By JUDY LIN, Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A majority of California voters oppose a ballot initiative to ban gay marriage, though they are evenly split on the practice itself, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The ballot question essentially will ask voters to prohibit the practice of same-sex marriage, which was approved this year by the California Supreme Court.
The discrepancy between voters' general attitudes against gay marriage and their position on banning it could be explained by a hesitancy to remove a constitutional right, said Mark Baldassare, president and chief executive of the Public Policy Institute of California, which conducted the poll.
A majority of likely voters, 54 percent, oppose ending gay marriage, compared with 40 percent who support it, the poll said. The result is similar to the findings of a Field Poll in July, which found that 51 percent of likely California voters opposed ending gay marriage, while 42 percent said they supported it.
But when it comes to general attitudes about gay marriage, voters in the Public Policy Institute poll are evenly split, at 47 percent for and against - as they have been for the past three years.
"It's early in the campaign season, and in the end the vote on this measure ... could be hard to predict," Baldassare said. "Overall views on gay marriage have not budged."
The Public Policy Institute began asking voters how they feel about gay marriage in 2000, the year voters approved an initiative to ban same-sex marriage but did not enshrine it in the Constitution. That year, the poll found 55 percent opposed to gay marriage and 38 percent in favor.
In May, the state Supreme Court ruled the 2000 initiative unconstitutional, opening the door to same-sex weddings throughout the state.
The new poll indicates that those opposed to gay marriage will have to mobilize voters if they are to be successful in November, Baldassare said.
"The burden is always on the yes side to convince people there is good reason to vote for the measure," he said.
The institute surveyed 2,001 California residents, including 1,047 likely voters, in English and Spanish from Aug. 12 to 19. The poll has a margin of sampling of error of 2 percentage points for all residents and 3 percentage points for likely voters.
Associated Press writer Lisa Leff in San Francisco contributed to this report.
NEW YORK -- New data show New York City residents are contracting the virus that causes AIDS at three times the national rate.
The city health department said Wednesday that almost 4,800 New Yorkers were infected with HIV in 2006. That number represents 72 of every 100,000 residents, compared to a national rate of 23 per 100,000.
The figures pinpoint when people became infected with the virus, not just when they were diagnosed.
Health officials attribute the city's relatively high rate of new infections to its large populations of gay men, blacks and other groups on whom HIV has traditionally taken a heavy toll.
Assistant health commissioner Dr. Monica Sweeney says the figures underscore the continued need to promote HIV testing and prevention.
South Florida’s only GLBT newspaper has re-launched as the South Florida Blade—with unprecedented response from the GLBT community and its advertisers. The new name, vibrant and redesigned publication is the result of extensive market research that called for an innovative way to present the news to the most affluent, fastest-growing target population in the region.
The renamed and redesigned newspaper was successfully launched on August 28th, featuring a new cover treatment, front of book design that is attractive and user friendly. The new layout utilizes more images, photos and graphics, making each article as impactful as possible. In addition, this new format presents a robust editorial environment with more articles that are shorter and more concise. Furthermore, the South Florida Blade has upgraded the layout and features more standardized page sizes for modular ad configurations to ease the flow of editorial content and ad layout.
“The re-branding of Express Gay News is in sync with our growing GLBT community,” said South Florida Blade Publisher, Kevin Hopper. “Our readership expects a newspaper that balances a newsworthy sensibility with fresh, current images. The paper’s new logo, redesign and editorial environment will leave our readers wanting more.”
South Florida Blade Editor-in-Chief Dan Renzi believes that, “The news media is always evolving and we recognize our readers ever-changing sensibilities. Our redesign will offer topics at a glance while continuing to deliver editorial content for those who want to explore issues in depth.”
“After listening to our readers, we felt it was imperative to bring them a newspaper that adequately reflects their demands and taste. The new format complements our website strategy, and supports our vision of news consumption by providing our users multiple ways of accessing news and information. The idea is to create a news environment that is modern, easy to read and attractive; we expect immediate responses from our readers as well as a faster response for our advertisers,” said Window Media Co-President, William Kapfer.
