Bil Browning

This is what a fierce advocate looks like

Filed By Bil Browning | July 14, 2010 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, fierce advocate, President Obama, same-sex marriage

Argentina is the latest country to consider same-sex marriage rights; the legislature is set to debate the issue today. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner supports the legislation and gave this interview to a Chinese news crew while visiting the country on a diplomatic mission.

Note how she stands up against the Catholic Church - a huge influence in South America - for inciting religious violence and discrimination. President Obama, however, doesn't support full marriage equality and has given anti-gay religious leaders prominent roles at his events to try and win religious right support at the polls.

I'd say this is what a fierce advocate looks like. Thanks to Andrés at Blabbeando for the translated video.

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Bill -

How wonderful that such a leader exists. That said, I don't President Obama is so delusional that he thinks he can ever win over the religious right. Consider the following:

First, whatever side of the AZ immigration issue one is on, the Hispanic community is heavily Christian; and

Second, some analysts have proposed that without the black voting block, Prop 8 would not have passed in CA. The explanation was that despite the fact that blacks should be appreciative of discrimination, they simply voted their "Christian conscience".

I am not bashing Christians at all but the religious sensitivities some demonstrate does work against us. I suspect this also explains the frustration Jillian Weiss experienced with the "duck and cover" behavior exhibited during her meeting in D.C.

Joe from Toronto | July 14, 2010 2:57 PM

Amazing woman, Argentina is lucky, although sadly, some may not realize how lucky they are to have her as their leader.


I had the same reaction that you did - Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has shown what a REAL fierce advocate does on LGBT equality issues. Namely you take on the religious bigots that make a mockery of the concept of equality under the CIVIL laws. In her statements she clearly separates CIVIL marriages from Church marriages.

If Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats had spines - which we know all too well, they don't - they would be preaching the same line as Agentina's president. She's got the issue of separation of religion and the civil laws down pat and an honest application of the constitutional equality and history are on her side.

Would that we had such a fierce advocate in this country. Instead, we have a simpering jelly fish who speaks out of both sides of his mouth.

So rational, reasoned, and decent.

This shames the "fierce advocate" even further.