never participated in the parade. Our local father figures are deadbeat dads.

Personally, I'm glad to see Obama's proclamation. It's an unabashed statement of support from the leader of the free world and the most gay-positive thing to hit Indiana since the Supreme Court decision to legalize sodomy. After all, we've not had the luxury of employment discrimination protections, hate crimes laws, marriage/civil unions/domestic partnerships, or housing protections.

It's time the LGBT community at large wised up to reality. We're never going to have a white knight - only hard working activists. As Stonewall's 40th anniversary happens this month, it's time to realize we're middle aged. We don't need Daddy's approval anymore; we have our own friends and families now.

So, enjoy pride month and energize yourselves to work with the Obama administration to get all of this legislature passed. Skip two beers or a mocha every week and send the cash to a worthy LGBT not-for-profit. Join a local org and help make it better. There's a lot of work that needs done that doesn't require rumors, unfounded innuendo and nitpicking.

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release June 1, 2009

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2009
- - - - - - -
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in America was born. During LGBT Pride Month, we commemorate the events of June 1969 and commit to achieving equal justice under law for LGBT Americans.

LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country's response to the HIV pandemic.

Due in no small part to the determination and dedication of the LGBT rights movement, more LGBT Americans are living their lives openly today than ever before. I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in the first 100 days of an Administration. These individuals embody the best qualities we seek in public servants, and across my Administration -- in both the White House and the Federal agencies -- openly LGBT employees are doing their jobs with distinction and professionalism.

The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done. LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and seniors should be allowed to live their lives with dignity and respect.

My Administration has partnered with the LGBT community to advance a wide range of initiatives. At the international level, I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security. We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.

These issues affect not only the LGBT community, but also our entire Nation. As long as the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled, all Americans are affected. If we can work together to advance the principles upon which our Nation was founded, every American will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

BARACK OBAMA


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Some people look for the cloud in every silver lining, and look every gift horse squarely in the mouth.

Thank you, Bil, for summing up so well exactly what I've been thinking and feeling lately. We elect presidents, not saints, so we'll never have a perfect one. Thanks, too, for the support for local organising, since some of the most important stuff going on with GLBT issues happens in statehouses, not the White House.

The proclamation avoided any mention of DOMA repeal, didn't address any relevant marriage equality events (while the response to the the abortion doctor's assassination was instant), and repeated the same crap it has been repeating in gay newspapers ever since the election campaign.

If he's gonna rip McCain for not being able to walk and chew gum, he better walk the walk. And so far, it has been nothing but lip service.

The only thing he can do for use is the executive order. Every other "promise" in his website requires Congress or the courts to become reality. And yet, the only thing he can really do for us, he's refusing to do and triangulating in the meantime.

diddlygrl | June 2, 2009 6:18 PM

Goddess, we are what, like 5% or less of the population give or take, and we are starting to whine as bad as,,,well the religious right, or republicans.

Give It A Rest!!!

Don't you make my blood pressure go up by listening to you whine about this or that is so Unfair, and everyone is picking on you because you are gay!

So Fuc**** What! Have you noticed that the economy is in a meltdown, we are still fighting two wars, with one of them hezting up, the rest of the world still think we are a bunch of jerks and caused the depression, (they are right on both counts, though without Bush in charge we are not as big of jerks as we usede to be.) and global resources are getting lower while the tempatures world wide are getting higher?

Obama has a full plate, without having to coddle a bunch of spoiled babies who want their milk before everyone else.

I never expected Obama to be a savior to the queer nation. He is still a WASP, no matter what his color or ethnicity, and WASP's are not by nature the queer friendliest people around. Hell, even when they are queer, they still hate the rest of us and only act when it to their own self interest. Kind of like Solomenese and the Log cabin repubs in that way you know (considering they are WASP's too for the most part.).

If you want life to be fair, then you are just going to have to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Even then, it never will be anyway, but at least you will be too busy to notice.

RGM's are such wimps.

( Sorry Bil, but like you this kind of whining makes me tired and fractious, though I probably shouldn't get too worked up over things at this time.)

Excuse me,
Women's rights are under more assault right now than in recent history.

Civil rights don't cost the economy one lousy penny so spare me the 2 wars and economic meltdown garbage.

I'll turn 60 years old in a couple of weeks. I have not had full civil rights my entire life. My family came to the US in the 1630's, fought in every single war and I am descended from TWO presidents....this is a disgrace.