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Founded in January 2000 as the Express Gay News, the new South Florida Blade is a cutting-edge newspaper for the 21st century— South Florida’s only GLBT newspaper source of accurate and compelling information. Every week, 15,000 copies of the new South Florida Blade are distributed to more than 300 venues throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, with additional 5,000 readers clicking onto www.SouthFloridaBlade.com for their complete news coverage.
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Window Media, through its holdings and in partnerships with HX Media, operates top quality gay and lesbian newspapers, websites and lifestyle magazines with a combined weekly readership of 750,000. Window Media and HX publications include Washington Blade, Southern Voice, David Atlanta, New York Blade, South Florida Blade, 411 Magazine, HX, New England Blade and the nationally circulated Genre Magazine.
In this March 3, 2008 file photo, Phyllis Lyon, left, and Del Martin are photographed at home in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Today, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community lost an iconic leader and a beloved friend. Del Martin, 87, passed away in San Francisco with Phyllis Lyon, her lifelong partner and spouse, by her side. Martin was one of the nation’s first and most visible lesbian rights activists who dedicated her life to combating homophobia, sexism, violence, and racism. Martin’s many contributions to the LGBT movement will resonate for decades to come.
“Today the LGBT movement lost a real hero,” said Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “For all of Del’s life, she was an activist and organizer even before we knew what those terms meant. Her last act of public activism was her most personal—marrying the love of her life after 55 years. In the wake of losing her, we recognize with heightened clarity the most poignant and responsible way to honor her legacy is to preserve the right of marriage for same-sex couples, thereby providing the dignity and respect that Del and Phyllis’ love deserved.”
Martin began working as an activist after receiving her degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. While working on a newspaper in Seattle, Martin met her partner Phyllis Lyon and the two began working on behalf of lesbians in their community. Martin and Lyon have devoted their lives to working towards LGBT equality, healthcare access, advocacy on behalf of battered women, and issues facing elderly Americans. Their many contributions over the past five decades helped shape the modern LGBT movement.
In 1955, Lyon and Martin were among the founders of the Daughters of Bilitis, the first lesbian rights organization. In 1956, they launched “The Ladder,” the first lesbian newsletter, which became a lifeline for hundreds of women isolated and silenced by the restrictions of the era. Del Martin was the first openly lesbian woman elected to the board of the National Organization of Women (NOW), and in 1971, encouraged the board to pass a resolution stating that lesbian issues were feminist issues. In 1995, Martin and Lyon were named delegates to the White House Conference on Aging by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. In 2004, Lyon and Martin became the first same-sex couple to be married in the state of California, and subsequently became plaintiffs in the California marriage case, helping to ensure that the fundamental right to marry under the California Constitution belongs to all couples, including same-sex couples.
“Del lived her life with great compassion, wit, tenacity, generosity, and valor,” said The Honorable Donna Hitchens, Founder of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “She inspired thousands of us to be more courageous and energetic than we thought possible. When faced with moments of fatigue, laziness or weakness, one had only to ask – ‘What would Del and Phyllis do?’ While she will be greatly missed, her legacy will be cherished forever.”
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon were married in California on June 16, 2008 after 55 years together.
“Ever since I met Del 55 years ago, I could never imagine a day would come when she wouldn’t be by my side. I am so lucky to have known her, loved her, and been her partner in all things,” Lyon said. “I also never imagined there would be day that we would actually be able to get married. I am devastated, but I take some solace in knowing we were able to enjoy the ultimate rite of love and commitment before she passed.”
Gifts in lieu of flowers can be made to honor Del’s life and commitment and to defeat the California marriage ban through NCLR’s No On 8 PAC at www.nclrights.org/NoOn8.
NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the human and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. www.nclrights.org.
Dorothy L. (Del) Martin (May 5, 1921 – August 27, 2008)
Died on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at UCSF Hospice, San Francisco, California. Survived by spouse Phyllis Lyon, daughter Kendra Mon, son-in-law Eugene Lane, granddaughter Lorraine Mon, grandson Kevin Mon, sister-in-law Patricia Lyon and a vast, loving and grateful lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family.
