A Response To The Article "Anyone But Obama"

Commentary by Boyce Hinman

Recently Outword Magazine published an article entitled "Anyone But Obama" written by Sam Catalano, former Executive Director of the Sacramento County Democratic party. The article is highly critical of the President, and Sam Catalano says he could never vote for Barak Obama again.

Sam and I share many of the same political and policy views. However I must respectfully disagree with several of the points he makes in the article.

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Illinois Senate Approves Civil Unions

The Illinois State Senate has approved legislation that extends civil union rights to gay and lesbian couples by a 32 to 24 vote, with several Republicans voting for the bill, including Sen. David Koehler (R-Peoria), the bill's chief Senate sponsor.

Likewise, several Democratic senators voted against the bill, including State Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) who is a mayoral candidate and the pastor of Salem Baptist Church and a past critic of gay rights.
The legislation, SB1716, the "Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act," had previously passed the Illinois House, and will now go to Gov. Quinn for his signature.

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World AIDS Day:  U.S. Reports Encouraging Progress in Saving LivesWorld AIDS Day

Reflecting America’s commitment to saving lives affected by HIV/AIDS, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced encouraging new results achieved by its efforts to support countries in providing HIV prevention, treatment and care to their people.

Among these results, the U.S. is directly supporting life-saving antiretroviral treatment for more than 3.2 million men, women and children worldwide as of September 30, 2010, up from less than 2.5 million in 2009. In the coming years, the U.S. has committed to directly support more than four million people on treatment, more than doubling the number of people directly supported on treatment during the first five years of PEPFAR.

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Once, When We Were HeroesMark S. King

By Mark S. King

My brother Richard smiles a lot. He has an easy laugh. But there was a time, years ago, when he held a poisonous drink in his hands and begged his dying lover not to swallow it. A time when Richard held the concoction they had prepared together and wept.

Emil couldn’t wait. He took the drink from Richard quickly, because the release it offered was something more rapturous than the appeals of his lover of thirteen years.

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DADT Report Says Letting Openly Gay Troops Serve Won't Hurt Military

By Boyce Hinman

Reinforcing what LGBT veterans, active duty service members and activists have long been saying, a long-awaited Pentagon review of the controversial Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy is showing that allowing openly gay or lesbian troops to serve in the military would have little lasting impact on the U.S. armed forces.

“Today’s report confirms that a strong majority of our military men and women and their families — more than two thirds — are prepared to serve alongside Americans who are openly gay and lesbian,” said President Obama in a released statement. “This report also confirms that, by every measure — from unit cohesion to recruitment and retention to family readiness — we can transition to a new policy in a responsible manner that ensures our military strength and national security.”

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