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Obama heckled at New York LGBT reception; doesn't break new ground on gay marriage

Pool report distributed by The White House of President Barack Obama's LGBT event at the Sheraton Hotel in New York:

                POTUS at LGBT Event in Sheraton Hotel – Remarks were open to press; transcript to come.  Bottom line: Despite some heckling on gay marriage, which POTUS said he expected, he did not break any new ground on gay marriage – apparently his position is still evolving. He mentioned the NY legislation pending in the State Senate, stalled by Republican opposition, but did not endorse it, only said it was right for states to debate the issue.

But he got off several pro-gay rights lines that got big applause. See below for good quotes, but check transcript. One woman in particular yelled out “Marriage!” repeatedly.

                The reception was polite, the recitation of achievements got tepid applause.

                About 600 donors, mostly male, sat at round tables in a large ballroom, typical type with backdrop of royal-blue drapes and 8 flags on polls, a 9th large one hanging to the side. Introduced by actor Neal Patrick Harris and Jonathan Hopkins, a veteran of three tours in Afghanistan with multiple medals who last year had to leave the service due to the DADT law.

                Harris cited repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell, Obama’s directive not to defend DOMA, the administration’s anti-bullying initiative, lifting the HIV ban for entries into the country, comprehensive AIDS strategy, expanded family leave act, even the WH’s opposition to anti-gay legislation in Uganda. But the first and only enthusiastic applause was for his mention of POTUS making the first appointment of a transgender person to federal office.

                Hopkins too gave a very enthusiastic introduction and he and POTUS embraced when POTUS took the stage.

                POTUS opened with his usual recall of the celebratory election night in Grant Park, by way of segueing to the disappointment some of those supporters now feel that their change hasn’t come yet, or hasn’t come just as they expected. He went through the challenges of the first two years, and up to the present – big applause and standing ovation for getting Bin Laden.

                Then, 13 minutes into his nearly 25-minute remarks, POTUS got to the part about gay rights. Said he’s always believed “Ever since I had a memory about what my mother taught me, and my grandparents taught me, I believed that discriminating against people was wrong. I had no choice, I was born that way. (Laughter) In Hawaii. (Laughter).”

He continued: “And I believed that discrimination because of somebody’s sexual orientation or gender identity  ran counter to who we are as a people. It’s a violation of the basic tenets on which this nation was founded. I believe that gay couples deserve the same human rights as every other couple in this country.” Standing ovation, whoops and hollers of approval.

                “Marriage!” the woman yelled out from the periphery of the room.

                “I heard that. Believe it or not I anticipated that,” POTUS said.   

                After further clapping and hooting, he asked “Where was I?”

                “Marriage!” the woman yelled again.

                He finished by saying DOMA ought to be repealed and got big applause for that, for saying his attorney general “will no longer defend its constitutionality.” Segued to the NY bill – “Right now I understand there’s a little debate right here in New York.” Said “New York is doing exactly what democracies are supposed to do” -- debate and deliberate.

                A heckler: “Do you support….”

                Ignoring that, he mentioned passage of a hate-crimes law and DADT, and recalled that prior to each law’s achievement he’d been heckled at similar dinners in the past.

                “We’ve made enormous advances just in these last two and a half years…”

                “Say yes to marriage,” someone yelled.

                Said “There will be setbacks along the way…not moving as fast as folks would like.” People should be “free to live and love as they see fit.”

                Referred to past struggles in the gay community then said, “With your help, if you keep up the fight” and give your energy “to this campaign one more time, I promise you we will write another chapter in that story and we are going to lead a new generation to a brighter future and a more hopeful future.”

                There was one last heckle: “Support gay marriage!” And he got a standing ovation nonetheless, then was off to the next fundraiser.

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There is no scientific evidence to prove any of the cross related bogus elements of christianity. Our early human ancestors; on this earth … go back more than 6 million years … 5,996,000 years before the Greeks, Romans and the Jews. Christianity is basically a 2011 year old fictional cult.
In the year 300 AD when Emperor Constantine, who to some was the first pope; went on to fabricate & market Christianity - a fantasy - which turned out to be one of the most hateful & evil concoctions ever perpetrated on the world.