An eloquent organizer for civil rights, civil liberties, and human dignity, Del Martin created and helped shape the modern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and feminist movements. She was a woman of extraordinary courage, persistence, intelligence, humor, and fundamental decency, who refused to be silenced by fear and never stopped fighting for equality. Her last public political act, on June 16, 2008, was to marry Phyllis Lyon, her partner of 55 years. They were the first couple to wed in San Francisco after the California Supreme Court recognized that marriage for same-sex couples is a fundamental right in a case brought by plaintiffs including Martin and Lyon.
Born in San Francisco on May 5, 1921, Dorothy L. Taliaferro, or Del as she would come to be known, was salutatorian of the first graduating class of George Washington High School and went on to study journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. At 19, after transferring to San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State University), she married James Martin and two years later gave birth to their daughter Kendra. The marriage ended in divorce.
Del Martin met the love of her life, Phyllis Lyon, in Seattle in 1950 when they worked for the same publication company. They became lovers in 1952 and formalized their partnership on Valentine’s Day in 1953 when they moved in together in San Francisco. In 1955, they bought the small home that has been theirs ever since.
In what would prove to be an act that would change history, Martin, Lyon, and six other lesbians co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) in San Francisco in 1955. DOB, which was named after an obscure book of lesbian love poetry, initially was organized to provide secret mutual support and social activities. It became the first public and political lesbian rights organization in the United States, laying a foundation for the women’s and lesbian and gay liberation movements that flowered in the early 1970s and continue today.
Del Martin used her writing and speaking talents to challenge misconceptions about gender and sexuality. “We were fighting the church, the couch, and the courts,” she often remembered years later, naming the array of social and cultural forces early activists confronted when homosexuals were treated as immoral, mentally ill, and illegal. As the first President of DOB, she penned stirring calls to arms. “Nothing was ever accomplished by hiding in a dark corner. Why not discard the hermitage for the heritage that awaits any red-blooded American woman who dares to claim it?” She was the second editor (after Phyllis Lyon) of DOB’s groundbreaking monthly magazine, The Ladder, from 1960 to 1962 and ushered in a new decade of political engagement and media visibility for the nascent gay rights movement. The Ladder grew from a mimeographed newsletter in 1956 to an internationally recognized magazine with thousands of subscribers by 1970, and thousands more readers who copied its contents or circulated it among friends and coworkers. Martin’s many contributions to The Ladder ranged from short stories to editorials to missives: one of the most famous is “If That’s All There Is,” a searing condemnation of sexism in the gay rights movement written in 1970. Due to Martin’s influence, The Ladder provided one of the few media outlets confronting misogyny in the decade before the rebirth of women’s liberation.
In 1964, Del Martin was part of a group that founded the Council on Religion and the Homosexual in order to lobby city lawmakers more effectively to reduce police harassment and modify the sex laws that criminalized homosexual behavior. In later years, Martin was also a founding member of the Lesbian Mother's Union, the San Francisco Women's Centers, and the Bay Area Women's Coalition, among other organizations.
As an early member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Del Martin worked to counter homophobia within the women’s movement – fear of the so-called “lavender menace.” She and Lyon were the first lesbians to insist on joining with a “couples’ membership rate” and Martin was the first out lesbian on NOW’s Board of Directors. Their efforts helped to insure the inclusion of lesbian rights on NOW’s agenda in the early 1970’s.
Lesbian/Woman, the book they co-authored in 1972, is one of Martin and Lyon’s landmark accomplishments. The book described lesbian lives in a positive, knowledgeable way almost unknown at the time. In 1992, Publishers Weekly chose it as one of the 20 most influential women's books of the last 20 years.
For many years, Del Martin was a leader in the campaign to persuade the American Psychiatric Association to declare that homosexuality was not a mental illness. This goal was finally achieved in 1973.
Del Martin’s publication of Battered Wives in 1976 was a major catalyst for the movement against domestic violence. Martin became a nationally known advocate for battered women, and was a co-founder of the Coalition for Justice for Battered Women (1975), La Casa de las Madres (a shelter for battered women) founded in 1976, and the California Coalition against Domestic Violence (1977). She lectured at colleges and universities around the country. Martin received her doctorate from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 1987.