I'm engaged right now in a legal battle for the basic religious rights granted every piss ant christian church because we are a minority religion.

Wait for what?....I'm ready for a revolution myself. Obama lied, he handed out the same garbage Democrats always do to get our votes using the boogerman repugicans....then opps, you'll have to wait. Wake up, stop making excuses for him.

It's a sad day when Dick the Chaney has a better stated position of LGBt rights than the "change you can believe in.....if you believe in unicorns" guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLnXiZtjBtM

http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/an_important_step_toward_overturning_dont_ask_dont_tell

He has been in office 5 months. Chill out.

The only promises he made was for DADT and DOMA- DADT is about to be taken care of. DOMA is next. So just stop the dramatic online fits.

I'm with you, Bill. The thing that I like best about the proclamation is -- the President did it, and the religious right are surely very upset about it. As a symbol, it's worth a lot.

As for the rights, we just have to keep battling. Nobody ever told us that this would be quick and easy. Look how long it took women -- nearly 150 years just to vote. My mother's generation were the first women to go to the polls. Even after that, women still had a long way to go...and we're still not there.

Oops...sorry about that extra l, Bil. Habit.

RebelPrince | June 3, 2009 2:10 AM

I nominate June "Give Into Your Temptations Month"!

I love it. That guy put "straight" in quotes but not gay. Duh! Everyone knows there aren't any "straight" people, just boys and girls who are kidding themselves.


THE PRESIDENTS A FINK!

I say that because today he issued a ‘proclamation’. A feel good move making this June Gay Pride Month.

THE PRESIDENTS A FINK!

With that effort he could just as easily issued an Executive Order abolishing DADT. One of the 8 things on his ‘to do list’ that’s been circular filed and one of the easiest to do by far.

THE PRESIDENTS A FINK!

Currently I’m mentoring a Private First Class who’s in the Army. She’s a very pretty Transwoman of color. She’s waiting for her discharge hoping no one will discover her secret. A Trans-person’s safety is nonexistent under DADT. Even if they repealed DADT today she would still be unsafe. *sigh*…

So far I’ve had one who was handed a loaded gun and told to walk outside and do the right thing. One who was beaten repeatedly by…. Hell, everyone from her squad to Walter Reed…and one that all contacted ended with abruptly (probable suicide).

I would like to have at least one get out without additional trauma from Army personnel.

THE PRESIDENTS A FINK!

He made the promise that he would move GLBTI civil rights in a positive direction. He made an 8 point plan outlining his points. No one can seem to find list….

When I look for someone to do a job, I expect them to do it. When someone comes along and says they know what needs to be done and hand over a well thought out plan. I expect them to follow the plan. When I get a employee that says they can do it, comes up with a plan, doesn’t follow the plan and then throws the plan away while misdirecting me with bullshit..

I fire their ass.

THE PRESIDENTS A FINK!

When I voted for him, I hired him to do a much needed job. To push the civil rights of all GLBTI people with the expectation that he would produce something in his first 100 days… what did I get? A Presidential Proclamation recognizing Gay Pride month.

Yippee, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside now. I really needed that Presidential Proclamation. Otherwise I would have never known that June is kinda big for GLBTI Pride. Thank god it’s not Gay Pride in January (I hate snow).

THE PRESIDENTS A FINK!

So, let me see, my mentee may very possibly be injured or killed by her fellow squadmates but I should be all glad and happy that the president has the time to write a proclamation proclaiming that June is Gay Pride month…

*sigh*

THE PRESIDENTS A FINK!

And I’m gonna keep saying it until he reaches into his trash can and picks up his 8 point list and does something on it. I would prefer it to be repeal DADT, but anyone of them would be fine. But until then…

THE PRESIDENTS A FINK!

I for one am very happy that the proclamation was inclusive and used LGBT and made sure to mention bi and trans people specifically. Especially since your story, by an LGBT author on and LGBT site just called it gay pride month in the first line. Nothing like seeing the Whitehouse do a better job at inclusion than our own authors.

jimtoevs@yahoo.com | June 3, 2009 6:35 AM

Thank you, Bil!

The spoiled child analogy is very appropriate. "The President's a Fink" post, above, just proved your point.

The abysmal ignorance on the part of many folks in the LBGT Community concerning how our Democratic Republic works is absolutely incredible.

The Equality Movement needs to grow up. Instead of petulance, we need to learn the lessons of history from the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Movement.