The evil writings in Leviticus 18:22 … against gays – depict: “P” … “priestly rules” & expanded by the pope; homophobes and religious frauds … to attack the gay community and never meant to apply to the public -- but to priests. Leviticus was written long after Moses -- 600BC.

The pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to priests only … refuse to remove this stigma … maliciously persecuting gays. Kids bullied into suicide …! Being black or left-handed or being gay is just as natural. If the black community or women had it written that they should be put to death; how would they like that?

Churches are committing hate crimes and more succinctly a violent criminal offence against a federally protected minority namely the gay community. It is actually a bigger moment in history … gays standing up for equality … soldiers being discharged are indeed exposing something far greater ... the realization that there is something far more evil at work -- hateful religion which should be discharged from society -- period. United States is supposedly fighting for democracy but within the U.S. they treat gays like secondary citizens. It’s now time to shut down the churches with bibles about leviticus 18:22.
Religion and the churches should now be exposed as a bigoted structure that gets away with hate mongering. It is a criminal offence to cause harm onto others physically or with written items; bibles have been getting away with this for ages.

How would you like it … if hate speech was directed to your brother or sister as you sat in the pew; spewed by some better than thou religious lunatic with a hateful black book about Leviticus -- under his arm? Tony Perkins and his The Family Research Council's opposition to gay rights have landed the outfit onto a list of "hate groups,” like the KKK. Christian colleges should be classified as hate groups and shut down. UK Prime Minister Cameron is facing the issue of religious extremism; as we speak … regarding homophobia -- being taught to children at churches; mosques and schools.

The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien told the Vatican that there was to be no cross erected over the Canadian Parliament buildings figuratively speaking; when the Pope demanded the Prime Minister go against gay rights. An Alberta bishop had the audacity to say that The Canadian Prime Minister would go to hell for going against the church. Such outrageous evil threats. The Right Honourable Prime Minister in return; basically told the Pope to go to Hell! The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Canadian Minister of Justice, stood for equal rights for the gay community. With reference to protecting the children: The Honourable Hedy Fry, member of the Canadian Liberal Parliament, who happens to be a doctor who delivered many babies; spoke eloquently to defend the rights of babies being born and stated that she was in fact defending their rights by speaking on behalf of equal rights for the children and youth of the future -- defending their integrity and dignity. Minority human rights issues must be decided by a dignified judicial system and/or a compassionate federal government.

Perhaps the irony might be -- that the bogus hogus pogus hate-speech with its hateful leviticus 18:22 might bring the bible and torah into a banned status and the churches and synagogues shut down!

It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return ... it is something that should be celebrated! If it is between two guys or girls all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

I am the son of a catholic father who never went to church and a protestant mother who took us to church and Sunday school. Onward christian soldiers; I think not. Such absolute drivel. To be manipulated by a santa claus; an easter bunny and worst of all a bogus cross?

It is written; so therefore it shall be? We are the chosen people? Such a wicked fantasy. To see the religious lunatics manipulate government and our lives is shameful. According to biblical law, a father can sell his daughter as a slave.
Bibles and the torah which includes leviticus -- should be immediately banned … for promoting hatred against minorities … namely the gay community and the crosses removed from all schools and churches.

One should appreciate each day of life and not expect another.

By enjoying their tax exempt status and benefits from the state it also puts churches at the mercy of the state; to be forced to adhere to the human rights laws. Religion is thriving like a cancerous growth on society that should be stopped in its tracks; outlawed & banned. This holier than thou – written so there it shall be -- fallacy; must be stopped!
It is a criminal offence to cause harm onto others physically or with written items … the bible and torah have been getting away with this for ages.
This bogus religious filth should be banned. It exists as a tax exempt structure which discriminates against human rights. The pope, bishops and mormons are cult members promoting discrimination against minorities. Perhaps religious establishments have pushed too far from San Francisco to Canada -- and it may backfire to such a degree that the churches should be shut down!