Martin’s keen political instincts and interests extended her influence into the mainstream Democratic Party. She and Lyon were co-founders, in 1972, of the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, the first gay political club in the United States. Martin was appointed Chair of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women in 1976 and served on the committee until 1979. She worked as a member of many other councils and boards including the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women. Throughout the years, many politicians recognized their stature as community leaders and sought advice and endorsement from Martin and Lyon.
It is difficult to separate Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon and write about only one of them. Their lives and their work have intertwined and their enduring dedication to social justice has been recognized many times. In 1979, local health care providers established a clinic to give lesbians in the San Francisco Bay area access to nonjudgmental, affordable health care and named it Lyon-Martin Health Services in their honor. In 1990, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California awarded the couple with its highest honor, the Earl Warren Civil Liberties Award. In 1995, Senator Dianne Feinstein named Martin, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi named Lyon, as delegates to the White House Conference on Aging, where they made headlines by using their moment at the podium to remind the 125,000 attendees that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people grow old, too, and must be included explicitly in aging policies. The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality gave Martin and Lyon their Outstanding Public Service Award in 1996. They are among the most beloved figures in the LGBT community and have served as Grand Marshals at Pride marches across the nation and been honored by every major LGBT organization in the country.
Del Martin identified her own legacy in 1984 when she said that her most important contribution was "being able to help make changes in the way lesbians and gay men view themselves and how the larger society views lesbians and gay men." She had the courage to be true to herself when the world offered only condemnation for lesbians. Martin showed all of us how to have what she called “self-acceptance and a good sense of my own self-worth.” Del Martin never backed down from her insistence on full equality for all people and, even at 87 years old, she kept moving all of us closer to her ideal.
Gifts in lieu of flowers can be made to honor Del’s life and commitment and to defeat the California marriage ban through NCLR’s No On 8 PAC at www.nclrights.org/NoOn8.
A public memorial and tribute celebrating the life of Del Martin will be planned in the next several weeks.
From ThinkProgress.org website:
Via Matt Yglesias, MSNBC pundits this morning discussed potential running mates for John Mccain and whether there is a “glass ceiling” for unmarried individuals in politics. After Andrea Mitchell floated Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) as an example, Joe Scarborough noted that Crist is engaged. Chuck Todd suggested the engagement may be staged so Crist can be Vice President:
SCARBOROUGH: Did he get married? I thought he was engaged. Is he engaged or did he get married?
TODD: After Friday the engagement might be off if he’s not the running mate., right? … I don’t know!
As the group laughed, Andrea Mitchell remarked, “That is so mean.” “Wow,” said Scarborough.
- From gay Outsports.com: Video | Mitcham's six dives, medal ceremony
- Video | Gold medal winner Matthew Mitcham meets the press with mum and boyfriend
Yesterday AfterElton.com received a statement from Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics concerning his network's coverage of Matthew Mitcham's gold medal upset during the diving competition at the Beijing Olympics. Said Zenkel:
"We regret that we missed the opportunity to tell Matthew Mitcham's story. We apologize for this unintentional omission."
Equality Forum news release:
Senator Obama and Senator McCain Take Opposite Positions on Sexual Orientation Workplace Protection
PHILADELPHIA—Equality Forum, a national and international gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) civil rights organization, reported that 471 (94.2%) of the 2008 FORTUNE 500 companies voluntarily include sexual orientation in their employment nondiscrimination policies. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Equality Forum’s FORTUNE 500 project, which is a collaboration with Professor Louis Thomas, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Ian Ayres, William K. Townsend Professor, Yale Law School.
“The FORTUNE 500 have overwhelmingly decided that including sexual orientation is in the best corporate interest and helps communicate corporate values to the estimated $660 billion annual domestic GLBT consumer market,” stated Malcolm Lazin, Executive Director, Equality Forum.