Involvement in politics at every level is imperative if we want to achieve Full Legal LBGT Equality in Our Lifetime.

President Barack Obama is a transformational man who is putting his life on the line for all of us every single day. (Witness his VERY risky trip to Cairo, Egypt for his address to the Muslim World.)

I pray every day for his physical safety and the success of his Presidency.

Thanks again, Bil. You and Bilerico are a great gift to the LBGT Equality Movement.

People, please. We just came out of 8 years of no proclamations for Gay Pride Month.

We are on Obama's radar but it's hard to look at the radar with the iceberg of the economy in front of you.

Would we rather the "salad days" of Clinton when he rushed through an ill-planned policy to quiet us down and fulfill a campaign promise? Remember Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue anyone? Oh yeah, one of the policies we're trying to overturn.

I want to thank President Obama for recognizing this to be a month of pride for our community. I think we should return the favor by having some pride and dignity.

So well said, Bil. As an academic and a queer activist, I know that one of the things that I struggle the most with is determining when to use the deconstructionist, critical theory that I was taught so well in school. I constantly need to remind myself that we learned how to criticize to construct. Ah ha! It's known as constructive criticism. Instead of just finding fault and leaving it at that, I take it as a challenge to deconstruct with purpose.

We need to give a "so what?!" to all of our rants. This "so what?" must be thoughtful. It cannot simply be, "well he hasn't done what we want him to do yet!!!"

I think kicking the President in the teeth when he is holding out an olive branch does much harm. We must direct our energies to the issues and policies that we are interested in with perseverance and calm.

So, mark your calendars for your weekly call/email/letter writing to Obama. Voice your concerns about hate crimes, DADT, ENDA, etc. Isn't that one of the abiding lessons we *have* learned from President "Joe Cool"--stay steady on. Let's give him some credit where it's due. Now is the time to do that. There will be still be room for the floggings later.

Douglas Meagher | June 3, 2009 6:22 PM

Bil,

This is a very well-stated and mature perspective. I also wish the President would move faster on issues of immediate importance to us but he has so far shown very deft timing and an ability to control the debate. My expectation is that he will repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell when the moment is right; e.g. when yet another study committee report on the issue or a similar analysis of military recruitment needs points out the absurdity of the policy. Maybe he will speak out on DOMA when more states have done what New Hampshire did today. I may be wrong, and I've no idea as to when, but I don't see this President ignoring his promises to us.

It's okay for us to ask for our share of attention; however many us believe in a lot more than just what impacts us at the most personal level. I want my gay brothers and sisters to serve their country without having to sacrifice their freedom of identity and pursuit of happiness. I want my marriage to my partner Jeff recognized in our home State. However, I also want to clean up the Earth, educate the children well, care for elderly and the ill, no more oil war.

I hope our own feelings of fierce urgency don't overshadow our hopes for betterment of the many problems facing our community, our nation and the world collectively. The President is making the right moves on so many fronts. I believe he will on ours as well.

I'd be happy with a public option. Fuck DADT, if Obama can start the ball rolling towards public health, he'll be a saint in my book.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | June 4, 2009 5:25 AM

Damn! You're easy.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | June 4, 2009 5:21 AM

What Bil is pleased to call petulance concerning this latest pacification attempt by Obama is just the tip of the iceberg of GLBT impatience and disgust with the Obama Administrations increasingly chilly hostility to our agenda.

McClurkin, "gawds's in the mix", showboating super bigot Warren at the inaugural, increasing federal bribery funds disguised as 'faith based' charity work and ignoring our agenda until the next round of elections are turning hopey-changey feelgood thoughts into anger and rage. Everyone knows that if Obama can put off our agenda until the next election the Democrats will dump it like they dumped ENDA and hate crimes in the run-up to the last one.

Donnie McClurkins “Yes you Can” (become ex-gay) morphed into Obama’s “Yes we Can” fool 1/3 of the people and win) and now it’s settled into “No you Can’t” (for LGBT folks). People aren’t petulant, they’re pissed off and rightly so.

The comment thread to Bil's remarks by Democrats defending Obama can be summarized as follows:

I. He’s a savior and you’re crucifying him. Poor, poor Obama.

II. Give him a few years. Seven years. Then we’ll see. Maybe.

III. Let’s not push him into a corner and make him choose between us and the bigots. We know how that’ll go.

IV. Bus? What Bus? I didn’t see any bus.

V. We’re being tested to see if we’re worthy.

VI. I can read Obama’s mind and I know, deep in my heart, that he loves us.

VII. This is all a Republican plot to embarrass the best little President in the whole wide world.

VIII. He busy turning the recession into a depression and committing mass murder from Palestine to Pakistan to be bothered by such un-American things as equality and human rights.