Tell them to take that cross and shove it where the sun don't shine and pay their taxes along the way before they take that cross down forever with its final station; extinction.
The Vatican basically supported Hitler and religion is responsible for more corruption and violence in the world. Pope Ratzinger was involved in the Nazi youth. The Pope with his blatant witchcraft related to the bible and its hateful beliefs; tries to rule with extreme prejudice against a world … that may fall victim to religions' absolute evil. Many theologians state quite correctly that the birth; crucifixion; resurrection and other elements of christianity actually didn’t even happen! The pope is running a bigger fraud than Madoff’s $20 billion ripoff. Today’s evangelical extremists are like the nazis who cast others into ovens & are actually supremacists - who practice their bogus hocus pocus - and are trying to suppress and deprive others of their happiness and their legal rights in an open and proud society.
Einstein stated in a letter recently auctioned that the bible was a collection of primitive legends. He said believing in God was childish and he as a Jew is no different than another person and are not chosen by God.
Do you want to be lambs at the slaughter or be wise and reject religious cultist manipulation? Mean & nasty; run by evil and bogus religious cults from Rome or wherever! Is this the world you want? The pope talks about ending prejudice and hate; what a hypocrite! Religion is a crutch for the insecure.
Appreciate every day and if there is no tomorrow; then know that you were fortunate to have lived on this earth!
A great story pertains to a boy at a catholic school in Oshawa, Ontario who wanted to take his boyfriend to his school prom. The evil catholic school forbid this. A father of one of the boys is an employee with General Motors Canada and the courageous union leader Buzz Hargrove stood up for the boys’ rights. The boy took his case through the courts and because the evil catholic school was benefiting from government funding which demands equal rights void of discrimination; the judge ordered the school to allow the two young boys to attend together. Their limo arrived at their prom with adoring onlookers.
To think of Matthew Shepard choking on his own blood after being savagely beaten; virtually sanctioned by the church is evil beyond comprehension; yet is the same as boys being bullied into suicide; most likely being supported by the bullies parents’ religious cults. Bigotry and hatemongering against gays should be banned.
Abused gay people should definitely talk to or write to their parents; friends; teachers & school principal ... about the issue. Your story may save another person!

A special compliment to the Parents … Mothers , Fathers and other family members who have stood up for their sons, daughters, nieces and nephews who may be facing identity issues as they enter their teens … possibly being bullied; when in fact being gay or bi is part of nature.

A special compliment to the discharged soldiers ... you are the finest soldiers indeed ... in a battle and a war much greater than you will ever know! A gay pilot may have saved the lives of nine US soldiers recently killed.

Alan Turing broke the code for the enigima machine in World War II and was gay. He was persecuted after the war by the religious community and comitted suicide. Prime Minister Brown apologized on behalf of the United Kingdom.

My father fought at the front on D-Day in Normandy … through the Battle of the Scheldt to Germany and grandfather was a Sgt. Major at Vimy. My Dad who was a catholic -- is alive today at 88 and doesn’t believe in santa claus -- the easter bunny or any of that bogus cross related filth.

Gay and Bi is not "part of nature". There is no conclusive proof of the existence of any homosexual beast, bird, fish, amphibian, insect et al. Homosexuality is nothing more than a perversion of the norm - of the NATURAL bond between male and female. I'm not talking about biblical law (I'm an agnostic). I'm talking about NATURAL law. Gay marriage is a farce at best and a potential disrupter of true marriage at worst. Obama is playing a very stupid political game with the gay marriage issue. By pandering to a tiny, twisted segment of the U.S. population, he's just given voters another reason to boot him out of the White House.

@ femeagle Please educate yourself before speaking. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_displaying_homosexual_behavior

I am one of the biggest homos that was ever born!

If the 'protesting gays' want to be smart they wouldn't do these things to President Obama. He is doing all that he can for us, I promise! Even the President of the United States cannot change everything with a mere wave of a sort of magic wand during his first admisistration!

What is President Obama supposed to accomplish in one day?

The gay people's protest signs pictured in the article are a farce and they are divisive and are very damaging to us homosexuals!

To anyone who sees this message: Please do not chide President Obama because you somehow have an idea that he opposes the gays. He does not oppose gay men and women!

John David Martin, 49, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

I am not impressed with clever online discussion board pseudonyms such as "Fudge Packa," regardless of whoever may use those names. Remain anonymous if you want to but if you are a true homosexual please do not use such poster names. Remember, these posts are read by a lot of different kinds of people and surely we gays want to make a reasonably favorable impression on them, don't we?

Peace!
John Martin, 49, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

If they are against Obama I would like to know just who they are going to vote for. Perry, maybe Bachmann those choices are so much better?

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