According to Gallup’s May 2008 Values and Beliefs Poll, 89% of U.S. citizens believe gays and lesbians should have equal rights in job opportunities. There is currently no federal workplace protection based on sexual orientation. Twenty states include sexual orientation nondiscrimination in their workplace statutes.
Senator Obama favors and Senator McCain opposes including sexual orientation in the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). In 2007, the House of Representatives voted 235 to 184 to amend ENDA to add sexual orientation. Thirty-five Republicans voted for the amendment.
In fall 2003, when Equality Forum began contacting the FORTUNE 500 companies, 323 (64.6%) companies explicitly provided sexual orientation protection in their workplace policies. Equality Forum reached out to the CEOs, Human Resource Directors and all members of the Boards of Directors of the 177 (35.4%) companies without this protection. By fall 2004, 405 (81%) FORTUNE 500 companies included sexual orientation in workplace nondiscrimination policies.
Equality Forum and Professors Thomas and Ayres communicated with 25 large institutional investors to solicit their support on proxy statements requesting sexual orientation nondiscrimination at companies not providing that protection. In response, Vanguard was among the large institutional shareholders that determined that it was in the best shareholder interest to support sexual orientation workplace protection.
Exxon Mobil is the largest of the FORTUNE 500 that does not specifically provide sexual orientation protection. At the 2006, 2007 and 2008 annual Exxon Mobil shareholders meetings, Vanguard voted its proxy of 194 million shares for including sexual orientation workplace equality and against Exxon Mobil management’s opposition.
For more information on the FORTUNE 500 Project, visit www.equalityforum.com/fortune500. The names of the FORTUNE 500 Companies that are compliant and noncompliant are listed alphabetically and by revenue size, industry and the state in which they are headquartered.
Equality Forum is a national and international GLBT civil rights organization with an educational focus. Equality Forum undertakes high impact national initiatives, coordinates GLBT History Month, produces documentary films and presents the largest annual national and international GLBT civil rights forum. For more information about Equality Forum, please visit www.equalityforum.com.
Clinton speaks of 'an America defined by deep and meaningful equality, from civil rights to labor rights, from women's rights to gay rights'
By DAVID LIGHTMAN AND MARGARET TALEV, McClatchy Newspapers
DENVER -- Sen. Hillary Clinton on Tuesday turned the second day of the Democratic National Convention into a celebration of her historic presidential campaign as a breakthrough for women, but she left no doubt that she's solidly behind Barack Obama as her party's nominee for the presidency.
After a video tribute to her long campaign against Obama for the nomination, Clinton walked onstage, introduced by her daughter, Chelsea, who called her "my hero and my mother." Together they faced a sea of waving white signs scrawled with the word "Hillary" in blue.
Clinton told everyone unequivocally: "I'm here tonight as a proud mother, as a proud Democrat, as a proud senator from New York, a proud American and a proud supporter of Barack Obama. . . . Whether you voted for me or voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose. We are on the same team, and none of us can sit on the sidelines."
"No way. No how. No McCain," she said as people roared. "Barack Obama is my candidate. And he must be our president."
She thanked her supporters, whom she called "my champions - my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits. You never gave in. You never gave up. And together we made history."
Her speech gave the convention an emotional lift after a desultory second day of speeches by a parade of Democratic politicians.
Shannon DeRubens, a Seattle stay-at-home mother, called Clinton's speech "amazing" and said it helped move her closer to embracing Obama. "I am still looking for the Obama experience Thursday night," she said, when the Illinois senator will make his acceptance speech.
Linda Mitchell, the president of the Washington state National Women's Political Caucus, agreed. "We knew what was coming in Senator Clinton's speech," Mitchell said. "Did it bring closure? No. We need to save some tears for tomorrow," when former President Bill Clinton will speak.
As Clinton moved into the heart of her message Tuesday night, women young and old sat intently, as though they were seeing the coda to a chapter of American history. Bill Clinton watched from a club level box, his hands in a triangle over his mouth, a serious look on his face.
Hillary Clinton clasped her hands, as though in prayer, as she talked about the fight for "an America defined by deep and meaningful equality, from civil rights to labor rights, from women's rights to gay rights."