Justin Gavette | June 4, 2009 4:58 PM

Did any of the complainers watch his acceptance speech the night he won the election?? If you haven't, do it.

In it he specifically states that the road is long and alot of the items wouldn't be fixed in the first year or maybe even the first term but they will be laying the grounds to make it happen.

Give him a break... Nobody was giving GW this hard of a time right after he won.. (and they should have)...

Dave Decot | June 13, 2009 6:29 AM

OK, now that Obama's DoJ has submitted a brief in a case justifying, supporting, and basically gushing about how rational DOMA is, can I nitpick this proclamation as complete hogwash throughout?

HUGUES SANON, ACTIVIST | June 15, 2009 9:18 AM

as you all know the i am very proud to Barack Obama, a black man to be president of the united states of america and openly a endorsed him when he was a candidate. but i totally desagree with him by designate the month of june as lesbians, gays transgender pride month. june is LGBT Prime month, maybe december will be the adultery pride month.
i know there is a number of americans who are lesbians and gays and i also know that you cannot fight someone for what he or she believed. However, as christian we should not for any reason to support lesbians, gays, adultary. it's against God's words.
a true christian, whether you love pesident barack Obama or not. whether you voted for him or not should not agree with obama who is supported openly,lesbians, gays, transgender etc.

read this verses in the bible and see that God's position regarding lesbians, gays and transgenders.

How God feels about homosexuality.

The classic story of how God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality is recorded for us. The term for the homosexual practice of sodomy takes its name here. There are 47 references to Sodom in the Bible describing a "benchmark" of sin against all others.
Genesis 19: 4-5, 24-25
4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom--both young and old--surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.".

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24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah--from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities--and also the vegetation in the land.

One of several laws listed against sexual sin...


Leviticus 18:22
Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.

Judges 19:22
While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, "Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him."
This resulted in the raping and killing of a concubine, that later caused a war that wiped out most of tribe of Benjamin.

Not acknowledging God has consequences that affect your thinking, your feelings & your actions.
Romans 1:26-27
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Here are a few more of the many injunctions against sexual perversion and immorality (fornication of all kinds).


Acts 15:29
You are to abstain from. ..

sexual immorality.

Romans 13:13
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

1 Corinthians 10:8
We should not commit sexual immorality.

Galatians 5:19
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality.

Ephesians 5:3
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality.

Colossians 3:5
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires.

1 Thessalonians 4:3
It is God's will that you should. ..

avoid sexual immorality;.


Jude 1:7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

2 Peter 2:4-10
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)-- 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.

The first of many commands against adultery; from "The Ten Commandments."

Exodus 20:14
You shall not commit adultery.

I hope that all good people including haitian will agree with me as i desagree with president Barack Oboma whom we love a lot regarding his position regarding corrupion.

I am Hugues Sanon, songwriter, activist, radio an tv personality who stand for the truth nothing but the truth.

merci! thanks!

HUGUES SANON,ACTIVIST | June 23, 2009 1:32 PM

First of all, I want you to know that I am a democrat, a democrat who stand for the true; a good one. And I was one of the first radio and TV person who openly endorse President Barack Obama while many others were hided.

I am facing president Obama position regarding his strong support to gays, lesbians, transgender and bisexual, is not because I turn against him or because I hate gays. But it’s because what they doing with their body is wrong

. And also, as a social activist, educator, songwriter, humanist and Christian, it is my responsibility to protect not only God’s words, but the society as well. I am not a hypocrite. I know that I am not perfect. So, even though you guys are cursing me, hate me, I will keep my position regarding this matter.

One thing I know sure is that, even though you are not Christian, you l still believe in God and his words. So, let me teach you some knowledge on why I know that “Gay marriage” is wrong?

