Steve Ralls

Senator Obama's Statement on Del Martin

Filed By Steve Ralls | August 28, 2008 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: Barack Obama, Del Martin, LGBT history, LGBT icons, Michelle Obama, same-sex marriage

Senator Obama, and his wife Michelle, issued the following statement earlier today about the passing of Del Martin:

"Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear that Del Martin had passed. Del committed her life to fighting discrimination and promoting equality. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her spouse Phyllis Lyon, and all those who were touched by her life."

For more information on Senator Obama's response to Del's passing, see Barack's website.

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He said spouse.
He recognised their marriage...

Brave move, as the right will use it to attack him..

"He said spouse."

I caught that, too. I'm **way** impressed that he even issued the statement. But if he hadn't referred to Phyllis as Del's spouse, it would have been a slap in our community's face, frankly.

I also think it's interesting that he used the word spouse rather than wife. Depending on your perspective, you could applaud his gender neutrality or think it cowardly. I refer the former.

In any case, I'm very glad they did it.

John R. Selig | August 28, 2008 12:07 PM

I wonder how long it is going to take George W. Bush and John McCain to issue their condolences? Perhaps our friends with the Log Cabin Republicans can get them to do so.

That was way too funny!

Del was older then my mother and had a loving person in Phyllis as long as my parents had before my father died. Regardless of who we are or where we came from in this community, we owe both of them a huge debt of gratitude.