Obama watched the speech in Billings, Mont., with Eran Thompson, 32, a field organizer for the Montana campaign, and his wife, Carlee.
After Clinton spoke, Obama said: "That was excellent. That was a strong speech. She made the case for why we're going to be unified in November and why we're going to win this election. I thought she was outstanding."
After leaving the house party, Obama called and talked for several minutes with Clinton, telling her how grateful he was for her support, that she gave a terrific speech and that all those whom he'd watched with in Billings were moved by her video and the introduction from Chelsea Clinton. He also said he loved her line, "No way. No how. No McCain."
He spoke with Bill Clinton for several minutes, too, saying that Hillary Clinton couldn't have been better and had made the case for change. He said he knew how proud Bill Clinton must have been as he watched her, as he'd been Monday night watching his wife, Michelle, speak, and how grateful he was for their support.
Obama heard Hillary Clinton tie his White House bid to her husband's presidency in her address.
Obama, his former rival said, will "meet the global challenges of our time. Democrats know how to do this," she said. "As I recall, President Clinton and the Democrats did it before. And President Obama and the Democrats will do it again."
Up went vertical blue signs that said "Unity." From the Alaska delegation in one corner to South Carolina in the other, they bobbed.
"We are Americans," Clinton told them. "We're not big on quitting. But remember, before we can keep going, we've got to get going by electing Barack Obama the next president of the United States."
Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, the convention's keynote speaker, tried to hammer home that message earlier, warning that Republican rival John McCain "promises more of the same. A plan that would explode the deficit that will be passed on to our kids. No real strategy to invest in our crumbling infrastructure.
"And he would continue spending $10 billion a month" in Iraq, which Warner, who's a strong favorite to win a U.S. Senate seat from Virginia this fall, said America no longer could afford.
Warner's speech detailed the party's positions on health care, education and opportunity, and he closed with a quote from his fellow Virginian, Thomas Jefferson.
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past," Jefferson wrote to his onetime rival, John Adams of Massachusetts, toward the end of their lives.
"Jefferson got it right at the dawn of the 19th century, and it's our challenge to get it right at the dawn of the 21st," Warner said. "This race is all about the future. That's why we must elect Barack Obama as our next president."
Warner was received politely, but Clinton was clearly the evening's main event.
"I've loved her for years," said Carolyn Covington, a retired teacher from Palmer, Alaska. "But I'm going to be out there rooting for Obama."
The quest for harmony will continue Wednesday, when the featured prime-time speaker is Bill Clinton, who'd implicitly suggested earlier Tuesday that Obama may be a weak candidate.
"Suppose you're a voter, and you've got candidate X and candidate Y. Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don't think that candidate can deliver on anything at all," Clinton asked. "Candidate Y you agree with on about half the issues, but he can deliver.
"Which candidate are you going to vote for?"
The former president quickly added, "This has nothing to do with what's going on now."
Hillary Clinton connected with Michelle Obama backstage earlier Tuesday at an event sponsored by EMILY's List, a group that recruits and funds female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.
"Senator Clinton congratulated her on her speech and Michelle wished her good luck tonight," Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Delegates were confused about how a roll call of the states will proceed Wednesday. The Clinton and Obama camps were discussing a deal in which some states would cast votes on the convention floor in prime time, then Clinton or a supporter would move to make the Obama nomination unanimous.
Some delegates indicated that they'd be upset if they couldn't vote for her.
"Basically, the primary was a tie," said Margaret Haynes, a real estate broker from Wilmington, N.C.
"We know how we're going to leave here, but it's still important that women have made this progress. . . . If we're disenfranchised from casting a vote for Hillary Clinton, it will be very difficult to feel a part of a unified process."
Political pros were more optimistic, and put particular emphasis on getting women behind Obama.
"How can we be mad? They're us," said Eleanor Smeal, the president of the Feminist Majority Foundation and a Clinton supporter. And they have a common goal, Smeal added: a better, fairer economy.
(Talev reported from Billings, Mont.. Jim Morrill of The Charlotte Observer contributed to this report from Denver.)
Ron Edmonds / AP Photo
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., addresses the delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008.