First, marriage is not just about more intimacy and sharing one’s life with another in a lifelong partnership. It is about sexual merger—or, in Scripture’s understanding, re-merger—of essential maleness and femaleness. Marriage is pictured as the reunion of the two constituent parts or “other halves,” man and woman. Marriage requires the two sexes to reconstitute a sexual whole. By definition same-sex erotic attraction is predicated either on the narcissism of being attracted to what one is as a sexual being or on the delusion that one needs to merge with another of the same sex to complete one’s own sexual deficiencies. Arguing that we should grant marriage status to homosexually inclined persons to avert promiscuity is like insisting that we grant marriage status to adult incestuous or polygamous unions to promote relational longevity. It doesn’t address the main problem with this particular kind of sexual immorality.

Second, “gay marriage” is also wrong because it will more likely weaken the institution of marriage than moderate the typical excesses of homosexual behavior. The dominant rhetoric of “gay marriage” severs marriage from childbearing and, not surprisingly, leads to more out-of-wedlock births in the population as a whole. The fact that relatively few homosexual couples will get married precludes from the outset any major positive impact on homosexual behavior. Those that do get married will still experience extraordinarily high rates of outside sex partners and divorce, owing to the absence of complementary male-female dynamics. The result will be a further devaluation of monogamy and permanence for the institution of marriage.

Now, what is God's plan for sexuality?

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

—Genesis 1:27

"And the LORD God said, 'it is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.' Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: 'this is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man. ' Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."

—Genesis 2:18-25

The image of God is both male and female and is reflected in a godly union between male and female where the creative power of God, His life-giving, His self-giving and His moral nature are perfectly expressed. This is only possible in a heterosexual union.

When God created a partner for Adam He created Eve - not another Adam. This means that perfect partnership requires some level of difference as well as a level of similarity so great that Adam could cry out loudly, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh". Sexual intimacy between a man and a woman is the normal method of male/female bonding (emotionally and physically) because it corresponds to the design of our bodies and because it is the normal means which creates offspring.

If God had intended the human race to be fulfilled through both heterosexual and homosexual marriage, He would have designed our bodies to allow reproduction through both means and made both means of sexual intercourse healthy and natural. Homosexual anal intercourse carries a high risk of disease, this is recognized in Scripture where gay men are said to receive in their bodies the due penalty for their error (Romans 1:27).

I am not finishing yet my friends. The bible also teaches?

"For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in them the penalty of their error which was due."

—Romans 1:26-27

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God ? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists will inherit the kingdom of God ."

—1 Corinthians 6:9-10

"Knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,"

—1 Timothy 1:9-10

Genesis also teaches that God instituted and designed marriage between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:18-25). There are a number of reasons why He did so.

1. The complementary structure of the male and female anatomy is obviously designed for the normal husband-wife relationships. Clearly, design in human biology supports heterosexuality and contradicts homosexuality.

2. The combination of male and female enables man (and the animals) to produce and nurture offspring as commanded in Genesis 1:28 “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth.” This command is repeated to Noah after the Flood (Genesis 8:15-17). But procreation is not the only reason God made humans as sexual beings. The BUWA report affirms “that sexual intimacy between husband and wife is good, and is intended by God for bonding, pleasure and procreation.”7

3. Thirdly, God gave man and woman complementary roles in order to strengthen the family unit. Woman was to be the helper that man needed (Genesis 2:18). However, the woman's role as the helpmate is certainly not an inferior one. The enterprising God-fearing woman in Proverbs 31:10-31 is an inspiring role model.

It will affect our children

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

What Jesus taught

"And He answered and said to them, 'Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,'"

—Matthew 19:4

"But from the beginning of the creation, God 'made them male and female.'"

—Mark 10:6

When Jesus was asked questions about marriage he went straight back to the defining passages in Genesis that say that marriage is between male and female and is meant to be life long. He saw the creation accounts in Genesis as authoritative in His day. And what is authoritative for Jesus is authoritative for Christians also. While Jesus did not specifically teach on homosexuality, His establishment of the Genesis passages as the fundamental passages on marriage (even more fundamental than the Law) leaves no doubt as to the outcome.

Dave Decot | June 23, 2009 3:52 PM

Yeah, you're right. Every "policy wonk" out there like Hugues Sanon is clearly going to change his "reasoning" in a week or two, then Obama can feel free to give LGBT taxpaying employees and citizens the same benefits and privileges as the chosen race, since then it will be politically cake.

I am not willing to wait any longer. Perhaps Obama can let up constantly throwing us under the bus for a little while in honor of the last few days of gay pride month?

I'm starting to think that he ain't so much throwing us under a bus as he is starting to learn to drive buses.
New twist on busing, LGBT people get hit by the bus and everyone is happy.